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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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Your favorite photobombs?

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by amer chohan on Wednesday. 13 Replies

Running of the bulls photobomb.Continue

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

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 Joan Denoo on July 20, 2012 at 8:02pm

There are some people with whom I have no interest in discussing ideas!

Comment by Joan Denoo on July 20, 2012 at 7:57pm

There are some people with whom I have no interest in discussing ideas.

If an individual or group insists something to be true when, in fact, it is possible for it to be wrong.   

If you can't prove that god doesn't exist, then that means he must exist.

If you hold onto a belief because it makes people happy or feel good, even as it has the potential to oppress.

If you believe that saying something that is false is true and repeat it so often that it becomes "normal". 

If you believe something is right because it is new, different or novel. 

If you believe something is true because a majority of people believe the same thing, as if might-makes-right. 

If you believe there are only two options, when in fact there may be many options in a situation. If one option is wrong, the other must be right. 

If you use the bible as the word of god because it says it is; the bible can't be wrong because it is the word of god. 

If you assert that events that occur together must be causally related; i.e. using global warming as a sign god is punishing us. 

If you claim a simplistic answer to a complex problem; i.e. if god didn't create the universe, then who/what did? 

If you believe ends justify means. 

If you declare one event will lead to harmful consequences; i.e if you let gays get married, it will destroy family values. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on July 20, 2012 at 7:06pm

Write4U  "Impeccable logic, wrong premise." 

Great statement! Can't wait to use it. 

Comment by Steph S. on July 20, 2012 at 7:05pm

Just got back from riding my bike!

Happy Friday everyone!

Have a great weekend!

Comment by Joan Denoo on July 20, 2012 at 7:01pm

 Loren Miller, Now here is a man contented and enjoying the fruits of his labor. A handsome pair. 

Comment by Idaho Spud on July 20, 2012 at 4:33pm

Good new indeed sk8eycat.  I like this statement:  "Actually, there have always been many more nonreligious than Jews, Muslims, Mormons or Eastern religions' adherents, currently respectively at 1.2%, 0.6%, 1.4% and 0.9% of the U.S. population, according to ARIS. “Most minority religions, however tiny in numbers, are treated with respect, inclusion and sometimes deference. It’s time public officials and the American public wake up to the changing demographics and stop treating atheists and agnostics as outsiders."

Comment by sk8eycat on July 20, 2012 at 4:22pm

Ahhh.  Here's some encouraging news:

“Nones” climb to 19%

July 20, 2012

America’s “Nones” — the nonreligious — are at an all-time high, now comprising nearly one in five Americans (19%), according to a new study by the Pew Center for the People and the Press. The 19% count is based on aggregated surveys of 19,377 people conducted by the Pew Research Center throughout 2011 and reported by USA Today

Comment by Idaho Spud on July 20, 2012 at 4:12pm

I agree sk8eycat, and I like the space-cat.

Comment by Idaho Spud on July 20, 2012 at 4:09pm

Good day for me also.  Took a mile walk, watered my garden, and noticed some cucumbers & beets nearly ready to eat.  How are you doing Steph?

Comment by sk8eycat on July 20, 2012 at 4:09pm

It may be "National Moon Day," but that's not a legal holiday.  And I'm disgusted that when the Apollo program ended (prematurely), everybody seemed to say, "Well, okay, we beat the Soviets, now lets forget about the moon, and go back to blowing money away on weapons and stuff." 

Skylab and the Shuttle were built with "off the shelf" technology... nothing really new has been developed in 43 years. Instead of playing with X-Box and FlakeBook, we could have been learning how to live on other worlds, and also how to build a comfortable transportation vehicle for the next step. 

Mars!

 

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