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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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Bible Belt Atheist (New York Times)

Started by Loren Miller on Thursday. 0 Replies

The following showed up in my YouTube feed this morning, and I decided to have a look.  Turns out, the New York Times has given us a reasonably even-handed look at a good friend of ours, being one Jerry DeWitt, former bible-thumper and now a pretty…Continue

Tags: Bible Belt, atheist, Jerry DeWitt

How would you respond?

Started by Christina Scribner. Last reply by Christina Scribner Apr 10. 5 Replies

So, this morning, I was at my local coffee shop as I am most weekdays between bus runs. I do the editing on my husband's books so I had my laptop with me. My wallpaper is a picture I found online sometime back of a double helix with the word atheist…Continue

The Fake Christian Busybody Show (Andrew Bradley)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Plinius Apr 9. 1 Reply

It seems as though there was a Gay Pride parade in some town somewhere and a Christian commentator, herein known as The Activist Mommy, apparently got her panties so in a bunch about it that she had to fire up her video camera and record a…Continue

Tags: gay, pride, The Activist Mommy, Andrew Bradley, America's Best Christian

America Held Hostage: Day 436 (MisterDeity)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner Apr 9. 1 Reply

Now that Sinclair Broadcasting has stated their position regarding fake news and its threat to our democracy, Mister Deity's Brian Dalton has decided to throw his $0.02 worth in as well ... though I don't quite think his presentation was really what…Continue

Tags: fake news, Deity, Mister, Broadcasting, Sinclair

Guns: Both Sides Now (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Christina Scribner Apr 3. 3 Replies

Oh, NO!  The gun debate has gotten so heated that it has Betty Bowers, America's Best Christian, TALKING TO HERSELF!  Apparently, one of her has had a stroke or a serious breakdown in cognitive skills, as she does little more than parrot the NRA's…Continue

Tags: NRA, guns, America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers

how dogma pollutes discourse (qualiasoup & theramintrees)

Started by Loren Miller Apr 3. 0 Replies

"The Lord is our God; the Lord is One." "I am the Way, the Truth, and the Life; no one comes to the Father, but by Me." "There is no god but Allah, and Mohamed is his prophet." Assertions, taught as fact, but without any form of corroborative…Continue

Tags: dogma, QualiaSoup, TheraminTrees

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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!

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on March 31, 2012 at 10:55pm

Ta-dah! Great picture! You score, Richard!

Comment by Richard ∑wald on March 31, 2012 at 10:09pm

Just back, it was a blast. I will be posting a very image-rich report on the Rock Beyond Belief festival at my blog, either tonight, or probably tomorrow. Yes, that's the beginning of a glorious sunburn.

Oh, and Richard Dawkins.

Comment by Becky Glynn on March 30, 2012 at 8:17pm

Richard,  you are one lucky "dude"!  So is your young 'en.  I saw Mr. Dawkins speak in Texas in October and he is one of a kind.  He was just incredible with the kids at Camp Quest too.  Gotta love atheists!  Have a marvelous time and Rock On to Rock Beyond!

 

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