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.

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Issues Atheist, Feminist, GLBTQ, Climate Change

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by BenGee on Saturday. 3 Replies

This is a test Continue

The Whole Bible in 30 Seconds (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Randy Hatly on Thursday. 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 Oct 17. 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 Oct 16. 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 Oct 16. 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

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 sk8eycat on May 2, 2014 at 6:28pm

Oh, Mindy, that's GRRRRREAT!  But I'm ashamed to say that think it's slightly MORE than 50% of Americans who believe we were created standing upright on two feet (even though our bodies tell us differently), with crania toolarge to fit through the pelvic canal easily...etc & so forth.

"Denial, there's to many folks in denial!"

(Too the tune of "Maria" from "West Side Story."  I'll have to think up more lyrics now that it's stuck in whatever I use for a mind. Gah!)

Comment by sk8eycat on May 2, 2014 at 3:05am

Joan, the really awful thing is that the fear-teaching is inflicted on the very young; they rarely have the information or instinct to counter it.  Child abuse, IMO.

Ian, thank you for that post.  It's amazing/ironic that I have been fantasizing about 'sploding WalMart stores en masse lately. They are more obscene than porn shops.

Comment by Joan Denoo on May 1, 2014 at 7:49pm

"'Cramming for finals', old people who get religion and/or crave forgiveness towards the end."

Excellent name for the sudden conversions when near death. Fear reigns. What kind of life is that? Having the fear of damnation after death even as some willingly chose exploitation throughout their lifetimes. Or tried hard to live to the principles taught by preachers, teachers and priests who hung onto sheep and goat herder stories as a reasonable and rational way to live, never really sure they did all the right things. Fear! That seems immoral to me. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on May 1, 2014 at 7:43pm

Arundhati Roy is a women of great principle and especially appropriate for today, May 1.  Thank you for sharing this quote, Ian, and reminding us of the challenges we face and the things we can do to make a difference. 

Comment by Ian Mason on May 1, 2014 at 10:25am

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Comment by Plinius on May 1, 2014 at 1:09am

But Booklover, I'm not at all sure if we're non-judgemental friends - it's a friend's duty to warn you when you go wrong - so there's judgement.

Be true to yourself, Patricia, I hope Monday comes soon for you. Perhaps it's no more than a "I want to .... before I die"visit. Hard enough! My father wanted me to visit him before he died, but I decided not to play along and never showed up. It still feels good, even after all the reproaches.

Comment by Ian Mason on May 1, 2014 at 1:08am

"Cramming for finals", an Autralian nursing-home term for old people who get religion and/or crave forgiveness towards the end.

On the other hand, I think my daughter found my apologies to her when I did my AA 9th step as too little too late. I have to live with that and try to have a future with her.

This "Inner Fish" sounds good. I'll give it a try.

This won't mean much to people outside England but it turns out that Wilko Johnson's otherwise terminal cancer is operable, even though he will loose a lot of his insides. Here's a link to him in his young years. He's the guitarist.

Comment by k.h. ky on April 30, 2014 at 10:59pm
You're welcome Joan. I'm really enjoying it. Patricia, hang in there and chill. I deal with the b/p too so just remember to take your meds . Maybe your mom just wants to see you. I hate it that your daughter is a fundie. All my family, except my daughter, are so l know what that's like.

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