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1 week ago @ Atheist Revolution - In Defense of Old \"Ra... · 0 replies · +2 points

I guess that I missed the boat on hearing that "lame" was no longer an acceptable term. That's an example of your point on the difficulty of keeping up with every change of correctness that comes along.

I also have to stay tuned to word usages changes here in the Philippines as well. For example ''squatter'' is now a no-no. The correct reference is ''informal settler''.

1 week ago @ Atheist Revolution - In Defense of Old \"Ra... · 2 replies · +3 points

As an old man (not the euphemistic phrase ''senior citizen''), I don't think being elderly is an excuse to not keep up with the times in awareness of terminology. Considering the advanced state of today's communication in the U.S., a person regardless of age would have to just about be living in a cave not to be aware of changing terms, and the excuse that "I've always expressed myself t that way" is just plain lame.

That said, as shown by some of the examples that Jack and davjospro1 have furnished, the trend of walking on eggs to avoid offending others over legitimate words is ridiculous. And don't even get me started about the o.k. gesture supposedly being hijacked by the white power movement.

Still, there are some terms to which thought might be given before using them. I remember reading about an Asian lady who was referred to as ''Oriental". Her reply: "I'm not a rug"..

2 weeks ago @ Atheist Revolution - Spiritual But Not Reli... · 0 replies · +3 points

I think that "spiritual but not religious" is a cop-out by philosophically trying to have it both ways, i.e. supposedly disbelieving in a supreme being but still believing that there is a power beyond the realm of awareness but for which there is also no evidence. .

2 weeks ago @ Atheist Revolution - The Tyranny of the Min... · 2 replies · +3 points

Christians in the U.S. who whine about a supposed tyranny of the minority are indeed the ones most fearful of losing their privileged position. They are convinced that America was founded as a Christian nation, the Constitution notwithstanding, and want to keep it that way.

There may now be fewer Americans who claim any religious affiliation. But you can bet that those who still do, such as Christian fundamentalists, are digging in for the long haul and are wielding disproportionate political power to get their way..

3 weeks ago @ Atheist Revolution - How They React When Th... · 0 replies · +1 points

The workplace is not a social club. You're there to do a job. And workers' respecting each others' privacy doesn't make them robots, just mature adults.

3 weeks ago @ Atheist Revolution - How They React When Th... · 1 reply · +3 points

I get the same crap and a similar kind of intrusiveness about being child-free as well as for being an atheist, as though my reasons for being either are anybody's business but my own.

3 weeks ago @ Atheist Revolution - How They React When Th... · 8 replies · +3 points

If the subject comes up and you're asked about your beliefs, just politely reply that it's a topic you don't discuss.

4 weeks ago @ Atheist Revolution - When Believing False T... · 1 reply · +2 points

As an atheist, an argument that I've heard from religious believers is "Why do you want to take away my belief in God when it gives me comfort?" That tells me that these people harbor uncertainties about the existence of a supreme being. But clinging to what faith that they do have makes them feel good like a child clutching a stuffed toy,. because the alternative of life without God is just too scary to face.

5 weeks ago @ Atheist Revolution - Parenting: Autonomy vs... · 2 replies · +2 points

crittervalley, Do they also have outhouses in the backyard and spittoons down at city hall?

5 weeks ago @ Atheist Revolution - Parenting: Autonomy vs... · 6 replies · +1 points

I thought that trash burning in the U.S.even in small towns and rural areas was banned by now.