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

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Bertold Brautigan 6 hours ago. 34 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 Joan Denoo on April 10, 2013 at 6:04pm

 Patricia on April 4, 2013 at 12:55pm is a photo of a little girl with haunted eyes that you posted. I was going trough the files to make sure I read everything and ran across it. Making a comment on it, on then page 12, I didn't realize my response would be so far away. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on April 10, 2013 at 5:26pm

Patricia, those haunted eyes of that little girl. She has some wounds. I hope she has someone who loves her. Whatever caused her pain, I hope they can no longer hurt her and she has some healing memories. 

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on April 10, 2013 at 5:23pm

Chis, Dido is gorgeous. I hadn’t thought of the danger of tripping over a b lack cat at night. I hope that doesn’t happen at the top of the stairs.

Your cardboard box sounds like fun, Flying Atheist.

We made a temporary hutch out of a big sturdy cardboard box, which is a good height for tour two big cats to look out of the guest bedroom window. That room was their transition room when we got them over a year ago. The box is still there for them, but now they use the aerobed instead.

Cats seem to know when you hurt them accidentally, and forgive quickly. That’s been our experience when tripping or stepping on a tail.

Our thermometer briefly got up to 88° this afternoon. Meanwhile blizzards from Colorado to South Dakota.

Comment by Idaho Spud on April 10, 2013 at 2:54pm

Funny Patricia.

Comment by Idaho Spud on April 10, 2013 at 1:22pm

Steph, I like the cute black kitty hug.

Melinda, I like the fortunate cat with a box. :)

Chris, if your cat purrs after you stumble over him, it seems like he understands you didn't do it on purpose.  Is that right?  How about the rest of you?  Do your cats understand accidents?

Comment by The Flying Atheist on April 10, 2013 at 11:56am

Chris, Dido is beautiful!!  I love the black, shiny coat.  By the way, I had a cardboard box when I was a little kid.  My parents purchased a new refrigerator and I got them to leave the box in the basement for me.  My father cut a door flap and some windows and I had a little house!    

Comment by Plinius on April 10, 2013 at 10:38am

Leave some for us Steph! Here's Dido's picture for his fanclub.

Comment by Steph S. on April 10, 2013 at 9:38am

Thank you everyone! Black cats are my favorite. Wish I could just have them all. I wish I could do more to help the animals. I donate money and everything and I hope this summer to volunteer some time at the animal shelter. I need see how tough and time consuming that class is going to be. I need more time in the day. Love the lolcat Melinda! I am enjoying all the posts here.

Comment by Loren Miller on April 10, 2013 at 9:31am

Melinda, that graphic post about "no worth without god" is CLASSIC!  [right-mouse-click / Save As...!]  Thanks!  The box-cat is great too; our cats LOVE boxes!

Comment by Plinius on April 10, 2013 at 9:10am

How I wish I had a cardboard box! ;-) I have been owned by black cats for over twenty years, but they always brought me good luck. Even when I trip over a fat black cat when I go to the toilet in the night - then he purrs to me, so that can't be bad luck.

 

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