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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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Discussion Forum

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 Steph S. on October 5, 2012 at 9:38pm

Yeah I have already started on buying the Halloween decor. All kinds of cool skeletons and stuff.

A lot of fun.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on October 5, 2012 at 8:54am

Thanks for all the fun posts, everyone.  I enjoy catching up.  Halloween is my favorite holiday....always has been.  Even as a kid I loved making homemade decorations and reading/watching/listening to anything scary or ghostly.  Still do!!  I guess I can honestly say that purchasing vintage Halloween decorations from eBay in recent years has been my attempt to re-live the spirit and era of my childhood.  

Comment by Tony Carroll on October 5, 2012 at 7:09am

Yeah, they do kinda look alike.

Comment by Ian Mason on October 5, 2012 at 6:41am

Am I the only one who sees Yosemite Sam in the black orchid?

Poor young men. What were they supposed to have done? Being gay is the first thing that springs to mind.

Comment by Plinius on October 5, 2012 at 2:38am

Yes, I'll hang with friends rather than alone, Napoleon.

Comment by Plinius on October 5, 2012 at 1:29am

It's Friday already here - grey, rainy and with a strong wind. I'm off to the market.

Comment by Grinning Cat on October 5, 2012 at 1:19am

Thanks, Steph!

Booklover, in theology, might the black cat that isn't there also be invisible and pink? (Maybe it's sleeping furiously.)

Comment by Steph S. on October 4, 2012 at 11:48pm

Comment by Steph S. on October 4, 2012 at 10:57pm

Thanks so much Tony! That was very thoughtful and sweet of you.

Wow- so Halloween is now number 3 holiday in US?
Cool

Comment by Tony Carroll on October 4, 2012 at 10:36pm

You're very welcome, Steph. Yes, I did have you in mind when I saw it.

As to Halloween, read an article at Huff Post, if I remember correctly, that Halloween has overtaken the 4th of July as the 3rd most popular holiday in the U.S.,which makes it #3 (with a bullet, hahaha). So, enjoy!

 

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