I just finished talking with my older sister Chris, whose childhood picture is just above. It took place just after the Green Bay…
Religions, based on Abrahamic faiths, operate in terms of dominion, ownership, hierarchy, exploitation, and manipulation.We see it all around us in the policies and practices of the institutions of our lives. I see it in my family. One grandmother came from a long line of Puritans with a very strong sense of patriarchy. Her husband, my grandfather came from a rigid Roman Catholic background with a strong sense of patriarchy. As I observe my family as a participant observer, I see a lot of…Continue
A lot of politicians and congressional members have been making the headlines in some of the worst ways lately. Headline making behavior like writing treasonous sounding letters of hate and rebellion against diplomatic talks directly to Iranian leadership. Making the phrase "climate change" an…Continue
To me it is very important that the color scheme reflect and celebrate diversity. My nephew is in an interracial relationship, and has an amazing daughter Grace, of whom we expect great things. I would like to have our family members' names embroidered onto the quilt and have enough space for new names to be added. Quilting is celebrated in African-American and many other traditions. My mother learned it from her grandmother and we are hoping that…Continue
Well, my faithful reader no doubt remembers the story I told a few weeks ago about mom's struggle to corner the market on walnuts. Apparently this is a lifelong obsession as a small woman barely 5 feet tall in her old hometown looking for walnuts and walnut trees. When she moved into the big city she was able to continue her habit and even having a truck full of squirrels who had cleared out her pickup bed could not deter her.…Continue
When I check on the atheist groups on Facebook I regularly read stories of people being harassed by their families of devoutly religious people. Even though Facebook has settings that allow people to block individuals who might insult or post negative comments, somehow these believers seem to break through. These long suffering and I suspect somewhat dense atheists don’t understand you could even have a profile for one set of friends and a profile for a second set.
But the basic…Continue
Every time I hear, "How can you be moral without god?", I know what the bible tells of god's behaviors and the behaviors of followers of religion. I see those who preach, teach and practice hate. Battered women who try to live under the influence of religion, Christian and Islam, learn the things that will maintain and perpetuate family violence. If you have doubts, just look at the morality of god's acts in the bible and morality of families living according to biblical teachings. I want…Continue
A major immigrant crisis is brewing along the Mexico-US border where thousands of children are crossing without their parents, fleeing what seems like gang warfare. According to some estimates, nearly 70,000 people have died recently in Mexico as a result of drug-related conflict. While we must not diminish the importance of US foreign…Continue
I know the impact of criticism, I've known it all my life. It begins with my family who expects me to fit in, to think as they do, to do the things that they do, to remain silent because I say things they don't want to hear or read.
Sometimes the criticism is constructive, offering me a new frame of reference, pointing out a contradiction, exposing my biases and these are all valuable and important in my creative processes.
There is another kind of criticism that is less…Continue
Review of Christopher Boehm, Moral Origins: The Evolution of Virtue, Altruism, and Shame (Basic Books, 2012)
Humanism asserts that human beings are naturally capable of caring about others and taking action to help others, even those who are not like themselves. One only has to notice the worldwide response after Typhoon Haiyan hit the Philippines to be convinced of the truth of that assertion. But despite humanists’ celebration of Charles Darwin…Continue
wow! indeed the byproduct*s of... culture? System? gov!? traditions?
impressive do share:
From the DN url found this:…
Added by AgeOfAtheists14 on January 23, 2014 at 5:45am — No Comments
I come from a Christian family. My mom is very... very religious. She cried her eyes out when I said that I didn't want to get baptized. My father, I love him. He's very understanding and open-minded about my lack of belief and has been a huge help when it comes to dealing with my mother.
But my grandparents on the other hand, they are very much a picture perfect view of christian country folk. I am made to dress up in ridiculous clothing every Sunday because we are going to…Continue
First let me say that, when I refer to fossils I mean all species of animal, reptile, bird,
insect and arachnid fossilized remains found.
I have read that, as of 2010, the number of species living today are;
Mammals ..... = 5,490 .......X 2......... = 10,980
Birds............. = 9,998 .......X 2......... = 19,996
Reptiles........ = 9,084 ........X 2......... = 18,168
Insects... = 1,000,000 ........X 2.... = 2,000,000
Arachnids.. = 102,248 .......X…
Added by AgeOfAtheists14 on March 7, 2012 at 11:52am — No Comments
It's a blog update from me! Wow!
Okay, I know no one on here even knows who I am. It's been a very long time since my last post. Therefore, no one is going to jump up and down in joy and rapture (har!) at this little update of mine.
From what I'm able to gather from previous blog posts and comments, when last you heard from me, I was contemplating coming out to my parents about being an atheist and having a hard time dealing with the reactions of my extended…Continue
I have always enjoyed the holidays with my family, although we never celebrated the religious aspect of them. My parents are nonbelievers who did not want to influence us on religion.
We have this tradition for Thanksgiving that brings real meaning for the day. Before we eat, when most families would pray, each of us would go around the table and acknowledge the things we are thankful…Continue