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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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punishing doubt (TheraminTrees)

Started by Loren Miller Sep 6. 0 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

bending truth, or "We Can All Be Manipulated" (TheraminTrees)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Joan Denoo Sep 2. 28 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

We Don't Want Your (Atheist) Money! (The Thinking Atheist)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Idaho Spud Sep 2. 17 Replies

I suppose I've heard stories like this before:Conscientious atheist donates money to worthy cause.Worthy cause initially accepts money.Worthy cause discovers source of donation.Worthy cause rejects donation.Swell, eh?  Well Matt Willbourne of…Continue

Tags: American Baptist Churches Association, Murrow Indian Children's Home, The Thinking Atheist, Seth Andrews

The Whole Bible in 30 Seconds (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Randy Hatly Sep 2. 3 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

Are You a Patriot? (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Chris G Aug 29. 22 Replies

You might think that Betty Bowers, America's Best Christian, would be stepping outside of her comfort zone in tackling the concept of patriotism.  As it turns out, not only does she have a proper handle on the term and its implications, she also…Continue

Tags: patriot, America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers

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Comment by Loren Miller on April 13, 2014 at 7:20am

Darth Vader!  You've just helped the Emperor overthrow the Galactic Alliance, create the first Empire and start building your Death Star!  What are you going to do now?


I'm gonna go to Disney World!

Comment by Idaho Spud on April 12, 2014 at 8:36am

Mindy, I like the advice you gave your daughter.

Comment by Plinius on April 12, 2014 at 1:25am

You've got a very sensible daughter, Mindy! She is careful with other people and with herself.

People with any illness can choose: pick a healthy partner and you'll spend a lifetime doing more than you can because you don't want to let down partner.

Pick no partner: you won't let her/him down and you can order your life the way you want it.

Or pick a partner with a similar illness; you're on equal footing and you understand each other perfectly, but when the shit hits the fan you have to do the impossible to get things right.

Give her my love.

Comment by Steph S. on April 11, 2014 at 9:24pm

Comment by Steph S. on April 11, 2014 at 9:22pm

Oh enjoyed reading that booklover - I am glad to here of your updates. No need to apologize. Well I hope things go the way she wants them to go and everything works out for the two of them.

Comment by sk8eycat on April 10, 2014 at 10:04pm

Mindy, I love FFRF's DIY virtual billboards...I've wanted to make one for a long time, but I haven't been able to come up with a photo, OR anything clever to say.  This one is PURRfect!

Comment by Idaho Spud on April 10, 2014 at 8:26am

I've seen shows about the Alex.  A most amazing bird!  "Bird brain" is not the put-down it used to be.

Comment by Plinius on April 10, 2014 at 4:40am

Thanks for posting, I enjoyed that!

Comment by sk8eycat on April 10, 2014 at 2:49am

Anybody ever see any videos of Dr. Irene Pepperberg and the late, much lamented Alex (an African grey parrot)?

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alex_%28parrot%29

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SzPiTwDE0bE

Comment by Plinius on April 10, 2014 at 1:07am

Small brains are big enough. One of my cats remembered something ten years later, and he was happy about it.

 

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