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.

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Issues Atheist, Feminist, GLBTQ, Climate Change

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by BenGee on Saturday. 3 Replies

This is a test Continue

The Whole Bible in 30 Seconds (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Randy Hatly Oct 20. 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 Oct 17. 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 Oct 16. 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 Oct 16. 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

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 Peter Cranny on January 27, 2012 at 1:08pm

Even "Judge forces school to take down prayer banner" would have been better - and more accurate.

Comment by dr kellie on January 27, 2012 at 1:06pm

What makes me sick is the headline, "Atheist girl forces school to take down prayer banner."  Uh.  That is the best and fairest thing you could come up with?  How about, "Atheist girl supports the constitution."

Comment by sk8eycat on January 27, 2012 at 12:52pm

The poll is now at 80% in agreement that the banner is unconstitutional.

Comment by Peter Cranny on January 27, 2012 at 12:49pm

As many will have noticed, the MSNBC poll about the Cranston School story was mentioned by P Z Myers and it's been well and truly Pharyngulated - great stuff but its still a bullshit survey and totally meaningless because the participants are all self-selecting.

Oh well, at least we stopped them getting another story about it tomorrow "Poll shows overwhelming support for school prayer banner" - which is obviously what they wanted.

Comment by Jason Fleming on January 27, 2012 at 9:49am

The results on that survey are currently running about 60/40 on the side of the Establishment Clause. I wonder what the results would be on a similar Fox News Survey.

Comment by Ian Mason on January 22, 2012 at 1:52pm

Another plug for Will Self. This time "Liver", 4 novellas of varying length about that particular organ and touching on drink, drugs, asissted suicide, miracle cures and a modern Prometheus. Read in under 24 hours!

Comment by sk8eycat on January 21, 2012 at 12:15pm

@Ian Mason: Yes, to both, but it was a long time ago.  I still have Spike Milligan's Puckoon stashed away somewhere. I should dig it out and reread it.

Comment by Ian Mason on January 21, 2012 at 7:54am

Just read Brendan Behan's "Borstal Boy". Lots of sentimental Irish nationalism and Catholicism but also a description of a suprisingly enlightened juvenile penal system in the years 1941-43. Enjoyed it and can recommend it.

Comment by Ian Mason on January 21, 2012 at 7:52am

I love those puns, Sk8eycat. Every read any Piers Anthony or Spike Milligan?

Comment by sk8eycat on January 14, 2012 at 8:39pm


LOL!  Thanks! (And I just remembered a dreadful pun from one of spider robinson's stories. 

A "Mad Scientist" invented a self-reproducing, mammalian robot that could nurse its offspring.  It had tanks for the mammaries.

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