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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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Yasmine Mohammed - Confessions of an Ex-Muslim (The Thinking Atheist)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Idaho Spud Jul 7. 6 Replies

Yasmine Mohammed is not your average ex-Muslim.  Not only did she get shut of Islam, she also managed to escape what was at one time the most notorious of radical Islamist organizations: Al Qaeda.  She has since documented the story of her apostasy…Continue

Tags: Islam, Al Qaeda, Yasmine Mohammed, The Thinking Atheist, Seth Andrews

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

Started by Joan Denoo Jul 6. 0 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

Afrodisiacs – African Aphrodisiacs

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Joan Denoo Jun 26. 4 Replies

Am I so old and not know the definition of aphrodisiac, and its historical definition being based on Aphrodite, that her name came from the African drugs that Egyptians, Greeks, and Romans used for sexual enhancement? Dhu!  Aphrodite, ancient Greek…Continue

Tags: Africa, Lady, Victorian

Degrees of Doubt: The Claims and Credentials of Ravi Zacharias (The Thinking Atheist)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Chris May 17. 1 Reply

Anyone here ever run onto an apologist by the name of Ravi Zacharias?  I've seen his name dropped multiple times on YouTube as supposedly being THE ONE APOLOGIST that no atheist wants to cross swords with, because of his facility with christian…Continue

Tags: Ravi Zacharias, Steve Baughman, The Thinking Atheist, Seth Andrews

The Most Hated Woman in America (The Thinking Atheist)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Gary S Apr 19. 7 Replies

Before Aron Ra and Matt Dillahunty, before Dawkins or Dennett or Harris or even Hitchens, there was Madalyn Murray O'Hair.  In the midst of an America where Christianity was being flaunted as a defense against the godless communists of the Soviet…Continue

Tags: Frank Zindler, The Thinking Atheist, Seth Andrews, Madalyn Murray O'Hair

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Comment by Loren Miller 33 minutes ago

We lost a giant yesterday, a giant in the world of voices: June Foray.  Being the cartoon nut that I am, I became aware of June a long time ago, seeing her credits on innumerable Warner Brothers cartoons, and of course as the voice of Rocky the Flying Squirrel and Natasha Fatale.  She and Mel Blanc were the queen and king of such voices back to World War II, and her voice credits on radio likely date back even further.

Certainly there are still women who do such work ... but how many do it exclusively, as she did, and are as successful?  None that I know of.  She will be missed, but I can't imagine she'll be forgotten, though, not as long as we have Rocky and Witch Hazel and Nell Fenwick and Granny and too many other characters to count.

Comment by Loren Miller 55 minutes ago

Ummm, Joan?  How about:nope nope nope nope nope nope nope nope nope nope nope ... you get the picture, right!  [grin!]

Comment by Plinius 5 hours ago

'Those were the days' - such an earworm! It stays and jingles and irritates me. Apart from that, it's a very sad sentiment, longing after long past schooldays. Truth is - I've never been as happy, well-balanced and carefree as I am today. I really feel that I'm at the right side of sixty.

Do you long for past days?

Comment by Plinius 9 hours ago

You remember right, Spud! No children, one cat and a transgender husband. 

Comment by Joan Denoo 17 hours ago

Another way to rehearse responses to those who show you ill will is to take the Apostle's Creed and turn every sentence into a question, i.e. 

Do believe in God, the Father almighty,
      creator of heaven and earth?

Do you believe in Jesus Christ, his only Son, as Lord?
Do you believe Jesus was conceived by the Holy Spirit?    
Do you believe Jesus was born of the virgin Mary?
      Do you believe Jesus suffered under Pontius Pilate?
      Do you believe Jesus was crucified, died, and was buried?
      Do you believe Jesus descended to hell?
      Do you believe The third day Jesus rose again from the dead?
      Do you believe Jesus ascended to heaven?
      Do you believe Jesus is seated at the right hand of God the Father almighty?
      Do you believe Jesus will come to judge the living and the dead?

Do you believe  in the Holy Spirit?
     Do you believe your holy church?
      Do you believe the communion of saints?

      Do you believe the forgiveness of sins,
      Do you believe the resurrection of the body?
      Do you believe the life everlasting.?

Amen.

Do you believe yours is the true church of all times and all places?

Do you believe it is your job as a christian/muslim/religious person to judge me? 

Does your religion expect you to love?

Is it your responsibilty to judge me? 

Don't expect to use all of these same questions on the same person; just know these are things that I/we call into question. 

If the person asks you to defend your question, you are not the

one who scowled at them, it is their responsibility to answer you or not. 

If you don't answer their question, smile in a friendly manner and go about your business. It is they who judge you, not you judging them. 

Comment by Idaho Spud 17 hours ago

It looks like Joan answered my question about the Purple Lady.

Comment by The Flying Atheist 17 hours ago

I have a "The Thinking Atheist" t-shirt from Seth Andrews' podcast but it is now too small for me to wear (in public.)

A few years ago while on a work break, a co-worker saw me reading Michael Shermer's book, "The Believing Brain."  He struck up a conversation with me and then eventually asked, "Atheist?"  I said I was.  He admitted the same and we became friends.  

Comment by Idaho Spud 17 hours ago

Is Patricia the gal that loves purple and rides a purple cart type of thing?

Comment by Idaho Spud 17 hours ago

Chris, my memory questioned the fact that you had a son, but I ignored it.  It also questioned the 2 cats.  You only have one now don't you?

Comment by Joan Denoo 17 hours ago

Chris, thank you for the update on Patricia, the "Purple Lady in a purple wheelchair." I wrote to her about the fire and am glad you are in touch with her and can keep us informed. Tell her I asked about her and wonder if she ever received my email?

Spud, I don't think I would wear an athest T-shirt or emblem until and unless I were ready to see dirty looks and hear accusations and criticism. I practices on paper what I would say or do if anyone showed any negative reaction to my atheism. 

*Dirty looks: with a grimace, 

My response: "I see you like my necklace/T-shirt, pin!"

or: "by your expression, "I notice you are interested in my necklace/T-shirt, pin!"

*Unpleasant response:

My response: "OH? What do you not like?"

or: "Do you have a religion?"

or: "It is my understanding that your religion is one of peace and love." 

or: "How does my belief affect or effect you?"

or: "Do you see me as being wrong?" "By what criteria?"

or: "Do you really believe there is a god who answers your prayers?"

or: "Do you, if truth be told, believe Jesus is the son of god?"

or: "Do you actually believe there is a power that rescues you when you are in trouble or who guides you."

or: "Do you, in truth, believe in the virgin birth?"

or: "Do you, in fact, believe in life after death?"

or: "

 

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