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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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The Most Hated Woman in America (The Thinking Atheist)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Gary S Apr 19. 7 Replies

Before Aron Ra and Matt Dillahunty, before Dawkins or Dennett or Harris or even Hitchens, there was Madalyn Murray O'Hair.  In the midst of an America where Christianity was being flaunted as a defense against the godless communists of the Soviet…Continue

Tags: Frank Zindler, The Thinking Atheist, Seth Andrews, Madalyn Murray O'Hair

Proud Dad is REALLY Proud Now!

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Todd Williams Apr 12. 16 Replies

As some of you may or may not know, my daughter is a television news producer, currently working in Nashville, Tennessee.  Her assignment is the morning news, which means she blasts herself up at umpti-ump in the morning to organize and prepare a…Continue

Tags: Emmy, news, television, daughter, dad

attacking ideas (TheraminTrees)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Grinning Cat Apr 4. 1 Reply

Attacking ideas is a considerable portion of what we as atheists do.  Why attack ideas?  Ideas earn attack when they don't serve people, not just us but those who adopt said ideas, mistakenly thinking that they have value when they don't.  Our…Continue

Tags: ideas, Islam, TheraminTrees

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

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Grinning Cat Apr 4. 40 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

The Playboy Interview: Richard Dawkins

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Loren Miller Mar 28. 16 Replies

I suppose it was the news that Playboy magazine was returning nudes to its pages after a year's hiatus that sufficiently perked my curiosity to check them out again.  I hadn't looked at Playboy since perhaps 2008, when I began to recognize that I…Continue

Tags: Richard Dawkins, Playboy

God's Annual Performance Review (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner Mar 19. 6 Replies

I don't know about you guys, but there wasn't a performance review I had in 30 years of field service that I didn't LOATHE.  It seems as though Betty Bowers, America's Best Christian, is up for turning the tables on the person you would expect would…Continue

Tags: review, performance, god, American's Best Christian, Betty Bowers

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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!

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

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

 

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