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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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11 "unanswerable" questions for atheists - answered (Aron Ra)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Tom Sarbeck Jun 6. 1 Reply

If you spend any time around YouTube and have any history of looking at atheist material (or even theist material!), you will inevitably run into: "XX Questions Atheists Can't Answer."  These are occasionally followed by: "XX Questions Atheists…Continue

Tags: apologist, answer, questions, unanswerable, Aron Ra

worshipping narcissists (qualiasoup & theramintrees)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Idaho Spud Jun 3. 1 Reply

They're all around us: people who perceive the world as revolving around them and will go to considerable lengths to make it so: narcissists.  Such beings have been with humanity, I suspect, since humanity emerged from the gene pool.  Even worse,…Continue

Tags: narcissist, QualiaSoup, TheraminTrees

Secular and Reclaimed Winter Holiday Songs

Started by Grinning Cat. Last reply by Grinning Cat May 2. 42 Replies

This is an appropriate day of the year for this subject...What are some of your favorite winter holiday songs?It would be especially good to share powerful new secular lyrics to tunes that have become associated with Christmas.…Continue

Tags: singing, lyrics, reclaimed, reclaiming, HumanLight

appropriating morality (TheraminTrees)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Joan Denoo May 1. 7 Replies

We've all heard the claim: "Human morality comes from god."  And we've all seen for ourselves what Yahweh's "morality" looks like, from condemnations of homosexuality and the treatment of women as chattel to inexplicable sanctions against the eating…Continue

Tags: morality, appropriating, TheraminTrees

Bible Belt Atheist (New York Times)

Started by Loren Miller Apr 19. 0 Replies

The following showed up in my YouTube feed this morning, and I decided to have a look.  Turns out, the New York Times has given us a reasonably even-handed look at a good friend of ours, being one Jerry DeWitt, former bible-thumper and now a pretty…Continue

Tags: Bible Belt, atheist, Jerry DeWitt

How would you respond?

Started by Christina Scribner. Last reply by Christina Scribner Apr 10. 5 Replies

So, this morning, I was at my local coffee shop as I am most weekdays between bus runs. I do the editing on my husband's books so I had my laptop with me. My wallpaper is a picture I found online sometime back of a double helix with the word atheist…Continue

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Comment by Joan Denoo on September 27, 2013 at 2:30pm

Tony, outstanding film, "The role of democracy". Brian Cox is our newest Carl Sagan. I just get goose bumps when I watch or read anything by Cox. Thanks.

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on September 27, 2013 at 1:53pm

sk8eycat, what's a "banger"?

Joan, I went to the Diabetes group and saw a like on my discussion. So I pressed it, thinking it would tell me who liked it. The like jumped, momentarily from 1 to 2, then reverted to -1. I appreciate your interest. Guess I'll never know what happened.

Tony, Brian Cox's video was great. However, I don't agree that today's society is entirely based on science and the technology arising from it. Our society has loads of superstition, hatred, structural inefficiency and insanity built into how it works. We have a long way to go before we have a science-based society, in fact most people can't even imagine one.

Comment by Tony Carroll on September 27, 2013 at 1:26pm

Hey Chris. Yeah, I enjoyed it. But upon reflection, I'm thinking about that young man. I mean, as evidenced by his stance and reactions, probably the first time he's actually heard somebody say things like that out loud. I wonder what horse hockey the adults were feeding him when they got him alone. I just hope it planted a seed in him to do some research and question why he reacted as he did. Probably not, but I'm pretty sure he will replay it in his mind for awhile. I know I would and did at that age. 

Comment by Tony Carroll on September 27, 2013 at 1:15pm

From Brian Cox. The role of democracy.

 

 

 

 

 

Comment by Plinius on September 27, 2013 at 1:12pm

You have scared them,Tony, very naughty! They saw the ANTICHRIST waving and grinning. Very funny story!

Comment by Joan Denoo on September 27, 2013 at 12:50pm

Ruth, something is goofy with my computer; I tried to "Like" your comment about breakfast with protein and fat and respond with appreciation for the information. I couldn't post, so hope you see this.

Comment by Joan Denoo on September 27, 2013 at 11:27am
Yum, Bangers and Mash! It is right up there with Bubbles and Squeak!
Comment by Tony Carroll on September 27, 2013 at 11:26am

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Well, was out early this morning, got home and guess who walked up the driveway when I stopped. Jehovah's Witnesses! An older lady, middle aged man, and a young man, guess about 15-16.

They introduced themselves (can't remember names). Before they even started, I said " Either mormons or jw, right? And since you're not in the mormon uniform and carrying bom, I'm guessing jw's. " I know I skipped way ahead in the script for them, as evidenced by the looks on their faces. Have to admit, it was fun.

Well the older lady responded yes they were jw, and wanted to share their news with me. Here is where it got interesting. The man said "before we get started, can we have a word of prayer?". I said no. The look on the teenagers face was shock. Literally. Like he couldn't believe what he heard. The older couple, however, that was really interesting. Their faces looked like stone. Total shutdown. After a beat, he asked why. Damn, my mind was racing. Of all the myriad answers I could give. I had already blown their scripting out the water, so how to continue. So I simply said to them, "I'm an atheist. Don't believe in any dieties". The lady said "sorry to have taken up your time" and they walked away.

The most interesting thing about this small exchange was the reaction of the teen. His face showed his thoughts and emotions. I mean you could see the shock, uncomprehension, horror, disbelief, incredulity all flashing across his face. The adults were able to control it. He wasn't.

Oh, the very last thing. As they were getting in their van, they looked in my direction as I was still standing in the driveway. So I smiled real big and waved at them. Seemed like they couldn't get going fast enough. Like I said, it was fun

Comment by sk8eycat on September 26, 2013 at 10:05pm

Steph...what I did today: Took a friend to a local pub/restaurant (owned and operated by a Scottish/British  ex-pat family); I had Bangers & Mash, and I am so full I can hardly move.  Had a GREAT time!   *;) winking

Comment by sk8eycat on September 26, 2013 at 10:01pm

For all I knew, the stories we were taught in Sunday school could have been written by Hans Christian Andersen or the Brothers Grimm. 

We started going to church when we moved to Burbank when I was in kindergarten. Dad wanted to establish himself quickly because he was planning to open his own accounting practice, and joining the local church was one way to do that.  It happened to be a very relaxed place, more into having community social events than telling us we were going to burn in hell.  Dad and the minister hit it off immediately, and the Rev. made him Treasurer...Rev. had been doing the books himself, and was overwhelmed.  Actually, we didn't call him "Reverend" anything... he was Mister to everybody.  (Well, he was "Art" or "Arthur" to the grownups.)

I think I was in 4th or 5th grade when I rebelled and refused to go to church any more.  I was having dance classes almost every day after school and all day on Saturdays, and I said I wanted a Day Off. 

I don't know if I ever really believed in god or Jesus, I just wasn't interested. I tried to believe when I was in high school...tried very hard, but I just couldn't.  I'd listen to my classmates when they got up and "witnessed" during services (this was at a totally different church...Bapnit), and wondered why none of that stuff ever happened to me.  I was so naive that it never occurred to me that they might be lying.

(re-posting to correct some typos.  I have an orange purr-monster between me and the keyboard.)

 

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