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

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Loren Miller yesterday. 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

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

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 The Flying Atheist on October 8, 2013 at 6:57pm

Sorry to hear about your back, Ian.  As someone who occasionally has their back "go out" on them, I totally understand.  Last time it happened to me, about two years ago, I was literally in tears one night from the horrendous pain and using a folding chair as a walker to get from my bed to the bathroom. 

Comment by The Flying Atheist on October 8, 2013 at 6:48pm

Comment by Ian Mason on October 8, 2013 at 11:37am

Such fun things. Thanks, all. 

The "Rappin' fo' Jesus" reminds me of Dawkins saying "it works, bitches". An old man trying to be hip.

Haven't been around much the past few days. The  weekend was spent doing some much-needed cleaning around the flat. The sort of cleaning that includes inside kitchen cupboards and draws, under and behind funiture etc. Hurt my back doing it too! Still, most of it is done for the year. Only the living room left and that is a project in itself.

The one piece of pure pleasure was a concert Saturday evening: Caroline Henderson and her trio with their unique form for jazz, including some interpretations of Brecht/Weill. Can't find anything recent on You Tube so you'll just have to trust me when I say she has a great voice.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on October 8, 2013 at 12:17am

Just peeking in to see who's here.  Hello Steph.  I'm having a good week.  Hope you are as well.

Sk8eycat, how was your afternoon out at the symphony?  I hope you got some good laughs from Elayne Boosler.  

Ruth, thanks for telling us about your cats.  I always enjoy hearing all the stories here about everyone's cats.  Since I don't have any, I live vicariously through all your tales.

Melinda, homemade chilli..........Mmmmmmmm.  I always put corn in my chili but many people think that's odd.  What's the opinion here with this group?  (Despite what is said, I will continue to put corn in my chili.)  lol

Comment by Steph S. on October 7, 2013 at 10:21pm

That sounds wonderful Ruth. How is everyone?

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on October 7, 2013 at 9:56pm

Thanks for the senior performance, Patricia. That was fun.

Sk8eycat, Dee Gordon’s expression is priceless.

Napoleon, I don’t get what’s special about the barking dogs.

I had trouble downloading the three tenors video, Tony.

Booklover, that LOL’s so cute, I had to pass it on.

At our house, Grinning Cat upgraded our cat tree with two new shelves, like steps connecting the levels, on Saturday. Mira immediately took ownership of the largest new shelf, and every day she spends hours on it. Her delight is so entertaining. Trissa can’t be lured to explore them, even with treats.

Comment by Steph S. on October 7, 2013 at 8:29pm

Booklover that is so cute!!

sounds like you had a very nice day

Comment by Steph S. on October 6, 2013 at 11:14pm

Ruth that dog is so funny!! Made me laugh

Comment by Tony Carroll on October 6, 2013 at 9:21pm

Comment by sk8eycat on October 5, 2013 at 5:55pm

Speaking of shock...This is Dee Gordon of the LA Dodgers just after he was called out trying to steal 2nd base last night.  The expression and body language remind me of some of my chorus boy friends yelling, "Oh, Roll it UP, Mary!"  (ie: STOP it!  or STFU)   LOL

 

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