That's why I spend my time here. When MySpace functioned as a social network, in the Atheists group people were usually nasty to me. AN is civilized and "safe". That's why I donate $20 monthly, it's worth much more than that to me.
Hi k.h. ky, thank you for the welcome. I'm still fairly new and still reading, reading and more reading on this site. It amazes me how there is so much information, so many opinions and just flat out ideas that really hadn't occurred to me.
The weather is getting better but I still have 3" of ice on my driveway. Yes, I have been busy. I have organized 3 Freethinkers meetings a month in this small town of Madison, IN. That gives me something to look forward to every month. I'm also busy bowling, dancing and chasing women. It's fun to be retired.
I reckon you're pretty sensitive to all that religious "goin's on" at weddings/funerals. I'm more "go with the flow" kind of person. I just laugh at the hocus pocus stuff, ridiculing the sincereity of the ceremony.
Thank you for being a friend! Laissez les bons temps roulez!
You can find inexpensive trade paperbacks of selections of Robert Green Ingersoll's speeches, essays, and poems at Half.com. I'm slowly amassing a collection. One of my favorites is Some Mistakes of Moses, in which he takes apart the astronomical and geological (flat earth) nonsense in Genesis, and continues on through the five books that are attributed to Moses by True Believers.
Ingersoll was not only highly intelligent and fearless in going public with his lack of belief in gods...which ruined any chances he might have had for a political career...he was witty. And his speaking engagements were almost always sold out - standing room only; very unusual for an acknowledged agnostic/heretic in the 19th Century Victorian Era.
We need someone like him today. Desperately. There are several famous atheist writers and speakers now, but they are too "academic" to appeal to "just plain" people the way he did.
Dan Barker comes closest, but he does a lot of debates with Christian scholars that go over my head sometimes. He has written some funny songs about non-belief, plus serious ballads, and even set some of Ingersoll's poems to music. I have my CD wake-up player set to play his "Nothing Fails Like Prayer" right now. It's a cha-cha rhythm. Tee-hee!
(Another Barker song that I listen to a lot starts out: "Some people try to tell me that I need to find a god to love, but after looking them all over, I'll take none of the above." I'll try to upload it to Hang With Friends this weekend.
We're not so bad here in Canada for the bybull-thumping, & even though I live in a small city with plenty of churches, we don't really see a lot of attendance. Most seem to keep to themselves, although we do get the morons & jws door-knocking, but only in fair weather. They get a bum's rush at my door!!!
This is my son after a cold spell & a 12' snow fall in the winter of '78.....we lived 3 hrs further north then, but we've never had it like this again.
We used to have temperatures in the -30*C to -40*C for 6-8 weeks every winter. Now if we get -30*C, it's for no more than a few days. This has caused problems with the pine beetle killing off our forestry as they have a natural anti-freeze which will kick in if we don't get the sudden temp drop to beat them to it. Global warming is no hoax as we see the change every damn year, & the ones who insist it is, are ignoring the obvious.
Yes, we got several inches of snow a week or so ago here in the middle of BC Canada. It's not that cold yet for here, but it's stayed just cold enough so it hasn't melted away. This is a bit early this year as it hasn't been snowing much until mid December. 30 years ago or so, snow by Halloween, or shortly after, was a given but global warming has changed things a lot. We've even had years where we didn't get snow until after the new year, although that's not common.
Yes Katherine, people here were protesting against having one of their silly South African pastors coming here to spread their crap. It's almost the same Pentecostal Christian idiocy I encountered in the early 80s with speaking in tongues, except with a little extra hype and voodoo like stuff added. It will blow over, as our population is better educated here, the South Africans are like US Bible belt citizens, poorly educated and irrational, it would take hold there, quicker than here in Australia.