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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.

Nobody here is into mind games. A discussion started with a loaded guilt-throwing question will be deleted.

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Is Christianity Persecuted? (The Thinking Atheist)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Patricia Aug 10. 7 Replies

Okay, gang ... when is the last time you saw Seth Andrews do an animated video on his YouTube channel?  Seems like donkey's years ago, don't it?  Well, apparently Jeff Sessions and his "religious liberty task force" got Seth's nelly up enough that…Continue

Tags: religious liberty task force, Donald Trump, Jeff Sessions, Seth Andrews, The Thinking Atheist

worshipping narcissists (qualiasoup & theramintrees)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner Aug 4. 2 Replies

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

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

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

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Comment by Patricia on March 19, 2018 at 3:33pm

Thank you Ian. Feeling a little stressed although we've been waiting for this for months.

We haven't heard the decision on just changing the battery, or changing the whole unit to a newer one. This of course is a lot more dangerous.

Comment by Ian Mason on March 19, 2018 at 3:26pm

Wishing you both all the best, Patricia.

Comment by Patricia on March 19, 2018 at 2:36pm

Rick got a call this morning from the cardiac clinic saying they received a transmission last night & the implant battery is lower than they like.

They don't know why the alarm hasn't sounded yet, but they are calling the Victoria hospital today to get his surgery date set up.

It will be good to get it over with, but we are dreading it as well.

Now of course things have to be in place for him to go, & me to stay here.

Comment by Randall Smith on March 18, 2018 at 7:55am

Just a shout out to mention I started a new group called "Sports Talk". I didn't think Hanging with Friends was the place to talk sports, and I often had something to say, so I now I (and other sports' fans) do. You're all invited to join in.

Comment by Plinius on March 16, 2018 at 1:39am

Catholic lanb to the slaughter...HA, they always say they want to be sheep!

Comment by Plinius on March 16, 2018 at 1:38am

Thanks, Bertold, I loved to read this!

Comment by Patricia on March 15, 2018 at 11:01am

S. Fry is terrific....right up there with the best!

Comment by Loren Miller on March 15, 2018 at 7:52am

Bertold, I won't claim to be a big debate watcher, but in the case of the 2009 Intelligence Squared event, that was not so much a defeat for the Church as a Catholic lamb being led to the slaughter.  Compared with the potent and inarguable points brought by Fry and Hitchens, Onaiyekan and Widdecombe looked positively inept and unprepared.

Still, when torn down to the basics, no church really has so much as Leg One to stand on.  The trick is to do ALL the work needed to dismantle the facade, and Stephen and Christopher took it upon themselves to do the grunt work.

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on March 15, 2018 at 7:41am

I'm sure most everyone has seen the 2009 Intelligence Squared debate on the topic "The Catholic Church is a Force for Good in the World." John Onaiyekan, RC archbishop of Abuja, Nigeria and Ann Widdecombe, a conservative MP who converted from C of E to Catholicism BECAUSE the C of E allowed female deacons, took the "for" side. They were riotously trounced by the "against" side, which was memorably taken up by Christopher Hitchens and Stephen Fry.

Well, for everyone's reading pleasure, here's the complete transcript of the debate. I think Fry even outshone the Hitch at times.

Comment by Ian Mason on March 15, 2018 at 1:37am

I like that, Bertold. SH would have laughed at it, I'm sure.

 

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