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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 1 hour ago. 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 Ruth Anthony-Gardner on January 30, 2015 at 12:24pm

LOL, booklover! You started my day with a chuckle.

That "musical bath" experience sounds interesting, Ian. Thanks for sharing.

Glad to hear you're handling your situation quite well, Flying Atheist. :)

Comment by Ian Mason on January 30, 2015 at 11:34am
Comment by Ian Mason on January 30, 2015 at 11:32am

Glad to hear you're doing well, Carl.

Have a nice tri-generational evening, Mindy.

Have been to the hospital today for the non-invasive part of a prostate examination. It went fine but I'm not looking forward to next week, with probes and tissue samples on the agenda. While I was in town I went to an art exhibition, really interesting. I'm not that wild with "instalations" but this one included Thomas Tallis's "Motet for 40 voices" with each voice recorded separately and then played back through 40 loudspeakers, put in an oval shape. It was possible to go round and listen to each small part that made up the whole or sit in the middle and take a musical bath.

http://en.aros.dk/

Comment by Randall Smith on January 30, 2015 at 8:09am

Carl, stay positive!

I picked up four books at my local library yest. The Hunt for the Golden Mole: All creatures Great and Small, and why they Matter, The Blue Tatto: The Life of Olive Oatman; The End of Greatness: Why America Can't Have (and doesn't want) Another Great President; and Waking up: a Guide to Spirituality Without Religion, (by Sam Harris, one of us).  I had a hard time deciding which one to begin with!

Comment by Joan Denoo on January 30, 2015 at 2:11am

Carl, that is god news. You will whip these challenges because you have a spirit. And good doctors. And you are a good patient.  

Comment by Plinius on January 30, 2015 at 1:58am

Most of the time there's a stack ´to be read´, and usually I read three or four books at a time - one for 100 % concentration, other books for relaxing and a travel book (she reads at the busstop!), and rereading when I feel not well.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on January 30, 2015 at 1:31am

Patricia, I've had to put myself on a self-imposed moratorium from buying books.  I have a stack of books here a mountain high that I need to catch up on first.  My concentration isn't quite up to par right now while I'm dealing with all my health issues.  I'm looking forward to the future when I can once again sit and truly relax with a book and focus on reading. 

BTW, I had a general health check-up today.  My doctor told me that I'm in good health despite my current health condition.  He thinks I am doing well and also handling my situation quite well. 

Comment by The Flying Atheist on January 30, 2015 at 12:00am

Just finished watching the three-part television series "Your Inner Fish."  I highly recommend it.  Lots of fascinating evolutionary history concerning humans is presented.  

I streamed it on Netflix.  I know it is available from other sources as well.  

Your Inner Fish 

Comment by sk8eycat on January 29, 2015 at 1:09am

Bertold, I haven't had spaghetti in SO long...years!  I'm drooling.  Now, THAT is the kind of communion I'd appreciate.  (Are the incantations in Italian, or are there none?)

Raaaaaaa-mennnnnn!

Comment by Grinning Cat on January 29, 2015 at 12:36am

Patricia, I agree! Newer US bills do have a little color, but we're way behind other civilized nations. And it's great how the Canadian $10 note includes the Invisible Pink Unicorn! :-)

Bertold, I'll take tangible noodly calories over an invisible sky daddy any day!

 

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