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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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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 The Flying Atheist 20 hours ago

Love this!!

101-year-old woman wins 100m dash at World Masters Games

http://www.thescore.com/general/news/1289287

Comment by Bertold Brautigan yesterday

I agree on the video and the Guiness.

Comment by Loren Miller yesterday

Genuinely GREAT video, Carl ... but make mine a Guinness, please!

Comment by Joan Denoo yesterday

Bertold, an outstanding story! I like the way the police character took action, gave the woman time to sit in a cell to hopefully think, and then powerfully confronted the hypocrisy of the offensive driver.

I wish I could be as gentle and effective as his strategy. Perhaps my anger has its place in the scheme of things, however, I realize my anger gets in the way of being effective.

Laura scolds me frequently for being angry. Perhaps she has a point. Perhaps my anger is useful in the long run. I don't know! 

Comment by Joan Denoo yesterday

Carl, a powerful video! It gave me goosebumps to see alienation turn into understanding. Each speaking his or her truth, hearing the other's point of view, seeing individuals as each exists without prejudging them!

Being born female, living for 37 years struggling to fit into my assigned role, I come to the conclusion that I have human rights and so do other women. Becoming a radical feminist came from the cognitive dissonance that resulted from trying to fit in. How will others know about what I learned if I do not speak. 

I am certain, Carl, that you had your experiences that came from the role to which you were assigned and developed cognitive dinnonance as a result. I can know you when you speak your "truth". Finding who you are, claiming yourself as good, makes it possible to build community. 

Females and males benefit by giving up assigned roles. Loren shares so many great films that help us get over our individual and collective challenges. I am grateful for each one of our little group as we share and develop into our potential.   

Comment by Joan Denoo yesterday

Ian, Bob Geldof is a new name, so I read articles about and by him. He is quite a maverick, seeming to ruffle feathers frequently. Good! He calls attention to hunger, homelessness, diseases, poverty, and to hopeless people.  

In the black movement, real changes didn't occur until a few of the black community used anger. Standing with them were the more moderate movers who worked at changing laws by writing them. People of privilege who write laws tend to create them to benefit their status. We see it today, the tRump gang giving the startling advantages to the wealthy class while shredding the safety net for people who cannot find work.

Let's get real, robots take away jobs currently held by humans or computers, leaving people out of the paid labor market. What are these people to do? Let them starve to death or die of preventable, treatable diseases?  Or worse, let them turn to crime to get their basic needs met? 

If we don't want to have a large population of poor people we have to write laws, policies, and programs that sustain them. 

I see more people moving to growing their food, creating their work, bartering with others. The "Homesteaders," "Live Off the Griders,"  and "Simplified Life Stylers" culture spreads. 

Hopefully, people discover Permaculture, a moral and ethical way to meet modern challenges

Comment by Ian Mason yesterday

Good ones, Bertold and Carl.

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Comment by Loren Miller yesterday

Bertold, that's one that a few Christians could probably stand to have read to them, I suspect!

Comment by Idaho Spud on Thursday

Good one BB.

 

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