Hang With Friends

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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.

Nobody here is into mind games. A discussion started with a loaded guilt-throwing question will be deleted.

This group is not intended to compete with other groups on topics they cover but to "fill in the cracks." Whenever a discussion dwells at length on a topic for which there's an existing group, we urge you to provide members a link to that group to continue along their tangent.

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Discussion Forum

The Whole Bible in 30 Seconds (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Randy Hatly 12 hours ago. 15 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

punishing doubt (TheraminTrees)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Joan Denoo on Tuesday. 2 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

A moment to relax and see the Earth from space; some how this comforts me.

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Qiana-Maieev on Sunday. 3 Replies

All the squabbles and struggles that I have do not compare with those of some others on this great planet. There are no boundary lines, no political arguments, no up or no down. What is, is. For right now, the scenes offer tranquility. Just the…Continue

Tags: and, wonder, awe, of, space

His Dark Materials and the Catholic Church

Started by Tonya R. Wheeler. Last reply by Plinius on Sunday. 27 Replies

I recently watched the movie, "The Golden Compass" and since I could not find the sequels, I read the books. I enjoyed them, and I will be reading the first one, Northern Lights, starting tomorrow, since it just arrived via inter-library…Continue

Tags: Fantasy, Catholic, Religion, Atheist, Pullman

Issues Atheist, Feminist, GLBTQ, Climate Change

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Joan Denoo Oct 6. 2 Replies

This is a test Continue

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

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Loren Miller Sep 29. 39 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

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Comment by Herbert Philip Peters on October 5, 2011 at 8:46am
At the moment, i am obsessed with an idea: "Meaning (and even life) is light stored (in our brains) in the form of pictures". People are led by what they see - that explains 'society produces common destiny'. For minority of us knowledge relaxes, and logic and reason are methods to knowledge. But for the majority, it is irrational methods to relaxation. And seeing is believing + truth by following majority.
Comment by Carl Pastor on September 23, 2011 at 12:56am
i was still in high school during the election. my binder had a jack kennedy fer pres sticker on it.  it is telling that jack has been our only catholic pres ever.
Comment by sk8eycat on September 22, 2011 at 8:32pm

Well, rats.  How did I mess that up?  It was JFK's response when the fundies were having hissy fits abouth the fact that he was Catholic when he ran for pres in 1960.

Sorry about messing up the page, folks.  =8>(

Comment by sk8eycat on September 22, 2011 at 8:29pm

And the Pee Tarts are still yelling if it were unconstitutional or something if he was.

How many of the members here are old enough to remember the ruckus among the fundies when JFK ran for president?  Because he was Catholic. 

Comment by dr kellie on September 22, 2011 at 4:09pm
McCain did silence a woman who was hysterically yelling that Obama was a muslim.  It was at a town hall meeting.
Comment by Natalie A Sera on September 22, 2011 at 4:02pm
Right on, sk8eycat! I firmly believe that religion belongs in the church (or other religious institution) and in the home, but not in public. When I was a child, I always hated Christmas and Easter in the public schools, and I hate the religion that people want to bring into public life. I defend everyone's right to their own beliefs, but don't impose them on others!
Comment by Susan Stanko on September 22, 2011 at 1:15pm
He didn't, but Colin Powell did.
Comment by sk8eycat on September 22, 2011 at 12:26pm

I think (not absolutely sure, but I do remember the incident) somebody was yelling that Obama was Muslim, and McCain told her that a) he had worked closely with Obama in the Senate, and b) that he knew he was definitely xian.

I was disgusted that he didn't say that a candidate's beliefs should be a private matter, and to stfu.

Comment by Carl Pastor on September 22, 2011 at 10:25am
in no politician.  cant be, im way too honest.  but i think there was a meeting where mccain corrected his audience. i forget what it was about
Comment by Carl Pastor on September 22, 2011 at 1:58am
in the video i posted, she is right, not one rep presidential candidate expressed disgust at what the audience said.  that's really sick.  im baffled by this. how can these people call themselves christian when they have lost any semblance of compassion or empathy. what, am i a parable, "the good atheist"?????

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