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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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bending truth, or "We Can All Be Manipulated" (TheraminTrees)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Loren Miller yesterday. 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

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

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 Loren Miller on July 1, 2014 at 9:20pm

Something mellow for before bedtime: the amazing work of Ralph Towner:

Comment by k.h. ky on July 1, 2014 at 5:28pm
I like that Ian.
Comment by Ian Mason on July 1, 2014 at 4:10pm

I can't resist posting this one.

Comment by Idaho Spud on July 1, 2014 at 1:57pm

This used to be one of my favorite songs.  I now don't like the one reference to prayer, but other than that, it still gets to me.

Comment by Joan Denoo on July 1, 2014 at 1:42pm

Ian, an appropriate song to bring to mind. In 1915, mothers and fathers lamented sending sons to war, just as they do today. 

"Verse 1

Ten million soldiers to the war have gone, Who may never return again. Ten million mother's hearts must break For the ones who died in vain. Head bowed down in sorrow In her lonely years, I heard a mother murmur thru' her tears:

"Verse 2

I didn't raise my boy to be a soldier, I brought him up to be my pride and joy. Who dares to place a musket on his shoulder, To shoot some other mother's darling boy? Let nations arbitrate their future troubles, It's time to lay the sword and gun away. There'd be no war today, If mothers all would say, "I didn't raise my boy to be a soldier."

"Verse 3

What victory can cheer a mother's heart, When she looks at her blighted home? What victory can bring her back All she cared to call her own? Let each mother answer In the years to be, Remember that my boy belongs to me!"

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Comment by Plinius on July 1, 2014 at 1:25pm

I'm trying to listen to that tomorrow, Ian - today my pc rattles like a coffeegrinder that is almost dying. Perhaps it will be silent for some time tomorrow.

Comment by Plinius on July 1, 2014 at 1:18pm

And I'm really glad that I don't have to be owner, boss or whatever. I hate to follow orders and I hate to give orders; possibly that's the reason I'm a cat person.

Comment by Ian Mason on July 1, 2014 at 9:24am

With the anniversary of the outbreak of WW1 on the way, I thought this might be appropriate. From 1915:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9fhjT93Xa3U

Comment by Plinius on July 1, 2014 at 7:52am

Hahaha! I'm NOT unfriended, because I'm not a cat owner. According to Luna & Dido I just happen to live in the same apartment...

Comment by Randall Smith on June 29, 2014 at 7:24am

Nothing of significance to add, except to say I'm enjoying the discussions (and cartoon, Joan!).

 

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