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

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Loren Miller 9 hours ago. 39 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 Joan Denoo on October 22, 2012 at 2:16pm

You are each one so great. It really lightens my day to read this site. Thanks again to Ruth for keeping it fun! 

Comment by Idaho Spud on October 22, 2012 at 1:32pm

Booklover, Thanks for the concern and I like the cute kitty in the pumpkin.

Steph, thanks for the concern and “Mah littul box” is funny.  It’s also a puzzlement.  Do you know why they love boxes so much?  My guess is it’s a sense of security, but it’s quite funny if that’s the reason they like such small boxes.

Ruth, “Hairbll koffs up kitteh” is funny.

Patricia, I like the cute black kittens with the blinking eyes, and I love your science vs religion comparison through the years.  A definite keeper.

Sk8eycat, the “lame neighbors” cat is funny and your comment about Cat Fu is hillarious.

Joan, the “Cat Fish Baby” made me smile, and the Incomplete data cat is amusing.  I’ve seen your science vs religion flow chart before, but it’s worth seeing again.

Tony, thanks for the memory.  Good Morning StarShine was popular during my dating years, but I’ve not thought of it since.

Chris and Sk8eycat, the constipated protestant men is an interesting and funny observation.  Please jebus, don’t come while I’m having a poo in the loo.  LOL!

Comment by The Flying Atheist on October 22, 2012 at 1:26pm

Joan, your main point was not lost on me.  I commend you for your active participation in your family.....however it's defined.  Participation is so important.  As I said, I don't have children myself, but I still hope that my personal conduct in life has had a positive influence, not only on my own family....however that is defined....but also with my friends and associates. 

Comment by sk8eycat on October 22, 2012 at 12:44pm

Tony, or anybody, do you know what this means: -"this content cannot be displayed in a frame"

I sent the link to "Good Morning Starshine" to a friend who still works for PBS, and that's what she got when she clicked on the link.  I also sent her a different YouTube link to the same clip, and she got the same message. 

Is it her computer, or what?  Does anybody know.  (Her ISP is AOL...which sux as much ... in different ways...as mine does. AT&T/Ya-effing-hoo.)

Comment by Joan Denoo on October 22, 2012 at 12:40pm

The Flying Atheist, I hope I made the point that it wasn't that I had given birth to children, but that I participated with them that brings me so much joy. Community and family comes in so many sizes and descriptions, I honor those who choose not to have children, or those who cannot. My message to you is the importance of community for mental health. You create that by surrounding yourself with people who love you and who you love. 

Comment by The Flying Atheist on October 22, 2012 at 12:21pm

Joan, what a wonderful post.  I don't have children myself, but I can readily imagine the great satisfaction of seeing your own children as adults and knowing how much of a positive influence you had on them.  The world needs more mother's like you.  The kind of happiness you speak of is absolutely priceless.  Please accept my internet virtual hug.  :)

Comment by Joan Denoo on October 22, 2012 at 11:46am

The Flying Atheist, I have a son born in Sept 1963, and twins, a son and daughter, born in Feb 1964. So I know your era very well. It was a wonderful age for me as a mother.
You may notice how closely their birthdays occur. We adopted our 1963 son when he was five days old and the twins were born when he was 5 months 13-days old. It was like an ant hill for 20 years and now I reap the reward of all those books read to them, and outings to parks and playgrounds and swimming and camping and following their interests as they grew. Sweet wonderful memories. 
I participated in the fourth birthday of my great-grandson last Saturday and watching all the kids around the table, I just felt an incredible sense of happiness, not so much that I had given birth to two children, but that I have participated in all their lives and loved every minute of it. I think I made a difference in their lives. 

Comment by sk8eycat on October 22, 2012 at 10:39am

Oh, Tony, THANK you!  What memories tthat brings back; both the beginning of "Sesame Street" and seeing "Hair" live at the Aquarius Theatre in Hollywood.

What a thrill!  Srsly.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on October 22, 2012 at 8:57am

Good morning everyone. 

Tony, thanks for posting that Sesame Street video.  I don't think anybody can watch that without having a smile on their face.  Being born in 1964, I was in kindergarten in 1969, so Sesame Street definitely was a part of my early childhood.  Of course, one year later, I remember running home from first grade to catch the end of Dark Shadows.  How's that for a well-rounded education?!  

Comment by Tony Carroll on October 22, 2012 at 8:01am

From the first season of Sesame Street. Bob singing 'Good Morning Starshine', with hippie muppets. From the musical 'Hair'.

http://youtu.be/gkav2kjB0qc

 

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