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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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The Most Hated Woman in America (The Thinking Atheist)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Gary S on Thursday. 7 Replies

Before Aron Ra and Matt Dillahunty, before Dawkins or Dennett or Harris or even Hitchens, there was Madalyn Murray O'Hair.  In the midst of an America where Christianity was being flaunted as a defense against the godless communists of the Soviet…Continue

Tags: Frank Zindler, The Thinking Atheist, Seth Andrews, Madalyn Murray O'Hair

Proud Dad is REALLY Proud Now!

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Todd Williams Apr 12. 16 Replies

As some of you may or may not know, my daughter is a television news producer, currently working in Nashville, Tennessee.  Her assignment is the morning news, which means she blasts herself up at umpti-ump in the morning to organize and prepare a…Continue

Tags: Emmy, news, television, daughter, dad

attacking ideas (TheraminTrees)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Grinning Cat Apr 4. 1 Reply

Attacking ideas is a considerable portion of what we as atheists do.  Why attack ideas?  Ideas earn attack when they don't serve people, not just us but those who adopt said ideas, mistakenly thinking that they have value when they don't.  Our…Continue

Tags: ideas, Islam, TheraminTrees

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

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Grinning Cat Apr 4. 40 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

The Playboy Interview: Richard Dawkins

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Loren Miller Mar 28. 16 Replies

I suppose it was the news that Playboy magazine was returning nudes to its pages after a year's hiatus that sufficiently perked my curiosity to check them out again.  I hadn't looked at Playboy since perhaps 2008, when I began to recognize that I…Continue

Tags: Richard Dawkins, Playboy

God's Annual Performance Review (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner Mar 19. 6 Replies

I don't know about you guys, but there wasn't a performance review I had in 30 years of field service that I didn't LOATHE.  It seems as though Betty Bowers, America's Best Christian, is up for turning the tables on the person you would expect would…Continue

Tags: review, performance, god, American's Best Christian, Betty Bowers

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Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on January 29, 2013 at 11:32pm

Cute cat busy trying to unroll the tp, booklover! The bit in his mouth makes it so precious. I'm a homebody too.

Sleep well, everyone. We had a lovely sunny  day in the mid 50's here in PA.

Comment by Grinning Cat on January 29, 2013 at 11:01pm

Joan, that is a great quote about religious doubt being reason trying to free you!

On another note, here's a video a friend pointed me to, a well-done rapid-fire montage of history of our planet and our species: "Our story in 2 minutes".

Comment by sk8eycat on January 29, 2013 at 6:25pm

I once took care of a German shepherd who did something like this while I was at work....Her humans LOVED it! (They were going to get rid of the sofa, anyway.)

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Comment by Joan Denoo on January 29, 2013 at 5:45pm

Comment by Steph S. on January 29, 2013 at 5:17pm

That sounds wonderful Melinda - I hope you all have a good time.

I love the lolcats you posted. Very funny. Cats are so wonderful.

Comment by Joan Denoo on January 29, 2013 at 5:15pm

Melinda, I know what you describe about being in the company of like-minded or accepting people. It is freeing to freely chatter without having someone jump down my throat. I do try, really hard, to give as good as I get with a little pepper thrown in for emphasis. It doesn't stop people from being caustic about non-believers, but they are just more polite during their next encounter. 

Hope you have a great evening ... 

And thanks for the great photos of cats and T.P. Priceless. 

Comment by sk8eycat on January 29, 2013 at 1:50pm

What IS it with cats and TP?  LOL!  I love ALL of them. 

We had one 30+ years ago who "decorated" the entire house with just one roll when we were all at a day-long family gathering.  It llooked like he took hold of one end and very carefully dragged it in and out of each room.  Spectacular!

Comment by Grinning Cat on January 29, 2013 at 12:46pm

A much more positive church sign:

(from one of many sources around the web)

Comment by Chris Dodds on January 29, 2013 at 11:44am

I saw the picture of the sign that Tony Carroll posted here and I realize that these messages are simple examples of xtian arrogance.  But sometimes churches don't need signs like that to mark their arroganceor create feelings of unease.  Case in point, there's a church just down the road from where I live that doesn't have the kind of sign where you can just put letters on to create message, like the sign in Tony's photo.  The only sign they have on their lawn just tells us the name of the church.  Until early last years, that church was called the Rock Creek Church.  It's now called the Cross Fire Church.  They don't need any other sign than the one they've got to make me feel nervous.  Luckily I don't know anyone who attends their services.

Comment by Steph S. on January 29, 2013 at 10:17am

 

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