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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 Loren Miller yesterday. 39 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 Randall Smith on August 13, 2014 at 7:36am

Spud, thanks for reminding me of Jumanji, a good movie (with Robin) with good (for the time) special effects. That's about as scary of a movie I ever care for.

Comment by k.h. ky on August 12, 2014 at 7:54pm
Joan, I agree with that. Manic is exactly what he was.
Comment by sk8eycat on August 12, 2014 at 5:49pm

PS: I never watched "Mork & Mindy;" as an adult fan of real SF, I thought it was stupid.

However, somewhere around here I have an old VHS tape of a Robin Williams stage concert that I love....not too "blue," and had one hilarious (to me) bit where he acted out what it would be like if an NFL coach and a Broadway choreographer found themselves in each other's professions.

Comment by sk8eycat on August 12, 2014 at 5:42pm

When I was in elementary school, the "Talking Mule" movies were a big deal in the theaters. 

My legal first name is Frances (with an "e"), though I've never used it for anything but paying taxes and banking....or when I'm being snarky.   Every school year would begin with a new teacher calling out "Frances Hampton" for the first roll call, and I would have to correct her....while the entire class broke up, brayed, made me feel rotten..

I never, ever had any desire to see those ghastly movies.

Felaine (Frances Elaine)

Comment by Joan Denoo on August 12, 2014 at 4:47pm

Carl, I didn't like his standup routines either; they were too manic for my taste. His movies, on the other hand, stood out as masterpieces in my opinion. As you, I especially liked Dead Poet's Society, Mrs Doubtfire, as well as Good Will Hunting, Popeye, and Awakenings.

Comment by Idaho Spud on August 12, 2014 at 1:58pm

I liked his comedy, except when he got too blue, which he did way too often.

Comment by Idaho Spud on August 12, 2014 at 1:34pm

Oh, so they were on TV, just not a series.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on August 12, 2014 at 1:24pm

Spud, when I was a kid, I used to watch Francis the Talking Mule movies on TV Saturday afternoons.  Those and the Bowery Boys.   

Comment by Idaho Spud on August 12, 2014 at 1:10pm

Speaking of a bad memory, I just looked on Wikipedia and found-out that Francis the Talking Mule was not on TV, but was in movies and in a comic strip.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on August 12, 2014 at 1:09pm

Even though my name is Carl, a group of girls used to call me Carlton the Doorman (the guy who always spoke over the intercom on the Rhoda TV show.)  I used to HATE being called that. 

 

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