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

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Soren Sagan 12 hours ago. 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 on Friday. 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 sk8eycat on December 21, 2012 at 2:53pm

One of many things that bothers me about gun fans is the number of accidental deaths...like the man recently who thought  there was a prowler in the house, and killed his own son.  Or the number of kids who get their hands on daddy's gun, don't know how to handle it, or don't know it's loaded, and shoot a friend, or themselves.

But NO civilian needs anything like an assault rifle, or any other weapon that sprays bullets all over the place.  This isn't the Wild West anymore (and what the US military did to the original occupants of this land is shameful, anyway.)

The NRA needs to get real and grow up, but I'm afraid they never will.  It's also about money...the gun manufacturers would fold up and die if their only customers were the military.

My father used to have a revolver that he was required to carry when the only job he could get during the Depression was driving a gasoline delivery truck. (The oil company armed and trained all their drivers.) The gas stations he delivered to had to pay in cash...no credit card receipts...by the time he finished his route, he had a ton of money on him, and some people were desperate then.  He got rid of the gun as soon as it was no longer necessary; he hated it.

When Pres. Obama said he was "heartbroken," I thought to  myself, "No, sir.  I'm disgusted."  And I still am.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on December 21, 2012 at 2:50pm

When heard a few days ago that the NRA was going to make a public statement today, I was really interested in hearing what they may have to say.  I expected that after a full weeks' reflection on what happened in Connecticut, the NRA might bring some thoughtful and productive dialog to the situation and to the issue of gun rights and gun control.  Instead, I'm stunned at how thoughtless, unprofessional, callous and insulting they are.  In the last week, pro-gun enthusiasts have been complaining of the 'knee-jerk' reactions of those folks who want to take away their guns.  I have to say, I have a huge problem with the knee-jerk reaction of the NRA.  Arm every teacher with a gun?  Does this include EVERY teacher?  Nursery school, elementary, junior high, high school, college, university, technical school?  How about the shootings that occur in other locations?  Shall we have armed guards at every movie theater?  Should the kids working the candy and popcorn counter be armed?  Should every member of a religious house of worship be armed?  Armed guards at every mall?  Every strip-mall?  Every place of business across the country?  Shootings occur EVERYWHERE.  And the solution, according to the NRA, is to have MORE guns available?  I'm disturbed and insulted by the useless and unproductive message from the NRA.           

Comment by booklover on December 21, 2012 at 2:24pm

Carl, I LOVE your cartoon! ha ha ha!

Tony, awesome picture of the cat sniffing the flowers! Awww!

Felaine, I KNOW!  It makes me just SICK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  REALLY? Guns in schools is the answer to the violence?  I heard on a liberal radio-show today someone said (sorry, I have a terrible memory!), that's like getting rid of rape by giving EVERYONE a penis!  BAD joke I know, but the answer to violence is not MORE GUNS???  I seriously believe our country has gone mad.  Religious nuts and Gun nuts!  I know we are already a laughingstock to the rest of the world, but now it's worse.  I am sickened. :(

Comment by sk8eycat on December 21, 2012 at 12:54pm

Sorry to put a damper on things, but did anybody else read what the head(?) of the NRA said today?  That ALL schoolteachers should carry guns in the classroom?

I've been gritting my teeth for an hour.  How can anybody be so self-serving and STUPID?

Comment by Plinius on December 21, 2012 at 12:13pm

Thanks Ian! The container at the bottom of the flat will be overflowing after xmas - but husband and I are going to behave as usual.

Yes, Sinterklaas brought me a chocolate letter C: one of the people in my class of English told me that the old saint had it brought to the wrong house - that's the usual way with Sinterklaas presents.

Did he bring you anything?

Comment by Ian Mason on December 21, 2012 at 11:51am

It's the same here in Denmark, Chris. Every time there's any public holiday people buy enough food to last at least a week and a lot of it gets thrown away. I really doubt that it brings any pleasure to people. I'm all for enjoyment but that's not the same as consumption so no, I don't think you're grumpy.

Did you get anything from Sinte Klaas?

Comment by Tony Carroll on December 21, 2012 at 11:09am

Comment by Joan Denoo on December 21, 2012 at 10:53am
booklover, I had the same impression then read your comment. This is an example of memes that Ruth has been so good at helping understanding memes and their infectious qualities. Let me think, a positive meme might be,
"It is so shiny, it reminds me of being out on a clear night and seeing all those stars; I wonder if there are cats out there" or
"It is so shiny, stars have come indoors"
Comment by Idaho Spud on December 21, 2012 at 10:41am

One of my favorite actors.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on December 21, 2012 at 10:38am

Well.....the Mayan doomsday has come and gone.

 

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