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Christian privilege: A threat to our American values (Kristi Winters)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Bertold Brautigan 20 minutes ago. 3 Replies

I came to learn about Kristi by way of my favorite YouTube dude, Steve Shives.  She may not be as prolific as Steve as it comes to video production, but when it comes to taking a topic and being utterly, scathingly on point, she shows many of the…Continue

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Republican Theocracy (AronRa)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Loren Miller yesterday. 5 Replies

At least some of us here on Atheist Nexus know who AronRa is.  We know that he's a great well of knowledge, who tends to dig deeply into a topic, who researches thoroughly, especially on matters which impact the relationship between the secular…Continue

Tags: church, state, dominionism, R J Rushdoony, Texas

An Atheist / Antitheist Manifesto, by Brian Dalton

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Loren Miller May 22. 8 Replies

The original title of the following video was: "The Way of the Mister: Atheist Fundamentalist," but having watched it twice, I can't escape the feeling that my moniker fits as well and perhaps a bit better.  In 20 minutes and change, Brian Dalton…Continue

Tags: fundamentalist, manifesto, antitheist, atheist, MrDeity

Hillary Clinton has Connections to The Family Fellowship

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Comment by sk8eycat on September 24, 2012 at 4:19pm

Is there a web site that lists who owns what?  Like the Koch brothers have their dirty little fingers in a lot of different industries and products.  I buy supermarket generic products as much as possible, but I have NO idea who actually makes things like generic brand TP...or who owns Safeway, for that matter.

I sold my car, so I'm not buying oil and gasoline, but I use natural gas to cook (as little as possible - I "nuke" what I can)...and electricity.  Don't know where that comes from.

Back in the 1960s & '70s, one of my favorite writers was trying to "go green" before that became hip.  He was so proud of all his wood-burning heaters and stoves.  THEN he learned that individual householders burning wood (or coal) pollutes the air more than whatever it is giant utilities do to generate electricity.

We try, but we can't win.  And as you said, most product boycotts don't make a dent in some fat cat's profits.

Comment by Joan Denoo on September 24, 2012 at 1:49pm

Tax Avoidance, Government Dependency, And Romney’s Boca Raton Host

I don't have any idea how to have the power to overcome these business practices, except boycott. If I voluntarily go on an austerity plan, know exactly how and who benefits by my spending dollars and then boycott them, I would at least fee

l better about myself. The benefit is a simpler life style. Get off the consumption merry-go-round and stop feeding the beasts. Want to join in the endeavor? Where to start? Cut up credit cards, know product sources, buy locally from producers of goods and services? Anything else you can think of and share?
Comment by Joan Denoo on September 23, 2012 at 7:08pm

Daniel, my paragraph didn't read very clearly, did it! I had the same reaction when I re-read it as you. 

Comment by Daniel W on September 23, 2012 at 6:42pm

Joan, to read your clarification then read the line "A little dust off, a splash in a pan of water and then to their mouths; their eyes sparkle with delight. "  That is so funny!

Comment by sk8eycat on September 23, 2012 at 3:48pm

Joan, that's delightful, in a snarky kind of way.  And it's all true!

One thing that was omitted was the female pelvis; in order for us to be able to walk upright (sort of), the pelvic opening for the birth canal is too narrow for our offspring to be delivered fully formed and able to walk the way other mammals' younglings are.  Thus the prolonged childhood and adolescence, and dependence on parents.

Of course, I think it would be ghastly to have to carry a fetus to toddler-size! 

Comment by Joan Denoo on September 23, 2012 at 1:25pm

Loren, as usual your words holds so much truth. I suspect I don't need to be as angry as I have been because I feel the bindings are now gone. Even though the issue is serious, it doesn't have to be grim. I read some history on J.D. Rockefeller this morning and realized how much his beliefs paralleled Romney's; we know how awful that turned out. Gaining great wealth on the backs of people who worked for them, and yet many citizens do not vote in their best interests. I am really interested to see how this election turns out. I have this silly vision of human beings bent into pretzels trying to make it in this Alice-In-Wonderland-world. I wonder if this generation of people-pretzels have to die off before we get our country back?

Hope your Sunday is relaxing and fun. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on September 23, 2012 at 12:04pm

Do I need to clarify that the kids don't eat the worms, it is the fruits, vegetables and herbs?

Comment by Loren Miller on September 23, 2012 at 12:00pm

Joan, society bends over backwards because so many of them have been co-opted by the lie of religion, and because they're afraid of retribution, either from the god they worship or their self-righteous neighbors.

Then, of course, we come in and throw a monkey wrench into their works by not accepting any of it and challenging all of it.  In places, we scare believers out of their wits ... and for multiple reasons, most of which have to do with lies told and lies hidden.

Comment by Joan Denoo on September 23, 2012 at 11:47am

Richard Dawkins, Society bends over backwards

Not being able to speak one's understanding of how the world works and how we are to function in living feels like a piece of masking tape over my mouth and a mind-binder over my brain that tightly prevents thought and speech. To what end? Who benefits? Who pay the price?
When confronted with a statement based on religious beliefs I must give my perspective. What good am I if I don't give my perspective? Am I just a mirror, or a CD of your beliefs? NO! Of course not. I am created with a mind and a mouth and I intend to use them both. If the evidence changes or my understanding changes, I am more than happy to change. Until then, expect me to speak and act from my best understandings.  

Comment by Joan Denoo on September 23, 2012 at 10:39am

The good news is, many of us seek and find a more fulfilling mode of making a living; we learn how to live with rhythms of nature, enjoy each precious moment we have alive, feel a sense of pride of being part of it all and able to see the broader view of life and living things.

One little thing, I grow soil to raise food crops without chemicals; the end product is so far superior and the neighbor kids love to come over to watch my helper worms. Kids scamper through paths as they pick and eat a wide range of flavors, right from the soil. A little dust off, a splash in a pan of water and then to their mouths; their eyes sparkle with delight. Nothing like it happens when I return from the store. 

 
 
 

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