Karen Loethen's Blog – December 2012 Archive (5)

All-Knowing, All-Powerful, Ever Loving God

One thing I truly struggle with, as an atheist, as a person, as a friend to believers, is that huge gap between what REALLY IS and what believers have to do in order to continue making sense of reality through the eyes of their belief.  They must redefine words and phrases again and again.  They must find a way to hold "free will" and "God's will" together in one hand and figure out how those concepts can adequately explain things.  Believers must repeat, like…

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Added by Karen Loethen on December 31, 2012 at 7:17am — 3 Comments

'Tis the Season

I *will* say "Happy Holidays". 



Because I am disrespecting Christmas and Christians?

Absolutely and Resoundingly NO.  It is because I speak very deliberately and I use words and expressions thoughtfully and I choose to include all people I see in my good wishes.

When I say "Happy…

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Added by Karen Loethen on December 11, 2012 at 5:52am — 8 Comments

Hot Air

I think it matters what you call things.  I guess it is true that a rose, by any other name would smell as sweet.  But you can't ignore the fact that words are powerful.  Words have the ability to bring one's emotion up to the heights or down to the lowest depth.  Words are powerful.  That is why I am quite militant about language and the use of certain words.

I'm not a freak about your spelling (though mine will, in general, be correct).  I'm not the punctuation police or the grammar…

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Added by Karen Loethen on December 5, 2012 at 5:34am — 2 Comments

Homeschool Atheist Momma

Are you an atheist homeschooler?

If you are, then I KNOW you have spent hours upon hours on the internet looking for guidance, like-minded people, curriculum, and support.



I've been thinking about this so much lately.  One reason it is so difficult being atheist parents is that, for most of us, we are first generation atheists.  We have no frame of reference, no common rituals, no role models, no easy fall-back positions, and VERY FEW homeschool materials to help us on our…

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Added by Karen Loethen on December 5, 2012 at 5:28am — 2 Comments

'Tis the Season

I will say "Happy Holidays".



Because I am disrespecting Christmas and Christians?

Absolutely and Resoundingly NO.  It is because I speak very deliberately and I use words and expressions thoughtfully and I choose to include all people I see in my good wishes.

When I say "Happy Holidays" I absolutely mean that I wish YOU and yours a very happy holiday of your choice.



Please, accept that certain parts of the media (Bill O'Reilly, for example) have…

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Added by Karen Loethen on December 5, 2012 at 5:23am — 4 Comments

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