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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

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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 The Flying Atheist on December 14, 2013 at 4:26pm
I have to add my two cents as well. I like the Oz picture and also the Jesus walking on water, Mindy. Funny stuff, as Johnny Carson used to say.
I hope your son recovers quickly. Sounds like he's being well cared for.
Comment by Idaho Spud on December 14, 2013 at 2:56pm

I think you're right Felaine.

Comment by sk8eycat on December 14, 2013 at 2:45pm

Spud, I don't think much has changed in Flaw-riduh since the '80s....in fact it's gotten worse IMO.  That goes for all of the buybull belt.  The adults are afraid their children might learn something, or figure things out for themselves.

Comment by Idaho Spud on December 14, 2013 at 2:27pm

Mindy, I love the Oz images!  

Felaine, what horrible '80s school officials in Florida!

Steph, that NFA cat is funny.

Comment by sk8eycat on December 14, 2013 at 2:24pm

I had a "senior moment" there.  The author who tried to buy the "Oz" books was Piers Anthony.  I had to Google his name by entering the title of one of his books.  How bass-ackward is that?

(That's the kind of thing that happens when I can't remember something...I had back surgery in '09, and I can never remember the first word of the procedure, so I have to think "...and fusion," and then the word "laminectomy" magically appears in what's left of my mind.)

Comment by sk8eycat on December 14, 2013 at 2:15pm

Mindy, first, I hope your son is getting better, and second...

I think those two images from "The Wizard of Oz" are exactly what L. Frank Baum was trying to tell his readers.  And why, back in the early '80s a school district in Florida pulled all the "Oz" books out of their libraries...and BURNED them!  A science fiction/fantasy author who lived in Florida at the time offered a considerable amount of money to buy the books, and was turned down. (Some of them were very valuable first editions.)

Stupid, stupid, stupid.  At the very least ANY school district always needs money, but NOHHHHH!  They had to make sure they destroyed the "satanic" influence in their area.

Comment by booklover on December 14, 2013 at 8:56am

*of not or

Comment by booklover on December 14, 2013 at 8:56am

Thanks Chris!  My daughter got home at about 2 a.m., and then washed her hands and went downstairs to my son's room to take care or her brother, lol.  It's funny, she's turned into a little mother with him.  She takes his temperature, gives him meds, makes sure he is drinking lots of water.. it's sweet to see.

Comment by Plinius on December 14, 2013 at 1:10am

Hope he gets well soon , Mindy!

Comment by Steph S. on December 13, 2013 at 9:56pm

Sorry to hear your son is sick Booklover. Hope he gets well soon.

Out tonight with the car - huh. Well hope everything goes well.

Love that picture Mindy- so funny and so true !!

 

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