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Picture yourself spending some time with congenial friends, sharing your lives and pictures from your cell phones." They're curious about that cool game, song, movie, camping trip, art show, or other event that fascinated you. You talk about all kinds of stuff, poetry, styles, personal achievements, relationships, and bad days. You can share your inner child, and laugh together. They sympathetically listen to your feelings about serious topics like politics or climate change, even when they don't agree.

Personal validation comes from paying attention to one another, giving more than you get. Everyone respects you and themselves, despite our amazing range of personal tastes and interests. They'll tell you they don't agree with an idea or behavior without implying you're a bad person or somehow deficient. It's an "I'm OK, You're OK" kind of fellowship, where nobody tries to make himself look better by picking on somebody else.

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bending truth, or "We Can All Be Manipulated" (TheraminTrees)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Compelledunbeliever yesterday. 37 Replies

The following is one of TheraminTrees' most thorough-going pieces, wherein he looks at the process and techniques whereby a "religious" organization (which will sound VERY familiar to most of us, once introductions are made!) takes a person who…Continue

Tags: indoctrination, truth, manipulation, TheraminTrees

punishing doubt (TheraminTrees)

Started by Loren Miller Sep 6. 0 Replies

If you are associated with religion and especially a fundamentalist religion, doubt is intolerable.  Certainty, however it may be achieved or imposed, becomes a necessary element, especially considering the utter dearth of any form of evidence or…Continue

Tags: religion, TheraminTrees, punish, doubt

We Don't Want Your (Atheist) Money! (The Thinking Atheist)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Idaho Spud Sep 2. 17 Replies

I suppose I've heard stories like this before:Conscientious atheist donates money to worthy cause.Worthy cause initially accepts money.Worthy cause discovers source of donation.Worthy cause rejects donation.Swell, eh?  Well Matt Willbourne of…Continue

Tags: American Baptist Churches Association, Murrow Indian Children's Home, The Thinking Atheist, Seth Andrews

The Whole Bible in 30 Seconds (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Randy Hatly Sep 2. 3 Replies

Ever decide that you wanted to read the whole bible, cover to cover, only to realize half-way through Deuteronomy that the darn thing is industrial-strength BORING?!?  Well, never fear!  America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers, has done the Cliff's…Continue

Tags: bible, America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers

Are You a Patriot? (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Chris G Aug 29. 22 Replies

You might think that Betty Bowers, America's Best Christian, would be stepping outside of her comfort zone in tackling the concept of patriotism.  As it turns out, not only does she have a proper handle on the term and its implications, she also…Continue

Tags: patriot, America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers

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Comment by alexa penzner on August 14, 2011 at 2:29pm
chris - so simple, so true :]

("Hey, what's the point of bringing common sense to a debate if your opponent isn't?")
Comment by alexa penzner on August 14, 2011 at 2:24pm
hi - i have met 2 atheists into the Earth the way i am.  all religions celebrate holidays based way back on the turns of the earth: harvest, new moon, spring, sun return, mid-summer. . .  i celebrate the earth.  does anyone else feel this connection? being 'intellectual' and using reasoning is very important, but so is the emotional quality of life.  please, don't respond if you just want to tell me this not so; i just want to talk to people who wonder about or feel this connection - thanks :]
Comment by Chris Dodds on August 14, 2011 at 10:50am
Hey, what's the point of bringing common sense to a debate if your opponent isn't?
Comment by Ian Mason on August 14, 2011 at 10:31am

Welcome, Susan. Isn't reality wonderful? Fairy stories are good entertainment but you wouldn't like to base your life on them.

 

They're fine answers, Chris. If people don't want to debate with common sense and logic, why not make fun of them?

Comment by Chris Dodds on August 14, 2011 at 9:31am

I feel I should help us fight the prejudice against atheists out there.  Two of the most common questions I get asked as an atheist are "How can you deny that this world is the product of anything but intelligent design?" and "What do you yell out in bed?"

In the case of the former, I answer "I can deny that we're the byproduct of intelligent desgin because you're here."  With the latter, I go "Ask your wife."

I know it makes me sound like a dick, but I really don't care.

Comment by Susan Pfuntner on August 12, 2011 at 2:56pm
Hi I'm Susan. My husband and I both turned 40 this year and decided it was time to grow up and stop believing in fairytales. :)
Comment by MolotovDerp on August 9, 2011 at 10:27pm
I was peer pressured here :P
Comment by Diego Veríssimo Lakatos on August 9, 2011 at 8:35pm
I made a mistake, the link for the "Rational Society" is www.sociedaderacionalista.org
Comment by Diego Veríssimo Lakatos on August 8, 2011 at 8:39pm
Hello, sorry for the spam, but it's for a good cause. Along with some friends I'm launching a website called "rational society"(www.sociedaderacional.org). The site is in Portuguese but you can translate the page to the language you wish, and send texts for publication.I invite everyone to visit us. thanks
Comment by Steph S. on August 1, 2011 at 6:16am
Candace, they predict today is supposed to get to 107 and tomorrow 108.  Wow, just too hot!
 

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