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

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Loren Miller 21 hours ago. 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

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 Napoleon Bonaparte on February 19, 2014 at 10:43pm
Comment by booklover on February 19, 2014 at 7:44pm

Napoleon, love the Art saying. 

Carl, have be careful tomorrow!  Rain, then a freeze... My husband told my son he's going to drive him to work.  Driving on ice scares the crap out of me.  My son has to go to work really early too.  I think I'll sit at home and read all day!

Comment by The Flying Atheist on February 19, 2014 at 7:29pm

Comment by Napoleon Bonaparte on February 19, 2014 at 5:33pm

Comment by sk8eycat on February 19, 2014 at 3:35pm

The problem with believers is that they are so wrapped up n their fantasy world(s) that fact fall on deaf ears...they just don't GET it.

When I was heavily involved in Trek fandom, I met people who lived Trek 24/7...ne guy changed his name to James t. Kirk, and wore the uniform.  His roommate had a Spock haircut, wore pointy rubber ears, and wore the blue Science Officer shirt. They were effing serious.  (I met a few sane people, too, including the couple who ran the conventions, John and Bjo Trimble....we're still friends. I adopted Fred, our black cat from them last year when they couldn't keep her.)

One reason I love them...they walked the walk:

http://www.startrek.com/article/bjo-trimble-the-woman-who-saved-sta...

Fans around the world are gearing up to celebrate the 45th anniversary of Star Trek next month, but the truth is there might be nothing to celebrate, or certainly a whole lot less, were it not for the efforts of Bjo and John Trimble. Longtime fans surely know the story, but newer fans may not, and it’s time to re-tell the tale for the old-timers and pass it on to younger ones. For the record, when NBC seemed to be on the verge of axing Star Trek after a low-rated second season, the Trimbles devised a grassroots letter-writing campaign that saved the show and resulted in a third season. Though the network dropped Star Trek after its lackluster third year, enough episodes had been shot for the show to enter syndication and, in syndication, Star Trek emerged as such a phenomenon that it was resurrected as an animated series and, in 1979, a big-budget feature. And from there the franchise grew and grew,...

and so on

Comment by Ian Mason on February 19, 2014 at 2:52pm

Mild weather here in Denmark too, Chris.

LOVE the poster Napoleon. One of the things that, after I've read it, wish I'd said it. 

I agree with you, Patricia. I have a "John MacEnroe reaction" to beleivers: "You CAN NOT be serious!?"

Comment by sk8eycat on February 19, 2014 at 2:23pm

Joan, I absolutely love that last photo of "Lunar Earth-rise"!  I have a large poster of that one, and haven't had the money to get it framed and hung.  It just takes my breath away.

I agree with both Weinberg and Harris; it's time to take the gloves off and challenge religious fables and fantasies, and stop the TB's from tampering with science education in the public schools.  You all do know that US high school students scored second WORST in science and math among the industrialized nations. 

That's ghastly.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on February 19, 2014 at 1:59pm

Grinning Cat and Joan, thanks for calling our attention to the Steven Weinberg video.  I'm in total agreement with him.  Religion, in any form, fundamentalist, mainstream, or innocuous new-age B.S. have no valid purpose in our modern society.  Using any type of religion as a foundation for belief is just building a house of cards.    

Comment by sk8eycat on February 19, 2014 at 1:58pm

Thank you all for your good wishes, I AM doing better today, even though the parmacy hasn't delivered my Colcrys yet. I picked up my free Neurontin at my MD's office yesterday, and that one desensitizes the damaged nerves in y feet and hands, so I'm not wanting to howl when I take a step.

I've been rereading sam Harris' Letter to a Christian Nation; He doesn't soft-pedal anything.  It contains a lot of scientific facts to us when challenging a True Believer   Highly Recommended for atheists, and to sneak into a TB's library.  Heh!

Comment by sk8eycat on February 19, 2014 at 1:50pm

This is what I want to hug...even though I know it's impossible:

 

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