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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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A Powerful Message from an old wise teacher :

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Thomas Murray 5 hours ago. 5 Replies

I received a gift this morning from a virtual friend, Pamela Smith:A Powerful Message from an old wise teacher :" One day an old wise teacher was walking through a village. A very angry and rude young man came up and began insulting him. "You have…Continue

Speak English? YOU FIRST! (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Thomas Murray yesterday. 4 Replies

Honestly, the title to this piece is badly under-representative of the content.  To be far more accurate, what we have here is Mrs. Betty Bowers, America's Best Christian, going on a rant.  Before you say it ... Say WHAAAA?  Betty Bowers ranting? …Continue

Tags: America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers

A Prayer for Our Nation (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner yesterday. 2 Replies

I'm going to keep this one short and sweet.  Mrs. Betty Bowers, America's Best Christian, has seen what is going on with the current occupant of the Oval Office, and my impression is that she is not at all happy with it.  True to her citizenship,…Continue

Tags: prayer, Donald Trump, Oval Office, America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers

Any Babymetal Fans Here?

Started by Bruce Carroll. Last reply by Idaho Spud Sep 12. 5 Replies

Any Babymetal fans here besides me? I have to ask because 1) I really like Babymetal and 2) Babymetal unknowingly played a role in my journey out of religion.For those who are unfamiliar with Babymetal, here is a link to one of their most popular…Continue

Tags: Japanese Idol, Babymetal

If you could rid the world of one thing, what would it be?

Started by Idaho Spud. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner Sep 11. 30 Replies

Today, I heard Seth Andrews talk about the question, "If you could rid the world of one thing, what would it be?"  My first thought was religion, but after a few seconds I decided it would be irrational or anti-scientific thinking.  That would take…Continue

Tags: anti-scientific, irrational

Ignorance is Bliss: Why Religious People Seem Happier Than the 'Nones'”.

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Idaho Spud Sep 11. 16 Replies

“Highly Religious Volunteer More, Lie Less, and Claim to Be Happier”~ Houston Chronicle; “Strongly Religious People are Happier than Non-Religious”  ~ Christian Daily."The study determined that 40 percent of highly religious adults—defined as those…Continue

Tags: Nones, happiness, non-religiosity, religiosity, bliss

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Comment by Joan Denoo on March 29, 2015 at 5:54pm

Chris, I have been watching the wind map and it looks like two weather systems converge over your part of northern Europe. One comes from the south, the other from the north. 

Can you describe how you experience the wind at your place today? 

Comment by Joan Denoo on March 29, 2015 at 12:19pm

OOPPSS I forgot the mormons in Restriction and punishment with regard to sexuality. That seems to be a big issue for former members. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on March 29, 2015 at 12:17pm

FFRF spaghetti dinner and meeting Dan Barker sounds like all had a good time. Barker's smile engages one; glad to learn he is approachable.  

Randy, I noticed the absence of Carl, too.

Chris, I like the "Chicago 1952" photo for Carl. 

Restriction and punishment seem to be the norm for families descended from the Puritan influence, and the Jewish as well. I like the idea of pleasuring both husband and wife as a healthy start to healthy living and loving. Hopefully, the cliteracy project will empower individuals to enjoy their bodies and each other. 

Comment by Loren Miller on March 29, 2015 at 10:44am

I attended my first local FFRF function yesterday - a spaghetti dinner, hosted by the Northern Ohio Freethought Society.  It was during that event that I met this fellow:

REALLY nice guy, utterly approachable, a real pleasure to chat with.  Have to say, the entire event was an unmodified success and GREAT FUN, and I can't wait until next time.

Comment by Randall Smith on March 29, 2015 at 7:36am

Haven't heard from Carl in awhile. Hope he's doing okay.

Comment by Plinius on March 29, 2015 at 6:34am

Something for Carl. This is one of Shorpy's pics today: Chicago 1952.

Comment by Idaho Spud on March 28, 2015 at 11:44am

Mormonism is very constrictive about what you can do with sex.  For one thing, it's a grave sin to do it outside of marriage.  It seems that is one of the reasons many mormon women, and some men, are sexually messed-up.

Comment by Plinius on March 28, 2015 at 10:12am

In many churches they teach that sex should be as joyless as possible - they promise joy in heaven, god forbid people should enjoy themselves on earth!

Comment by Grinning Cat on March 28, 2015 at 10:07am

I don't know "the" (?) Mormon attitude towards sex education; but in general, even in the 21st century, far too few people are cliterate.

(One of the few things Orthodox Judaism gets right is that a husband must satisfy his wife in bed, and that marital sex is a joyful thing, good in its own right, whether or not it can produce children. But like some other religions, they also teach "be fruitful and multiply" -- a couple is supposed to have at least a girl and a boy -- and that "wasting seed" is forbidden. If you're not married, and/or if you're gay, you're out of luck.)

Comment by Idaho Spud on March 28, 2015 at 9:00am

She probably had 6 kids out of duty.  Mormonism says god is only pleased with you, if you have as many kids as possible.

 

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