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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.

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

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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

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

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Joan Denoo Sep 2. 28 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

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 Plinius on October 20, 2014 at 9:03am

Thanks Randall! It looks good, judging from internetreviews, but tomorrow I'll go to Rotterdam to find it in the library.

Comment by Randall Smith on October 20, 2014 at 7:20am

Just completed Barbara Ehrenreich's new book, Living with a Wild God, "a nonbeliever's search for the truth about everything". I would especially recommend it to the Joans, Ruths, Felaines, Mindys, Chris', etc. among Hang With Friends participants. Men aren't forbidden to read it, however. I found it in my library. 

Comment by sk8eycat on October 19, 2014 at 5:52pm

I forgot to mention that the "Rainbow Bridge" is borrowed/plagiarized from Norse mythology. I wonder how many people who send those cards know that.

Comment by sk8eycat on October 19, 2014 at 5:43pm

Bertold, those damn sympathy cards always make me feel terrible, and usually make me cry because I KNOW there  is no life after this one, and I will not be reunited with anyone...human or feline....or all the wonderful BIG dogs I used to "baby-sit" when I was still able.

When someone I know suffers a death in their family, I usually send a single flower in a bud vase....when I can afford to send anything at all.

I do wish I could still house-and-pet-sit....I could sure use the $$$, and it would get me away from the JW in my own house for a while, but I can't even see well enough to drive anymore, so I'm stuck. 

I do have my Pumpkin-cat, but he's almost 16, and sleeps a lot nowadays.  The Black Blimp has adopted my JW/Aspie sister, which takes her attention off my atheist self.  Tee-hee!

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on October 19, 2014 at 2:44pm

Thanks Joan. You are quite a paragon of articulate clarity yourself.

Comment by Joan Denoo on October 19, 2014 at 2:17pm

Bertold, I like your direct style. I don't have to wonder what you mean! 

I like your new Avatar, very nice. 

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on October 19, 2014 at 2:14pm

Sk8eycat - when I lose a pet and friends send that rainbow bridge crap it just makes me want to puke.No, I'm not going to be f-ing reunited with my f-ing dog in f-ing heaven, you f-ing imbecile.

Comment by Joan Denoo on October 19, 2014 at 12:53pm
Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on October 19, 2014 at 11:31am

I envy your five mile walk, Randall. Thanks, booklover and Flying Atheist. It's a lovely sunny afternoon here.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on October 19, 2014 at 10:07am

Happy weekend to you as well, Ruth.

It got cold here last night.  Our first frost warning. 

Went out for pizza last night with my atheist best friend.  It was nice to get out of the house and spend the evening with him.  Other than the folks here at A|N, he's the only other voice of reason that I can really vent about politics and religion. 

 

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