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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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Bible Belt Atheist (New York Times)

Started by Loren Miller on Thursday. 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 Steph S. on October 24, 2013 at 11:24am

Comment by Joan Denoo on October 23, 2013 at 3:53pm
Carl, I very much like "Has it ever occurred to you that you might be wrong?!" My favorite line. Am reposting
Comment by Joan Denoo on October 23, 2013 at 2:52pm
Napoleon, a beautiful film of a cat with completely retracted claws, comforting a fussy baby. I imagine the lovely cat comforts Mom and Dad as well, when they feel fussy.
Comment by The Flying Atheist on October 23, 2013 at 2:39pm

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on October 23, 2013 at 2:24pm

That's so sweet, Napoleon Bonaparte. Watching the cat sooth the fretting baby actually made me relax.

Cute tree frog impression, Steph.

I too didn't know that Schulz had deconverted. Thanks, Tony. The T rex gave me a laugh too.

Comment by Joan Denoo on October 23, 2013 at 2:10pm

Ian, what a wonderfully outrageous photo of a penguin! 

Carl, the library benefits hold especially true for people who need and want distraction from some situation.

 

Comment by Joan Denoo on October 23, 2013 at 2:03pm

I don't see the response I wrote the other day. so this may be a repeat. 

Steph, Business Cat and I have a lot in common. Love him ... he presents a good theme. Of course, Tree Frog Impression is a keeper! 

Tony, very much like comment with Tyrannosaurus Rex. I also like your response about Schultz, a complex man with insight. 

 

Comment by Steph S. on October 23, 2013 at 11:47am

Comment by Steph S. on October 23, 2013 at 11:17am

I am proud of Schultz for leaving his faith - I didn't know that about him. I do like peanuts cartoon. I am so glad to know this now - thanks for the cartoon Ian and the pic Tony. I hope everyone is doing good today.

Comment by Tony Carroll on October 22, 2013 at 9:41am

He evolved Melinda. From his Wikipedia article:

Schulz often touched on religious themes in his work, including the classic television cartoon, A Charlie Brown Christmas (1965), which features the character Linus van Pelt quoting the King James Version of the Bible Luke 2:8–14 to explain "what Christmas is all about." In personal interviews Schulz mentioned that Linus represented his spiritual side.

Schulz, reared in the Lutheran faith, had been active in the Church of God as a young adult and then later taught Sunday school at a United Methodist Church. In the 1960s, Robert L. Short interpreted certain themes and conversations in Peanuts as being consistent with parts of Christian theology, and used them as illustrations during his lectures about the gospel, as he explained in his bestselling paperback book, The Gospel According to Peanuts, the first of several books he wrote on religion and Peanuts, and other popular culture items.

From the late 1980s, however, Schulz described himself in interviews as a "secular humanist":[56]

I do not go to church anymore... I guess you might say I've come around to secular humanism, an obligation I believe all humans have to others and the world we live in.[57]

He evolved. Probably not full blown Atheism, but no longer religiously bent as when he was younger.

 

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