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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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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

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

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Joan Denoo Sep 2. 28 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

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 Plinius on August 27, 2014 at 10:30am

legitimate a religious question? I think I don't understand, Spud. I thought legitimate on a birth certificate meant in or out of wedlock.

Comment by Joan Denoo on August 27, 2014 at 9:04am

Mindy, remember the movie that I didn't see, but the clips were priceless. It was a scene in a cafe with a man and woman. The woman demonstrates to the man that she can fake an orgasm. An observer tells the waitress she will have what the orgasmic woman had. 

Sounds like a good scenario for your fundy neighbor. 

Comment by Idaho Spud on August 27, 2014 at 8:58am

That Jam session was kind of fun Patricia.

Comment by Idaho Spud on August 27, 2014 at 8:51am

I just came across my Idaho birth certificate from 1941.  I read through it and found one religious question.  It was  "Legitimate?"

Haha.  How many of you heathens are legitimate?

Comment by Idaho Spud on August 27, 2014 at 8:47am

I swear too much also, but usually not outside.  However, my neighbors probably hear me through open windows sometimes.

My new neighbors next door don't wave at me anymore.  I wonder if they are religious and decide they don't want to be friendly to a swearing heathen.

Comment by k.h. ky on August 27, 2014 at 12:01am
Maybe the neighbors will actually learn something. I, too, swear to much. Sometimes I think I do it just to piss the religious nuts off.
Comment by Joan Denoo on August 26, 2014 at 10:34pm

Patricia, a great bit of improvised music. Must have been fun to watch. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on August 26, 2014 at 10:28pm

A screened in porch sounds so good, no mosquitos, no flies, no yellow jackets. With a screen between you and your fundy neighbors, you can make all kinds of sounds and they will wonder what on Earth are you doing .... must be sinful! 

Nice to go into retirement with a good roof. 

Comment by The Flying Atheist on August 26, 2014 at 8:34pm
I deleted the everlasting cat for you folks.
Comment by Joan Denoo on August 26, 2014 at 3:42pm

Spud, thanks for the code, and a widening of my vision of what comes next. I do need a two seater and room for groceries. Cary does all the shopping but doesn't drive because of a brain injury. He is disabled and on SSI. 

Spud, that 2 mile one way recumbent trike ride in the winter in Pocatello, ID must have been hazardous. Did you go on sidewalks or streets? How did you handle ice? 

 

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