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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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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 July 9, 2013 at 2:34pm

Yes, Patricia, I'm also glad you finally got some news.  I hope the health issue is not too serious. 

Comment by Plinius on July 9, 2013 at 1:00am

I'm glad you got news about your friend, Patricia.

Comment by Ian Mason on July 8, 2013 at 10:13pm

Love it, Mindy. Nothing wrong with a well-developed ego.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on July 8, 2013 at 9:13pm

Comment by Lillie on July 8, 2013 at 5:54pm

Love the raccoon cat.  Had a friend that raised a baby raccoon that thought he was a cat and ate with the cats.  There was a hole in the attic where he came and went.  Eventually he stopped coming and had probably "come of age."

Comment by Ian Mason on July 8, 2013 at 1:20pm

That must be some kind of relief, Patricia. Better than not knowing, anyway. Hope the problem isn't serious.

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on July 7, 2013 at 8:55pm

Thanks for the meowing raccoon, booklover.

Sorry I've been away for a while, too busy for the internet.

Thanks for sharing your concerns about locating Isabel, Patricia.

 

 

Comment by sk8eycat on July 7, 2013 at 1:49pm

HAPPY ROBERT A. HEINLEIN'S BIRTHDAY!

Comment by Joan Denoo on July 6, 2013 at 4:13pm
Of course you should be kept in the loop. It is kind of like when kids don't check in to report their safety, give them a big hug and kiss when they do, and then scold the heck out of them. The relief of knowing they are safe moderates with expression of disappointment in making others worry.
Comment by Joan Denoo on July 6, 2013 at 3:15pm
Patricia, you make good sense. You have done all that can be done. The rest is up to Isabel and her family. Please do keep us informed.
 

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