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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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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

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

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Joan Denoo Sep 2. 28 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

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 Idaho Spud on December 13, 2012 at 2:45pm

Felaine, I'm still thinking about what to call you.

Comment by Ian Mason on December 13, 2012 at 2:33pm

"Let it be a Xtian! I asked Santa for a Xtian!"

Comment by The Flying Atheist on December 13, 2012 at 1:55pm

When I first joined A/N and was thinking of ideas for a username, my second choice after 'The Flying Atheist' was 'The Flying None' but I thought that sounded too feminine.  When I think back on it, why should I have cared?  I'm gay!  lol  I think it's a great name.   

Comment by Idaho Spud on December 13, 2012 at 1:48pm

sk8eycat does sound a lot more like skateycat than what I was thinking it meant.  I always thought it meant scaredycat. :)

Comment by sk8eycat on December 13, 2012 at 12:50pm

Idaho Spud:  Skycat?  Hmmmmm.  I think of myself as "skateycat" even though I put my blades away a long, long time ago.  I also call myself "Felaine"...first initial and middle name....because it looks catty....if that's eassier for you to type.

I think Flying Atheist is the skycat.

Comment by Steph S. on December 13, 2012 at 10:42am

See Ruth, you have friends here. Just read the wonderful words Joan left for you.

I hope you are doing well today. Your video will spread on the Internet and educate people about Climate Change.

Comment by Joan Denoo on December 13, 2012 at 10:36am

Ruth, I had a devil of a time finding the video, when I did it knocked my socks off. I am so impressed with all the talents you brought together to create it. Your intelligence and good judgment glowed through and I sent it to everyone on my sites, on Facebook, and to all my family and friends. This episode reveals the importance of an audience. By that one person sharing it, and apparently he has a big following, your video struck a nerve. It will continue to do so because your message is not only honest and clear about the impending problems and how serious they are, you gave a ladder of possibilities that will put people into thinking and acting. No hopelessness and helplessness here. 

Comment by Steph S. on December 13, 2012 at 10:15am

Ruth you are very influential - not useless. Congrats on your video.

Hope you feel better Chris.

Love the cute cat picture booklover. How are you doing today? It's very cold here, but nice and sunny.

Comment by Steph S. on December 13, 2012 at 9:58am

Comment by Plinius on December 13, 2012 at 12:51am

Don't feel useless Ruth! I watched it but didn't feel up to comment bacause of the flu.

 

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