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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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An AN member passed away

Started by Deidre. Last reply by Deidre Aug 18. 4 Replies

Went into the chat room last Friday night, for the first time in a while, and learned that Mequa passed away. I had been good friends with him for a time, but we had differences and stopped talking back in the spring of this year. I knew however,…Continue

A Parable by Mrs. Betty Bowers

Started by Loren Miller Aug 17. 0 Replies

Betty Bowers is becoming SO GOOD at delivering as America's Best Christian, she now does 30-second parables!  (Okay, 32 seconds!  Picky, picky!) Have You Had YOUR Betty Today?Continue

Tags: bible, parable, America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers

Goodwill to Few Men (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Michael Penn Aug 16. 8 Replies

Think Goodwill Industries does well by the poor?  Fact is, they do WAY BETTER for themselves, to the point where America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers, thinks they're ripping off the christian playbook a bit too well!  Have a look for yourself:…Continue

Tags: ripoff, Goodwill Industries, America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers

Steven Weinberg on his anti-theism

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Loren Miller Aug 2. 4 Replies

I like the sound of Steven Weinberg's voice. He has a calming impact on me as I rush to get my home of 41 years ready to sell and plan and put into motion the new garden at my daughter's home. My home is full o empty boxed quickly filling with the…Continue

Your favorite photobombs?

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Plinius Jul 10. 12 Replies

Running of the bulls photobomb.Continue

losing faith (TheraminTrees)

Started by Loren Miller Jul 5. 0 Replies

TheraminTrees has recently begun producing a new series of YouTube videos, which added to a wonderful library of earlier observations regarding his experience of religion. Good as all those pieces are, I personally think they pale against this…Continue

Tags: story, history, faith, TheraminTrees

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Comment by Steph S. on July 28, 2012 at 8:03pm
What a cute cat Lol you posted Tony!
I love it!
I'll have to copy that picture - and all the others ones posted here of course.
Thanks for your list Joan - I agree.
Comment by Joan Denoo on July 28, 2012 at 8:01pm

Things that prevent me from believing in a god, any god:  

1. The imperative to submit, obey, follow teachings with which I do not agree. 

2. Perception of some as more human than others. 

3. A hierarchical system that places a god at the top to be obeyed:   males, preference for a specific race (Jewish, Anglo-S or Muslim) and women and children perceived as chattel.

4. Claims about miracles that defy natural laws of physics and depend on faith and belief. 

5. Defenses to back up their claims using untestable, unmeasurable, unverifiable rationale. 

6. Justification by using circular thinking: god, yahweh, allah authored scripture; scripture describes god's, yahwey's, allah's imperitives. 

Comment by Tony Carroll on July 28, 2012 at 7:50pm

Comment by Idaho Spud on July 28, 2012 at 4:10pm

Bandito cat is very funny!

Comment by Steph S. on July 28, 2012 at 2:02pm

Joan - thanks for the cats and books picture. I agree with booklover - now we just need some coffee in the picture.

I love coffee. Having chocolate truffle coffee today.

Comment by Steph S. on July 28, 2012 at 2:00pm

Love that LOL picture booklover!

Awesome

Comment by Joan Denoo on July 28, 2012 at 2:51am

sk8eycat, photo of Edward Gorey "Books, Cats, Life is Good" didn't come through. Is this the one? 

Comment by sk8eycat on July 28, 2012 at 2:24am

The story said the couple had been attending that church fo some time, but were not official members.  Still, I'm sure they put their money in the plate every Sunday.... 

I hope they at least find another church, but even better I would like them to think things through and join FFRF.

As for Chris' comment about "what woman would WANT to be in their parrty?"  I have wondered for decades, ever since I realized how anti-female ALL the Abrahamic religions have been for millennia, about women who want to be rabbis, priests, ministers of any kind. If they want to help people, there are all kinds of other public service organizations, plus medicine, etc. that feed, house, clothe, find jobs, and educate the needy...without trying to "save" their non-existant souls.

I wish someone would poll women cleric about why they went into The World's Oldest Profession.  (Shaman, Priests, etc., have been around a lot longer than prostitutes.  Who do you think decided women's sexual freedom was "wrong"?)

Comment by Steph S. on July 28, 2012 at 12:55am
Tony I saw that article on CNN and was just appalled by that. It saddens me that there are people like that out there.
Comment by sk8eycat on July 28, 2012 at 12:26am

Tony...I wanted to scream, "What the hell YEAR is this, anyway?"  But you already made my point.

To those of us who were already adults in the 1960s, this is shocking and appalling.  You'd think that after 50 years these bigots would either have died out, or gotten over themselves, but they must have passed the disease on to their children.

And you're right about the "pastor."  He is supposed to lead his sheep in the right direction, not let them intimidate him.

I feel sorry for the couple, and ALL xians should be ashamed.

 

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