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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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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 Idaho Spud on August 23, 2014 at 3:34pm

Carl, The Big Bang Theory makes me laugh out loud quite often, something that rarely happens with other shows.  The first season was especially hilarious.  Knee-slappers one after another the whole 20 minutes.

Comment by Idaho Spud on August 23, 2014 at 3:31pm

It's been raining a lot here as well.  That is, a lot for Pocatello.  One inch in the last 2 days, and another the 2 weeks before that.

Ordinarily, I like rain, but it's also been cool for the last 2 weeks, and my watermelon don't respond well to cool weather.  I've got some big ones, but if this keeps up, they won't ripen.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on August 23, 2014 at 3:24pm

Thanks for the great offer, Patricia.  Sounds like a good deal to me.  Hope your PC connectivity issues clear up quickly. 

Spud, that's a funny Big Bang Theory clip.  I really like that show a lot. 

Mindy, the deluge of rain just finished up here in Chicago.  Wow!  What a rainstorm!  Very intense with lots of lightening.  The lights in my apartment flickered on and off several times.  I was worried about loosing my power, but all is well in the end.    

Comment by Idaho Spud on August 23, 2014 at 2:21pm

I'm with sheldon.  It looks like I'm going to miss "when man will be able to transfer his consciousness into a machine and achieve immortality." by "that much."

Comment by Idaho Spud on August 23, 2014 at 2:07pm

Patricia, I want a new body transplant too!  I'd even be willing to pay full price.

I was going to ask if someone knew where you were, as I hadn't heard from you in a week.

Comment by Idaho Spud on August 23, 2014 at 2:04pm

Mindy, if you find a place to buy a new digestive system, let me know! :)

Comment by Ian Mason on August 23, 2014 at 11:58am

True, that. Looks and appearance give positive reactions. I once saw my ex-dentist and her receptionist reduced to giggling schoolgirls by a "handsome hunk". They didn't even care that his credit cards were rejected and he couldn't pay. The dentist looked very disappointed when she saw that I was the next patient.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on August 23, 2014 at 9:58am

I like Patricia's purple cat also!  lol

Comment by Idaho Spud on August 23, 2014 at 8:28am

Sorry I misspelled your name Chris.  I may have been doing it for a long time.  Giving myself 20 lashes with a wet noodle.

Comment by Idaho Spud on August 23, 2014 at 8:15am

Patricia, when I said I don't like avatars changing too often, I hope you didn't take offense.  I just had the thought that you might because you've been changing yours lately.

I just get temporarily confused when I see a new avatar.  It is my problem, not yours.

You are one of my best friends, and whatever you do is fine by me.

By the way, I've been wanting to tell you:  That purple cat is attractive.

 

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