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Seeing Things (TheraminTrees)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on Thursday. 2 Replies

TheraminTrees doesn't release videos very often these days,  but when he does, they are positive GEMS.  Most recent of his works is the following, wherein he dismantles some of the common rebuttals atheist get from believers when we assert our…Continue

Tags: seeing things, YouTube, TheraminTrees

Let's not define ourselves or others by our worst behaviors

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner Feb 15. 4 Replies

My take on the recent melt down at Hang With Friends, of which I missed part, is that some of us were tripped up by a habit of thought. It's something we learn growing up, and use without realizing how much pain it can generate -  failing to…Continue

Tags: dispute at Hang With Friends

You'll NEVER Guess Who Just Showed Up on Mr. Deity!!!

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Loren Miller Feb 14. 11 Replies

I don't believe this one either, but ... well, here it is: And would you believe - Mr. D made me laugh!  RD, that is!Continue

Tags: Richard Dawkins, Mr. Deity

Seth Andrews' Rebuttal to "10 Women Christian Men Shouldn't Marry" (The Thinking Atheist)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Loren Miller Feb 6. 20 Replies

It seems as though some numb-nuts New York pastor by the name of Stephen Kim has written two marriage advice pieces for christian men and women.  Not surprisingly, his suggestions come straight out of his never-fail magic book.  Seth Andrews of The…Continue

Tags: advice, marriage, The Thinking Atheist, Seth Andrews, Stephen Kim

Seth Andrews' New Book, "Sacred Cows" (The Thinking Atheist)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Patricia Feb 6. 7 Replies

For the last few podcasts, Seth Andrews has been alluding to a new literary effort he's been working on.  Well, the cat is out of the bag ... or perhaps I should say, the cow is out of the barn!  Seth's new opus is entitled: Sacred Cows: a…Continue

Tags: book, Sacred Cows, The Thinking Atheist, Seth Andrews

Living in the Answers

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Patricia Jan 18. 13 Replies

I am weary of those who declare they understand all the answers to the creation of the universe and Earth. They claim they know the answers to the questions of life, meaning, death, and the afterlife. Those with all the answer speak with confidence,…Continue

Tags: confidence, education, government, family, afterlife

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Comment by Steph S. on August 29, 2012 at 9:07pm

Right sk8eycat when you read the hate mail from the xtians in the "Freethought Today" newsletter you see their hatred! It is just sick!

I also am appalled by the "Crime Blotter" section that lists all the priests and ministers who are charged and convicted of crimes.

Comment by Steph S. on August 29, 2012 at 9:05pm

Wow Patricia! I love your flowers! Beautiful! You must have a really lovely garden. I also love the cute dog (who is not a morning person) and the unicorn picture. Very cool! I'm trying to get caught up here.

sk8eycat I love that you said this:

"Any amount of hate is incomprehensible to me; I can't even hate the haters.  For one thing it takes way too much energy.  I would much rather just ignore them, but they hurt people...animals, and the environment." Just ignore the haters! Good advise!

Comment by Steph S. on August 29, 2012 at 9:03pm

Thank you Patricia for the great elephant painting video and for also adding that video to my Wildlife group - many thanks!

Comment by The Flying Atheist on August 29, 2012 at 7:36pm

Patricia, BEAUTIFUL lilacs.  One of the great flowers of summer.  And yes....the scent of lilacs wafting through the air on a sunny summer day is incredibly pleasing.  

Comment by sk8eycat on August 29, 2012 at 7:09pm

Oh!  Lilacs!  They won't grow around here...too warm in winter, I think. 

Once I drove a co-worker to a grower to buy lilacs for his birthday present. It was about an hour and a half from here, at a higher elevation.  We filled up the entire back seat of the car; the drive home was incredible...and intoxicating.

Comment by sk8eycat on August 29, 2012 at 6:58pm

Any amount of hate is incomprehensible to me; I can't even hate the haters.  For one thing it takes way too much energy.  I would much rather just ignore them, but they hurt people...animals, and the environment.

The strange thing is that our mother was born and raised in Oklahoma, and did grow up with a lot of Buybull Belt prejudices, but she was very careful not to hand them down to me or my sister.  I know she sometimes used the "N-word," but never when she thought we could hear her.  I only heard her say it by accident...the walls where we were staying one summer vacation were thin.  If I had ever said it, I would have had a bar of Lifebuoy shoved in my mouth.

Comment by Ian Mason on August 29, 2012 at 2:46pm

That amount of hate is incomprehensible to most, sk8ey, Partricia and all. I would have said, just over a year ago, that here in N. Europe we were free of the worst of that but then came Utøya and Oslo.

Comment by sk8eycat on August 29, 2012 at 2:28pm

Steph, the FT "Crank Mail" scares the pee-turkey outta me sometimes. These people are not ashamed to use vicious, foul language like that, AND sign with their real names and home towns.  Either that, or they're too stupid to realize that their e-mails can be traced.

Even so, it frightens me that they are so insecure about their faith that they have to bolster it by insulting strangers who don't share their fantasies.

I do wonder if any of them are the types who turn violent...  I worry about that a LOT.

Comment by Steph S. on August 29, 2012 at 10:35am
Tony I love the picture that says that you are basically the person you are because of what you are taught by your parents. If you are taught hatred and sexism, etc. you learn that. Parents need to teach their children well. Great post!
Booklover I love the picture of the book that has no facts - the bible.
How's everyone doing today?
Comment by Idaho Spud on August 29, 2012 at 9:28am

Tony, I very much like your piece about pesky little facts.

 

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