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Comment by Steph S. on July 2, 2012 at 11:49am

Comment by sk8eycat on July 2, 2012 at 9:51am

Ummm  if any of you care to click on the link to Judith's web page, and read her bio, you will learn that she was a passionate friend to all non-believers...especially to people still afraid to come out of the closet. 

Even better, check the used-book web sites and see if you can buy a cioy of In God We Trust, but WHICH One? or The Happy Heretic (from Prometheus Books).

The world has lost a bright and entertaining atheist writer.

Comment by booklover on July 2, 2012 at 8:35am

I'm sorry your friend has died Sk8eycat.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on July 2, 2012 at 5:54am

Sk8eycat, I'm sorry to hear your friend Judith is gone.  My condolences to you and your circle of friends.  

Comment by Ian Mason on July 2, 2012 at 5:50am

Sorry to hear about your friend, sk8eycat. My condolences to you.

Comment by sk8eycat on July 2, 2012 at 3:59am

@James Martin: You said, "The more loudly they proclaim their Christeranity the more likely they don't know what it means or suspect they might not really believe it at all." 

Exactly!  They remind me of the Cowardly Lion in "The Wizard of Oz" yelling "I DO believe in spooks!  I do, I DO, I DO!"  They were all lost in a creepy forest where the dead-looking trees were reaching for them with their branches.

Freethinker Yip Harburg wrote a lot of the dialog for that film, in addition to the lyrics of most of the songs.  That short bit of action has his humorous/sarcastic trademark stamped all over it.

Comment by sk8eycat on July 2, 2012 at 3:44am

Dear Griining Cat:I'm sorry...I'm kind of out of it right now.  I learned this morning (Sunday) that my friend of 12 years, Judith Hayes aka The Happy Heretic, http://s129542369.onlinehome.us/thh/ ) died sometime this past week.  I don't know exactly what happened, but the last time she talked to or e-mailed anybody was June 19th or 20th. The last time she called me was Sunday, the 17th to talk about me becoming her "first Reader."

The Calaveras County Cops aren't talking until they "notify the next of kin."  Yeah. Right. Her "next of kin" shuned her when she came out as an atheist nearly 35 years ago.

Anyway, I'm stunned, devastated, just sick about the whole thing, and not making much sense.

Later.

Felaine

Comment by Plinius on July 2, 2012 at 1:15am

Congrats Patricia!

Comment by Plinius on July 2, 2012 at 1:12am

Thanks Steph! I was at a bookcrossing meeting (www.bookcrossing.com) saw many friends and changed a stack of books.

Comment by Grinning Cat on July 1, 2012 at 11:32pm

@sk8eycat et al.: Dave Silverman came up with a pose similar to Tebowing, called "Thinkering":

"Atheists get down on one knee, curl their wrist to their chin, and look up. The pose is meant to mimic that of Auguste Rodin’s classic sculpture known as The Thinker."

The crucial difference between Tebowing and Thinkering: "we don’t bow our heads in blind submission, rather we consider and conclude for ourselves."

 

@Steph: thanks for the 4th of July wishes!

I got my fireworks fix Saturday night, as part of the celebrations in Philadelphia. On the evening of the 4th itself I plan to break with tradition and instead play music for dancing.

 

@Patricia: Congratulations!! The two of you are evidently doing something right!

 

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