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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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Are You a Patriot? (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Chris G 4 hours ago. 17 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

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

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Grinning Cat yesterday. 11 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 Ark Encounter: A Less than Grand Opening (The Thinking Atheist)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Grinning Cat on Monday. 24 Replies

The day finally arrived.  Ken Ham's Ark Encounter opened on 7 July, 2016 ... to something a bit less than Disney-sized crowds, and more than a couple dissenting voices!  Seth Andrews has gathered a quartet of significant participants in the protest…Continue

Tags: Tracey Moody, Dan Broadbent, Seth Andrews, David Silverman, AronRa

Surreal, I haz it

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Idaho Spud Aug 14. 91 Replies

Surreal, not just found in art.Continue

Tags: surreal

Wedding Haka - Subtitled & translated

Started by Joan Denoo Aug 13. 0 Replies

I ran across a video of a wedding in which a group of wedding guests celebrated with a performance of a traditional Māori ancestral war dance, called a Haka. It was intended for sons, however, the women have joined in a participation of…Continue

Tags: new, traditions., women, men, Haka

Onward (Unpaid) Christian Soldiers (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Chris G Aug 13. 1 Reply

Proselytizing in the military is a dirty little secret most radical christians would rather didn't get out.  Well, never let it be said that America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers, was ever a wallflower where a pit bull was needed!  In the following…Continue

Tags: Military Religious Freedom Foundation, MRFF, America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers

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Comment by Grinning Cat on February 7, 2014 at 10:37pm

I've been getting junk calls too, offering to lower my credit card interest rates; I've gotten many "final notices" in regard to "the financial stimulus".

Comment by The Flying Atheist on February 7, 2014 at 8:45pm

The "do not call" list worked wonderfully for the first several years.  There was a noticeable end to the many unwanted calls.  But in the past year or two, I've been getting the calls again.  I don't even answer the phone if my caller I.D. indicates the number is a 1-800 number or "unavailable."  And EVERY time, they just hang up when my answering machine kicks in.  They never leave a message, but they keep calling back.  What a pathetic "business model" these people have.       

Comment by sk8eycat on February 7, 2014 at 7:06pm

Patricia, it probaly wouldn't work.  I signed up with the US National Do Not Call registry years ago, and that did work for a while, but now all those telemarketing outfits use automatic diallers.  My phone starts ringing at 9 AM sharp...and keeps going till 7PM. 

I have to ask myself what damn fool would give a major household repair job to a stranger on the other end of the phone line?  As IF I were contemplating such a thing in the first place.

Comment by sk8eycat on February 7, 2014 at 4:09pm

Patricia, re: Flakebook: I'm with you,  who needs it?  And now I think I'm seeing "Like us on...." in print advertisements!  Arrrgh!

Comment by Idaho Spud on February 7, 2014 at 3:11pm

Steph, I love the cute & touching "Friends to cheer you up when you're in your little box of sadness"

I'm thinking seriously of quitting Facebook.  I have the minimum amount of personal into on it, and only have it so I can access a private ex-mormon site.  

However, I only find something on that site that I can use about once a month, and there is something that annoys me about once a day, so it doesn't seem worth it.  

One big annoyance is some people there gave-up on moronism, just to jump into another religion, or woo.  Ugh!

Comment by Steph S. on February 7, 2014 at 11:27am

I am so glad I don't use Facebook. So very glad.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on February 6, 2014 at 11:00pm

Hi, Ruth.  Haven't seen you in a while.  How are you?

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on February 6, 2014 at 9:38pm

Great quote to keep around, Patricia.

Comment by sk8eycat on February 6, 2014 at 8:08pm

That's what Dan Barker briefly wrote about in one of his essays on the simplistic mind-set of Xianity...what if you love back rubs but your spouse or significant other hates them?

In other, older, traditions every similar religious or moral version  of the Brassy Rule IS stated in the negative "Do NOT do..."

Comment by Grinning Cat on February 6, 2014 at 7:19pm

Patricia, that motto is a good version of the ethic of reciprocity, that doesn't go into the thought-policing of "love your neighbor". What we can ask of ourselves is to extend the actions of consideration and courtesy, that we'd presumably like for ourselves, to others.

George Bernard Shaw did warn against taking the golden rule too literally: "Do not do unto others as you would expect they should do unto you. Their tastes may not be the same." (from Maxims for Revolutionists, #1)

 

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