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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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Yasmine Mohammed - Confessions of an Ex-Muslim (The Thinking Atheist)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Idaho Spud Jul 7. 6 Replies

Yasmine Mohammed is not your average ex-Muslim.  Not only did she get shut of Islam, she also managed to escape what was at one time the most notorious of radical Islamist organizations: Al Qaeda.  She has since documented the story of her apostasy…Continue

Tags: Islam, Al Qaeda, Yasmine Mohammed, The Thinking Atheist, Seth Andrews

Ignorance is Bliss: Why Religious People Seem Happier Than the 'Nones'”.

Started by Joan Denoo Jul 6. 0 Replies

“Highly Religious Volunteer More, Lie Less, and Claim to Be Happier”~ Houston Chronicle; “Strongly Religious People are Happier than Non-Religious”  ~ Christian Daily."The study determined that 40 percent of highly religious adults—defined as those…Continue

Tags: Nones, happiness, non-religiosity, religiosity, bliss

Afrodisiacs – African Aphrodisiacs

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Joan Denoo Jun 26. 4 Replies

Am I so old and not know the definition of aphrodisiac, and its historical definition being based on Aphrodite, that her name came from the African drugs that Egyptians, Greeks, and Romans used for sexual enhancement? Dhu!  Aphrodite, ancient Greek…Continue

Tags: Africa, Lady, Victorian

Degrees of Doubt: The Claims and Credentials of Ravi Zacharias (The Thinking Atheist)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Chris May 17. 1 Reply

Anyone here ever run onto an apologist by the name of Ravi Zacharias?  I've seen his name dropped multiple times on YouTube as supposedly being THE ONE APOLOGIST that no atheist wants to cross swords with, because of his facility with christian…Continue

Tags: Ravi Zacharias, Steve Baughman, The Thinking Atheist, Seth Andrews

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

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Comment by Plinius 2 hours ago

Message from Patricia:

Wildfire Evacuee Status

British Columbia wildfire season has been devastating, & the season has barely begun. Global warming, & extremely dry conditions have affected our forestry, the ranches, farms, & wildlife.

A province wide state of emergency was declared on July 7th/2017, & very quickly evacuations began. 46,000 have been evacuated from several towns, villages, & our city of Williams Lake was ordered evacuated July 15th. The smoke has been absolutely terrible, & many of the fires were lightning caused. The hectares burnt is unfathomable.

We got out on July 11th as we don’t drive, are disabled, & preferred to leave on the provided school buses to do so, rather than waiting to be ordered to leave within 10 minutes, 30 minutes, 2 hours, whatever.

This way we were able to pack some necessities, our pet carriers, food, & head north to Prince George, with our 2 kitties. Our son happens to live here so we had a place to go as many did not, but as we all had to register at reception centers, many found places to stay with Prince George residents, RV parks, & the remaining people are staying in the university gymnasiums, etc. We are also registered with the Canadian Red Cross. As of today, we are 10,000 in Prince George alone.

We are fortunate that the Red Cross & the people here in town have been marvelous with their out-pouring of care & offers for laundry services, entertainments, things for kids, pets stations, etc., free of charge. We have all been provided with vouchers for groceries/personal necessities, & the government has provided an allowance for our son to house us for the duration. Anyone caught short when leaving at the last minute have also been provided with clothing vouchers.

Rescue has been provided for pets lefts behind, & many with horse trailers have rescued horses. Thanks to the SPCA, & private citizens.

Today marks a full 2 weeks since we left home, & it finally looks like things are beginning to get controlled enough for us to perhaps get the news we could begin getting back to our lives. It will have to happen slowly as we can’t all go home at once, but we’re trying very hard not to get anxious.

On the lighter side, we have our 2 kitties with us, our son has 5 cats, & a dog, so its rather an interesting time, but better than having our cats in their carriers all the time. We have our own bedroom, & the cats “argue” with each other under the door, & the dog just barks.

Since fences have burnt, there are cattle all over the roads, so going home could be an interesting ride.

We want to whole-heartedly thank the city of Prince George, the Red Cross, the courteous bus driver who lifted me onto the bus because I couldn’t manage the steep stairs, & everyone who has been so helpful during this dreadful time.

Most of all, we especially want to thank our son, for driving us around on his days off work, providing us with a safe place, good food, & his usual fun company.

Patricia

Comment by Thomas Murray 9 hours ago

Atheist Apparel

Image source: https://www.zazzle.com/atheist+kids+clothing

The purpose here is not to advertise but to show an example of my question.

My question is,  Do you have a story or experience  that was caused by wearing an atheist apparel in general public?,  like going food shopping, festival, or a mall, (or even you dared ) wear one at a church gathering? The apparel could be a shirt, cap, tie, dress, or eve a button. I imagine that those of you did had confrontation with a Christian or Muslim and/or others or perhaps a scowl comment?

With enough courage, perhaps someday I could wear one in public?

Comment by Bertold Brautigan 14 hours ago

To commemorate the 50th anniversary, PBS aired a special on the summer of love. Because of the angle I misread the street sign in the pic and thought instead of 600 it said God.

Comment by Idaho Spud 14 hours ago

I remember the thrill of learning when I first started school, and it never disappeared.  

I especially enjoyed learning about science, nature, and language, even though language was a tough subject for me (and still is).

Comment by The Flying Atheist 16 hours ago

Randy, I had a very small graduating class as well.  Only 180.  Still, we were very cliquish.  To be honest, I would rather, at this time, like to find out about my grammar school classmates.  It was a large public school, and we spent kindergarten through 8th grade together.  These were kids I spent my entire childhood with in the neighborhood.  My high school was a small private Lutheran school, and everyone there was new to me.  

Comment by Randall Smith 19 hours ago

Thomas, where did you go to high school in S. Calif? I taught in Pomona from '66-'73.

Class reunions aren't for everyone. I always enjoy mine. Perhaps it's because there were only 186 students in my class. One of my twin sisters never misses a reunion. The other has never attended.

Comment by Joan Denoo yesterday

The Island of Misfit Toys? Perhaps it is an Island of Interesting Toys!

I didn't think of myself as a misfit, even though I was different than most of my classmates. I thought of myself as more interesting than the others. 

At our 40 year reunion, the room was full of old people, with most of them having never been outside the Inland Empire (Spokane) except to go on guided tours to tourist spots. 

I bought myself tickets to Western Europe, then Eastern Europe, then the Middle East, then to China and Indonesia. I did have group trips with Marija Gimbutas, Riane Eisler and Joan Marler to Greece and Crete, and another tour of goddess temples in Ireland with Joan Marler, Marija Gimbutas and Padraig McGillicuddy. We were on the trail of ancient goddesses and the temples from Greece, Crete, to Turkey, to Ireland. What an adventure my life was. 

Comment by Ian Mason yesterday

Joan, it sounds like did a lot in high school and enjoyed it to the full. Good music too.

Comment by kathy: ky yesterday
Daniel, that sounds like the kind of church my family attends. And that I attended. They call themselves southern baptist but they behave more like Pentecostal.
Comment by Daniel W yesterday

Joan, what great memories!  As Carl said :-)  You would have been fun to know in high school!

Wow, John Birch Society.  My Baptist Church was run by them and they dominated every aspect.  I didn't rebel at the time, but was such an outsider I wasn't relevant.  I did ask questions that got put off.  At my church, you couldn't play cards, smoke, dance, drink, let alone do drugs.  Of course, two couples traded spouses - literally, they divorced and married each others' divorced spouse.  The men stood on the sidewalk between sunday school and worship service, smoking and were clearly hung over.  White only church, of course.

 

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