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Seth Andrews - The Copycats: How Christianity Steals The Best Ideas

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Soren Sagan on Wednesday. 9 Replies

Many of us have observed or learned how christianity shamelessly borrows from other sources to bolster its position and show off its supposed wonderfulness.  Well, Seth Andrews of The Thinking Atheist podcast has compiled some of the more modern-day…Continue

Tags: steal, borrow, copycat, The Thinking Atheist, Seth Andrews

Finding Your Roots

Started by Randall Smith. Last reply by Chris G Dec 15. 9 Replies

I've been into genealogy for a long time. It's fun, especially with internet help, but increasingly frustrating. You see, I've hit "brick walls". And being a Smith doesn't make research any easier.Wouldn't you think I could find the death date and…Continue

Christmas: Behind the Curtain (The Thinking Atheist)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by sk8eycat Dec 12. 11 Replies

Well, it's that time of year again.  Time to gird our loins, put on our battle armor and join the (dah-dah DAAAAAH!) WAR AGAINST CHRISTMAS!!! [groan!] Yeah, most of us have heard that crap before, probably too many times, in fact, how atheists are…Continue

Tags: Christmas, The Thinking Atheist, Seth Andrews

Secular and Reclaimed Winter Holiday Songs

Started by Grinning Cat. Last reply by sk8eycat Nov 26. 41 Replies

This is an appropriate day of the year for this subject...What are some of your favorite winter holiday songs?It would be especially good to share powerful new secular lyrics to tunes that have become associated with Christmas.…Continue

Tags: singing, lyrics, reclaimed, reclaiming, HumanLight

Aljam

Started by Randall Smith. Last reply by Grinning Cat Nov 24. 4 Replies

I'm not a news hound by any stretch, but I do like to stay informed about what's going on in the world. (I despise "local" news with all the reports of murders, robberies, fires, etc.)The national "evening" news shows really irritate me. I hate…Continue

Surreal, I haz it

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner Nov 22. 79 Replies

Surreal, not just found in art.Continue

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Comment by Joan Denoo on May 2, 2014 at 10:10pm

Now, on to the celebration of living with reason as a guiding force, an energy that resides within us, for our benefit, and for the health of civil society and public affirmation of a national day of reason. 

The National Day of Reason, a secular celebration for 

Agnostics, Atheists, Brights, Freethinkers, Humanists, Rationalists, Secular Humanists, Skeptics, Spiritual Humanis. 

Celebrated on the first Thursday in May of every year.

Activities include food drives, blood donations, call for an end to prayer invocations at government and public meetings, public schools meetings and graduations. 

I spent National Day of Reason in my garden clearing tiny little spots at a time, doing more sitting that clearing, listening to birds and watching them tend their nests. The squirrel has figured out how to eat from the birdfeeder and the good news, the feeder is still hanging from a blue spruce limb. He watched me secure it so he couldn't just lift the feeder off the hanger. He couldn't throw it to the ground to eat at his pleasure. He sat in the mugho pine and scolded me for stopping his theft from the birds. 

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on May 2, 2014 at 9:33pm

Ian mason, I love that quote from Arundhati Roy so much, I’m adding it to my pictures.

As for being judgmental, I think it’s critical to distinguish person from behavior. That’s jargon for respecting the person even though you judge a given behavior as wrong or harmful. You can put someone up and put down a bad behavior at the same time, since human beings aren’t perfect – none of us.

Sk8eycat, I love the cat version of Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel.

Great rant, Joan. I get into moods like that fairly often myself, usually over sexism and Climate Destabilization.

LOL, you infected me with a meme.

Comment by Joan Denoo on May 2, 2014 at 8:55pm

sk8eycat, I know you will create great lyrics to "Maria" from "West Side Story". Right now, I am sick of sheep who follow leaders with their heads in an ancient doctrine, who tell them how to think and act and feel. I am disgusted with those minions following sycophants who whimper when someone questions an obvious fallacy in their thinking.  

The thing that outrages me most is when some fawners to dogma accuse me or a non-believer of threatening them, when all we do is question their beliefs. Especially if they make assumptions about morals or principles of non-believers. 

Where do Palin's morals originate? Could it be that supernatural being who resides in some place unknown and unknowable, who killed or had killed by his direct orders. The list goes on and on and on. 

Exodus 11 (New International Version)

The Plague on the Firstborn

Loving? Compassionate? Caring? Kind? Merciful? Humane? Benevolent? 

Yes! Just like the Crusaders plundered the wealth, slaughtered the men and boys and raped the women!

Yes, Just like the Inquisition after 1252 Pope Innocent IV issued a papal bull entitled Ad exstirpanda, which authorized the use of torture by inquisitors. 

Yes, Just like Puritans in Massachusetts in the 1600s, created a religious police state where doctrinal deviation could lead to flogging, pillorying, hanging, cutting off ears, or boring through the tongue with a hot iron. Preaching Quaker beliefs was a capital offense. Those who defied this law and were hanged. In the 1690s fear of witches seized the colony. Twenty alleged witches were killed and 150 others imprisoned.

 

Comment by sk8eycat on May 2, 2014 at 8:47pm

Here's one I found while looking for something else... I think it's supposed to signify a helping hand, but it might also be Ceiling Cat sparking "Adam" into opening  a can of gushy fud.

Photo: Hi there!!!!! :) :) :) Serenity Acre is looking for Foster Families, to take care of our wonderful cats! or kitties! young or old! :) Could you reach out and help?? Have the time?? :) :) We need Foster People!! If you've considered having a cat, or would love to help out! ...or perhaps it's not in the budget, You could become a Foster!!<br /

Comment by booklover on May 2, 2014 at 8:08pm
I thought that figure was higher. :( I have that song stuck in my head too now Felaine! :)
Comment by sk8eycat on May 2, 2014 at 6:28pm

Oh, Mindy, that's GRRRRREAT!  But I'm ashamed to say that think it's slightly MORE than 50% of Americans who believe we were created standing upright on two feet (even though our bodies tell us differently), with crania toolarge to fit through the pelvic canal easily...etc & so forth.

"Denial, there's to many folks in denial!"

(Too the tune of "Maria" from "West Side Story."  I'll have to think up more lyrics now that it's stuck in whatever I use for a mind. Gah!)

Comment by booklover on May 2, 2014 at 4:37pm

Pardon the swearing, I thought this was funny. :)

Comment by sk8eycat on May 2, 2014 at 3:05am

Joan, the really awful thing is that the fear-teaching is inflicted on the very young; they rarely have the information or instinct to counter it.  Child abuse, IMO.

Ian, thank you for that post.  It's amazing/ironic that I have been fantasizing about 'sploding WalMart stores en masse lately. They are more obscene than porn shops.

Comment by Joan Denoo on May 1, 2014 at 7:49pm

"'Cramming for finals', old people who get religion and/or crave forgiveness towards the end."

Excellent name for the sudden conversions when near death. Fear reigns. What kind of life is that? Having the fear of damnation after death even as some willingly chose exploitation throughout their lifetimes. Or tried hard to live to the principles taught by preachers, teachers and priests who hung onto sheep and goat herder stories as a reasonable and rational way to live, never really sure they did all the right things. Fear! That seems immoral to me. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on May 1, 2014 at 7:43pm

Arundhati Roy is a women of great principle and especially appropriate for today, May 1.  Thank you for sharing this quote, Ian, and reminding us of the challenges we face and the things we can do to make a difference. 

 

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