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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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Fan.tasia – A Disney Mashup by Lindsey McCutcheon

Started by Loren Miller 59 minutes ago. 0 Replies

Any of you remember that Hollywood musical dance number mashup that Nerd Fest UK created put together some months back?  Well, someone by the name of Lindsey McCutcheon has…Continue

Tags: Lindsey McCutcheon, animation, Disney

The Gun Industry's Killing in Killing (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Chris G on Wednesday. 15 Replies

America's Best Christian has finally acknowledged that there may be one outfit which has her belief system beat for it's leverage on the government.  No great surprise, it's the NRA and the gun industries.  Betty's a good loser, though.  She's made…Continue

Tags: NRA, guns, America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers

The Ark Encounter: A Less than Grand Opening (The Thinking Atheist)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Loren Miller on Tuesday. 4 Replies

The day finally arrived.  Ken Ham's Ark Encounter opened on 7 July, 2016 ... to something a bit less than Disney-sized crowds, and more than a couple dissenting voices!  Seth Andrews has gathered a quartet of significant participants in the protest…Continue

Tags: Tracey Moody, Dan Broadbent, Seth Andrews, David Silverman, AronRa

The God of Cancer (The Thinking Atheist)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Joan Denoo Jul 18. 10 Replies

Seth Andrews has been through the mill as it comes to dealing with those who insist that their faith in a deity is not just valid but necessary to their lives and to all lives.  Having dealt with that gauntlet and come out the other side an atheist,…Continue

Tags: cancer, god, The Thinking Atheist, Seth Andrews

We Are America / Love Has No Labels (John Cena - Ad Council)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Joan Denoo Jul 10. 3 Replies

It seems to be a repeating pattern: I wander around the internet and inevitably, I stumble onto all manner of stuff.  It happens all the time on YouTube, and as you doubtless have deduced, yours truly tripped over something a couple minutes ago,…Continue

Tags: patriotism, labels, love, Ad Council, John Cena

In God We Trust? (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Qiana-Maieev Jul 4. 4 Replies

HEY, gang!  Your favorite America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers is BACK and just in time for the Fourth of July!!!  This time, she's hit it big, coming to us live and in color from the Capitol!  Seems as though she's as upset about this whole "In…Continue

Tags: congress, god, Jesus, America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers

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Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on September 7, 2012 at 2:58pm

Thanks, Flying Atheist. Yes, our Hang With community is a great way to be connected no matter where you are.

So, Derek Bly, are you saying that you just became a "born again" atheist this week? I'd be uncomfortable especially with astrology in my social group. Some versions of spirituality completely leave out ghosts, so those wouldn't bother me. Welcome here! We're happy to have you  aboard.

Comment by Derek Bly on September 7, 2012 at 1:13pm

Thanks, Melinda. And thanks for the 'Friend' request!

Comment by Derek Bly on September 7, 2012 at 10:22am

It's a fabulous Friday here in sunny southern Alberta! I'm at work, looking forward to a great weekend with temps in the high 20s. That's celsius, of course!

This was a big week for me. My 'spiritual' journey of the past 30 years took a huge step forward. I've gone full circle from being an out-and-out atheist, through fundie Christianity, liberal Christianity, New Thought, Unitarian Universalism to being a born-again atheist. A few days ago, I advised the wonderful people at our UU Fellowship that I would not be attending any longer.

I appreciate their approach to seeking the truth and leaving it up to the individual to determine what that may be. Their openness and acceptance of anyone and everyone is refreshing. But most still have some kind of belief in spirituality. Some are pantheists. Some follow wiccan practices. Some are into astrology.

Me? I find wonder and beauty in science and the natural world. My attendance at the UUF had come down to being one of social connection. I've faced that and realized I didn't subscribe to any of the beliefs expressed at each meeting. So, here I am . . . a happy atheist who say I am a secular humanist.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on September 7, 2012 at 9:33am

Good morning to everyone.  I haven't said it before, but I have the same sentiments expressed by Melinda (booklover) yesterday.  I really enjoy getting up in the morning, drinking my coffee, and catching up on all the comments from all the wonderful people here.  Since I travel for a living, I'm gone for a few days at a time.  That's why I pop in and out.  But I ALWAYS enjoy catching up with the goings-on.  Thanks for all the photos, videos, jokes, comments and rants.....I enjoy them all.     

Comment by Plinius on September 7, 2012 at 6:58am

Ha Sk8eycat, that sounds like a 'loving xtian husband' to me - the arrogance of those types! Small wonder that you didn't stomach the doormat-training! I got a doormat-training from my fundie parents - rebelled, of course, but later I had to unlearn quite a lot!

Comment by Tony Carroll on September 7, 2012 at 6:00am

Morning all. Hope you had a good nights sleep. Ready to head out to work. Will see ya'll later. Have a good day.

Comment by sk8eycat on September 7, 2012 at 4:04am

Chris, surprisingly, it wasn't painful at all.  By that time I was SO angry at him ...he was trying to control practically every move I made; where I went, who I talked to, even what I talked about.  And I was angry at myself for trying to be his doormat.  It was a relief.  Similar to the feeling years later when I finally got the 100-pound bag of buybull manure off my back.

Comment by Plinius on September 7, 2012 at 3:33am

Thanks for sharing Sk8eycat, I love escape stories! But it must have been painful to walk out.

Comment by sk8eycat on September 7, 2012 at 2:53am

Joan, may I Copy your "evolution" post, and e-mail it to some of my friends?  The Judeo/Christian myths are so outrageously unbelievable when you stand back and compare them to the simple logic of natural selection.  That was one of the main factors that turned off my efforts to believe about 50 years ago.  I just couldn't swallow the "Jesus" stories any more. 

I was also taking Catholic instruction at the time because I was engaged to a Catholic, and conversion was a condition for making the engagement official, and going ahead with the wedding.  I had never heard of unconditional love at that time. But I nearly gagged at the transubstantiation dogma..."drink my blood, eat my flesh"...ew...started thinking for myself for a change, and realized that he was trying to force me to be somebody I wasn't.  So I told him to marry somebody else, and never regretted it.

And I kept on reading and learning.  And having fun.

Comment by Plinius on September 7, 2012 at 1:02am

Good morning! I think that cat is very sensitive to touch; it cannot help its reaction, like we cannot when we are tickled. I've known cats who had to scratch or salivate when combed.  But it's a very funny video!

Rant away Steph! It's embarrassing how these people behave!

 

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