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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 Idaho Spud on April 5, 2014 at 11:55am

I think laughter is very good for us.  For one thing, it helps us face the challenges of life and overcome anger and depression.  It's the reason I watch my favorite comedy movies once a year, as well as the few comedies on TV I can find.

I wish I were like Mindy and could laugh a lot.  I can if I'm with the right people, but those people are few and far between.

Comment by Idaho Spud on April 5, 2014 at 11:48am

Good one Loren.  That's a keeper.

Comment by Idaho Spud on April 5, 2014 at 11:47am

I agree with everyone else Joan.  Your daughter was amazing as well as you.  What a story!

So glad that you were able to escape the horrible abuse and help other women as well.

Comment by Joan Denoo on April 5, 2014 at 11:44am

Please do remember, my story is not a pitty-potty story. It is all fact and that is the point of my telling it. Hundreds of women - and men - attended my classes and pulled themselves out of their viral lives. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on April 5, 2014 at 11:40am

Oh NO! I just reread my comment Between Grinning Cat and Arp, 

I misspoke. I did not write what I meant.  I wrote, 

"The conversations that occur on Atheist Nexus are very different than on Facebook and Twitter. The real food for thought comes on these sites. This is where I come for nourishment and for a safe place to rant." 

I should have written:

The conversations that occur on Atheist Nexus are very different than on Facebook and Twitter. The real food for thought comes here on Atheist Nexus sites. This is where I come for nourishment and for a safe place to rant. 

Comment by booklover on April 5, 2014 at 10:18am

I'm like you Carl.  I find humor in everything.  My mom and I laugh together all the time.  There is a lot of laughing here in my home.  I love silliness, jokes, puns, everything.

I did have a stepfather who was a jerk though.  He never abused me physically, but we never knew when his temper would blow and he would start yelling.  My mom divorced him when I was 17, and she could make it with 2 teenage daughters on her own.  I always had a loving extended family though, and a great mom.  I always felt special and loved.

I think you're an amazing woman Joan, and that was awesome of your daughter when she was 10!

Comment by Randall Smith on April 5, 2014 at 8:15am

Admittedly, I've led a very sheltered life. Reading I Fired God,  Joan's story, plus some recent television "exposes", I realize that there's a different world beyond my insolated walls--savage, brutal, sickening. My rose colored glasses have really fogged up recently. Thanks to all that are doing something about the ugliness of our society.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on April 5, 2014 at 1:42am

Joan, thanks for sharing the intimate details of your story.  It really humbles me and puts perspective on my own life.  I've been extremely lucky to have been raised by two caring parents along with three other wonderful siblings.  Other than the expected backlash of anger I may have received from my parents when I truly deserved it, there was no kind of abuse whatsoever in my childhood.  I can't imagine what it must have been like for you to live in a constant state of fear of physical or mental abuse, both as a child and as an adult. 

It seems almost ironic that it took the actions of a small 10 year old kid to stand up to your husband and to plant the seeds of freedom into you.  You did a wonderful thing for yourself and for your children by taking your life back.  And it shows when you post stories and pictures of them here on A|N.  You have accomplished so much in your life and have proven yourself as a extraordinary role model.  Hugs to you. 

Comment by Plinius on April 5, 2014 at 1:23am

And I can't figure why someone would want to beat two month old babies! That's a crime!

Comment by Plinius on April 5, 2014 at 1:20am

I marvel at your daughter, Joan, how she found the strength to defend herself - she must have learnt it from you, I think, but you didn't dare to use it at the time. Wonderful, how you escaped and grew strong!

I never laughed too in my parents' house. Sexist men only joke with people they see as equals, never with women. Such men target their unfunny jokes at women, then say women have no sense of humor.

The humor broke out when I felt good about myself, and it's still there. I even use it in teaching - so good when fifteen people have a good laugh together!

 

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