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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 Idaho Spud on July 30, 2014 at 5:26am

Mindy and Randy, I'm sorry for your loss.

Comment by Plinius on July 30, 2014 at 1:50am

http://www.atheistnexus.org/profiles/blogs/project-brother-in-law

I put this story in a blog, but I get the feeling that today my English is not what it should be. Feel free to correct.

Comment by Plinius on July 29, 2014 at 11:54pm

That's horrible, Randall! I do hope Molly didn't suffer long.

Comment by sk8eycat on July 29, 2014 at 1:41pm

Oh, Randy! That is the WORST!  I don't know what else to say, except please adopt another dog....just not right away.  YOU need time to heal a little bit first.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on July 29, 2014 at 12:40pm

Randy, that's a terrible way to loose a pet.  I'm really sorry to hear your news.  Now what to do?  I would imagine there are a large number of adoptable dogs just waiting for a loving home to keep you company and to continue their role as man's best friend.    

Comment by Loren Miller on July 29, 2014 at 8:11am

That just stinks, Randall; I'm terribly sorry to hear it.  I realize there ain't much I can do, but I'm here if you wanna talk or whatever...

Comment by k.h. ky on July 29, 2014 at 8:03am
Randall, I'm so very sorry about Molly. You know I'm a dog lover.
It's so easy to fall in love with an animal and so hard to lose one. My thoughts are with you.
Comment by Randall Smith on July 29, 2014 at 6:33am

I really hate to write this, but my dog, Molly, was struck and killed by a hit and run vehicle Monday. I am so sad and distraught. She was 14 months old, and I've had her only 4 months, but we became attached. Now what to do?

Comment by The Flying Atheist on July 28, 2014 at 1:21pm

That's cute, Mindy. 

Comment by Loren Miller on July 28, 2014 at 8:12am

Couple of bugs in A|N I've observed this AM:

  • Clicking on a link to a comment will take you to the post that contains the comment, but not directly to the comment itself.
  • Clicking on "Reply" to a comment causes the browser to home to top of page, rather than opening a Reply window.

I've checked this with both IE and Firefox and reported it.  Seems as though something is broken in NING.  You may want to be aware of that.

 

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