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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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Yasmine Mohammed - Confessions of an Ex-Muslim (The Thinking Atheist)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Idaho Spud Jul 7. 6 Replies

Yasmine Mohammed is not your average ex-Muslim.  Not only did she get shut of Islam, she also managed to escape what was at one time the most notorious of radical Islamist organizations: Al Qaeda.  She has since documented the story of her apostasy…Continue

Tags: Islam, Al Qaeda, Yasmine Mohammed, The Thinking Atheist, Seth Andrews

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

Started by Joan Denoo Jul 6. 0 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

Afrodisiacs – African Aphrodisiacs

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Joan Denoo Jun 26. 4 Replies

Am I so old and not know the definition of aphrodisiac, and its historical definition being based on Aphrodite, that her name came from the African drugs that Egyptians, Greeks, and Romans used for sexual enhancement? Dhu!  Aphrodite, ancient Greek…Continue

Tags: Africa, Lady, Victorian

Degrees of Doubt: The Claims and Credentials of Ravi Zacharias (The Thinking Atheist)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Chris May 17. 1 Reply

Anyone here ever run onto an apologist by the name of Ravi Zacharias?  I've seen his name dropped multiple times on YouTube as supposedly being THE ONE APOLOGIST that no atheist wants to cross swords with, because of his facility with christian…Continue

Tags: Ravi Zacharias, Steve Baughman, The Thinking Atheist, Seth Andrews

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

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Comment by Joan Denoo 7 hours ago

Another way to rehearse responses to those who show you ill will is to take the Apostle's Creed and turn every sentence into a question, i.e. 

Do believe in God, the Father almighty,
      creator of heaven and earth?

Do you believe in Jesus Christ, his only Son, as Lord?
Do you believe Jesus was conceived by the Holy Spirit?    
Do you believe Jesus was born of the virgin Mary?
      Do you believe Jesus suffered under Pontius Pilate?
      Do you believe Jesus was crucified, died, and was buried?
      Do you believe Jesus descended to hell?
      Do you believe The third day Jesus rose again from the dead?
      Do you believe Jesus ascended to heaven?
      Do you believe Jesus is seated at the right hand of God the Father almighty?
      Do you believe Jesus will come to judge the living and the dead?

Do you believe  in the Holy Spirit?
     Do you believe your holy church?
      Do you believe the communion of saints?

      Do you believe the forgiveness of sins,
      Do you believe the resurrection of the body?
      Do you believe the life everlasting.?

Amen.

Do you believe yours is the true church of all times and all places?

Do you believe it is your job as a christian/muslim/religious person to judge me? 

Does your religion expect you to love?

Is it your responsibilty to judge me? 

Don't expect to use all of these same questions on the same person; just know these are things that I/we call into question. 

If the person asks you to defend your question, you are not the

one who scowled at them, it is their responsibility to answer you or not. 

If you don't answer their question, smile in a friendly manner and go about your business. It is they who judge you, not you judging them. 

Comment by Idaho Spud 8 hours ago

It looks like Joan answered my question about the Purple Lady.

Comment by The Flying Atheist 8 hours ago

I have a "The Thinking Atheist" t-shirt from Seth Andrews' podcast but it is now too small for me to wear (in public.)

A few years ago while on a work break, a co-worker saw me reading Michael Shermer's book, "The Believing Brain."  He struck up a conversation with me and then eventually asked, "Atheist?"  I said I was.  He admitted the same and we became friends.  

Comment by Idaho Spud 8 hours ago

Is Patricia the gal that loves purple and rides a purple cart type of thing?

Comment by Idaho Spud 8 hours ago

Chris, my memory questioned the fact that you had a son, but I ignored it.  It also questioned the 2 cats.  You only have one now don't you?

Comment by Joan Denoo 8 hours ago

Chris, thank you for the update on Patricia, the "Purple Lady in a purple wheelchair." I wrote to her about the fire and am glad you are in touch with her and can keep us informed. Tell her I asked about her and wonder if she ever received my email?

Spud, I don't think I would wear an athest T-shirt or emblem until and unless I were ready to see dirty looks and hear accusations and criticism. I practices on paper what I would say or do if anyone showed any negative reaction to my atheism. 

*Dirty looks: with a grimace, 

My response: "I see you like my necklace/T-shirt, pin!"

or: "by your expression, "I notice you are interested in my necklace/T-shirt, pin!"

*Unpleasant response:

My response: "OH? What do you not like?"

or: "Do you have a religion?"

or: "It is my understanding that your religion is one of peace and love." 

or: "How does my belief affect or effect you?"

or: "Do you see me as being wrong?" "By what criteria?"

or: "Do you really believe there is a god who answers your prayers?"

or: "Do you, if truth be told, believe Jesus is the son of god?"

or: "Do you actually believe there is a power that rescues you when you are in trouble or who guides you."

or: "Do you, in truth, believe in the virgin birth?"

or: "Do you, in fact, believe in life after death?"

or: "

Comment by Idaho Spud 8 hours ago

Yes Chris/Plinius, I did mix you up.  I thought that was your post.  I forgot that you had no children. I think part of the reason for the mix up is that Plinius and Patricia both start with a P.  

Comment by Ian Mason 8 hours ago

Thanks, Chris. It's good to hear that Patricia and family are safe.

I've had mostly positive reactions to atheist t-shirts but that's in Denmark.

Comment by kathy: ky 10 hours ago
Thomas, I wore my godless heathens t-shirt to Vanderbilt hospital. One nurse asked if I was a heathen kinda joking. I told her I was an atheist. She took it well but didn't pursue it further.
Another woman outside said she liked my shirt. I noticed she was wearing a cross. I told her it offended most people. She said she didn't find it offensive and she was a minister.
I got plenty of dirty looks. Especially from a woman I walked into whose shirt said Not Today Satan :)
Comment by Bertold Brautigan 10 hours ago

Randy - I was a senior in hs and in my little redneck town was barely aware it was happening. As Bob Dylan said, "There's something happening here and you don't know what it is, do you Mr. Jones."

 

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