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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 on Tuesday. 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 sk8eycat on March 9, 2014 at 10:11am

The country just south of our border calls itself "Los Estados Unidos de Mexico"...  They insist that we have usurped  "United States."

Comment by booklover on March 9, 2014 at 10:07am

Too many really good pictures and videos on here to mention! 

I really agree with the America usage.  I think I've told the story on here that I read about a group that went to Canada, and told the receptionist at the hotel desk "We're from America!", and she said "So are we."  It was a long time ago, and I can't remember where I read it, but that receptionist was probably so sick of dumb people from the US not realizing America is not just the US. 

I just noticed my daughter's cat Lucy has a wound behind her ear!  Our cat Dora is constantly attacking her.  Lucy is going to have to go to the vet.  I don't know what to do about Dora!  My daughter isn't going to be moving out for at least 5 months, and probably more like 9 months.   :(

Comment by The Flying Atheist on March 9, 2014 at 12:20am

I mentioned Leonard Bernstein below.  This really is one of the great Broadway songs from one of the great Broadway musicals.

 

Comment by The Flying Atheist on March 9, 2014 at 12:05am

LOL   Joan, thank you for double checking my spelling.  Actually, I knew I spelled it correctly.  I put the question mark after the word risque as a hypothetical inquiry as to whether the videos may be considered risque or not.   

Comment by Joan Denoo on March 8, 2014 at 11:47pm

Carl, great comment and cartoons. You make the point very well. I especially like your statement: 

"I think it's presumptuous and elitist to hi-jack the words "America" or "American" as our own or as an identity.  I refer to my country as the United States and to myself as a U.S. citizen."

The Flying Atheist 

How does one spell, "(risque?)"? Let me take a look ... 

Oh! you spelled it correctly! 

ris·qué

adjective \ri-ˈskā\

: referring to sex in a rude and slightly shocking way.

I am so grateful for spellchecker, when it doesn't replace my word for one of its choosing. And the dictionary that is so easily accessed is my constant friend. 

Comment by The Flying Atheist on March 8, 2014 at 11:18pm

Oh, and to those who posted the (risque?) dance video's.  Thanks.  They were all fun. 

Comment by The Flying Atheist on March 8, 2014 at 11:17pm

Joan, I see our thinking is on the same page. 

Comment by The Flying Atheist on March 8, 2014 at 11:12pm

I'm embarrassed at the over-zealous patriotism that pervades in the U.S.  I never refer to my country as "America."  There's a North America, a Central America and a South America.  I think it's presumptuous and elitist to hi-jack the words "America" or "American" as our own or as an identity.  I refer to my country as the United States and to myself as a U.S. citizen. 

I can understand how we linguistically morphed to the simpler and shorter "America" from the "United States of America," but I still think it's improper.  One of the problems is the fact that the use of the word "America" has been reinforced in our culture in songs we all grew up with and continue to hear over and over:  God Bless America, America the Beautiful, America (My Country 'Tis of Thee.)  And to be fair, I guess I can't leave out Leonard Bernstein's "America" from West Side Story. 

I always do get a chuckle when our patriotism is made fun of. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on March 8, 2014 at 11:10pm

I object t the use of the word "American" when meaning USA. Travelling in Europe, they referred to us as U.S. and that made good sense. We all knew what we were talking about. If we referred to other countries of the Americas, we used their country names, not "America". 

There is an arrogance and a sense of self-importance in using the whole hemisphere as our country. 

Comment by sk8eycat on March 8, 2014 at 9:46pm

"We've got loads of jingo-jingo-jingoism!"

I honestly don't remember this kind of sh*t when I was in high school 57 years ago.  Yeah, we played the "Banner" before every football game, but we played it as fast as we could to get the damn thing over with so the game could get under way.  (I was the bass drummer, so the head majorette...one of my very best friends...and I set the tempo.) I don't recall playing anything before any other sports events.  Certainly not before track meets and swim meets....

Of course, I grew up, and still live in Southern California...we never needed to prove our patriotism to the rest of the country.  Or our faith, if any.  We just wanted to beat the other schools, if we could.  and if we couldn't, that's show biz.

 

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