Hang With Friends

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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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Issues Atheist, Feminist, GLBTQ, Climate Change

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by BenGee Oct 22. 3 Replies

This is a test Continue

The Whole Bible in 30 Seconds (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Randy Hatly Oct 20. 15 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

punishing doubt (TheraminTrees)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Joan Denoo Oct 17. 2 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

A moment to relax and see the Earth from space; some how this comforts me.

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Qiana-Maieev Oct 16. 3 Replies

All the squabbles and struggles that I have do not compare with those of some others on this great planet. There are no boundary lines, no political arguments, no up or no down. What is, is. For right now, the scenes offer tranquility. Just the…Continue

Tags: and, wonder, awe, of, space

His Dark Materials and the Catholic Church

Started by Tonya R. Wheeler. Last reply by Plinius Oct 16. 27 Replies

I recently watched the movie, "The Golden Compass" and since I could not find the sequels, I read the books. I enjoyed them, and I will be reading the first one, Northern Lights, starting tomorrow, since it just arrived via inter-library…Continue

Tags: Fantasy, Catholic, Religion, Atheist, Pullman

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

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Loren Miller Sep 29. 39 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

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Comment by Joan Denoo on January 29, 2013 at 12:07am

Melinda, your, "Its your fault ...!" photo provides perfect wording for that scene. I'm reposting, thanks. 

Patricia, great cartoons! Right on target!

Ruth, your story and photo fit each other perfectly. I can not only imagine the sight of that litter box, but remember a whiff of it too, in our home.

Comment by Steph S. on January 28, 2013 at 10:11pm

love those lolcats bookklover - how was everyone's Monday?

Comment by Joan Denoo on January 28, 2013 at 9:37pm
Tony Carroll, Thanks; that church sign illustrates the problem, some religious people can think and choose not to. Yes, thinking requires work, mathematics needs concentration, science requires an open mind to take in all diversity and infinite time, life depend upon thought plus action. Dogma does not stand up to any of these. Litany provides no answers. Yes, religion may provide comfort, but does not provide answers worthy of attention. I find no truth in any one of the following sentences: 
The Nicene Creed
Traditional Version (From the Book of Common Prayer)
I believe in one God, the Father Almighty 
Maker of heaven and earth, and of all things visible and invisible:
And in one Lord Jesus Christ, the only-begotten Son of God, begotten of the Father before all worlds; 
God of God, Light of Light, very God of very God; 
begotten, not made, being of one substance with the Father,
by Whom all things were made: 
Who for us men and for our salvation came down from Heaven, 
and was incarnate by the Holy Ghost of the Virgin Mary, and was made man: 
And was crucified also for us under Pontius Pilate; he suffered and was buried: 
And the third day he rose again according to the Scriptures: 
And ascended into Heaven, and sitteth on the right hand of the Father: 
And he shall come again, with glory, to judge both the quick and the dead: 
Whose Kingdom will have no end:
And I believe in the Holy Ghost the Lord, and Giver of Life, 
Who proceedeth from the Father and the Son 
Who with the Father and the Son together is worshipped and glorified, 
Who spake by the Prophets. 
And I believe in One Holy, Catholic, and Apostolic Church, 
I acknowledge one Baptism for the remission of sins. 
And I look for the Resurrection of the Dead: 
And the Life of the world to come. Amen.
Comment by Joan Denoo on January 28, 2013 at 9:17pm

sk8eycat, your comments offer pearls of great price! I'll keep you informed. 

Comment by sk8eycat on January 28, 2013 at 9:04pm

Joan, pease let us all know when/if you get a reply.  I keep looking at that sign, and whether the photo is real or fake, it's typical xian arrogance.

"Jesus loves me (but not you)." 

Hah!  But I love me; I don't need an imaginary friend to make me feel worthwhile.

Comment by Joan Denoo on January 28, 2013 at 8:48pm

Grinning Cat, you are a good sleuth; I've gone north and south and east and west around that corner and I can't get a good view of the sign. If the sign is a fake, I owe that church an apology for accusing them of something they did not do; however, I went to the church site and challenge their basic premise. 
I sent them an email and look forward to their response. 

Comment by sk8eycat on January 28, 2013 at 8:12pm

Dear Grinning Cat, the sign's frame looks genuine, but the removable lettering and spacing look somewhat different from the sign in the Google Maps photo.  Of course, Google Maps and Google Earth only update images a couple of times a year. If that often.

I just checked my own address on Garble Earth, and it still shows the car I sold last summer sitting in the driveway....

Comment by Grinning Cat on January 28, 2013 at 6:01pm

That "logical/theological" church sign looks real to me -- more detailed than the usual church sign generator output. In any case, that particular Baptist church is real and shows up on Google Street View. They also have a website.

Comment by Loren Miller on January 28, 2013 at 1:48pm

Logical thinking may encourage or discourage you, depending on your own personal bent and capacity for understanding data you're presented with.  Theological thinking is MAGICAL THINKING, which can do anything it wants and doesn't answer to fact or reality ... so sure it can be encouraging, as certainly as it can be utterly and absolutely DELUSIONAL.

Comment by Joan Denoo on January 28, 2013 at 1:01pm

Tony Carroll, that sign says it all; even if religious people can think, many choose not to. Yes, reasoning requires effort, math takes work, science overwhelms because of the diversity; that is exactly why religion may be necessary to make people feel good, but life involves far more than feelings.  


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