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

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Loren Miller yesterday. 39 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

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

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 The Flying Atheist 1 hour ago

Woke up to this news and it tickled my funny bone.....

Man charged with wearing clear plastic wrap bikini on beach

BEACH HAVEN, N.J. (AP) — Police say a 59-year-old man who wore a bikini fashioned out of see-through plastic wrap on a New Jersey beach is facing a criminal charge.

They say Stephen Wojciehowski spent two days on a Long Beach Island beach wearing a homemade bikini in which his genitals were clearly exposed and was charged with lewdness.

NJ.com reports the Stafford Township man was arrested Monday and was released pending further court proceedings.

A woman who answered the phone at his house said "nobody's here" and hung up. It's unclear if he has an attorney who could comment on his behalf.

Comment by Randall Smith 4 hours ago

I happened on to C-Span last night (Sept 30) and watched the entirety of the opening ceremonies of Smithsonian's National Museum of African-American History and Culture on the National Mall. The Bushes and Obama sat together (and spoke--even Laura). All speeches were inspirational. The museum sounds fantastic.  Too bad it wasn't open when Loren and Daniel were in D.C. recently.

As a sidebar, in flipping channels, I noticed ne'er a word was mentioned about the museum's opening on any of the so-called news channels. It was nothing but Trump, Trump, Trump (and a little Hillary). Gag me.

Comment by Loren Miller 4 hours ago

Grinning Cat, I made the Exact Same Observation.  Signed out of A|N, just about any public page could be pulled up with no problem.  Signed in, it was a crap shoot.  Some pages would intermittently come up; some would generate Error 500.

I STILL say that Ning has some explaining to do!

Comment by Joan Denoo 10 hours ago
Comment by Joan Denoo 11 hours ago

Measles Has Been Eliminated in the Americas, WHO Says

"Smallpox was eliminated from the Americas in 1971; polio was eliminated in 1994 and rubella, also known as German measles, was eliminated in 2015."

Comment by Plinius 12 hours ago

Beautiful songs, Daniel and Carl!

Comment by The Flying Atheist 12 hours ago

Good song, Daniel.  While we're in the mood here's another one.  This is about Love, not Health, but the sentiment still applies.

Wishing you well, Ruth, and everyone else here.

Sometimes we just need a shoulder to rest on.

Comment by Daniel Wachenheim 13 hours ago

Ruth, so sorry  you're having medical problems.   What I used to tell people is "If it ain't one thing, it's another."

Comment by k.h. ky 14 hours ago
G Cat nice one. I love Gervasi. Sp?
Comment by Grinning Cat 18 hours ago

And happy International Blasphemy Rights Day today!

FREE SPEECH DOESN'T SURRENDER [pictures of Jehovah from Monty Python and the Holy Grail; Muhammad from Kurt Westergaard's 'bomb in turban' cartoon published in Jyllands-Posten in 2005; and Raptor Jesus] ...to anyone's imaginary friend. INTERNATIONAL BLASPHEMY DAY - SEPTEMBER 30“BLASPHEMY: a law to protect an all-powerful, supernatural deity from getting its feelings hurt.” Ricky Gervais (via We Fucking Love Atheism)

 

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