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

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Donald R Barbera 2 hours ago. 35 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 The Flying Atheist on March 30, 2013 at 11:40pm

Joan, thanks for sharing the link to the List of Secular Holidays.  I'm going to start putting those on my calendar and touting them to unsuspecting family members and acquaintances.  :)

Melinda, the liberal christian church I grew up in started a tradition back in the '70s when I was a kid and held a seder meal every year.  Well, the very first year when it was time to partake of the bitter herbs, we all naively chomped off a big piece of horseradish root and as a result the place just went to hell.......LOL.  Everybody was beet-red, coughing, choking, laughing and sweating buckets.  All decorum was lost.  I hated going to those meals (if you can call them meals.)  I couldn't wait to get home to eat some real food.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on March 30, 2013 at 10:29pm

So.....as you may know, I'm a flight attendant.  This past Wednesday a woman getting off the plane said to me, "Have a Happy Easter......or Passover, whichever applies.......well, not 'happy'.......sacred.  Good night!"  That just cracked me up. 

Comment by The Flying Atheist on March 30, 2013 at 10:25pm

Melinda, I happen to like apricots.  But especially when they're dried and dipped in chocolate.  Have you tried them that way?  :) 

Comment by Steph S. on March 30, 2013 at 8:29pm

Comment by Steph S. on March 30, 2013 at 8:16pm

Spud that is adorable! Love the squirrel.

Napoleon thanks for the coffee. I love coffee.

Sk8eycat - that is true - fetus is not a person yet.

So how is everyone this weekend?

Comment by sk8eycat on March 30, 2013 at 7:40pm

Comment by sk8eycat on March 30, 2013 at 7:01pm

Ian, my favorite breakfast is either leftover pizza, or a BLT with avocado on a croissant.  (Don't really have either of those very often.) I'm lazy, and the last thing I want to do in the morning, after feeding the cats and policing the litter box, is cook!

 

Comment by Joan Denoo on March 30, 2013 at 4:22pm
Spud! Great message!
Comment by Idaho Spud on March 30, 2013 at 3:07pm

Comment by Joan Denoo on March 30, 2013 at 2:50pm
OH! Melinda, "a handful of nuts" means walnuts, cashews, almonds, Brazil nuts, peanuts, ... I can't stop laughing!
 

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