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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 Compelledunbeliever yesterday. 37 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 Ian Mason on May 4, 2013 at 3:13pm

Just got home from a really nice afternoon evening. 1) visit to an art gallery and enjoyed coffee and a (very young) music student concert in their cafe. 2) concert hall for Mahler's 8th symphony for 2 orchertras, 6 choirs and a bunch of solo singers, a mammoth work. 3) out to eat with my daughter and met her boyfriend for the first time. He seems like a nice young man. 4) got a present from my daughter ( a jar of Branston pickle) on the occasion of my being 10 years sober.

If any of you have had a day half as good as mine you are a very lucky person. This is one very happy man signing off and going to bed.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on May 4, 2013 at 10:31am

Tony, I enjoyed the pipers.  I actually learned to play saxophone in a program that was part of a pipers, drums and regimental marching band when I was 13 yrs old.  We used to march in tons of parades in the Chicago area.   

Comment by Steph S. on May 4, 2013 at 10:01am

Melinda that sounds like a wonderful day with your Atheist friend. I love the lolcat too. Flying Atheist those are great singing and dancing cats.

Ruth thanks for the coffee cup pic.

I actually love tuna. : ) Cats love it too.

Hope everyone has a wonderful weekend.

Comment by Steph S. on May 4, 2013 at 9:51am

Comment by Steph S. on May 4, 2013 at 9:50am

Those were fun pipers Tony. Hope everyone is having a good Saturday.

It is a pretty day outside.

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on May 4, 2013 at 12:00am

LOL Thanks for the musical cat gifs, Flying Atheist, and happy weekend to everyone from me too.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on May 3, 2013 at 5:41pm

Comment by Lillie on May 3, 2013 at 5:40pm

Now that I am on a low cholesterol diet, I am opening more cans of tuna for myself.  Of course, I have to give each cat a spoonful before I can fix my own.  Once I mix in a little pickle relish, minced onion and celery, they turn up their noses at my lunch.

Comment by Idaho Spud on May 3, 2013 at 5:15pm

How Hairy Jerry knows the sound of his dishes is interesting Felaine.  I like the phrase tippy-toes also.

I enjoy hearing about how everyones cats act.

Comment by sk8eycat on May 3, 2013 at 4:57pm

I don't understand why some cats react to the sound of any can opener when most people open cans of cat food by using the pull tabs.

Is it something in their DNA from the days before pull tabs?

(I use a manual opener that cuts where the weld is on the side of the top intead of cutting into the metal.  No sharp edges!  Hairy Jerry tippy-toes in when he hears me getting one of his dishes [saucers from a cheap old set from our vacation place in the '50s] out of the stack.)

 

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