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Christmas: Behind the Curtain (The Thinking Atheist)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by booklover 12 hours ago. 21 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 The Flying Atheist on April 30, 2013 at 2:51pm

I know damn well that I don't have to listen to door-to-door proselytizers or take any of their literature.  I totally resent that fact that they are intruding into my personal time and space with their insane bullshit while I'm eating, napping, doing chores, watching a movie, or just chilling around the house in any degree of dress or undress.  And I very sternly tell them so.  The only times I say anything more is if there are any young adults with them......high school or college age.  I'll address them and tell them not to believe the lies they're being told, to think for themselves and to use the internet to look at videos on TheThinkingAtheist.com.  And I'll say, "Remember that!  The Thinking Atheist dot com!"     

Comment by Ian Mason on April 30, 2013 at 1:08pm

I thought this touched a nerve.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on April 30, 2013 at 12:15pm

Well, I didn't want it to come to this, but the above sign is going to be placed on my front door today.  Three days in a row, this past Friday, Saturday and Sunday, I was interrupted in my home by a knocking at the door and visited by religious solicitors.  Friday was the Jehovah Witnesses and Saturday and Sunday were ladies from a Spanish bible church.  Ugh!!!  So obnoxious. 

Comment by Grinning Cat on April 30, 2013 at 10:54am

One of my drugs of choice:

Comment by Steph S. on April 30, 2013 at 10:19am

Comment by Plinius on April 30, 2013 at 9:25am

I saw The Bear - it says in the credits NO animals were harmed, and as far as I know Annaud is keen on integrity. 

Comment by booklover on April 30, 2013 at 9:16am

Too many posts to comment on!  Joan, thanks for all the awesome pictures!

Ruth, "Nope" was too funny!  So was the sign that was not in use! lol :)

Carl, I figured the bear wasn't harmed, but I can't stand it anyway! lol.  My Mom won't go to ANY movie where an animal is hurt or sad, even though she knows it's not real! Even a cartoon!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Tom, interesting diagram about the solar-system! Thanks!

It's supposed to be 80 degrees here today, and then cold and rainy the rest of the week. :(

Comment by Tom Sarbeck on April 30, 2013 at 3:46am

Joan, thanks for the bird info.

Damn, another male top and female bottom scene.

Comment by Tom Sarbeck on April 30, 2013 at 2:49am

Joan, I'm committed to questioning authority, in this case Daniel Dennetts'  “There’s simply no polite way to tell people they’ve dedicated their lives to an illusion.”

He knows no polite way and is denying responsibility for his lack of knowledge.

Comment by sk8eycat on April 30, 2013 at 2:36am

The Well of Lonliness is one of the most depressing books I've ever read...try ANYTHING by Rita Mae Brown.  Rita WILL is her autobiography.

Venus Envy is a hilarious and touching novel about a woman in her 30s who has been told she has incurable cancer, so she writes letters to family and friends, telling them exactly what she thinks of them, AND that she's gay.  Then the doctor discovers her records have been mixed up with another patient's, and that she only is suffering from extreme stress and bronchitis.  The rest of the book is the aftermath.

Six of One, Loose Lips, and Bingo are also funny, touching, and semi- autobiographical about a small town that straddles the Mason Dixon Line, and begins with her own mother's 5th or 6th birthday.  Bingo is fairly close to the present...late 1980s, IIRC.

The mystery series she's co-written with her cat, Sneaky Pie start out pretty good, but the later books kind of got on my left nerve.  Too much churchy stuff, or something. Maybe it's because the original Sneaky Pie died about 10 years ago, and she's now collaborating with Sneaky Pie II.  But you will learn a lot about small-town Virginia, and Virginia attitudes in general. No gay characters that I can recall, but the animals have dialogue that the humans can't understand, and that is fun.

 

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