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Christmas: Behind the Curtain (The Thinking Atheist)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by booklover 2 hours ago. 19 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

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

Tags: surreal

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Comment by Steph S. on May 16, 2013 at 11:20am

that was funny booklover!! I loved it - that Lolcat made me laugh.

Flying Atheist thanks for the videos.

Comment by sk8eycat on May 16, 2013 at 10:42am

The most despicable thing that Agnes Bojaxhiu ("Mother" Teresa) did was to constantly speak out against abortion and contraception.  When she was asked why she encouraged overpopulation and famine...and people having more children than they could afford to take care of, she would always drag out that old saw that "The lord will provide."

She also seemed to believe that the suffering of the poor was "beautiful," and somehow helped the world, but nobody ever had the cojones to ask her "HOW??!"

She was brain-damaged, IMO.

Comment by Plinius on May 16, 2013 at 10:17am

And proud to belong to your team, Joan! But I'm very glad you've got such a wonderful real life team!

Sending you a wallflower from my garden.

Comment by Joan Denoo on May 16, 2013 at 9:38am

I just drank 32 oz of water and am fasting, preparing for a cat scan this morning. Then no more until next week. I intend to enjoy these days away from treatments and protocols and just enjoy my fabulously beautiful, weedy garden. 

Mindy, I will be thinking of you and your mother and daughter enjoying a lovely time together. 

Thank you, each one, for your encouragement. You help keep that dark cloud from enveloping me. You are part of my team and I appreciate you. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on May 16, 2013 at 9:33am

Mindy, a wise man, and I too "I love Alan Alda! :)"

Comment by Joan Denoo on May 16, 2013 at 9:07am

 sk8eycat, Great news about your project to increase energy efficiency in your home. A nice happy cry clears out the old cobwebs as it gives you fresh ways to see the world. It is kind of a wet  emotional ophthorectumy: cuts the nerve between the eyeball and rectum so one doesn't have such a shitty outlook on life. 

I agree with you wholeheartedly about Hitch's book on Mother Teresa. She was brainwashed and couldn't put an end to mindbinding of religion. Perhaps her final days would have been easier for her if she had abandoned her yearning for a reciprocal Christ and turned to her own internal strengths. 

"Jesus has a very special love for you. As for me, the silence and the emptiness is so great that I look and do not see, listen and do not hear.
— Mother Teresa to the Rev. Michael Van Der Peet, September 1979"

Doubt, questioning, examining, exploring are part of what makes us human and leads us from the filth of dying people laying on cots dwithout adequate medical and hygiene care and could have move her to see the role religion plays in creating, maintaining and perpetuating such poverty. She was part of the problem. 

Comment by booklover on May 16, 2013 at 8:39am

I love Alan Alda! :)

Comment by booklover on May 16, 2013 at 8:37am

Felaine, I'm so glad that nice stuff happened to you!!!! :)

Chris, so cool you get to go to Naples!

Joan, I'm sorry you had a setback, but I'm glad you have such an awesome family to care for you!

My Mom is taking the kids and me out for breakfast!  Nice start to a nice sunny day here!  I hope all of you have a good day.~ Mindy

Comment by Idaho Spud on May 16, 2013 at 8:19am

Felaine, I'm glad to hear your good news.  I just bought a powerful LED light on sale, so I'm glad they gave you LED lights.  They have no mercury, don't break, are the most efficient, and can be turned off & on as much as you want without reducing their life.  Some can even be dimmed.  

That Hitchens' book sounds good.

Joan, sorry about your bad day, but glad to hear you have such good support.

Comment by Ian Mason on May 16, 2013 at 5:50am

Good things happen sometimes, Felaine. Enjoy them.

The best way to avoid wasting food? Feed it to me! I admit to having a "very healthy appetite", to put it politely. It's a good job I'm an exercise junkie too.

Joan, it sounds like you've got a great team there and I'm sure that helps. Even that old sceptic Hitchens said there was a link between morale and health. All the best to you and yours.

 

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