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

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Soren Sagan on Wednesday. 9 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 on Tuesday. 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

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

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Comment by Joan Denoo on March 31, 2013 at 6:23pm

Sunday morning, at my daughter's home with her husband and soon to be joined by two grandaughters and their mates, and five great-grandchildren, celebrate coming spring. Of course a big feast of baked ham, au gratin potatoes, cole slaw, and all the trimmings send out aromas as they bake and marinate. 

My granddaughter, her mate, and their blended family of five children hiking this morning sent back these photos. We will all be together this evening with a shared dinner. 

Snow on the ground in the forest that surrounds their home has almost melted. A white rabbit and deer peak in on us, just checking in. Even Dominic and Spaz, dogs, watch them, but accept wild  visitors. There is something special about this family.

Comment by Joan Denoo on March 31, 2013 at 5:34pm
I appreciate your sharing, Patricia; the positive support that comes from staff feels so good, and then from family and friends is like frosting on a cake. I am prepared for the bad stuff, even with some good relaxation processes. I expect to complain when the time comes.
Comment by Grinning Cat on March 31, 2013 at 4:49pm

Melinda, it's great to see you and your daughter enjoying time together!

And thanks for that good advice on dealing with preachy Christian Facebook friends: "Unfriend them.... just because they don't see you on their friends list doesn't mean you're not there. Have faith."

Sk8eycat, that picture "This is not a chicken ... this is not a person ... this is not a difficult concept" is right on. A potential child is not yet a person. The unspoken "personhood" / "child" / "unborn baby" assumption behind anti-choice arguments needs to be consistently spoken and refuted.

Spud, observant Jews' Sabbath practices actually do follow somewhat logically from their (crazy!) axioms. The 39 categories of creative or controlling actions (rather than physical effort) that they avoid on the Sabbath are extrapolated from the categories of "work" used to build the tabernacle in the desert. Electricity is seen as a sort of "fire" that shouldn't be controlled directly, but timers and thermostats are OK, as is keeping food hot with a stove or oven that's already on. And as Melinda mentioned, traditional Jews are actually required to violate the Sabbath rules (and most others) when it means saving someone's life.

Many humanistic Jews, while rejecting "god said so" or "the rabbis said so", find value in the Sabbath as a time to "rest" from trying to dominate and control the world and other people, and appreciate who and what we have. It also asserts that time off isn't just for the rich, and that our dignity is based on more than our jobs and paychecks.

Comment by booklover on March 31, 2013 at 3:42pm

This is my beautiful Daughter with our 12-year old curmudgeon cat Dale.  I just took this picture today, and I love it.  She's on her way back to school, so I'm a little down, and I wanted to share this. :)

Comment by Idaho Spud on March 31, 2013 at 7:47am

Not important, but I had another thought about the Shakespearian nom bird picture.  I wonder if it could be real, but rotated.  The branch could be slanting down to the right, and the bird is standing plumb.  Not likely, just a thought.

Comment by Idaho Spud on March 31, 2013 at 7:41am

Steph, the cat chewing on the braid made me smile.

Comment by booklover on March 31, 2013 at 7:39am

Comment by Idaho Spud on March 31, 2013 at 7:38am

Melinda, that is crazy.  Driving is more work than walking?  Pushing a button is more work than climbing the stairs?

Comment by booklover on March 31, 2013 at 7:38am

I've been two a couple of seder meals also Carl, and you are right, they are NOT meals, lol.  That's a good story. :)

I'm glad you're on an up-turn and feeling better Ruth.  I second Carl's post!  You are missed when you are not here.

I have to go with my husbands family to brunch at this place they take us to every year.  We don't go because it's a 'holiday', we go because it's a free, good buffet! lol.  Have a good day everyone. :)

Comment by Idaho Spud on March 31, 2013 at 7:35am

Yes Ruth, I thought the nom bird would fall over also.  Almost certainly  photoshopped.  However, I wonder if it's possible that a real bird could get in that position because of their strong grip.  What do you think Steph?

 

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