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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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11 "unanswerable" questions for atheists - answered (Aron Ra)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Tom Sarbeck Jun 6. 1 Reply

If you spend any time around YouTube and have any history of looking at atheist material (or even theist material!), you will inevitably run into: "XX Questions Atheists Can't Answer."  These are occasionally followed by: "XX Questions Atheists…Continue

Tags: apologist, answer, questions, unanswerable, Aron Ra

worshipping narcissists (qualiasoup & theramintrees)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Idaho Spud Jun 3. 1 Reply

They're all around us: people who perceive the world as revolving around them and will go to considerable lengths to make it so: narcissists.  Such beings have been with humanity, I suspect, since humanity emerged from the gene pool.  Even worse,…Continue

Tags: narcissist, QualiaSoup, TheraminTrees

Secular and Reclaimed Winter Holiday Songs

Started by Grinning Cat. Last reply by Grinning Cat May 2. 42 Replies

This is an appropriate day of the year for this subject...What are some of your favorite winter holiday songs?It would be especially good to share powerful new secular lyrics to tunes that have become associated with Christmas.…Continue

Tags: singing, lyrics, reclaimed, reclaiming, HumanLight

appropriating morality (TheraminTrees)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Joan Denoo May 1. 7 Replies

We've all heard the claim: "Human morality comes from god."  And we've all seen for ourselves what Yahweh's "morality" looks like, from condemnations of homosexuality and the treatment of women as chattel to inexplicable sanctions against the eating…Continue

Tags: morality, appropriating, TheraminTrees

Bible Belt Atheist (New York Times)

Started by Loren Miller Apr 19. 0 Replies

The following showed up in my YouTube feed this morning, and I decided to have a look.  Turns out, the New York Times has given us a reasonably even-handed look at a good friend of ours, being one Jerry DeWitt, former bible-thumper and now a pretty…Continue

Tags: Bible Belt, atheist, Jerry DeWitt

How would you respond?

Started by Christina Scribner. Last reply by Christina Scribner Apr 10. 5 Replies

So, this morning, I was at my local coffee shop as I am most weekdays between bus runs. I do the editing on my husband's books so I had my laptop with me. My wallpaper is a picture I found online sometime back of a double helix with the word atheist…Continue

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Comment by Patricia on March 5, 2018 at 1:31pm

Oh right.....choice.....I forgot.

Comment by Loren Miller on March 5, 2018 at 12:59pm

Oh, but homosexuality is a choice, Patricia! And if you believe that one, I've got some real swell swampland in Florida I like to sell you!

Comment by Patricia on March 5, 2018 at 12:49pm


Comment by Joan Denoo on March 4, 2018 at 1:12am

Curious, I went on a hunt for naming traditions, thinking I would find a paragraph or two. Wrong! Naming practices come in all kinds of ways, including father's last name, or father's and mother's last name, last name by tribe, or by nation, or by occupation, and many other patterns. 

While doing a genealogy search of my family, I found quite a few hyphenated names, i.e. reflecting a Spanish tradition.

Dad believed there were Roman influences in his family tree because of the first names of some ancestors, i.e. Antonius, Julius, Alphonsus (having a Germanic or Spanish origin). 

I did a genealogy study some 20 years ago and all my files are in boxes in a storage unite in Newport, WA. 

Comment by Plinius on March 3, 2018 at 11:53pm

Looks like a good system, Ian, to leave the choice with the child. 

Comment by Patricia on March 3, 2018 at 2:40pm

I took Rick's last name when we got married, but that's what was done back then. I also did not want to keep my birth surname, so was very glad to change it.

Comment by Ian Mason on March 3, 2018 at 2:36pm

Thanks, Bertold.

Yes, Chris, it's the parent's choice to use both names officially but young James can choose later in life whether to use one or both.

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on March 3, 2018 at 1:12pm

Congratulations, Ian!

Comment by Plinius on March 3, 2018 at 12:14pm

So James can use both surnames? Here parents must choose whose surname the child will get. I always use my own surname, of course. Standard question: "Is that your girls name?" Standard answer: "Do you use your boys name?"

Comment by Ian Mason on March 3, 2018 at 10:57am

Chris, that's one surname from each parent. It's getting more common here. Women are less willing to surrender their name.


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