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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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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

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

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Joan Denoo Sep 2. 28 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

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 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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