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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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Degrees of Doubt: The Claims and Credentials of Ravi Zacharias (The Thinking Atheist)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Chris May 17. 1 Reply

Anyone here ever run onto an apologist by the name of Ravi Zacharias?  I've seen his name dropped multiple times on YouTube as supposedly being THE ONE APOLOGIST that no atheist wants to cross swords with, because of his facility with christian…Continue

Tags: Ravi Zacharias, Steve Baughman, The Thinking Atheist, Seth Andrews

The Most Hated Woman in America (The Thinking Atheist)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Gary S Apr 19. 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

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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

Comment by Steph S. on January 29, 2013 at 10:15am

Melinda I just saw that FedEx cat and laughed - really funny.

Comment by sk8eycat on January 29, 2013 at 4:48am

Steph, I love "The Cat & The Sheeple."  It can be interpreted several ways, starting with denial when confronted with facts.  Heh!

Comment by Joan Denoo on January 29, 2013 at 12:07am

Melinda, your, "Its your fault ...!" photo provides perfect wording for that scene. I'm reposting, thanks. 

Patricia, great cartoons! Right on target!

Ruth, your story and photo fit each other perfectly. I can not only imagine the sight of that litter box, but remember a whiff of it too, in our home.

Comment by Steph S. on January 28, 2013 at 10:11pm

love those lolcats bookklover - how was everyone's Monday?

Comment by Joan Denoo on January 28, 2013 at 9:37pm
Tony Carroll, Thanks; that church sign illustrates the problem, some religious people can think and choose not to. Yes, thinking requires work, mathematics needs concentration, science requires an open mind to take in all diversity and infinite time, life depend upon thought plus action. Dogma does not stand up to any of these. Litany provides no answers. Yes, religion may provide comfort, but does not provide answers worthy of attention. I find no truth in any one of the following sentences: 
The Nicene Creed
Traditional Version (From the Book of Common Prayer)
I believe in one God, the Father Almighty 
Maker of heaven and earth, and of all things visible and invisible:
And in one Lord Jesus Christ, the only-begotten Son of God, begotten of the Father before all worlds; 
God of God, Light of Light, very God of very God; 
begotten, not made, being of one substance with the Father,
by Whom all things were made: 
Who for us men and for our salvation came down from Heaven, 
and was incarnate by the Holy Ghost of the Virgin Mary, and was made man: 
And was crucified also for us under Pontius Pilate; he suffered and was buried: 
And the third day he rose again according to the Scriptures: 
And ascended into Heaven, and sitteth on the right hand of the Father: 
And he shall come again, with glory, to judge both the quick and the dead: 
Whose Kingdom will have no end:
And I believe in the Holy Ghost the Lord, and Giver of Life, 
Who proceedeth from the Father and the Son 
Who with the Father and the Son together is worshipped and glorified, 
Who spake by the Prophets. 
And I believe in One Holy, Catholic, and Apostolic Church, 
I acknowledge one Baptism for the remission of sins. 
And I look for the Resurrection of the Dead: 
And the Life of the world to come. Amen.
 

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