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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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Discussion Forum

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

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Compelledunbeliever 19 hours ago. 37 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 Tony Carroll on December 15, 2012 at 5:45am

Good morning all. Getting ready for the grind. Want to leave you with this. The Yi Peng festival in northern Thailand. Sky lanterns made from rice paper, and powered by candles.

Have a great day you guys. I'm off to work.

Comment by Steph S. on December 14, 2012 at 11:40pm

Comment by Steph S. on December 14, 2012 at 11:39pm

How beautiful Patricia! What a lovely backyard covered in snow. So breathtaking.

Sk8eycat I love the Winter Solstice greeting. Thanks.

Comment by Steph S. on December 14, 2012 at 11:38pm

Hope everyone had a great day. I had fun and got to go see the Hobbit movie. It was great.

Comment by Steph S. on December 14, 2012 at 11:37pm

Comment by Steph S. on December 14, 2012 at 11:37pm

Comment by sk8eycat on December 14, 2012 at 9:19pm

Too many people in the USA worship guns, and enough of them have the money and power to keep congress from enacting sensible laws.

Or, in short...we have sh*tty gun laws. And everybody seems to have forgotten this:

 A well regulated militia, being necessary to the security of a free state...

"Ya wanna own a gun?  Fine.  Here's the enlistment papers for the National Guard."

Comment by The Flying Atheist on December 14, 2012 at 5:56pm

The first snow of the season is always beautiful.  Nice photos, Patricia.  Looking forward to seeing your now infamous fireplace!!

Comment by sk8eycat on December 14, 2012 at 5:35pm

Happee Winter Solstice! Luv, Warrl

If you don't know who Warrll is, and you like fantasy fiction, you are in for a real treat!  Start with Mercedes Lackey's "The Oathbound," and keep on reading.

That is my gift to everyone.

Comment by sk8eycat on December 14, 2012 at 5:32pm

Things like this have long proved to me that, as Anne Nicol Gaylor has said, "Nothing fails like prayer."  If there really were any gods, they are worthless selfish bastards.

George Carlin was right, the only thing worth worshipping (if people just have to worship something) is Sol...the Sun...the source of life.  And you can SEE it.  And it doesn't ask for money or bloody sacrifices...it just IS.

 

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