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Hang With Friends

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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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Please start a discussion to share stories, photos, and videos. Replies will pop up in your "latest activity" and a conversation can develop from the feelings and thoughts you contributed. Groups are built on discussions.

Discussion Forum

bending truth, or "We Can All Be Manipulated" (TheraminTrees)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Compelledunbeliever 10 hours ago. 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 The Flying Atheist on June 8, 2014 at 12:24am

Joan, like others here, I have been laughing aloud the past few days while reading the posts here.  What a fun group of people!

Comment by Joan Denoo on June 8, 2014 at 12:21am

I love the spelling corrections and images they evoke. 

Comment by sk8eycat on June 7, 2014 at 10:35pm

Carl, a minimum wage fast-food joint is NOT my idea of promoting job growth.  It's a dead end for desperate talented people whose real work has been outsourced to Asia where life is cheap.

But you know that.

IMO there is nothing more hypocritical than a public xian...

Comment by The Flying Atheist on June 7, 2014 at 10:28pm

I signed the petition as well, Patricia.  The first Chik-fil-a opened up here in Chicago last year, but not without controversy and a fight.  They finally got their way and approval.  Many city counsel members vocally apposed allowing a company with a history of discriminatory polices to do business here, but they were also blasted for standing in the way of free market and for stifling job growth. 

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on June 7, 2014 at 9:55pm

Monday already? Send in the clowns.

Thanks for the petition link, Patricia. Signed.

I loved your cartoons, Ian and booklover.

Comment by sk8eycat on June 7, 2014 at 3:37pm

Patricia, signed it and passed it along to about 20 friends who still have open minds after all these years.

Comment by Joan Denoo on June 7, 2014 at 2:36pm

Ian, funny! too close to reality to not cry. 

Comment by Ian Mason on June 7, 2014 at 11:11am

I see your point.

Comment by Plinius on June 7, 2014 at 9:23am

Seen the video at last! Wonderful to watch and it must have been wonderful to do!

Comment by sk8eycat on June 7, 2014 at 8:17am

Randy, I can't skate or dance anymore.  I just push my walker around the house, and get it hung up on the rugs and brittle linoleum in the kitchen.  I leave the fancy stuff to the cats.  (Although Pumpkin's best "trick" these days is rolling onto his back so I can pet his tummy.)

 

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