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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 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. 

Comment by Idaho Spud on August 12, 2014 at 1:04pm

Being teased is not fun!  I remember being teased at grade school because my name is Francis, and "Francis the Talking Mule" was on TV at the time.

My memory is not good that many years ago, but I don't remember being very upset at that teasing.

Comment by Idaho Spud on August 12, 2014 at 11:58am

I like Patch Adams, Jumanji, Awakenings, Hook, Mrs. Doubtfire, Mork & Mindy, and Bicentennial Man,  but my favorite is one that most people don't care for, Popeye.

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on August 12, 2014 at 8:58am

Patch Adams

Comment by The Flying Atheist on August 12, 2014 at 8:51am

Patch Adams?

Comment by The Flying Atheist on August 12, 2014 at 8:43am

I was never a big fan of the standup routines by Robin Williams but he was outstanding in many of his movie roles, both comedic and dramatic.  Dead Poets Society and Mrs. Doubtfire are two that immediately come to mind.  Comedians often excel in dramatic roles. 

Comment by Randall Smith on August 12, 2014 at 7:38am

So many comedians have suffered with depression. It's sorta like the "jolly fat person" persona--a form of compensation. I always thought Williams was trying too hard to be funny. He's at peace now.

 

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