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Secular and Reclaimed Winter Holiday Songs

Started by Grinning Cat. Last reply by sk8eycat yesterday. 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

Finding Your Roots

Started by Randall Smith. Last reply by Patricia yesterday. 4 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

Aljam

Started by Randall Smith. Last reply by Grinning Cat on Tuesday. 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 on Sunday. 79 Replies

Surreal, not just found in art.Continue

Tags: surreal

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

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Loren Miller Nov 21. 5 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

Attacks in Canada Oct. 22nd/14

Started by Patricia. Last reply by The Flying Atheist Nov 20. 4 Replies

This was devastating for us........…Continue

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Comment by Grinning Cat on June 26, 2013 at 11:10pm

What the Supreme Court got right was striking down DOMA Sec. 3, which withheld federal recognition of valid same-sex marriages.

On "Prop. H8", they ruled narrowly, not dealing with marriage itself but merely finding that the proponents of the California marriage ban had no standing in court to appeal the district court decision against it. I was hoping for a broader decision that would bring marriage equality to more (or even all 50) U.S. states; but anything short of upholding Prop. 8 is a positive.

What opponents of equal marriage ignore or deliberately muddy: All this is about civil marriage, where religious ceremonies or recognition are completely optional. A church's beliefs on religious marriage don't affect its tax-exempt status. (Involvement in partisan politics, as with massive Catholic and Mormon campaigning for Prop. 8, is quite another thing!)

Comment by The Flying Atheist on June 26, 2013 at 9:06pm

Hello, folks.  I've been away for an extensive nine day special training session for work.  Nice to be back.  I've been able to catch up here but I haven't had the opportunity to post. 

A special "shout-out" to Mindy:  thanks for asking about me.  I also miss people on here when they are gone for long periods of time. 

Comment by Plinius on June 26, 2013 at 2:00pm

Good news! Mooi!

Comment by booklover on June 26, 2013 at 12:49pm

I am so happy that the Supreme Court got SOMETHING right! I agree Lillie, I hope those churches lose their tax-exempt status.  They should anyway!

Comment by Joan Denoo on June 26, 2013 at 12:07pm

Lillie, that is great news. 

Comment by Lillie on June 26, 2013 at 10:42am

Congratulations to us all for the Supreme Court ruling on Prop 8.  One announcer mentioned that churches might lose their tax exempt status for refusing to marry gay couples.  Good.

Comment by Lillie on June 26, 2013 at 10:39am

It is my understanding that books are bound in China.

Comment by booklover on June 25, 2013 at 5:32pm

Adorable lol cat Steph!  Where the heck has Carl been?

Comment by Steph S. on June 25, 2013 at 5:14pm

Comment by Plinius on June 25, 2013 at 1:25pm

Ian, I think the publisher is responsible, even if it's a second hand book, so you should contact the publisher. In my bookshop years I changed a lot of misprints.

 

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