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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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bending truth, or "We Can All Be Manipulated" (TheraminTrees)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Loren Miller 7 hours ago. 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 Idaho Spud on January 14, 2013 at 12:25pm

Thanks Steph and Atheist Cat.  That's one of my favorite sayings.

Babyfood cat made me smile.

Comment by Steph S. on January 14, 2013 at 5:48am

Good morning all.

Today it's sleeting and hailing outside this morning.

Stay warm everyone.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on January 13, 2013 at 11:46pm

Good night, sk8eycat.  Stay warm.  It's 15-degrees here in Chicago but I have my flannel sheets on the bed.  :)

Comment by sk8eycat on January 13, 2013 at 9:54pm

OH!  I love Atheist Cat!  That's so true!

g'nite. (I think.  It's bloody cold out, and our house isn't well-insulated.)

Thanks everyone...

Comment by Steph S. on January 13, 2013 at 8:20pm

Ian and bookkover those are great lols!

Thanks for all the laughs.

Comment by Steph S. on January 13, 2013 at 8:19pm

Comment by sk8eycat on January 13, 2013 at 4:43pm

Well, to get semi-serious for a bit, he IS supposed to have told his disciples to eat his body and drink his blood.  Erkle!

And...his only purpose was to be a human sacrifice to appease his father/self.  I have long thought that the figure in the manger should be a minature realistic, bloody crucufix.  Maybe that would make some people wonder about what they are really celebrating.  (The only other realistic figure in the manger should be a model of the sun.  Almost all of xian mythology was taken from various sun-god religions...12 disciples=12 signs of the Zodiac, etc.)

"Oh, shut up, Felane!  Get down off your hobby-horse."

PS: If anyone wants to see where our legal system and many xian rites and beliefs originated, I highly recommend Colleen McCullough's "Masters of Rome" series of novels.  They are fiction as far as the dialog and feelings of the characters are concerned, but she researched the history of the Roman Republic for 13 years (!!!) beforeshe began to write.  They are also very thick books, but once you begin reading, you can't put them down. (The books that come after the assassination of Julius Caesar didn't interest me as much as the first 5...or 6.  I've forgotten.  Heh!)  I re-read them about once a year because I always come across something I missed in earlier readings.

PPS: I hated The Thorn Birds

Who helped kill the Republic?  The hyper-conservatives...people who insisted that things should be done the way they always had been, even though Rome was no longer a small city-state.  I grind my teeth when I read certain parts of the books because I see the parallels to our time and predicaments.

Comment by sk8eycat on January 13, 2013 at 3:36pm

That's strange; the video played perfectly for me...on this old DELL that keeps hanging when I want to go to another web site, or Paste something in  here myself.

Anyway, I love it!  The spooky-sounding voice and sick drawings.  Heh!

I also love the dog who "Ate Baby Jesus."  Well, that's what communion IS, isn't it?  (I hope it wasn't plastic, or something else that had to be removed surgically.)

Comment by Ian Mason on January 13, 2013 at 11:38am

Comment by The Flying Atheist on January 13, 2013 at 10:11am

Melinda, does the video show up all black?  Sometimes videos on here are just blank, black boxes.  It gets corrected when I refresh the page.  Anybody else been having that problem?  I've been wondering if it's a problem I'm having with Mozillia, but perhaps it's this site? 

 

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