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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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 on Thursday. 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 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. 

Comment by Randall Smith on October 19, 2014 at 8:19am

Taking the dog on a 5+mile walk in a bit. Nice, sunny, but chilly, day. Then going to my grandson's 5th birthday celebration.

Stayed up late (by my standards) to watch the end of the Notre Dame-Florida State football game. It was decided in the last seconds--so exciting, I couldn't get to sleep! I was born and lived 9 years in South Bend, IN., the home of N.D. It's in my blood to root for them (they lost the nailbiter).

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on October 19, 2014 at 1:54am

Happy weekend, All!

Comment by sk8eycat on October 18, 2014 at 3:48pm
Comment by sk8eycat on October 18, 2014 at 3:41pm

Mindy, where do you find those?  Super!

I wonder what those rapture-belivers think or feel about the fate of their pets in such a situation.  Domestic animals have NO survival skills, and would suffer horribly and die, and since xians have been taught that animals have no souls (no matter what those "Rainbow Bridge" cards say), they would never be reunited in some imaginary afterlife.

One of my friends had the guts to walk out of Sunday school much earlier than I did because her dogs and cats were, and still are, the center of her life.

It all comes back to the fact that those people really don't give a rat's a$$ about anything but themselves.  It's  very self-centered, arrogant way of life.


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