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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.

Nobody here is into mind games. A discussion started with a loaded guilt-throwing question will be deleted.

This group is not intended to compete with other groups on topics they cover but to "fill in the cracks." Whenever a discussion dwells at length on a topic for which there's an existing group, we urge you to provide members a link to that group to continue along their tangent.

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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 sk8eycat on April 27, 2014 at 6:44pm

I would add that if religion were true, its adherent would not have to bludgeon the public (by passing restrictive laws, for one thing) to convert, either.

Comment by Loren Miller on April 27, 2014 at 3:07pm

Was doing some link-jumping off of something I saw on A|N's Amateur Radio group when I found THIS:

Seems as though the inventor of Cthulhu had it goin' on in the brainbox!

Comment by The Flying Atheist on April 27, 2014 at 11:26am

Good morning, everyone.  Hope your day is going well.  After several days of some of the most beautiful weather, it's been rather cool here and now a bit of rain is in the area.  Typical Spring.  Maybe we'll have a "normal" Spring after all.    

Loren, good stuff.  But then again, that style of music is my #1 love.  It's a co-inky-dink, but I was just listening to Tommy Dorsey's "I'm Getting Sentimental Over You" just yesterday, which I love. 

Comment by Loren Miller on April 27, 2014 at 7:53am

G'morning, gang.

Listened to the following this morning ... man, it just starts my whole day.  I'd be curious to know what it does for yours.



Enjoy!

Comment by Plinius on April 27, 2014 at 1:37am

You sure made your ex-friends show what they're really made of, Mindy! Better to know the worst - you don't need that sort of trouble. And I'm glad your daughter is doing so well!

I have very few friends left, probably because I lead a very quiet life due to health- and stressproblems. And we're still working on for our two patients. Yesterday a big helping of migraine, but today we'll go on packing and cleaning in brother-in-law's house and trying to socialize his cat. The poor animal must be lonely, with only daily visits, but she begins to open up to us.

Ruth and Sk8eycat, this side is not only troll free, but nobody has been rude or condescending too. Very special!

Comment by Ian Mason on April 27, 2014 at 1:24am

Very pleased that things are going well for your daughter, Mindy.

Living in Denmark FB is a useful for keeping up with the small talk of the family in England, including baby pics when my nieces and nephews produce their offspring. That's one of the nice sides. There's also a very few people I take seriously and can exchange views with. Like life, there's good and bad. You can choose. Plus I use Adblock to stop a lot of junk.

Have a nice Sunday. The sun is out here but I have to go to bed as I'm working this weekend. Can't win 'em all.

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on April 26, 2014 at 9:57pm

sk8eycat, you put it perfectly

I feel safe here, because they have managed to block trolls.

This is the only troll free site I know about, besides my Irritable Bowel Syndrome group.

Happy Weekend and good weather, all.

Comment by k.h. ky on April 26, 2014 at 9:56pm
Facebook is so filled with religious nuts , in this area, l can't stand it. I deleted mine years ago. Started another, just to keep up with my family, and would delete it but I can't remember the password.
Comment by The Flying Atheist on April 26, 2014 at 9:48pm

Felaine, I'm much like you.  I keep in touch with the people who are real friends and have let others just fade away to a memory.  I do admit, there are a few friends from college that were very close and meaningful to me that I let slip away and I wish hadn't, but I was dealing with my own personal issues at the time.  Sadly, It just happened and I allowed it.  Now it just seems like ancient history from lifetimes ago.

Mindy, great to hear the news about your daughter!   

Comment by sk8eycat on April 26, 2014 at 6:27pm

To Mindy and Carl: one reason I have never gone to any reunions (HS class OR Holiday On Ice), EVER, is that I was always in touch with my real friends, and I just didn't give a rat's patoot about the rest!  Some I disliked intensely and never wanted to see again, anyway.

When one of my closest HS friends wanted to start a FB page years ago, I did join up, but I started hearing from the "never again" classmates (plus I got 5 times as much spam as I usually did), so I opted out ASAP, and never went back.

Some of the animal rescue non-profits I deal with have FB pages, and I understand why.  They can't afford real web sites.  I can still read those without joining.

Anyroad, my privacy is more important to me than having a lot of strangers "like" me.  I feel safe here, because they have managed to block trolls...I don't know how, but it's the first atheist "refuge" that has been successful at keeping the religious fanatics out.

And for some reason, I can't see anything right now.  Gonna go rest my eyes, and maybe have a cuppa tea.

PS: Mindy, I'm happy your daughter is doing so well!  Both socially and scholastically.

Hugs to everyone here!

 

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