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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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Discussion Forum

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

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Compelledunbeliever 18 hours ago. 37 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

punishing doubt (TheraminTrees)

Started by Loren Miller Sep 6. 0 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

We Don't Want Your (Atheist) Money! (The Thinking Atheist)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Idaho Spud Sep 2. 17 Replies

I suppose I've heard stories like this before:Conscientious atheist donates money to worthy cause.Worthy cause initially accepts money.Worthy cause discovers source of donation.Worthy cause rejects donation.Swell, eh?  Well Matt Willbourne of…Continue

Tags: American Baptist Churches Association, Murrow Indian Children's Home, The Thinking Atheist, Seth Andrews

The Whole Bible in 30 Seconds (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Randy Hatly Sep 2. 3 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

Are You a Patriot? (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Chris G Aug 29. 22 Replies

You might think that Betty Bowers, America's Best Christian, would be stepping outside of her comfort zone in tackling the concept of patriotism.  As it turns out, not only does she have a proper handle on the term and its implications, she also…Continue

Tags: patriot, America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers

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Comment by sk8eycat on December 24, 2014 at 2:07pm

I love it...penguins at the NORTH pole?

Oh, well.  This game has polar bears at the SOUTH pole....

http://www.games.com/play/aol-inc/ice-breakers

Comment by The Flying Atheist on December 24, 2014 at 2:02pm

I wish you all a Merry and Festive Yuletide season!

Comment by sk8eycat on December 24, 2014 at 12:50pm

Saturn Rest Ye, Merry People!  (And if a good-looking satyr offers you a gift, ACCEPT IT!)

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on December 24, 2014 at 11:34am

Merry godless christmas everyone!

Comment by Ian Mason on December 24, 2014 at 10:34am

Have a great time, Carl and Chris.

Comment by Plinius on December 24, 2014 at 9:59am

I'm glad not to think back. I'm organizing a little celebration for brother-in-law, tomorrow is his first visit here since his accident. He'll be brought here by a taxi service for the disabled - I wonder if he can manage the stairs. Auntie cannot come - her ward is closed because of an infection, but I'll bring her a present afterwards.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on December 24, 2014 at 9:31am

As of this morning, apparently the winter weather has moved east of Chicago and will miss us.  The winter storm watch has been cancelled. 

Today, I'm off to my doctor for an appointment and a review of my health.  I'm glad I won't have to deal with any snow or rain.  BTW, I'm still feeling well and I'm looking forward to spending time during the next few days with my family.  Lots of great seasonal food is in store!

Comment by Randall Smith on December 24, 2014 at 8:09am

I like all the "good news" comments--and music, cartoons, etc.

Christmas eve brings back many wonderful memories. One year, Santa (my grandfather) walked up to our house, looked over his list, shook his head, and walked on down the street. I was devastated! Yes, he returned.                                                    It'll be a very quiet eve and day tomorrow this year.

Comment by Loren Miller on December 24, 2014 at 6:11am

Thunder-snow, eh?  I remember that from not quite 30 years ago when I was waiting for a flight at Cleveland Hopkins Airport.  Flight was cancelled, of course!

Glad you enjoyed "Let It Snow," Carl.  That one is a long-time favorite of mine.

Comment by Ian Mason on December 24, 2014 at 4:32am

Joan, your gladness and love of life are infectious. Have some lovely days with your nearest and dearest.

 

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