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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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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

How would you respond?

Started by Christina Scribner. Last reply by Christina Scribner Apr 10. 5 Replies

So, this morning, I was at my local coffee shop as I am most weekdays between bus runs. I do the editing on my husband's books so I had my laptop with me. My wallpaper is a picture I found online sometime back of a double helix with the word atheist…Continue

The Fake Christian Busybody Show (Andrew Bradley)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Plinius Apr 9. 1 Reply

It seems as though there was a Gay Pride parade in some town somewhere and a Christian commentator, herein known as The Activist Mommy, apparently got her panties so in a bunch about it that she had to fire up her video camera and record a…Continue

Tags: gay, pride, The Activist Mommy, Andrew Bradley, America's Best Christian

America Held Hostage: Day 436 (MisterDeity)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner Apr 9. 1 Reply

Now that Sinclair Broadcasting has stated their position regarding fake news and its threat to our democracy, Mister Deity's Brian Dalton has decided to throw his $0.02 worth in as well ... though I don't quite think his presentation was really what…Continue

Tags: fake news, Deity, Mister, Broadcasting, Sinclair

Guns: Both Sides Now (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Christina Scribner Apr 3. 3 Replies

Oh, NO!  The gun debate has gotten so heated that it has Betty Bowers, America's Best Christian, TALKING TO HERSELF!  Apparently, one of her has had a stroke or a serious breakdown in cognitive skills, as she does little more than parrot the NRA's…Continue

Tags: NRA, guns, America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers

how dogma pollutes discourse (qualiasoup & theramintrees)

Started by Loren Miller Apr 3. 0 Replies

"The Lord is our God; the Lord is One." "I am the Way, the Truth, and the Life; no one comes to the Father, but by Me." "There is no god but Allah, and Mohamed is his prophet." Assertions, taught as fact, but without any form of corroborative…Continue

Tags: dogma, QualiaSoup, TheraminTrees

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Comment by Ian Mason on March 14, 2016 at 3:31pm
Comment by The Flying Atheist on March 14, 2016 at 2:49pm

Donald, I hope you made it through the wind storm OK.

Comment by Joan Denoo on March 14, 2016 at 2:48pm

It is Pi Day 3/14. Let's celebrate! 

"ancient Babylonians calculated the area of a circle by taking 3 times the square of its radius, which gave a value of pi = 3. One Babylonian tablet (ca. 1900–1680 BC) indicates a value of 3.125 for pi, which is a closer approximation."

Notice that is ca. 1900–1680 BC

Babylonian Mathematics

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on March 14, 2016 at 2:37pm

Cute, Pi day Grinning Cat!

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Comment by Joan Denoo on March 14, 2016 at 2:24pm

Chris, my ancestor, left Plymouth, England, for Leiden, then to Plymouth Colony. We visited Belgium because my father's ancestors came from there. I didn't know about my Leiden connection and am sorry I missed such a beautiful city. 

Mayflower 400

Leiden, 

http://www.leidenamericanpilgrimmuseum.org/PageF1X.htm

Chris, sorry I do not know my history of The Netherlands. Is it Leiden Holland or The Netherlands?

Comment by Grinning Cat on March 14, 2016 at 2:22pm

Ian, sorry to hear about your stepmum! I hope she's comfortable.

Chris, many of us hope that Bernie Sanders can spread that very Partnership Culture outlook that "all of us are connected, all of life is connected, and that we are all tied together."

And on a lighter note, mostly for folks in the U.S. and Canada -- happy Pi Day! (3/14)

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on March 14, 2016 at 12:49pm

Six thousand dollars in car repairs, ouch k.h. ky!

Plinius, I've recently seen optimistic reports of falling religious affiliation in the US and Europe. But the wave of migrants is so huge, those statistics will be invalid soon if they aren't already.

Comment by kathy: ky on March 14, 2016 at 12:23pm
Good one Chris : )
Comment by Plinius on March 14, 2016 at 8:35am

I hope Bernie Sanders can spread his outlook, the USA needs it from what I can see. Now and then I pass the memorial plaque about the religious nutters you're stuck with, how they travelled from  Delfshaven via Plymouth to the USA. Then I think that we should have kept them in the nuthouse.

Comment by Randall Smith on March 14, 2016 at 7:47am
Chris, that is good news. Over here, we have a presidential candidate that is a Jew, but declares, "I am not actively involved with organized religion. I think everyone believes in God in their own ways. To me, it means that all of us are connected, all of life is connected, and that we are all tied together." Bernie Sanders
Evidently, his humanistic outlook is approved by his many followers, according to his positive poll numbers and voting results.
 

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