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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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Issues Atheist, Feminist, GLBTQ, Climate Change

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by BenGee on Saturday. 3 Replies

This is a test Continue

The Whole Bible in 30 Seconds (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Randy Hatly Oct 20. 15 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

punishing doubt (TheraminTrees)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Joan Denoo Oct 17. 2 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

A moment to relax and see the Earth from space; some how this comforts me.

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Qiana-Maieev Oct 16. 3 Replies

All the squabbles and struggles that I have do not compare with those of some others on this great planet. There are no boundary lines, no political arguments, no up or no down. What is, is. For right now, the scenes offer tranquility. Just the…Continue

Tags: and, wonder, awe, of, space

His Dark Materials and the Catholic Church

Started by Tonya R. Wheeler. Last reply by Plinius Oct 16. 27 Replies

I recently watched the movie, "The Golden Compass" and since I could not find the sequels, I read the books. I enjoyed them, and I will be reading the first one, Northern Lights, starting tomorrow, since it just arrived via inter-library…Continue

Tags: Fantasy, Catholic, Religion, Atheist, Pullman

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

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Loren Miller Sep 29. 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

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Comment by Grinning Cat on February 15, 2016 at 5:47am

February 15th - Happy Half-Price Chocolate Day!

Comment by Plinius on February 15, 2016 at 2:58am

Thanks for the poem, Ian! Would you show us the Danish text, so we can try to understand the rhythm?

Comment by The Flying Atheist on February 15, 2016 at 12:20am

It's so frustrating to see how the Supreme Court is systematically attempting to take away civil and equal rights that so many people throughout the decades have literally fought and died for.  Worker/union rights.  Voting rights.  Women's rights.  Racial equality.  Minority rights.  It seems as though the positive ruling for the LGBT community on marriage was a fluke that never should have happened. 

Comment by k.h. ky on February 14, 2016 at 11:47pm
Randall, I've been wondering about Steph too.
Comment by k.h. ky on February 14, 2016 at 11:45pm
Scalia was the lowest. As the article Ruth published an excerpt from points out so well.
Comment by Grinning Cat on February 14, 2016 at 11:39pm

Thanks for that evocative, life-affirming poem, Ian!

Randall, I'm with you: while I wish Antonin Scalia's family and friends whatever comfort and peace they can find, my overwhelming reaction is "Scalia is off the bench -- GOOD!!!"

Among the other damage he had done to the U.S., Bush v. Gore stands out: electing George Bush as President by a vote of 5 to 4, leading to Alito and Roberts on the court, leading to Citizens United, the weakening of the Voting Rights Act, Hobby Lobby, and more....

As Daily Kos commenter Albanius wrote:

It is a challenge to pick the worst decision of the Scalia majority on the court, considering eviscerating the Voting Rights Act, rewriting the Second Amendment in the face of its explicit language, and Corporations Unlimited (truth in packaging), among others.

But my vote goes to Bush v. Gore, which not only brought the Iraq War, a multi-trillion dollar tax giveaway to millionaires and billionaires, and the loss of a almost decade while the planet continued to cook, but also the elevation of Roberts and Alito, directly responsible for all the other outrageous decisions.

As Vincent Bugliosi noted in The Nation at the time, Scalia was obligated to recuse himself from Bush V Gore, since his two sons worked for law firms representing Bush.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on February 14, 2016 at 11:36pm

Ian, your poetry is simply beautiful.  Very descriptive and visual.  My praises to you on your creative abilities.  You have a wonderful talent. 

Comment by Donald L. Engel on February 14, 2016 at 10:36pm

Good one Ian!!  I enjoyed it.

Comment by Joan Denoo on February 14, 2016 at 10:19pm

Ian, your words evoke strong images and feelings quickly follow. They tickle the place in my brain that is full of memories.  

Comment by Ian Mason on February 14, 2016 at 9:30pm

One of my poems, translated from the original Danish. A Spring scene that I'm looking forward to.


The Runner


The woods are ablaze

with a million green sparks

that float above a blooming cloud.

A deer flits through the trees

and a slow-worm twists

across the path.

Panting and sweating, a runner

treads out a beat,

breaths in optimism and oxygen

while negativity evaporates.

Legs, lungs and heart

find a commom rhythm

in a common cause.

Movement becomes

the point of living

for a little while

and a feeling of freedom

finds its wings.

Were there breath to spare,

he’d call out in joy

that body and soul

are really one

and how good life is.


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