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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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We Don't Want Your (Atheist) Money! (The Thinking Atheist)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Grinning Cat 4 hours ago. 11 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

Are You a Patriot? (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Bertold Brautigan 23 hours ago. 1 Reply

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

The Ark Encounter: A Less than Grand Opening (The Thinking Atheist)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Grinning Cat on Monday. 24 Replies

The day finally arrived.  Ken Ham's Ark Encounter opened on 7 July, 2016 ... to something a bit less than Disney-sized crowds, and more than a couple dissenting voices!  Seth Andrews has gathered a quartet of significant participants in the protest…Continue

Tags: Tracey Moody, Dan Broadbent, Seth Andrews, David Silverman, AronRa

Surreal, I haz it

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Idaho Spud Aug 14. 91 Replies

Surreal, not just found in art.Continue

Tags: surreal

Wedding Haka - Subtitled & translated

Started by Joan Denoo Aug 13. 0 Replies

I ran across a video of a wedding in which a group of wedding guests celebrated with a performance of a traditional Māori ancestral war dance, called a Haka. It was intended for sons, however, the women have joined in a participation of…Continue

Tags: new, traditions., women, men, Haka

Onward (Unpaid) Christian Soldiers (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Chris G Aug 13. 1 Reply

Proselytizing in the military is a dirty little secret most radical christians would rather didn't get out.  Well, never let it be said that America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers, was ever a wallflower where a pit bull was needed!  In the following…Continue

Tags: Military Religious Freedom Foundation, MRFF, America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers

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Comment by Steph S. on May 29, 2012 at 11:29am

This is the funniest picture!

I hope you all had a wonderful relaxing weekend!

Comment by Simone Rosa on May 28, 2012 at 2:20am

I was raised as an atheist Unitarian and got married in a Unitarian church by my (atheist) Unitarian minister.  There are lots of theists who get wrapped up in the pomp & circumstance (so to speak) of a wedding but I saw my church as a nice place to hold a ceremony where all my friends and family could attend and enjoy the after-party.

 

As for the purpose of the ceremony/license, I have been hoping that the debate on gay marriage might (finally) get rid of the benefits our employers, government and society associate with a marriage license so that we'll all have the right to visit whomever we choose in a hospital or list whomever we choose as a beneficiary to our insurance.  One of the reasons my ex-husband and I got married was all the legal hurdles and the fact that I had to pretend to wear a wedding band every time he wound up in the hospital (which was often).  We also pretended to be married when we bought our house and cars to avoid all the legal hoops associated with having two "unrelated persons" co-owning property.  It all would have worked well as a "commonlaw marriage" if the Feds hadn't gotten rid of that little provision of the tax and federal code.  Of course the existance of a marriage license also made it harder for us to part ways (not as hard as the 1 yr mandatory separation in our home state of Louisiana but Georgia's 30 days was still more than necessary).  It is my firm belief, even after having been married for a number of years, that the addition of a marriage license and/or ceremony adds nothing to the relationship and I am therefore even more devoutly opposed to the idea of marriage than I was before I got married!  I'd love to have a long-term, committed relationship again but I see no reason to eff it up with a marriage license.  My ex and I used to quote a Goldie & Burt movie by telling people not to screw up a perfectly good relationship by getting married; I wish we'd stuck to that ideal instead of giving in to the pressure to "make it official".

 

As for the "polyamorous" concept, there are many women (myself included) who are still stuck with the evolutionary burden of being emotionally attached to one person at a time.  Men are evolutionarily predisposed to "sow their seed far and wide"  in order to ensure the continuance of the species but women are not wired that way and most of women are happy to continue the practice of "one at a time" regardless of religious affiliation.

Comment by Plinius on May 28, 2012 at 1:34am

multipartner options, what a good idea! A pity my husband couldn't cope with that. We went by tram to townhall, were married, told our families later. A wonderful solution if you want to avoid a lot of trouble.

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on May 27, 2012 at 7:35pm

Joe, as a fellow polyamorist I wish marriage contracts allowed multi-partner options. Someday, perhaps, if we evolve.

Comment by Chantal Wallace on May 27, 2012 at 7:15pm
Even though most wedding are conducted in religious places, you still have to obtain a marriage license. It's a contract. And there are many benefits to getting married. Y'all can file taxes together, residency rights if your spouse isn't a citizen, y'all can share employer benefits (i.e. Medical insurance), etc. You don't have to have the whole fancy wedding in a church to get these benefits either. You just need a judge to sign the license. :)
Comment by Joe Meyer on May 27, 2012 at 6:11pm

Something I have always wondered about is marriage in general, wasn't it a religious custom and idea? Being a life long Atheist, and someone who has lived polyamorous once I have never understood the concept, but maybe I am just the odd ball lol.

Comment by Sarah on May 27, 2012 at 1:42pm

Well, I survived the wedding mass (all 85 minutes of it). But not without the staff at the Catholic church messing with me. The reading was supposed to be on the podium for me, so I wouldn't have to bring anything up. They had shown me the notebook on Friday and given me an exact copy of what was in the notebook so I would be able to practice with it and know where the words were on the page so I could look down gracefully. But the reading in the notebook on Saturday evening was TOTALLY different. Different format, different verses. GAH!

Comment by Steph S. on May 26, 2012 at 11:06pm

Ruth that is an excellent observation. I agree.

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on May 26, 2012 at 10:24pm

Sara, I think most people go through religious marriage ceremonies because they haven't rebelled against customary expectations. Questioning religion takes a lot of gut wrenching self-questioning, unless you were raised atheist. Not everyone has the wherewithal, emotionally, to do that at the age of youth or young adulthood. Some people don't get around to the deep questions until much later in life, many never get there. It's easier to just live up to the expectations pushed upon you.

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on May 26, 2012 at 8:17pm

A fake you say? Please post that information in the discussion Surreal I haz it. I wondered about the dark nebula cloud objects in that position.

 

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