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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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Secular and Reclaimed Winter Holiday Songs

Started by Grinning Cat. Last reply by Grinning Cat May 2. 42 Replies

This is an appropriate day of the year for this subject...What are some of your favorite winter holiday songs?It would be especially good to share powerful new secular lyrics to tunes that have become associated with Christmas.…Continue

Tags: singing, lyrics, reclaimed, reclaiming, HumanLight

appropriating morality (TheraminTrees)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Joan Denoo May 1. 7 Replies

We've all heard the claim: "Human morality comes from god."  And we've all seen for ourselves what Yahweh's "morality" looks like, from condemnations of homosexuality and the treatment of women as chattel to inexplicable sanctions against the eating…Continue

Tags: morality, appropriating, TheraminTrees

Bible Belt Atheist (New York Times)

Started by Loren Miller Apr 19. 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

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Comment by Deidre on June 22, 2015 at 9:51pm

Hello! I've missed being here. Life, work...dating. Good things, but I miss this site...hope that you are all doing okay these days. :)

Comment by sk8eycat on June 22, 2015 at 9:30pm

That "Blame straight couples...." makes so much sense it baffles me that the bigots don't GET it....  It's been driving me crazy for decades.

And whenever some really insane hater starts talking about killing or internment camps (Lyndon LaRouche was campaigning for those when some of my friends were dying of AIDS in the 1980s), it makes me so effing mad that I want to hit them with a baseball bat.....and I don't have one.  =8 > (

Comment by Grinning Cat on June 22, 2015 at 9:04pm

Randy and Joan, I think Control-click on a Mac is like right-click on a Windows computer. (Right-click is how I get those dropdown menus.)

Comment by Grinning Cat on June 22, 2015 at 8:52pm

Gerald, too many of the right-wing religious nutjobs would think that song is totally serious!
(BTW, I also like the sign, "Against gay marriage? Blame straight people: they're the ones having gay babies.")

And Felaine, thanks for the "Fins" music video!

Comment by sk8eycat on June 22, 2015 at 6:55pm
Comment by Gerald Payne on June 22, 2015 at 6:03pm

That video captures it smack on GC. It should be broadcast on the religious channels.

Comment by Grinning Cat on June 22, 2015 at 5:49pm

A bit from the parody song "Bögarnas fel":

In the name of religion we engage in wars, kill and fight / But we bear no responsibility for this...Another translation: "On religious grounds we still fight and kill and maim / but we are good and innocent and not the ones to blame."

(The song continues with its title theme, "it's the gays' fault!" Youtube -- Swedish with English closed captions; Another performance, with the second translation I quoted)

Comment by Gerald Payne on June 22, 2015 at 5:45pm

Only joking GC.

Comment by Gerald Payne on June 22, 2015 at 5:38pm

Is that because we don't get many sharks on the road GC?

Comment by Grinning Cat on June 22, 2015 at 5:25pm

Or perhaps the beaker is twice as big as it needs to be. :-)

I don't have your education, Joan, but do appreciate the power of framing! For example, at the senior center where a local community group holds contra dances, a poster offered free workshops with one-on-one help to "Update your computer skills". (It listed a wide range of areas, along the lines of email, web, Facebook, smart­phones, and ebook readers). That title caught my attention as a way to invite people at any level of familiarity and expertise, even if someone's never had a computer or never used email before. It did not mention "beginners" or "seniors", no implication of "we'll help you geezers join the 21st century."

Another example: if you're trying to reassure someone that shark attacks are astoundingly rare, and not something to be afraid of, saying that you're 3 1/3 times more likely to drown than to be attacked by a shark is small comfort if it evokes fear of drowning. But we generally aren't afraid of deer, and don't worry about deer accidents. Yet you're 300 times more likely to be killed by a deer (if your car hits it) than by a shark.

 

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