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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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Bible Belt Atheist (New York Times)

Started by Loren Miller on Thursday. 0 Replies

The following showed up in my YouTube feed this morning, and I decided to have a look.  Turns out, the New York Times has given us a reasonably even-handed look at a good friend of ours, being one Jerry DeWitt, former bible-thumper and now a pretty…Continue

Tags: Bible Belt, atheist, Jerry DeWitt

How would you respond?

Started by Christina Scribner. Last reply by Christina Scribner Apr 10. 5 Replies

So, this morning, I was at my local coffee shop as I am most weekdays between bus runs. I do the editing on my husband's books so I had my laptop with me. My wallpaper is a picture I found online sometime back of a double helix with the word atheist…Continue

The Fake Christian Busybody Show (Andrew Bradley)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Plinius Apr 9. 1 Reply

It seems as though there was a Gay Pride parade in some town somewhere and a Christian commentator, herein known as The Activist Mommy, apparently got her panties so in a bunch about it that she had to fire up her video camera and record a…Continue

Tags: gay, pride, The Activist Mommy, Andrew Bradley, America's Best Christian

America Held Hostage: Day 436 (MisterDeity)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner Apr 9. 1 Reply

Now that Sinclair Broadcasting has stated their position regarding fake news and its threat to our democracy, Mister Deity's Brian Dalton has decided to throw his $0.02 worth in as well ... though I don't quite think his presentation was really what…Continue

Tags: fake news, Deity, Mister, Broadcasting, Sinclair

Guns: Both Sides Now (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Christina Scribner Apr 3. 3 Replies

Oh, NO!  The gun debate has gotten so heated that it has Betty Bowers, America's Best Christian, TALKING TO HERSELF!  Apparently, one of her has had a stroke or a serious breakdown in cognitive skills, as she does little more than parrot the NRA's…Continue

Tags: NRA, guns, America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers

how dogma pollutes discourse (qualiasoup & theramintrees)

Started by Loren Miller Apr 3. 0 Replies

"The Lord is our God; the Lord is One." "I am the Way, the Truth, and the Life; no one comes to the Father, but by Me." "There is no god but Allah, and Mohamed is his prophet." Assertions, taught as fact, but without any form of corroborative…Continue

Tags: dogma, QualiaSoup, TheraminTrees

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Comment by Gerald Payne on June 18, 2015 at 9:06am

Of course neither side is 'innocent', such a generalised term has been used historically to justify all oppression. The truth of the matter is that the Israeli army is an illegal occupying force, used to subdue a people who have a duty to fight for their liberty and right to self determination. Giving soldiers free rein to control a civilian population just about says it all.  

Comment by Randall Smith on June 18, 2015 at 7:21am

Interrupting the current subject: I traded in my '13 Toyota truck for a '15 yesterday. I'm not sure why, exactly. After I bought the '13, I noticed every other vehicle on the road was red--or so it seemed. I'm just not a "red guy". Upon investigation of the possibility of "trading up", I realized I could get a new, not red, one for not much money--$2,350 more to be exact. Sweet deal, I figure. I like the color, "pyrite mica", and its mineral name, being the ex-geology teacher I am.

Comment by Plinius on June 18, 2015 at 12:51am

I agree, neither side is innocent, but the side with most power should have the most empathy.

I knew someone here who was in Auschwitz. After the war he traumatized his wife and young children and in general made life miserable for everyone who met him. "Yes, but he was in Auschwitz.", some people said, and they suffered his bad behaviour. I wouldn't.

Compare such a person to e.g. Wladyslaw Szpilman, who had worse experiences but valued a normal life so much that his children hardly knew his story - they only knew him as a kind father.  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/W%C5%82adys%C5%82aw_Szpilman

Suffering must NOTbe an excuse to make other people miserable.

Comment by Pat on June 17, 2015 at 1:01pm

I've learned a valuable lesson from the Israeli/Palestinian conflict, and the same lesson from the conflict in Northern Ireland, both of which are motivated by an overlay of nationalism buttressed by religious extremism.

Neither side are innocent. Neither side have clean hands in the conflict. Both sides are capable of, and do, carry out atrocities. And, most importantly, neither have a claim to superior morality based upon their nationalism or religion. Each side have equally good and equally evil humans promoting their respective agendas. Victims on one side, when given a certain amount of power, are easily capable of, and often gleefully, bring misery and death upon victims on the other. And, this leads to ingrained mistrust and hatred, which makes a self-fulfilling prophesy of the impossibility of a peaceful settlement all too real.

Comment by sk8eycat on June 17, 2015 at 12:40pm

The people running Israel now are second and third generation descendants of the concentration camp survivors.  Their grandparents, as a rule, rarely talked about their experiences except with other survivors.  Too traumatic.

In the mid 1980s I went to a birthday party for a man who had been in the camps as a teenager; he had managed to escape, and took a little girlfriend with him.  When the war was over, and they were old enough, they married and emigrated to the US.

After the dinner, most of the guests stood up, raised their glasses, and said, "Never again!"  When they raised their glasses you could still see the numbers tattooed on their arms.

It was one of the most incredibly moving experiences of my life.

BUT they have always been reluctant to discuss the war with their offspring...or strangers.  And the people who came to the US are, or were, quite different from the ones who emigrated to Israel....plus the Israelis have been fighting for survival all their lives.

I think partitioning that little postage stamp of land was a mistake, just as chopping off parts of India into Pakistan and Bangladesh was.  And the Muslims are hardly innocent.  Their bass-ackward traditional way of life means more to them than learning to get along with their neighbors.

Comment by Plinius on June 17, 2015 at 2:01am

They should have learned something from being oppressed themselves - but they forgot about empathy and compassion.

Comment by sk8eycat on June 17, 2015 at 12:48am

I read one of Jimmy Carter's books recently (I'm sorry I've forgotten the title), and the behavior of the Zionists is remarkably akin to the Germans not so long ago.  They believe they are "entitled" to land promised to them by an imaginary superbeing.  Pooooh!

No god...no "promised land."

Comment by Plinius on June 17, 2015 at 12:15am

Don't forget that the Zionists are the oppressors.

Comment by Grinning Cat on June 16, 2015 at 4:55pm

www.isidewith.com scores me as siding 98% with Bernie Sanders, vs. 79% with Hillary Clinton, 51% with Chris Christie (on environmental issues), and much lower for other Republicans.

Name-calling that I've seen online that's sometimes quite appropriate: the "Republican't" party.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on June 16, 2015 at 4:26pm

Ruth, a few years ago I took some sort of political identification assessment test on line.  I don't remember the website or if I saved the results.  But I remember that I scored something like 98% Green Party identification and 94% Democratic Party.  (I think Republican was around 35%.)  In today's environment, it's frustrating that here in the US we don't have any major political party that seriously has environmental issues on the front burner at all times and that creates common-sense policy based on that issue. 

 

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