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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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Are You a Patriot? (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by The Flying Atheist 14 minutes ago. 11 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

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

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Grinning Cat 10 hours ago. 11 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 Ark Encounter: A Less than Grand Opening (The Thinking Atheist)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Grinning Cat on Monday. 24 Replies

The day finally arrived.  Ken Ham's Ark Encounter opened on 7 July, 2016 ... to something a bit less than Disney-sized crowds, and more than a couple dissenting voices!  Seth Andrews has gathered a quartet of significant participants in the protest…Continue

Tags: Tracey Moody, Dan Broadbent, Seth Andrews, David Silverman, AronRa

Surreal, I haz it

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Idaho Spud Aug 14. 91 Replies

Surreal, not just found in art.Continue

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Wedding Haka - Subtitled & translated

Started by Joan Denoo Aug 13. 0 Replies

I ran across a video of a wedding in which a group of wedding guests celebrated with a performance of a traditional Māori ancestral war dance, called a Haka. It was intended for sons, however, the women have joined in a participation of…Continue

Tags: new, traditions., women, men, Haka

Onward (Unpaid) Christian Soldiers (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Chris G Aug 13. 1 Reply

Proselytizing in the military is a dirty little secret most radical christians would rather didn't get out.  Well, never let it be said that America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers, was ever a wallflower where a pit bull was needed!  In the following…Continue

Tags: Military Religious Freedom Foundation, MRFF, America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers

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Comment by Natalie A Sera on August 22, 2011 at 6:49am

McCarthyism took place during my preschool and early elementary school years, and I vaguely remember being aware of it. I was a precocious child, and I loved to listen to the adults talking.

At this point, I am aware (MUST have learned later) that some innocent people were blacklisted, became unemployable, and basically had their lives and careers wrecked by McCarthyism. I'm not so sure that we're not headed into another horrible place like that -- different enemy, but the Fundies and pals seem to me to be even worse than the McCarthyites. Maybe it's because I understand it as it's happening.

I think we MADE progress during the 60' - 90's, but it seems obvious to me that there is a large movement trying to take it away from us. :-(

Comment by annet on August 22, 2011 at 1:21am

Agreed Natalie. Getting out the vote is going to be critical in 2012.  People who are supporters but annoyed with the current administration or who are complacent need to be talked into voting anyway!

To make myself feel better sometimes I consider the religious fanaticism of McCarthyism of the 50s, maybe we are making progress, glacially slow but still progress. 

Comment by Natalie A Sera on August 21, 2011 at 1:34pm
So, every single one of us needs to figure out what we can do to fight the movements that are aiming to take us back to the Dark Ages. We can't just sit back and let them do it. The Republicans are VERY good at scare literature and lying to get people to vote for them -- and no amount of sincere, non-hysterical fact-giving can counteract people who are preying on emotions. My tactic is to financially support groups that take the Constitution-deniers to court, because I'm not physically up to demonstrating on the street, but each of you, PLEASE find your own way!
Comment by alexa penzner on August 21, 2011 at 1:12pm
the real constitution, abe lincoln, and thomas jefferson among other americans, we ought not to have the gov't we do have - but we've always been teetering between the christian right and normalcy. right now they sure are sinning - i mean winning. (boy, that was a real freudian slip - honest.)
Comment by Ezra David Rose on August 20, 2011 at 7:52pm

It says in the First Amendment that we have the right to petition the government for a redress of grievances....

Comment by alexa penzner on August 15, 2011 at 10:36pm

We the people are the rightful masters of both Congress and the courts, not to overthrow the Constitution but to overthrow the men who pervert the Constitution. 


      Abraham Lincoln 

Comment by Steph S. on August 15, 2011 at 6:08pm
Alexa, that sounds wonderful.  Being in tune with nature is a good thing.
Comment by alexa penzner on August 15, 2011 at 5:58pm
hi tara, lary, chris and anyone else who is sympatico. i am a biology person as well as a spiritual earther. and i love celebrating special days - it gets in tune with, well, the earth. i grew up in the country. we had no religion at the time, and i made up my own - everything had spirits in them, as children will do, and a lot American Indian feeling went into it also. i am glad to hear that others feel the same way. sometimes these posts can be so dry and intellectual. alexa :]

i wanted to put up a beautiful eath pic, but i can't on this wall - argh!
Comment by Tara on August 15, 2011 at 10:10am
Great post, Lary9!

@Alexa - humans are social, celebratory critters. We celebrate achievements, success, new arrivals, etc, and much of that celebration has an underlying theme of thankfulness. Seasons are not something to be believed in, they are a fact. Same goes for Earth. Being thankful and having the need to share the joy in this by celebrating is not an irrational action when we consider what it is to be human and how we are hardwired.

I think you'll find there are many atheists who view nature in the same way(s) that you do. :)
Comment by Lary9 on August 15, 2011 at 6:56am
"I 'Heart' Mother"
Nothing delights and astounds me more than the earthly varieties of life and habitat. And just as these two wonders are inseparable, I try not to compartmentalize myself into 'thinking man' and 'feeling man' since I can't really experience one without the other. Moreover, I was just expressing to my son last night how amazed I am that the work of evolution, in particular 'natural selection', leaves its signature all over 'creation'. It's constantly being revealed in the various structural and functional adaptations to the earth by currently living forms ---and, frequently, vice versa. This concept of Gaia, of a living, morphing geophysical entity that is both genesis engine and home to all living things, is central to my concept of self. I am as much a revelation of Mother Earth's beating heart as I am an American, a socialist or an atheist. All this serves to remind me that no Christian or Muslim or Jew is exempted from being human or acting humanely by believing in God. Likewise, no non-believer is ever banished from the human family for not believing either. We are all joined together at the deepest, prehistoric levels of relatedness and no Texas or Louisiana school boards can make it otherwise by clumsy fiat.
 

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