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

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Compelledunbeliever yesterday. 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 Plinius on December 10, 2012 at 5:18am

Thanks, Flying Atheist! It helps!

Comment by The Flying Atheist on December 10, 2012 at 2:59am

Good morning, Chris.  I'm up late here suffering with a little bit of insomnia.  Regarding your question:  yes, it is true that the terms boyfriend and girlfriend are used in referencing a lover, as when two people are dating or are romantically involved. 

However, for females, the term 'girlfriend(s)' is also commonly used to describe acquaintances that are friends only and not lovers.  Example: "She spent a fun day out at the museum with her girlfriend(s)."  In this instance, the term 'girlfriend' is commonly used in both the singular and the plural forms in describing two female friends or even a group of female friends.   

For males, the term boyfriend is not commonly used in this manner, as your textbook states.  You generally do not hear a male say that he is meeting his boyfriends after work for dinner and a movie.  He is just meeting his friends, or his buddies, or his pals, etc.  (I guess it's kind of a macho/sexist "guy" thing.)  Of course, in the gay male community, the term 'girlfriend' is carelessly thrown about while speaking with, about, or describing other gay males.

I hope this helps explain our quirky language.

Comment by Plinius on December 10, 2012 at 2:12am

Question: I teach English to elderly people - nice to do, yes - but it's not as if I know so very much about English. One of the books I use says that ´boyfriend´ and ´girlfriend´ are strictly used for lovers, not for friends. So when I hear Booklover say girlfriend to Steph, I don't want to pry but I do want to know about your use of the language. Tell me more!

Comment by Steph S. on December 9, 2012 at 10:15pm

Oh hey Melinda - I noticed you asked about me. I've been busy getting the final grades entered and studying for finals. It's always so busy about this time. Thanks for asking about me. I appreciate it.

Comment by Steph S. on December 9, 2012 at 10:13pm

Comment by Steph S. on December 9, 2012 at 10:13pm

Booklover - love the lolcat. Sorry so behind here. Going to read back.

Love all the posts.

Comment by sk8eycat on December 9, 2012 at 6:07pm

Oh, rats! I messed up that last post (I want my hand back!), but you can still see the poster by clicking the link.  It's one of the best things I've seen in AGES! Are there any awards for political humor?
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Joan, Isaac Asimov said, or wrote, that the best argument in favor of atheism is the bible.  He's right.  At one time, my life was a mess (or I thought it was), so I decided to read the whole book from Genesis through Revelation to see if I could learn what I was doing wrong and how I could "fix" myself. (I had been carefully taught... that the answers to everything were in there)  By the time I finished I knew it was bullsh*t, but I read it a second time just to make sure.  It's BS, all right.

Annnnnnd, you do have to wonder why babies are born without any religion, and have to be taught.  If any of that stuff were real, you'd think belief would be instinctive...

Comment by sk8eycat on December 9, 2012 at 5:51pm
‎* LES MISÉRABLES *
They Dreamed a Dream of Time Gone By...

Click Image To Enlarge
Or For Full Size Poster go to: http://www.citizenschwartz.com/les-miserables-coulter/
Comment by Joan Denoo on December 9, 2012 at 4:45pm

Sk oh, I can never remember how to spell your lovely name. sk8eycat, I agree with you and Gore Vidal, "Silly!" And easy to set aside as some attempt to get "back" to "simpler" days when all the answers to serious questions came easily and cheaply from the pulpit. I can't understand how answers come from scripture, unless the answer is to go out and slaughter the entire population. 
Real life is hard, complicated, and takes brains and guts to navigate the rapids. The good news is, we have both. 

Comment by sk8eycat on December 9, 2012 at 12:07am

Flying A - No, I'm not in that photo.  ALL the official publicity shots were taken a year before I joined Holiday, BUT the #2 unit that I went into in 1957 was a repeat of what the #1 show did the year before.  So.  I was in two numbers in the Nutcracker production... Sugarplum Angels and Waltz of the Flowers (aka "Pansy Patch.")

The "little girl" (she was actually 13 or 14) who skated the part of Clara became a good, silly friend and roommate a couple of years later.  The kind of friend that you laugh with till your sides ache.

Joan: One type of believer who gets on my nerves is the thoughtless blabbermouth who calls it a "miracle" when there's some kind of disaster and one person out 100 (or more) survives.  Was it a miracle that the others died?  Their families probably don't think so.

Gore Vidal came up with an easy-to-remember remark: "Christianity is a silly religion."  When you really think about it, he was right.  Magic tricks like turning water into wine (and then turning wine into blood), and walking on water... 

I've seen what's-his-name (Criss?)...the Las Vegas illusionist "walk on water" (with a plexi sheet just under the surface of a hotel swiming pool. BFD)

Personally, I believe the Jesus of the New Testament was copied from Mithraism, and never existed at all...so no walking on water, no crucifiction....nada. 

Saul/Paul had a brainstorm, and invented the whole thing and held scientific progress back at least 1500 years. And I'm not reluctant to say so when someone gets in my face about the Hebrew god who became his own son by impregnating a teenage virgin.  It's all crazy IMO

 

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