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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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Bible Belt Atheist (New York Times)

Started by Loren Miller yesterday. 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 Ian Mason on April 17, 2014 at 4:09am

If Moses had turned right instead of left when leaving Egypt the Israelis would now have the oil and the Arabs would have the oranges.

Comment by Ian Mason on April 17, 2014 at 3:31am

Signed and shared, goddammit.

Happy Spring holidays one and all.

Comment by Plinius on April 17, 2014 at 12:50am

How like a cat, to think you caused an earthquake, Sk8eycat! I know how much it hurts when a cat is lost. When I was 8 I spent months looking for my kitten - my parents said she had run away - and I never stopped thinking about her. Found out later that they had brought her back to the animal shelter, because the kitten climbed curtains. Lying parents...

I love that spaceship picture, Mindy!

Comment by The Flying Atheist on April 16, 2014 at 10:27pm

Sk8eycat, do you listen to the FFRF podcast?  It's regular listening for me.   I keep up to date with their RSS feed: 

http://ffrf.libsyn.com/rss

Comment by sk8eycat on April 16, 2014 at 10:09pm

I signed and forwarded the link...I also watched some of Pat Condell's videos. I keep forgetting to check his site to see what's new. 

Ironically, the latest issue of Freethought Today has an article by one of FFRF's staff attorneys about the history of blasphemy laws in the colonies, the states, and the ones that are still on the books in many states.

The first "victimless crime." 

Comment by Grinning Cat on April 16, 2014 at 4:48pm

It's an important petition, which I too signed.

Here's a direct link to it at change.org: "Human Rights for Atheists and Agnostics - End Blasphemy Laws"

It petitions Navanethem Pillay, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, to "Amend Articles 13 (b), 55 (c) & 76 (c) of the 'Charter of the United Nations and Statute of the International Court of Justice,' to include freedom from religion." The current language in those articles of the Charter says "without distinction as to race, sex, language, or religion."

Comment by Joan Denoo on April 16, 2014 at 2:53pm

Patricia, thanks for posting the petition. Signed and Shared.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on April 16, 2014 at 2:19pm

Patricia, thanks for posting that petition.  I gladly signed it.

Comment by sk8eycat on April 16, 2014 at 12:53pm

Spud, even when I was still going to church (in my teens), I never really felt the need to praise an all-powerful, super-intelligent being.  I always thought that the "Holy, holy, holy" songs we sang, and the grovelling prayers that were intoned would make any self-respecting intelligence sick. (We didn't actually kneel...it was a Bapnit church, but I went to plenty of Catholic weddings... so I knew their "drill."  Stand up, sit down, fight-fight-fight!)

But then I don't even like grovelling dogs...the kind that come snuggle up to your feet with big begging eyes after you've scolded them for not using their dog door to pee outside instead of on the furniture.

The ONLY time I've ever had a cat pee on furniture (my bed), he thought I had caused the Sylmar quake, and the very strong aftershocks, and he was punishing me for keeping him in the house while it shook.  He was used to going outside, and he disappeared for 3 days after the initial quake.  I didn't want to let him out after that....but he did get out about 3 months later, and never came back.  I looked for him for about 6 weeks, and then gave up...there were packs of dogs that had gotten loose and gone feral, and.... they were hungry. 

Sheesh!  That was 1970, and it still hurts.

Comment by Idaho Spud on April 16, 2014 at 10:34am

Correction: My personality is NOT that of a worshiper.....

 

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