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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 Joan Denoo on March 29, 2015 at 12:17pm

FFRF spaghetti dinner and meeting Dan Barker sounds like all had a good time. Barker's smile engages one; glad to learn he is approachable.  

Randy, I noticed the absence of Carl, too.

Chris, I like the "Chicago 1952" photo for Carl. 

Restriction and punishment seem to be the norm for families descended from the Puritan influence, and the Jewish as well. I like the idea of pleasuring both husband and wife as a healthy start to healthy living and loving. Hopefully, the cliteracy project will empower individuals to enjoy their bodies and each other. 

Comment by Loren Miller on March 29, 2015 at 10:44am

I attended my first local FFRF function yesterday - a spaghetti dinner, hosted by the Northern Ohio Freethought Society.  It was during that event that I met this fellow:

REALLY nice guy, utterly approachable, a real pleasure to chat with.  Have to say, the entire event was an unmodified success and GREAT FUN, and I can't wait until next time.

Comment by Randall Smith on March 29, 2015 at 7:36am

Haven't heard from Carl in awhile. Hope he's doing okay.

Comment by Plinius on March 29, 2015 at 6:34am

Something for Carl. This is one of Shorpy's pics today: Chicago 1952.

Comment by Idaho Spud on March 28, 2015 at 11:44am

Mormonism is very constrictive about what you can do with sex.  For one thing, it's a grave sin to do it outside of marriage.  It seems that is one of the reasons many mormon women, and some men, are sexually messed-up.

Comment by Plinius on March 28, 2015 at 10:12am

In many churches they teach that sex should be as joyless as possible - they promise joy in heaven, god forbid people should enjoy themselves on earth!

Comment by Grinning Cat on March 28, 2015 at 10:07am

I don't know "the" (?) Mormon attitude towards sex education; but in general, even in the 21st century, far too few people are cliterate.

(One of the few things Orthodox Judaism gets right is that a husband must satisfy his wife in bed, and that marital sex is a joyful thing, good in its own right, whether or not it can produce children. But like some other religions, they also teach "be fruitful and multiply" -- a couple is supposed to have at least a girl and a boy -- and that "wasting seed" is forbidden. If you're not married, and/or if you're gay, you're out of luck.)

Comment by Idaho Spud on March 28, 2015 at 9:00am

She probably had 6 kids out of duty.  Mormonism says god is only pleased with you, if you have as many kids as possible.

Comment by Idaho Spud on March 28, 2015 at 8:57am

Good idea Randy, except your dad would have to be a mormon before it would happen.  

Besides that huge hurtle, despite having 6 children, she never did like sex.  I even heard her call dad a sex-fiend once, although I'm certain he never forced her to do anything.  He was the kindest man I've known.

Comment by Randall Smith on March 28, 2015 at 8:37am

Spud, perhaps we can get our widowed parents together! By the way, my Dad's mother lived to 100 (+2 months).  That all probably means nothing to my chances!

 

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