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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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11 "unanswerable" questions for atheists - answered (Aron Ra)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Tom Sarbeck Jun 6. 1 Reply

If you spend any time around YouTube and have any history of looking at atheist material (or even theist material!), you will inevitably run into: "XX Questions Atheists Can't Answer."  These are occasionally followed by: "XX Questions Atheists…Continue

Tags: apologist, answer, questions, unanswerable, Aron Ra

worshipping narcissists (qualiasoup & theramintrees)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Idaho Spud Jun 3. 1 Reply

They're all around us: people who perceive the world as revolving around them and will go to considerable lengths to make it so: narcissists.  Such beings have been with humanity, I suspect, since humanity emerged from the gene pool.  Even worse,…Continue

Tags: narcissist, QualiaSoup, TheraminTrees

Secular and Reclaimed Winter Holiday Songs

Started by Grinning Cat. Last reply by Grinning Cat May 2. 42 Replies

This is an appropriate day of the year for this subject...What are some of your favorite winter holiday songs?It would be especially good to share powerful new secular lyrics to tunes that have become associated with Christmas.…Continue

Tags: singing, lyrics, reclaimed, reclaiming, HumanLight

appropriating morality (TheraminTrees)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Joan Denoo May 1. 7 Replies

We've all heard the claim: "Human morality comes from god."  And we've all seen for ourselves what Yahweh's "morality" looks like, from condemnations of homosexuality and the treatment of women as chattel to inexplicable sanctions against the eating…Continue

Tags: morality, appropriating, TheraminTrees

Bible Belt Atheist (New York Times)

Started by Loren Miller Apr 19. 0 Replies

The following showed up in my YouTube feed this morning, and I decided to have a look.  Turns out, the New York Times has given us a reasonably even-handed look at a good friend of ours, being one Jerry DeWitt, former bible-thumper and now a pretty…Continue

Tags: Bible Belt, atheist, Jerry DeWitt

How would you respond?

Started by Christina Scribner. Last reply by Christina Scribner Apr 10. 5 Replies

So, this morning, I was at my local coffee shop as I am most weekdays between bus runs. I do the editing on my husband's books so I had my laptop with me. My wallpaper is a picture I found online sometime back of a double helix with the word atheist…Continue

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Comment by Steph S. on October 8, 2012 at 7:55pm

haha this one is so funny - love the face on the cat.

Comment by Steph S. on October 8, 2012 at 7:54pm

Thank you Tony for starting off the day with your music from Bill Withers.

booklover that lolcat is so cute!!!

LOL - thanks and many smiles.

Comment by Steph S. on October 8, 2012 at 7:53pm

Love the art picture you posted Ian and sk8eycat thanks for the "The Muslims are not happy" post - and Patricia I'm looking at all your photos you took of your remodeling of your kitchen. Very nice!

Comment by Steph S. on October 8, 2012 at 7:50pm

Just got here after a long day and first thing I saw was this lovely very cute all black kitty that Ruth posted. Thanks - made me smile.

Very cute!!

Comment by sk8eycat on October 8, 2012 at 7:50pm

Joan, it wasn't just the puritans, although they were the worst. Almost every colony wanted to have an official religion, only each one was different. At one point Maryland was mostly Catholic, or more tolerant of Catholics than the other colonies were.  

And then we had the conquistadores and Franciscan order in the Southwest...  We still have the missions as Historical Landmarks. What they rarely say is that the missions were built by indigenous people who were treated like slaves.

 

Comment by Joan Denoo on October 8, 2012 at 7:39pm

sk8eycat, I like your comparison of the Muslims who migrate and the Pilgrims who migrated. You are accurate on the terrible history of Puritanism. 

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on October 8, 2012 at 5:25pm

Comment by Idaho Spud on October 8, 2012 at 3:28pm

I very much like the Unhappy Muslims post.

Comment by Chris Dodds on October 8, 2012 at 3:12pm

Two things:

1. If I ever needed more evidence of the overcommercialization of Christmas, I was at SA today and they're already selling hte Reese's peanut butter cups shaped like Christmas Trees.

2. Why is the server for this site so slow?

Comment by sk8eycat on October 8, 2012 at 2:16pm

A "friend" sent this today:

Unhappy Muslims -

I have to admit, this is brilliant...never heard it put this way...so succinct and to the point...plain and simple!!!

THE MUSLIMS ARE NOT HAPPY!

They're not happy in Gaza ..
They're not happy in Egypt ..
They're not happy in Libya ..
They're not happy in Morocco ..
They're not happy in Iran ..
They're not happy in Iraq ..
They're not happy in Yemen ..
They're not happy in Afghanistan ..
They're not happy in Pakistan ..
They're not happy in Syria ..
They're not happy in Lebanon ..

SO, WHERE ARE THEY HAPPY?

They're happy in Australia .
They're happy in Canada .
They're happy in England ..
They're happy in France ..
They're happy in Italy ..
They're happy in Germany ..
They're happy in Sweden ..
They're happy in the USA ..
They're happy in Norway ..
They're happy in Holland .
They're happy in Denmark .

Basically, they're happy in every country that is not Muslim and unhappy in every country that is!

AND WHO DO THEY BLAME?

Not Islam.
Not their leadership.
Not themselves.

THEY BLAME THE COUNTRIES THEY ARE HAPPY IN!

AND THEN; They want to change those countries to be like....
THE COUNTRY THEY CAME FROM WHERE THEY WERE UNHAPPY!

Excuse me, but I can't help wondering...

How damn dumb can you get?
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I wrote back to him that this was exactly how the Puritans and other Protestant groups behaved when they 1) emigrated from England to Holland, and then when the Dutch got fed up with them, 2) came across the Atlantic to North America.  (Forgot to mention the Catholic Crutch's behavior in Mexico and South america.)
 

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