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Christmas: Behind the Curtain (The Thinking Atheist)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by booklover 5 hours ago. 23 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

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

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Loren Miller on Wednesday. 11 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

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

Tags: surreal

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Comment by sk8eycat on December 14, 2014 at 8:08pm

Chris:  I'm laughing that you stepped on that "pushy" woman's feet; were you wearing high heels?  (LOL!)  I would have done the same, but I don't wear heels anymore...I just look at photos of them and imagine bones going *crunch!*

Mindy and Patricia: Isn't it absurd that the buybull's imaginary boss made it possible to pass hereditary conditions on to our offspring, and then punishes us for not begging him.her/it to "cure" them? My dad's alcoholism and diabetes were two of the MANY reasons I decided not to have children at all.

I am reading my Robert Ingersoll collection again, especially the parts where he wrote/talked about Jeebus' absurd "miracles."  Imagine a "holy" man curing another man's blindness with spit.  How hygienic!

I really want to ask a minister about JC casting devils into a herd of swine (that then went berserk and drowned themselves), since the OT forbids eating or touching any pig products, where did that Middle Eastern "herd" come from?  Why was someone raising them if he couldn't sell them to anyone?

HOORAY for ham, bacon, and stuffed pork chops!

Comment by booklover on December 14, 2014 at 7:28pm
Great site, Joan! Love the posters!
Comment by Joan Denoo on December 14, 2014 at 7:11pm

How to Shit Around the World: The Art of Staying Clean and Healthy ...

Ian, I wish I had this guide when I was traveling. It was in Hungary, I think, that we had to buy toilet paper and each piece was 4" x 4" and felt like the paper we used for learning how to write in 1st grade. We also had to tip the restroom assistant for standing in the door and selling us toilet paper. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on December 14, 2014 at 7:06pm

Ian, your gentle comment of using hands in working instead of in prayer says what needs to be said and understood. 

If I remember correctly, she lived in Odder, near you. With your daughter in Copenhagen, will you travel by ferry to see her, or take the Great Belt?

I enjoyed a beautiful ferry ride from Hamburg to Copenhagen and on eastward. 

Comment by Patricia on December 14, 2014 at 6:49pm

What a great site Joan, I signed up.

Comment by Joan Denoo on December 14, 2014 at 6:44pm

Mindy, we need to find you some good posters that tell about non-believers and their children. We could knock your neighbor's socks off. 

I just found a treasure trove that you may enjoy. I am going to send one of these a day until I run out of posters. 

Churches and Children

Comment by booklover on December 14, 2014 at 3:09pm
Ian, cool presents you got from your daughter!
Comment by Joan Denoo on December 14, 2014 at 2:37pm

Patricia, I am very glad to learn you don't shop at WalMart. My son-in-law has a sticker on his truck, MalWart. Let me think, doesn't mal = "bad" in Latin and wart = "virus' in English? 

Bad virus 

I am unable to copy the picture from there to here. So, here is the site. 

Comment by Patricia on December 14, 2014 at 2:24pm

Melinda's posting, Joan.....

Comment by Joan Denoo on December 14, 2014 at 2:21pm

Chris, I love your toe-stepping-on experience! Sounds like the person needed some training on how to behave.  

Because we don't exchange gifts or cards, we have none of the stress associated with the mid-winter holidays. No shopping, no addressing of cards en mass, no crowds. We can sit at home, feet up on an ottoman and drink coffee, tea, or hot cocoa with a stick of cinnamon.  

Our potlucks at mid-winter taste so good, everyone, men and women, seem to be excellent cooks. Not all the family and friends are non-believers; we restrain from discussing religion and politics for other times.  If someone does bring up a conflicted topic, we always hear from the other side, not in an aggressive manner, but as a statement to balance opinions. The north Washington state area, populated by fundamentalist religious and political parties, have the fuel to create a big fuss. We like each other, so we leave the disputes to a Friday night over a pizza and beer. 

 

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