Hang With Friends

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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.

Nobody here is into mind games. A discussion started with a loaded guilt-throwing question will be deleted.

This group is not intended to compete with other groups on topics they cover but to "fill in the cracks." Whenever a discussion dwells at length on a topic for which there's an existing group, we urge you to provide members a link to that group to continue along their tangent.

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Discussion Forum

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 Loren Miller 2 hours ago

Boil it down, what god judges people for are things Pat Robertson doesn't like!

Comment by Joan Denoo 3 hours ago

@Bertold Brautigan, I wrote a response to your excellent "God will judge..." poster, and it evaporated into the ether, gone forever. Let me think and respond again. 

God judges America over abortion and Gay Marriage

God does not judge America over: 

Native Americans who experience being  raped, murdered, their lands stolen, their children taken from their families, their spirituality disrespected, without protection of laws or Constitution; 

Africans who lived enslaved and had boulders tied to their legs. They experienced being raped, murdered, disrespected, and exploited for centuries without recourse in law or Constitution; 

The homeless, although hungry, sick, dying, and poor do not receive care or protection of law or Constitution. ; 

God does judge America over abortion and gay marriage.

It is time for Americans to judge god/s and those who pretend they have some higher power and protections from superstitions. 

Comment by Joan Denoo 3 hours ago

@Plinius, your feelings of pessimism have value and need to be expressed; your realism carries weight and power. I especially appreciate when you confront me with skepticism. You truly think critically, a valuable quality, in my opinion.  

Comment by Joan Denoo 3 hours ago

@Ian, your wonderful spirit gives me great pleasure; I especially like the ways you describe the events and people in your life. Your writings feel like mini-vacations for me. 

Comment by Joan Denoo 3 hours ago

@Ruth, your anger expresses itself in the most constructive way that I can imagine with your Letters to the Legislature guidance. I learn so much from the way you construct your comments and the boldness with which you write. 

I recognize the low spots. We come to the end of life as we know it on Earth and there may never be another epic such as the one into which we were born. 

There are a few things I find helpful to dodge the depression bullets: * Celebrate my anger!

* Focus my anger on the authors of my anger! 

* "Delete" toxic people from my life! Laura hates it when I talk about doing this. 

* Be intolerant of intolerable words and deeds. 

* Rejoice with my family and friends, creating the best memories possible for each one. 

* Talk to or read what others say and write about their "end of an era" experiences, i.e. Native American, African-Americans, other ethnic groups who experienced radical change beyond their control. 

* Soak up a spirit of wonder, not of superstitions, but of whatever gives you pause for joy. 


Comment by Joan Denoo 3 hours ago

@The Flying Atheist on Monday "OK, my last post about "him."  (I don't want to soil this fine forum. It's hard to be continually pissed off and not vent.)"

Oh! Carl, don't throw away your "pissed off" feelings. They are needed now more than ever in my lifetime. Grab hold of your aner, identify it, think about it, explore options of how you can use it, develop a plan, and vent to your heart's content, then find a way to celebrate and let your anger flow away from you! There will be many more times when your/ our anger needs to express itself 

In the meantime, peace! 

Comment by Joan Denoo 3 hours ago

Randy, I loved my Elderhostel experiences. I had enough guidance to get what I wanted and enough freedom to wander on my own. Of course, safety is always a concern, and in today's political climate I would not wander as far and as long as I did when I was in my 60s. 

Have a wonderful trip!

Comment by The Flying Atheist 4 hours ago

You've definitely had a stretch of good luck, Ian.  I hope it continues past three. 

Daniel Barenboim was conductor of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra for years.  I've been to many of his concerts.

Comment by Ian Mason 6 hours ago

Do good things come in threes?
1) Yesterday I got a letter telling me I'm getting a rebate on my heating/hot water bill.
2) I went to a concert, the world-class West-Eastern Divan orchestra with maestro Daniel Barenboim.
3) Turned up at 'work' this morning to be told I was 'surplus to requirements', so no more gritty mouth and black/grey snot for the time being.
How nice!

Comment by Ian Mason 10 hours ago

Spot on, Bertold.


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