Hang With Friends

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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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Bible Belt Atheist (New York Times)

Started by Loren Miller 11 hours ago. 0 Replies

The following showed up in my YouTube feed this morning, and I decided to have a look.  Turns out, the New York Times has given us a reasonably even-handed look at a good friend of ours, being one Jerry DeWitt, former bible-thumper and now a pretty…Continue

Tags: Bible Belt, atheist, Jerry DeWitt

How would you respond?

Started by Christina Scribner. Last reply by Christina Scribner Apr 10. 5 Replies

So, this morning, I was at my local coffee shop as I am most weekdays between bus runs. I do the editing on my husband's books so I had my laptop with me. My wallpaper is a picture I found online sometime back of a double helix with the word atheist…Continue

The Fake Christian Busybody Show (Andrew Bradley)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Plinius Apr 9. 1 Reply

It seems as though there was a Gay Pride parade in some town somewhere and a Christian commentator, herein known as The Activist Mommy, apparently got her panties so in a bunch about it that she had to fire up her video camera and record a…Continue

Tags: gay, pride, The Activist Mommy, Andrew Bradley, America's Best Christian

America Held Hostage: Day 436 (MisterDeity)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner Apr 9. 1 Reply

Now that Sinclair Broadcasting has stated their position regarding fake news and its threat to our democracy, Mister Deity's Brian Dalton has decided to throw his $0.02 worth in as well ... though I don't quite think his presentation was really what…Continue

Tags: fake news, Deity, Mister, Broadcasting, Sinclair

Guns: Both Sides Now (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Christina Scribner Apr 3. 3 Replies

Oh, NO!  The gun debate has gotten so heated that it has Betty Bowers, America's Best Christian, TALKING TO HERSELF!  Apparently, one of her has had a stroke or a serious breakdown in cognitive skills, as she does little more than parrot the NRA's…Continue

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

how dogma pollutes discourse (qualiasoup & theramintrees)

Started by Loren Miller Apr 3. 0 Replies

"The Lord is our God; the Lord is One." "I am the Way, the Truth, and the Life; no one comes to the Father, but by Me." "There is no god but Allah, and Mohamed is his prophet." Assertions, taught as fact, but without any form of corroborative…Continue

Tags: dogma, QualiaSoup, TheraminTrees

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Comment by Plinius on September 26, 2017 at 9:33am

I feel the same Randall. Even if it was a fundie church, there was a nice cooperation in organizing fairs to raise money. and repairing and cleaning the building. 

And I enjoy internet enormously; friends at A/N, browsing books at Gutenberg etc. and endless pages of information. How did we ever live without internet?

The religious at the door are mostly elderly people and often coloured - trying to convert us seems a fitting revenge for colonization, theft and murder and missionary work. 

Thanks for the poetry and the pics!

Comment by Randall Smith on September 26, 2017 at 6:52am

Chris, I used to belong to the Unitarian Universalist Church solely for the fellowship. Sometimes, I miss it. The older I get, the more I value my isolation from my fellow man. I live alone, but I don't get lonely. Of course, it helps to have all my friends here at A/N.

Carl, great pictures! 

Comment by Patricia on September 26, 2017 at 12:48am

We get both morons, young men in pairs, & jws, 2 or 3 adults with a pre-teen.

Comment by Joan Denoo on September 26, 2017 at 12:13am

Thanks, Carl, it is an extraordinary time of year for me and with Randy and other gardeners here as well. Mid-latitude gardeners seem to have a rhythm of the seasons, in particular for those of us living in the four seasons, in the northern and southern latitudes, roughly midway between the poles and the equator. 

Your beautiful photos of autumn scenes with the fields of gold, harvest time, lots of hard work with sweat running into our eyes and onto our clothes, coupled with sweet memories of shared effort and a time of gratitude make life unusually vibrant for me. 

Comment by The Flying Atheist on September 26, 2017 at 12:12am

The Jehovah Witnesses who come door to door here are relatively young.  It's usually Spanish-speaking Latin-American women in their 30's and 40's. Sometimes they'll have teenage or college-age kids with them.  When I see those young people, my heart aches thinking about the horrible indoctrination they're going through, and if there's something I could do to save them.

I can't say I've ever been visited at the door by Mormons.  It's always the JW's.  Funny thing about the JW's.  They walk extremely slow, sauntering from place to place, seemingly wasting as much time as possible between door knocks.  I honestly think they hate having to perform such an excruciatingly horrible task as door-to-door evangelizing.  I really do feel sorry for them.  They've been so brainwashed.  

Comment by Ian Mason on September 25, 2017 at 10:22pm
Comment by Ian Mason on September 25, 2017 at 10:20pm

Thanks for the songs and pictures, friends. Really lovely.

Chris, my limited adult experience of churches has been that they provide a gathering place for groups of like-minded people. In my teen years I had a girlfriend whose family were 'High Church', sometimes called 'the Tory Party at prayer' and that was at least partly true. The church where my daughter was married, the 'English church' in Copenhagen used to be the place to go for British embassy staff who wanted to suck up to the ambassador for promotion. A lot of churches here in Denmark have a volunteer driver service to collect the elderly for that one day out a week. So yes, an alternative social service but also a gathering of like-minded to cultivate the idea that they are right, deserving and chosen.

I've also noticed that the Jehova's Witnesses who come knocking are quite old. Panic before closing time, I think.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on September 25, 2017 at 7:47pm

Joan, thanks for posting Eva Cassidy's rendition of Fields of Gold.  Beautifully sung!

Joan, with that post and with Randy's description below of farm duties in Autumntime, you both provoke lovely images of the season.


Comment by Joan Denoo on September 25, 2017 at 6:47pm

Eva Cassidy - Fields of Gold

Eva's life, cut short by that demon, cancer, sings these words that move me to sweet memories of a lost loved one. 

Comment by Thomas Murray on September 25, 2017 at 4:01pm


That church you went to sounds like a Universal Church.


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