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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.

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

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Loren Miller 15 hours ago. 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

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 sk8eycat on December 30, 2011 at 11:02pm

Why can't I Paste an image in here? I tried several different versions, and nada.

Anyway...Holiday Greetings from the GOPhers who so cleverly distraced us with "Terrorist Alerts," phoney "morals" non-issues, etc, while they deregulated eveything that kept Wall St and mortgage bankers relatively honest for so many years.

http://img2.ilovegraffiti.de/wp-content/blogs.dir/8/files/2010/12/m...

Comment by Steph S. on December 30, 2011 at 10:54pm

I'll have to read that -- my list is so long for books to read -- now I just need more hours in the day.

Comment by sk8eycat on December 30, 2011 at 10:44pm

Read, Job; a Comedy of Justice by Robert A. Heinlein. There are hilarious descriptions of the Rapture, the boring architecture inside Heaven, and how disgusted True Believers are with the bureaucratic set-up in Heaven. (Only angels are allowed to ride in the front of the bus, "saints" in the middle, and everyone else has to ride in the back. Sound familiar?)

Comment by Steph S. on December 30, 2011 at 10:37pm

Happy New Year Friends!

Comment by Paula T. on December 30, 2011 at 9:02pm

A while back, I worked at a Byzantine Catholic school.  The religious ed teacher was raised RC and during a discussion in the teacher's lounge he stated that when people go to heaven, they are all on the same level - no one is better than anyone else.  The 4th grade teacher, a former Byzantine nun, was shocked!!  "You mean that I'll be on the same level as criminals and murderers who repent on their death bed?!?!!?" was her response.  Ding!  Another thread loosened in the unraveling of my religious beliefs....

Comment by Ian Mason on December 30, 2011 at 2:49am

Well, Steven D Campagna, it doesn't matter what he does if God forgives him in the end, does it?

Comment by Steph S. on December 29, 2011 at 10:35pm

cool one Sk8eycat!

Comment by sk8eycat on December 29, 2011 at 10:34pm

Fantasy Football Jesus

Comment by sk8eycat on December 29, 2011 at 10:12pm

"You vile cynic, sk8ey! "

Oh! That's the sweetest thing anybody's said to me in a long time! Srsly. Thank you.

{{{{{Steve}}}}}

PS: I meant to say "sanctimonious" instead of "self-righteous," but my mind went blank.  I am getting old.  Ergh.

I also thought of using another word (rhymes with "trick") instead of "twit," but I didn't know if Cheezburger would censor it.  (Wonder if he is turning tricks when he's not talking to his imaginary friend. Wouldn't surprise me a bit.)

Comment by LM Valeriano Godoy on December 29, 2011 at 6:35pm

Thank you for inviting me to this group! :)

 

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