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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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Issues Atheist, Feminist, GLBTQ, Climate Change

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by BenGee on Saturday. 3 Replies

This is a test Continue

The Whole Bible in 30 Seconds (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Randy Hatly Oct 20. 15 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

punishing doubt (TheraminTrees)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Joan Denoo Oct 17. 2 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

A moment to relax and see the Earth from space; some how this comforts me.

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Qiana-Maieev Oct 16. 3 Replies

All the squabbles and struggles that I have do not compare with those of some others on this great planet. There are no boundary lines, no political arguments, no up or no down. What is, is. For right now, the scenes offer tranquility. Just the…Continue

Tags: and, wonder, awe, of, space

His Dark Materials and the Catholic Church

Started by Tonya R. Wheeler. Last reply by Plinius Oct 16. 27 Replies

I recently watched the movie, "The Golden Compass" and since I could not find the sequels, I read the books. I enjoyed them, and I will be reading the first one, Northern Lights, starting tomorrow, since it just arrived via inter-library…Continue

Tags: Fantasy, Catholic, Religion, Atheist, Pullman

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

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Loren Miller Sep 29. 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

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Comment by Joan Denoo on January 28, 2013 at 8:48pm

Grinning Cat, you are a good sleuth; I've gone north and south and east and west around that corner and I can't get a good view of the sign. If the sign is a fake, I owe that church an apology for accusing them of something they did not do; however, I went to the church site and challenge their basic premise. 
I sent them an email and look forward to their response. 

Comment by sk8eycat on January 28, 2013 at 8:12pm

Dear Grinning Cat, the sign's frame looks genuine, but the removable lettering and spacing look somewhat different from the sign in the Google Maps photo.  Of course, Google Maps and Google Earth only update images a couple of times a year. If that often.

I just checked my own address on Garble Earth, and it still shows the car I sold last summer sitting in the driveway....

Comment by Grinning Cat on January 28, 2013 at 6:01pm

That "logical/theological" church sign looks real to me -- more detailed than the usual church sign generator output. In any case, that particular Baptist church is real and shows up on Google Street View. They also have a website.

Comment by Loren Miller on January 28, 2013 at 1:48pm

Logical thinking may encourage or discourage you, depending on your own personal bent and capacity for understanding data you're presented with.  Theological thinking is MAGICAL THINKING, which can do anything it wants and doesn't answer to fact or reality ... so sure it can be encouraging, as certainly as it can be utterly and absolutely DELUSIONAL.

Comment by Joan Denoo on January 28, 2013 at 1:01pm

Tony Carroll, that sign says it all; even if religious people can think, many choose not to. Yes, reasoning requires effort, math takes work, science overwhelms because of the diversity; that is exactly why religion may be necessary to make people feel good, but life involves far more than feelings.  

Comment by Idaho Spud on January 28, 2013 at 12:32pm

Tony, that sign, and others like it are incredibly stupid.  Almost beyond belief.  In fact, I still do have a slight doubt that they are real.  

I see quite a few on atheist websites, and they appear to be real, but there is still that lingering thought in the back of my mind that says no one can be that stupid can they?

Comment by Steph S. on January 28, 2013 at 6:38am
Tony that sign does boggle the imagination. That's their problem - religious people cannot and will not think logically.
Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on January 28, 2013 at 12:13am

ROFL Thanks Tony Carroll for the bellylaugh. Cute endearing kitty, Steph, but that couch would give me a crick in the back. Who has a couch with wood trim where your butt goes?

Good night, Friends.

Comment by Tony Carroll on January 28, 2013 at 12:03am

No matter how many times I see this, it still boggles the imagination.

Comment by sk8eycat on January 27, 2013 at 7:22pm

Steph, thank you forsupporting Alley Cat Allies!  I wish I could afford to support ALL the feral cat caretakers and rescue organizations, but I can't.  so I do my little monthly bit by typing up the fundraising events calendar for my friend who writes, edits, and publishes The Pet Press.

She started out in 1999 with a print run of 10,000 copies (and 20 pages), and just grew and grew and grew.  There is NO other publication in the Los Angeles area like's free (she makes her money from the ads), and it HAS raised people's awareness concerning the need for them to adopt shelter pets instead of buying cute little puppy-mill dogs from pet stores, and the need to have those little sweeties spayed/neutered as soon as possible.

She used to be a writer for "Jeopardy," but she became passionate about the plight of animals in city shelters ...had an idea, and just ran with it.

I'm very proud to be a small part of her mission. (She refers to me as her "Calendar Czarina...) 


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