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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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A Powerful Message from an old wise teacher :

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Thomas Murray 23 hours ago. 5 Replies

I received a gift this morning from a virtual friend, Pamela Smith:A Powerful Message from an old wise teacher :" One day an old wise teacher was walking through a village. A very angry and rude young man came up and began insulting him. "You have…Continue

Speak English? YOU FIRST! (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Thomas Murray yesterday. 4 Replies

Honestly, the title to this piece is badly under-representative of the content.  To be far more accurate, what we have here is Mrs. Betty Bowers, America's Best Christian, going on a rant.  Before you say it ... Say WHAAAA?  Betty Bowers ranting? …Continue

Tags: America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers

A Prayer for Our Nation (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on Friday. 2 Replies

I'm going to keep this one short and sweet.  Mrs. Betty Bowers, America's Best Christian, has seen what is going on with the current occupant of the Oval Office, and my impression is that she is not at all happy with it.  True to her citizenship,…Continue

Tags: prayer, Donald Trump, Oval Office, America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers

Any Babymetal Fans Here?

Started by Bruce Carroll. Last reply by Idaho Spud Sep 12. 5 Replies

Any Babymetal fans here besides me? I have to ask because 1) I really like Babymetal and 2) Babymetal unknowingly played a role in my journey out of religion.For those who are unfamiliar with Babymetal, here is a link to one of their most popular…Continue

Tags: Japanese Idol, Babymetal

If you could rid the world of one thing, what would it be?

Started by Idaho Spud. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner Sep 11. 30 Replies

Today, I heard Seth Andrews talk about the question, "If you could rid the world of one thing, what would it be?"  My first thought was religion, but after a few seconds I decided it would be irrational or anti-scientific thinking.  That would take…Continue

Tags: anti-scientific, irrational

Ignorance is Bliss: Why Religious People Seem Happier Than the 'Nones'”.

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Idaho Spud Sep 11. 16 Replies

“Highly Religious Volunteer More, Lie Less, and Claim to Be Happier”~ Houston Chronicle; “Strongly Religious People are Happier than Non-Religious”  ~ Christian Daily."The study determined that 40 percent of highly religious adults—defined as those…Continue

Tags: Nones, happiness, non-religiosity, religiosity, bliss

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Comment by Steph S. on April 5, 2012 at 11:17am

Xtians don't like the secularizing of Easter. I have come across their forums discussing why easter eggs and the easter bunny are bad for their children.

Comment by Richard ∑wald on April 1, 2012 at 1:47pm

Sorry to leave that teaser and just seem to run off. I am working on the RBB blog, and trying to make it as information dense as my Reason Rally blog. I'm also catching up (while memories are fresh) on all the networking contacts I made yesterday (including a US Navy Commander!!!). 

As well, I'm updating and researching my John Kieffer blog and preparing another blog addressing the overall problem (it's huge) in Polk County Florida.

Please stay tuned and address comments/questions on my blog pages, which are more appropriate for anything "activism" than this group, …which is more a general topics space. I really don't want to hijack Ruth's comments section. That said, thanks to all for your concerns and interests in my own efforts in the more activist facets of atheist community building.

Comment by Jason Fleming on April 1, 2012 at 10:22am

Richard, please keep us posted on John and his daughter's condition. Even if they are perfectly alright, now is not the time to lose a vehicle. I hear he has a ton of legal fees from the Florida incident.

Comment by Jason Fleming on April 1, 2012 at 10:18am

sk8eycat, I've seen many unfortunate attempts where they have tried, but when you try to make comedy that is harmless, takes no risk and can in no way be offensive to anyone, the result is bland and rather lame. That's when you hear the polite chuckles from the pew.

Comment by Steph S. on April 1, 2012 at 2:31am
Cool deal Richard! Can't wait to see your report and pictures!
Comment by sk8eycat on April 1, 2012 at 1:19am

@Richard: How was the music???!  Was it all rock, or did Dan Barker play some cool jazz?

Any comedy?

One thing I've noticed for decades is that most xians and muslims don't dig humor of any kind...whether it's aimed at them or not. I wonder if it's indoctrinated or genetic.

Comment by annet on April 1, 2012 at 12:12am

Awesome photos!

Comment by Richard ∑wald on March 31, 2012 at 11:21pm

Becky Glynn

My blog is on Atheist Nexus, here's my Reason Rally blog post from last week.

I have almost 300 images to sort through, a lot of thoughts to put into words and by next week I'll have a few gigs of video to sort through for highlights. And, I'm exhausted, so the Rock Beyond Belief blog post will be up tomorrow, earliest. 

sk8eycat &  Ruth Anthony-Gardner

I was a complete celeb-pic junkie at this one, …there's a lot more to come… Stay tuned. Also, I got to speak with American Atheists President, Dave Silverman …the "official" attendance count at the Reason Rally was over 30,000.

The only bad news from todays event was that John Kieffer and his daughter were in a serious car wreck on their way to the event, more details (and more info to come) on my John Kieffer blog post.

Comment by sk8eycat on March 31, 2012 at 10:58pm

@ Richard:

Envy-envy-envy.

*sigh*

Comment by Becky Glynn on March 31, 2012 at 10:58pm

I love, love, love the photo!  Your blog on this site, or somewhere else? Rock Beyond Belief made the US news site as one of the top five stories on my start up page!  WooHoo!

 

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