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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 Bertold Brautigan 2 hours ago. 34 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 Chris G on August 27, 2011 at 5:02pm
Ruth when these open they often don't have the header to allow for text editing. Can you fix that. I don't have that problem with other Nexus forums.
Comment by dr kellie on August 27, 2011 at 12:36pm
Comment by Carl Pastor on August 27, 2011 at 11:31am
fine, just have them sign over everything they own to you. i sdeem to remember somewhere in the gospels it says if your have wealth you ain't a going
Comment by rather not say on August 27, 2011 at 8:41am
the people im stuck living with think these hurricanes are a sign of the end times. oh how it gets on my nerves when there is a earth quake and a storm right after each other. the irony is that the capitalist agenda of profit at all costs has damaged the planet and caused these events to happen... i wonder if deep down the capitalists want to full-fill prophecy and subconsciously have polluted the planet in order to get "raptured" up during their lifetime.
Comment by Carl Pastor on August 26, 2011 at 11:46pm
thank you fer info. not being a citizen of either state ny or nj, i guess i've got nuthing to say
Comment by Rev. Richard Watkins on August 26, 2011 at 11:33pm
Ownership of the WTC site has been rather ambiguous for decades.  The memorial itself is owned by both the memorial foundation and the PA.  That's not really an issue, though.  The memorial exists as a museum to help people remember 9/11 as well as a memorial to honor the dead.  It doesn't exist to represent any nation or creed.  We must teach history, not hide it. (Our public schools hide enough history as it is.)  The cross was a part of the events after the disaster, and like it or not, represent that moment in time.  When my daughter is old enough to understand I'd like to take her there and explain why it's there and why it's a symbol of what fuels terrorism.  People do awful things using religion as justification.  Hiding religion's role in 9/11 is not a way to honor history and does injustice to the lives lost that day.  Tragedy is a perfect opportunity to teach.  Trying to be PC by representing all nations and religions just cheapens that opportunity.
Comment by Todd Masco on August 26, 2011 at 10:32pm
Ground 0 is not private property.  It is owned by a corporation, the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, that is government-owned.  It is government property.
Comment by Carl Pastor on August 26, 2011 at 10:24pm

last i looked, not very closely , true. but "ground 0" was private property. so, following our constitution, what ever they the owners decide to do with it is fine.  build a mosque, a church, or an atheistic community center. i dont really care.

i remember watching the second plane hit the building on TV and being appalled deeply appalled. i had eaten at the restaurant at the top of one of the buildings years before and i was simply appalled. but, to me symbols are not the real thing, and they are devisive. flags of all nations??  well im an american so do i have to honor the stars and stripes. for the people and by the people is enough fer me. actually id be happy if they just bulldozed the silly cross to build an access road. i will never feel included under any cross, crescent or whatever. the people are what we formed the government for.

Comment by Carl Pastor on August 26, 2011 at 10:05pm
hello everyone!!!
Comment by Lary9 on August 26, 2011 at 5:33am
More notably, Samuel Johnson said: "Patriotism is the last refuge of a scoundrel". The remark was said on the evening of April 7, 1775 in reference to some perceived show of ostentatious "false patriotism".
 

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