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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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A Prayer for Our Nation (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Patricia yesterday. 1 Reply

I'm going to keep this one short and sweet.  Mrs. Betty Bowers, America's Best Christian, has seen what is going on with the current occupant of the Oval Office, and my impression is that she is not at all happy with it.  True to her citizenship,…Continue

Tags: prayer, Donald Trump, Oval Office, America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers

Any Babymetal Fans Here?

Started by Bruce Carroll. Last reply by Idaho Spud Sep 12. 5 Replies

Any Babymetal fans here besides me? I have to ask because 1) I really like Babymetal and 2) Babymetal unknowingly played a role in my journey out of religion.For those who are unfamiliar with Babymetal, here is a link to one of their most popular…Continue

Tags: Japanese Idol, Babymetal

If you could rid the world of one thing, what would it be?

Started by Idaho Spud. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner Sep 11. 30 Replies

Today, I heard Seth Andrews talk about the question, "If you could rid the world of one thing, what would it be?"  My first thought was religion, but after a few seconds I decided it would be irrational or anti-scientific thinking.  That would take…Continue

Tags: anti-scientific, irrational

Ignorance is Bliss: Why Religious People Seem Happier Than the 'Nones'”.

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Idaho Spud Sep 11. 16 Replies

“Highly Religious Volunteer More, Lie Less, and Claim to Be Happier”~ Houston Chronicle; “Strongly Religious People are Happier than Non-Religious”  ~ Christian Daily."The study determined that 40 percent of highly religious adults—defined as those…Continue

Tags: Nones, happiness, non-religiosity, religiosity, bliss

Eating Our Own: How You Can Save the Movement (David Smalley | The Thinking Atheist)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Daniel W Aug 27. 11 Replies

While I've been peripherally aware of him for a while, David Smalley has not spent much time in the center of my focus when it came to scoping out atheist material on YouTube or elsewhere ... at least up until now.  His talk – Eating Our Own – came…Continue

Tags: Seth Andrews, The Thinking Atheist, Eating Our Own, David Smalley

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Comment by Plinius on June 19, 2017 at 2:48am

Sounds like a special experience, Carl, but I thought the women who wold put up with a 'head of the family' had died out by now...

Comment by Joan Denoo on June 18, 2017 at 6:33pm

Carl, what an interesting experience. What kinds of feelings did it evoke in you? 

Comment by The Flying Atheist on June 18, 2017 at 6:26pm

Last weekend I was with my family.  We drove to Indianapolis for a family wedding.  It was a very fun time.  The wedding reception was in an old 1928 vaudeville/movie theater.  Lots of character. Very neat venue.  Fountain Square Theatre  

The wedding, itself, was one for the ages....the Dark Ages!  It was in an Orthodox Church of America.  Basically, it's Russian Orthodox but in English.  I've been to Catholic weddings before, but not like this one.  This was truly old school.  Ninth Century old school.  Hardly anything was spoken, it was all sung or chanted by three priests and a choir.  There wasn't an organ.  Thank goodness the choir was really excellent.  We all sat there in a cloud of incense while everything was repeated three times (because the Trinity, you know.)  And it was firmly stated that the man is the head of the household and the woman is subservient, and the purpose of the union is to prosper with children.  

I have to say it was a very visually stunning church, with all the painted panels of icons and murals, but quite ridiculous and bizarre.  But that was only one hour out of all our time together. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on June 18, 2017 at 6:20pm

Fathers, I wish each one of you a day full of wonder, a day that you feel the love and appreciation of all those whom you fathered and raised! Being a father has the responsibility to "husband" his little family, and takes on a mighty task. A lot depends on you for the health and happiness of your unit! I extend my gratitude to you for all the time and effort required to do the job well. 

A healthy child needs a father who happily takes on the challenges of raising sons and daughters. I acknowledge and recognize the value of fathers in a child's life. 

Comment by The Flying Atheist on June 18, 2017 at 6:00pm

Yes, Happy Father's Day to all parties involved!

Randall, that sounds like a fun time coming up with your family.

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on June 18, 2017 at 4:15pm

Did someone or some group of people plan these events? 

Joan, there's some evidence that fossil fuel money is behind the Republican party's change toward science denial and fossil fuel/oligarchy embrace. Of course there are always lots of other factors that likely were unplanned.

Comment by Randall Smith on June 18, 2017 at 7:25am

To all you Dads out there,  Happy Fathers Day!

I have 4 children (3 girls, 1 boy, ages 34-44) and 6 grandchildren (no wife). To my knowledge, nothing special is planned to celebrate "my day". That's okay. In two weeks all four kids (and theirs) will be "back home in Indiana". We'll celebrate then!

Comment by Joan Denoo on June 16, 2017 at 5:00pm

Colonization of Africa, Asia, and S. America resulted in unspeakable atrocities committed by European and US powers. The heart-wrenching stories often tell of such awful ways of domination, and it is hard for me to realize that my ancestors committed some of those crimes against humanity. 

I understand that attitudes of superiority allowed crimes against others, even in this century, i.e. crimes against blacks, Native Americans, and now with the way we treat immigrants. We hold no one accountable and we become part of the offense. If people with moral and ethical bearings stood up, then such insanity would be addressed. 

Being an active participant in the Civil Rights struggle 50 years ago, I thought our efforts would result in better conditions for all races and classes in today's world. The situation is much worse now than it was in the 1960s. The differences are that all those years ago minorities and women struggled to have the rights of access to opportunities for a better life. Today's challenges are that men and women, people of all races and nationalities, as well as believers in superhuman powers and those who lack such beliefs fall farther behind the standards of living of those many years ago. The middle class grows smaller as those living at or below the poverty rate increases. Wealth abandons those who work for a living even as money increases for those who have unearned income.  

How did this happen? How did the working class get shoved out of access to opportunities for growth in wealth? Did a few take away the rights of working people or did working people give away their rights?  

Was our nation rendered weak because of globalization, or did the instrument of our status occur because of the machinations of Russia?  

I know exactly when the decline of the middle class began; it was in the late 1970s when labor started to lose power. The belief systems represented by the Republican Party began to tear down the access to opportunities for the poor and working class, and the beginning of the destruction of the safety net.

We now have to face the challenges presented not only by a dysfunctional Executive but by a dysfunction of the Legislative and Judicial Branches of government. These problems did not start with Trump; they began those long years ago dismantling of representative government. 

How did this happen? Did someone or some group of people plan these events? When did we fail to provide the kinds of education needed for a participatory government? 

Comment by kathy: ky on June 16, 2017 at 3:52pm
I just realized you had answered the question I have just asked :)
Comment by kathy: ky on June 16, 2017 at 3:50pm
Chris, before oil it was gold that forced people from their homes. Before that the railroad. Before that... you know the history.
So doesn't it all boil down to greed?? When something is deemed valuable men go out of their way to aquire as much of the product as they can. Killing an entire ethnic section of the population to achieve their goals doesn't seem to be a consideration.
Is that tribalism or just greed? Can the two ever be separate?
 

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