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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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Discussion Forum

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

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Compelledunbeliever 56 minutes ago. 30 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 Ian Mason on December 22, 2012 at 11:29am

Great picture, Chris. There's something a bit Magritte-like about it.

Here's a local greeting with the seasonal "nisser" (little people) that come out to play at this time of year.

Comment by Randall Smith on December 22, 2012 at 8:24am

Today's sunrise was spectacular. Snow on the ground, ice crystal patterns on the window pane, cardinals flitting around. Good day to be alive, despite old man Winter!

Comment by Plinius on December 22, 2012 at 2:55am

Happy solstice to you all!

Comment by Joan Denoo on December 21, 2012 at 11:18pm

Wonderful owls photo, Ruth, and Tony, that cat with a scowl is becoming a very familiar face ... kind of fells like family. 

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on December 21, 2012 at 10:57pm

i have 4 minutes lift to wish you all a happy winter solstice!

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on December 21, 2012 at 10:22pm

My husband and I seriously considered moving to Canada a few years ago after we saw the way the US was being taken over by the right wing. But Canada only wants you if you have much needed professional skills or are a millionaire who will bring the money. Ordinary folks need not apply.

Comment by sk8eycat on December 21, 2012 at 10:03pm

Patricia, I was seriously thinking about moving to BC after The Supremes handed the keys to the White House to Bush #2 in 2000, but I couldn't afford to then (without selling the house, which is co-owned by my Aspie sister...ie: she would never allow it), and I certainly can't afford to now.

I really wanted to move to the Vancouver area because one of my favorite authors lives on Bowen Island, and I also had an e-friend who (at the time) owned a catnip plantation in the Fraser (sp?) River Valley.  YESSSS!  She sold all sorts of organic catnip products on the net, and her parents owned a B&B closer in to town.  BUT she decided to raise babies instead, and sold the farm so they could move closer to schools and things like that.  Pity.

I still have dreams of taking some kind of rail trip across Canada some day....

Comment by The Flying Atheist on December 21, 2012 at 9:38pm

Patricia, so often I am shamefully embarrassed by the actions of our politicians and our citizens.  Your sentiments are quite valid. 

Comment by Tony Carroll on December 21, 2012 at 8:56pm

Comment by The Flying Atheist on December 21, 2012 at 6:06pm

Joan, thank you for the sublime and eloquently-worded Winter Solstice Greeting.  My best wishes to you and yours now and in the coming year.  --Your friend Carl

 

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