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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.

This group is not intended to compete with other groups on topics they cover but to "fill in the cracks." Whenever a discussion dwells at length on a topic for which there's an existing group, we urge you to provide members a link to that group to continue along their tangent.

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Discussion Forum

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

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Compelledunbeliever 14 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 Steph S. on December 6, 2012 at 6:48pm
Patricia I really like that Atheists and morals picture.
I will take it ( along with all the other posted pics here) - my collection is growing.
Ian that is a cute dog. I recognize the song.
Comment by Steph S. on December 6, 2012 at 6:46pm
Booklover the cat getting it's own food is so funny!
I'm still laughing about it.
Trying to get caught up after a long day.
Hope everyone is doing well.
Hope you are doing OK Ruth - miss you!
Comment by sk8eycat on December 6, 2012 at 5:54pm

I hope this works....(is anybody else having problems with Cheezburger's LOL Builder?  They seem to have merged obscenely with FlakeBook, and everything is all effed up anymore)

Anyroad...HOI 1957 Tee-hee!

Comment by Joan Denoo on December 6, 2012 at 1:11pm

Thanks Patricia, I am reposting. 

Comment by Idaho Spud on December 6, 2012 at 12:25pm

Patricia, love your post about Atheist morals.

Comment by Idaho Spud on December 6, 2012 at 12:23pm

The watching dog is funny (as long as he's not watching me and creeping me out).

Comment by Joan Denoo on December 6, 2012 at 12:09pm

Chris, your description, "I really came into my own when I discovered that we're all stardust - it's a source of happiness to me" says it all. Thank you for sharing, dear friend.  

Comment by Joan Denoo on December 6, 2012 at 12:01pm

That is what I need, a watch dog to watch me sneak that little tid-bit and pop it in my mouth ... no on second thought, I should be able to do that for myself. I am more like the cat, "Ill get my own damned food!" Well, if self-discipline doesn't stop me, my old heart will. And if I had a dog or cat, I probably would be giving into their beautiful eyes as they look for their share of my tid-bit. I do miss the neighbor children, dogs, and cats during cold weather, we all stay inside and don't play in the garden. 

Comment by Ian Mason on December 6, 2012 at 11:38am

Comment by Idaho Spud on December 6, 2012 at 11:21am

Sk8eycat, I like your story about Cosmos.  I also loved it, even as a believer in mormonism.

 

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