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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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The Gun Industry's Killing in Killing (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Chris G on Wednesday. 15 Replies

America's Best Christian has finally acknowledged that there may be one outfit which has her belief system beat for it's leverage on the government.  No great surprise, it's the NRA and the gun industries.  Betty's a good loser, though.  She's made…Continue

Tags: NRA, guns, America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers

The Ark Encounter: A Less than Grand Opening (The Thinking Atheist)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Loren Miller on Tuesday. 4 Replies

The day finally arrived.  Ken Ham's Ark Encounter opened on 7 July, 2016 ... to something a bit less than Disney-sized crowds, and more than a couple dissenting voices!  Seth Andrews has gathered a quartet of significant participants in the protest…Continue

Tags: Tracey Moody, Dan Broadbent, Seth Andrews, David Silverman, AronRa

The God of Cancer (The Thinking Atheist)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Joan Denoo Jul 18. 10 Replies

Seth Andrews has been through the mill as it comes to dealing with those who insist that their faith in a deity is not just valid but necessary to their lives and to all lives.  Having dealt with that gauntlet and come out the other side an atheist,…Continue

Tags: cancer, god, The Thinking Atheist, Seth Andrews

We Are America / Love Has No Labels (John Cena - Ad Council)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Joan Denoo Jul 10. 3 Replies

It seems to be a repeating pattern: I wander around the internet and inevitably, I stumble onto all manner of stuff.  It happens all the time on YouTube, and as you doubtless have deduced, yours truly tripped over something a couple minutes ago,…Continue

Tags: patriotism, labels, love, Ad Council, John Cena

In God We Trust? (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Qiana-Maieev Jul 4. 4 Replies

HEY, gang!  Your favorite America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers is BACK and just in time for the Fourth of July!!!  This time, she's hit it big, coming to us live and in color from the Capitol!  Seems as though she's as upset about this whole "In…Continue

Tags: congress, god, Jesus, America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers

NBC News Gives Ken Ham Free Advertising

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Loren Miller Jul 2. 13 Replies

Ordinarily I toggle between CBS News with Scott Pelley and NBC News with Lester Holt in the early evening, mostly to avoid commercials, but I'm wondering if I should give ABC's news division another chance after this evening's broadcast.  NBC…Continue

Tags: advertisement, Ken Ham, Ark Encounter, News, NBC

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Comment by sk8eycat on May 2, 2013 at 3:59am

"Spiritual" is such a slippery word...if you go back to its origin, "spirit" comes from the Greek (or is it Latin?) word for "breath." In that sense we are all "spiritual" while we are alive. The phrase in the buybull, "the spirit left him," doesn't mean anything more than, "he stopped breathing."

Then there is "Rah! Rah! Rah!" school spirit.  Or lively, as in a "spirited" horse or dog...or any animal, including homo sapiens sapiens.

To me it sometimes means something that makes me gasp (inhale...in medical terminology "inspire.") with wonder and joy...such as standing at the rail of the viewing platform at Niagara Falls, or watching the first moon landing...live, photos of the universe from the Hubble Space Telescope, and videos from Sojourner and Curiosity on Mars.  AND seeing "Billy Elliott - The Musical" last year.

That collection of spirit-based words does NOT have anything to do with the supernatural as far as I'm concerned because there ain't no sich annimule.  As Annie Laurie Gaylor says, "The natural world is super enough for me."

 

Comment by sk8eycat on May 2, 2013 at 3:38am

Or....menopause is a blessing. 

I know some women have physical problems for a few years; I never did. BUT I've never understood why many women carry on as though it's the end of their femininity, if not the end of their lives. It isn't if you take it in stride. It's FREEDOM! (IMO)

Comment by Plinius on May 2, 2013 at 2:38am

I recognize the feeling, Ian, tied tubes took a load of worry from my shoulders.

Comment by Ian Mason on May 2, 2013 at 1:13am

Damn good actor, Brian Cox. Was great in "Troy" as Agamemmnon.

Sex: I found that a vasectomy did wonders for my sex life. Didn't have to worry ever again - in stable relationships I hasten to add.

Music: brain scans of jazz musicians showed areas of the brain that are associated with maths lighting up as they work out how many permutations on a chord there are. A brain scan of Sting trying to compose showed areas associated with spacial/visual concepts. He said that he loved listening to Bach and had pictures of Gothic architecture pop up in his head when he did so.

Spiritual? Hitchens spoke sometimes of the "secular numinous", that it's possible to have experiences of hightened awareness and emotion without them coming from "God" but from the complexity of the human body and the all-round wonerfulness of life.

That's my bit for the day. Have a nice one, you lovely people.

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on May 2, 2013 at 12:43am

Brian Cox, what's not to like? An articulate scientist who looks like he escaped from a Boy Band.

Comment by Tony Carroll on May 1, 2013 at 11:31pm

Brandi, it was from a site called The Atheist Bible Commentary. It was a response from Tim, the moderator, and I liked it, so I posted it here. That's all. Sorry for any confusion.

Comment by Joan Denoo on May 1, 2013 at 10:49pm
Tony, I agree!
Comment by Tony Carroll on May 1, 2013 at 10:35pm
At times atheists can be our own worst enemy.  They will often join a discussion and criticize other atheists for mocking or criticizing religion. They come out trying to appear respectful falling prey to special pleading and shoot their own team in the foot.

So, I posted this reply:

No idea should be respected simply because it exists. No idea should be free from criticism or ridicule, either. I don't want people to respect my beliefs, I don't ask them to. I want my beliefs to earn respect because they are valid and logical. ... The notion that we should respect religion is absurd. You should respect someone's right to believe as they wish to believe as long as they aren't hurting anyone, but ideas, religions, and philosophies should be under a constant barrage of criticism so that we can find the best ideas that hold up to scrutiny.

"The moment you declare a set of ideas to be immune from criticism, satire, derision, or contempt, freedom of thought becomes impossible." - Salman Rushdie

-Tim H.
The Atheist Bible Commentary
Comment by sk8eycat on May 1, 2013 at 9:06pm

Ruth, my friend who owns, writes, edits, publishes The Pet Press uses this (and other similar one-liners) for "filler:" If your dog won't use a condom, GET HIM FIXED! 

She occasionally gets a bit of crank mail about that one...from people who think the word "condom" shouldn't appear in a "family newspaper."  (Because they probably have had to explain it to their kids.  GOOD!)

Comment by The Flying Atheist on May 1, 2013 at 7:33pm

 

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