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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 Loren Miller 17 minutes ago. 32 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 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

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on May 1, 2013 at 7:25pm

I apologize in advance.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on May 1, 2013 at 7:23pm

Joan, like you, I also prefer brains over brawn. 

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on May 1, 2013 at 7:05pm

Joan, you said

Women want family planning and men want sex. Now, how do we resolve that dilemma?

Of course women have to be empowered to insist.

Comment by Joan Denoo on May 1, 2013 at 6:49pm

You detect correctly Carl. It is his mind (typed with a professorial manner). He just knocks my socks off. 

Comment by The Flying Atheist on May 1, 2013 at 6:42pm

Might I detect that Joan has a slight crush on the hot Brian Cox?

Comment by Joan Denoo on May 1, 2013 at 6:15pm
Tony, thanks! The music does not stir me the way Cox's science does. Well, one person can't have it all. I wonder how he had time for physics.

The curious tale of Professor Brian Cox and the end of Life, The Universe and Everything
 

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