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.

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Discussion Forum

The Whole Bible in 30 Seconds (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Randy Hatly yesterday. 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 on Tuesday. 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 on Sunday. 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 on Sunday. 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

Issues Atheist, Feminist, GLBTQ, Climate Change

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Joan Denoo Oct 6. 2 Replies

This is a test Continue

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 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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Politics, Economics, and Religion

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:

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!).

Comment by sk8eycat on June 29, 2014 at 5:22am

Ingersoll loved two things in life more than anything else: intellectual liberty, and his family...not necessarily in that order.

With his two grandchildren:

Ingersoll with grandchildren

Comment by The Flying Atheist on June 29, 2014 at 2:05am

Awesome, Joan!  Thanks.

Comment by Joan Denoo on June 29, 2014 at 1:37am


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