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 yesterday. 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 Chris Dodds on March 11, 2012 at 2:22pm

Anyons here going to the Reason Rally?

Comment by Steph S. on March 11, 2012 at 12:53pm

Spring Forward .. Daylight Savings Time!

Comment by Richard ∑wald on March 10, 2012 at 1:20am

I found this going through old files… the analogy is so… dead on.

Comment by Gwaithmir on March 7, 2012 at 5:30pm
Comment by sk8eycat on March 1, 2012 at 4:59pm

The old biddies in the church I went to as a teen-ager loooooved "In the Garden."  The really funny thing is that the song was written by a man.  Maybe he should have titled it, "In the closet."

Comment by sk8eycat on March 1, 2012 at 2:48pm

LOL!  I always think of a lonely middle-aged spinster singing, "And he walks with me, and he talks with me, and he tells me I am his own."  Sounds like there's more romantic longing than worshipful praise in that one.

Comment by sk8eycat on February 29, 2012 at 11:42pm

I have thought for years (decades) that saying something like, "Gawd wuz lookin' out fer me today," is the height of arrogance.  Especially when other people, just as religious or just plain good, have been killed or maimed.

If you listen closely to xians, you'll learn that the whole religion is about "Me-Me-Me."  "Jesus Loves Me," "My lord and savior," and on and on.

That was one of the many things that finally turned me off about the whole megillah.  And most other monotheistic religions aren't much better.

Comment by sk8eycat on February 29, 2012 at 1:24am

Profound thought:

Comment by Loren Miller on February 21, 2012 at 7:01am

I just saw this on's home page this morning, and I thought I would share it with you ... because A|N IS an international community, and maybe sometimes we need a reminder that our problems are not necessarily unique to us ... or to U.S., if you get my meaning.

Comment by Plinius on February 19, 2012 at 12:44am

The lies they tell you! Not one word of truth about what he says on the Netherlands.


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