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.

This group is not intended to compete with other groups on topics they cover but to "fill in the cracks." Whenever a discussion dwells at length on a topic for which there's an existing group, we urge you to provide members a link to that group to continue along their tangent.

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Discussion Forum

Issues Atheist, Feminist, GLBTQ, Climate Change

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by BenGee on Saturday. 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 Randall Smith on October 27, 2014 at 7:41am
Chris, "youth in Asia" (in crank mail) was what the writer thought was euthanasia!
Comment by Bertold Brautigan on October 27, 2014 at 7:06am

>Why do I feel like Xmas is assaulting me?! Carl, you're so right. Actually, anyone who claims there's a war on Christmas is waging a war on brain cells.

Comment by Plinius on October 27, 2014 at 2:20am

First we have Sinterklaas here, traditionally an old white saint/bishop with coloured servants. We had a UN-person here, who thought it was all racist. I don't feel that it's true, but we can paint the servants in other colours if someone feels hurt.

For me it's just another way to rob us of the innocent fun of an old tradition. And what's left is the pressure to buy whatever they want to sell - yes, assault is a good word for it, Carl!

Comment by sk8eycat on October 27, 2014 at 2:10am

Just remember that the krispy kritters STOLE xmas from the pagans...especially the decorations, gift-giving, and feasting.  The Massachusetts colony outlawed xmas celebrations (the least punishment was a day in the stocks), and JWs still shun the whole thing (Halloween and birthdays, too.)

Comment by The Flying Atheist on October 26, 2014 at 10:56pm

Today is October 26.  This evening I drove past a Walgreen's Pharmacy that already had their Christmas trees up and on display.  Some people think there's a war on Xmas.  Why do I feel like Xmas is assaulting me?!  I also just learned this evening that Macy's downtown on State Street has all their Xmas window displays up as well.  What the f*ck?! 

Comment by sk8eycat on October 26, 2014 at 6:34pm

I have this one on a Edward Gorey

Comment by The Flying Atheist on October 26, 2014 at 1:33pm

Mindy, (aka Booklover), just for you.........

Comment by The Flying Atheist on October 26, 2014 at 1:31pm

Comment by sk8eycat on October 26, 2014 at 12:20pm

I read the Crank Mail last of all.  It depresses me too much to know there are such vicious people in this country/world.  If something, or someone, gets on my last nerve, I ignore them.  Sometimes that is the worst thing you can do to them.

Comment by Joan Denoo on October 26, 2014 at 11:51am

Randy, your lead to  "crank mail" in FFRF's reveals a sad testimony of the lack of effective criticism. I enjoy being criticised by a critical thinker. These, however, do not meet the test. 

Other than being very funny!


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