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

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Loren Miller 20 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

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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 Joan Denoo on September 25, 2013 at 2:13am

Wal*Mart claims to be a Christian company owned by a Christian family, and these claims simple exist as ludicrous, absurd, preposterous flapping of lips to cover up theft of time and effort of countless employees, innumerable workers in China, and gullible shoppers in the USA. This film tells the story and needs to be understood. Every penny spent at Wal*Mart leaves the community, goes to line the pockets of people who feel entitled to manipulate and exploit anyone and everyone in their path. 

Walmart: The High Cost Of Low Prices FULL MOVIE

The Walton family and trickle-down

Comment by The Flying Atheist on September 25, 2013 at 12:38am

Joan, thanks for your input.  I agree with you.  There's absolutely no benefit to this barbaric practice and she really needs to understand that.  My mother has always been one of those persons that doesn't like to talk about "taboo" subjects or to be confronted with complex or controversial social/political topics.  

Comment by Joan Denoo on September 24, 2013 at 11:57pm

Carl, I tend to be much more hard-hearted than most, but I think you need to share the circumcision video with your mother. She needs to be aware of the reality of the practice and if her dedication to circumcision is based on religious teachings, this is too important to allow the tradition to continue. 

This is an example of how Attitudes, Beliefs, Customs, Traditions and Value link. In order to challenge the Value, one uses A.B.C.T. If not challenged when the facts become evident, she could place undue influence on young parents to do what is physically, mentally, emotionally, morally and ethically wrong. 

I don't know any other way to break values. 

Comment by The Flying Atheist on September 24, 2013 at 11:36pm

Sk8eycat, I'm with you.  I will not patronize Walmart.  I don't agree with their business model or their treatment of workers.  There are Walmart stores in the Chicago suburbs but very few locations have made inroads into the city proper due to Chicago having such a strong historical and traditional influence of unionized labor.  The folks here have fought tooth and nail from being infiltrated by Walmart, being mostly successful with just a few exceptions.  

I can honestly tell you that I have been inside a Walmart store three times in my entire life.  Two times in other cities while on a layover at work when I needed an item and no other option was available (each time spending less than $10.00) and the third time, not as a customer, but just accompanying an acquaintance with a work-related purchase.

I'm trying to do my part by not encouraging this business.  I'm just one person, but I have been active throughout the years with online petitions that speak out about the myriad of problems associated with Walmart.  I wish I could do more to be more effective.

Napoleon, thanks for posting that video on circumcision.  In recent years I've become quite vocal against this horrible practice.  When I've brought up the subject in conversation while in the presence of my mother, she gets quite disgusted that I would even consider taking such a stance.  I'm thinking I may need to send this video to her, but it might send her into a fit.  She enjoys living in her bubble and doesn't like to talk about such topics. 

Comment by Ian Mason on September 24, 2013 at 9:07pm

Mindy, higher education is becoming an elite reservation. In my day (that's the 1980s) university education in Britain was free and there were student grants to live on.When I was finished I owed about £350 to the bank. One of my nephews who's just starting expects to have debts of around £50,000 when he's finished after 3 years. Most of the "reforms" to the education system were brought in by the so-called Labour government of Tony Blair.

Here in Denmark most education is still free and there is a form of financial support, albeit means-tested and not enough to live on. My daughter will end up owing very little when she's finished despite having to support herself for her 6-month period studying in Australia. That was paid for by the savings me and my ex had put aside every month for 18 years plus her own weekend job. I can't understand how any country calling itself "civilised" can restrict access to education in this way.

Ever read Gray's "Elegy in a Country Churchyard"? That laments all the unrecognised genius that's 6 feet under, the undiscovered Shakespeare that was an unlettered ploughman unable to express himself because he couldn't go to school.

Bit of a rant but I'm also outraged by the system, particularly when we're told that education is the key to the future but only the rich get through the eye of that particular needle.

Comment by Tony Carroll on September 24, 2013 at 8:28pm

This is from Uncle George's site (as in George Takei). Laughed so hard nearly split my gut, as the saying goes. How can something so wrong be so right? He does look fabulous, I must admit.

 

Comment by booklover on September 24, 2013 at 4:44pm

My son got a full-time job Monday through Friday!  Regular hours, above minimum wage pay, great benefits, small company!  Now he can make some money and still take classes at night while he decides what he wants to do!  He's SO excited, and I'm so happy for him!  He's only 19, and we told him to keep living at home at least for a couple of more years and stash away his money!  At least he'll never have the student loan debt our daughter does.  We paid 80% of everything, and my mom paid for all her books and sorority fees, etc. for 3 years, she didn't go back this year because of depression, and she STILL OWES $20,000.  This was just a regular State University.  Not THE top State University in our state either.  I want to get a job just to help her pay it off!  She doesn't want to finish until she gets some of that debt down.  It makes me sick how much it leaves some students in debt.  I know I just said it, but we paid 80% and she STILL owes that much for 3 years!!!!  Ugh.

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Comment by sk8eycat on September 24, 2013 at 1:54am

I buy groceries online from Schwan's (everything is frozen, but the veg taste VERY fresh, even when you nuke them. Their ice cream is to slide under the table in ecstasy for.), and Vons/Safeway for everything else. Electronic coupons are valid, and they have other specials.

I have a couple of friends who moved to Payson, AZ in 1999, and there's one of those giant Walphart stores right across the street from a Safeway AND a chain supermarket that's popular in Arizona.  My friends think WailMart is just wonderful.  The store plus the parking lot have destroyed several acres of what was once a large market garden... Ugh.

People don't understand that once something that large is built on fertile cropland, it is gone forever.  Or at least for our lifetimes.

This country's wealth has always been the land, but it's all being paved over at breakneck speed....nobody can eat asphalt.

I don't know if Schwan's delivers in Canada, but they WILL send packages via UPS...packed in dry ice.  Go to the Safeway web site and see if they deliver in your area...do they have stores in Canada?

 

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