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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 18 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 Joan Denoo on July 18, 2014 at 8:58am

Hehehehe, the numbers begin to show the shift in demographics.

Americans Are Leaving Religion Behind and It Scares the Hell Out of... 

Comment by k.h. ky on July 18, 2014 at 12:36am
Let's have a Warren/Sanders ticket.

Or Sanders/Warren. Either one is fine with me.
Comment by The Flying Atheist on July 17, 2014 at 4:38pm

I would vote for Bernie Sanders in a New York minute as well.  I have mixed feelings about Hilary Clinton.  At this point in time she is the apparent frontrunner in a presidential race, far ahead of any possible republican candidate.  I would much prefer her in the oval office over any of the nutcases presented from the GOP side.   Like they say:  the lesser of two evils.

I'm quite impressed with Elizabeth Warren, senator from Massachusetts.  I would love to see her as president.  The problem with both her and Bernie Sanders is that they are virtually unknown to the vast majority of the ignorant public.  They wouldn't have a chance against the usual superficial personality contests that permeate presidential elections amongst the general populous.  I wish people weren't so intellectually lazy.    

Comment by sk8eycat on July 17, 2014 at 12:30pm

I would vote for Bernie Sanders in a skinny minute!  Mrs. Clinton lost me when she made an impassioned speech in the Senate (in Oct. 2002) favoring the despicable invasion of Iraq.  If she really believed the WMD lies, then she's too stupid to occupy the Oval Office; if she knew they were lies, but favored the rape of Iraq anyway....SHE is despicable.  (Plus she still has connections to the subversive Family Fellowship and their "prayer partners."  Gullible twit.)

Comment by Randall Smith on July 17, 2014 at 7:30am

Barton is only one of many really ignorant politicians. Mercy! I see that Bernie Sanders (I, VT) is considering running for pres. I like him.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on July 16, 2014 at 6:03pm

Mindy, you're correct, my birthday is today, the 16th.

Sk8eycat, I love the TED video.  Of course, I'm familiar with a clarinet being called a licorice stick, but a carrot clarinet?  That was new to me.  Cute and funny.

Thanks again to all of you for your wonderful birthday messages.  You've made today extra special for me. 

Comment by sk8eycat on July 16, 2014 at 12:36pm

I forgot to mention a classic SF short story by C. M. Kornbluth, titled "The Marching Morons," in which everything and everyone are being dumbed-down, and the few freethinkers left on Earth are wearing themselves out trying to keep the world working. 

I think it was written in the late 1940s....scary.

Comment by sk8eycat on July 16, 2014 at 12:31pm

I like the late Steve Allen's term, "DUMBTH"  As in "warmth."  It might be a finite resource...if we let the stupids take over, and their wacky policies kill the rest of us. 

Heartless Cheney, formerly semi-intelligent McCain, et al, want to get us re-involved in Iraq, again, and probably the rest of the Middle East. 

I just wish the media would stop referring to that part of the world as "the holy land."  There's nothing "holy" about any of it, unless living in a desert makes people delusional. 

Comment by sk8eycat on July 16, 2014 at 9:30am

Flying A, a Belated Happy Birthday to You!  And some silly music to start your next 50 years:

https://www.youtube.com/embed/BISrGwN-yH4

Comment by Loren Miller on July 16, 2014 at 9:28am

What is even scarier is that he's on the energy committee.  One would HOPE that means he knows and understands something about science in general and energy in particular, but apparently, all Barton knows about is who is lining his wallet with cash.

I can't laugh at that.  It's too important to be laughed at.  What I do hope is that whoever was being questioned by him came back at him HARD.  "Congressman, do you know the least bit about the principles that give rise to wind?  Can you define 'Coriolis effect' for me?" 

I'd bet a C-note he couldn't.

 

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