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

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Loren Miller 3 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 Bertold Brautigan on December 25, 2015 at 2:48pm

There is no competition anywhere; Betty is without a shred of doubt America's BEST Christian.

Comment by Loren Miller on December 25, 2015 at 2:24pm

That Betty, she's SUCH a charmer!

Comment by Pat on December 25, 2015 at 1:36pm

Happy Holidays.  Oooops. Maybe I shouldn't have said that. I'm reminded of the lovely greeting from America's best Christian. Geared to all of us who don't use the politically correct language this time of year

Comment by Loren Miller on December 25, 2015 at 1:03pm

Merry Christmas, everybody, from America's BEST Christian, Betty Bowers!



Have You Had YOUR Betty Today?

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on December 25, 2015 at 11:01am

Joan, I thought El Nino had brought more snow this Winter in the Sierra Nevadas. Cleveland's temperature is about the same as Moscow 47.3°F.

Weather in Moscow and surrounding regions has been abnormally warm in recent days, with historic temperature records broken every day of the past week, the latest on Thursday with 8.5 degrees Celsius in Moscow.

... bees left their beehives and snowdrops suddenly bloomed in Moscow's parks.

Russia most hit by climate change

My own garden has emerging Spring bulbs 2 to 3 " high already. Not blooming, though. Still, they're a gonner as soon as Winter weather returns.

Thanks for your story of your first Winter holiday without your kids.

Your groaner LOL woke me up, Carl. Very funny.

Plinius, your cat LOL was also great.

Horray, Ian! Work done. Feeling alive and happy. <sigh> Brings back good memories of my retirement.

Randall, we didn't even bother with gift exchange this HumanLight.  My birthday also looms, and we're not really celebrating. I actually prefer the quiet, calm home life such as you described. At my age, I don't need anything personal.

Comment by Randall Smith on December 25, 2015 at 8:03am

In one big summation: Hurray Ian(!), thanks Joan, so happy to read positive news, Carl. And to everybody else, Merry Christmas, whether you celebrate or not.

I'll be staying home with nothing out of the ordinary happening. I'll go for a walk (with my dog), read some, eat , nap, watch a little TV, play some piano, etc. The usual. My ex-wife joins my daughter's family on Christmas morning. I don't think it's right, but that's just me. I've opened my one present from my daughter--a hand blender. Sweet!

Comment by Plinius on December 25, 2015 at 4:10am

Glad to hear that, Ian!

Comment by Ian Mason on December 25, 2015 at 2:24am

Love the cats, Chris and Carl.

Now it really is the holiday season: just finished my last shift ever in elderly care after more than 18 years. I feel so happy and alive again.

Hope you're all enjoying youreslves as much as I am.

Comment by Joan Denoo on December 25, 2015 at 2:17am

Dear friends of Atheist Nexus, I hope each and every one of you have lots of rest, renewal, and relaxation during this darkest time of the year. In a day or two, our days will begin to get longer, and we can wipe away the dumps with the sweep of a broom and hands in the soil or whatever revs your energy. 

According to my weather report, at 10:28 Newport time, our temperature is 28, Vancouver is 39, Philadelphia and Bensalem are 63, Chicago is 43, and Cleveland is 48 degrees F. 

Whether with family, friends, strangers, or alone, may your time be filled with delicious food, beautiful sounds, pleasing smells, inspiring sights, and happy thoughts. 

One year at this season I realized my children would be going with their friends, and I knew I would have to learn how to celebrate without them. So, I told them I wanted to conduct an experiment to see if I could enjoy my time with them growing up and away. They each had friends and made plans to spend the holidays with them. 

I planned my meals, picked out my favorite music, selected a book to read and settled in for a pleasant time alone. I had a very nice time, the kids did too, and we were all happy. 

Comment by The Flying Atheist on December 24, 2015 at 11:50pm

Whatever your plans may be tomorrow, I hope the day goes well for you.  I'll be with my family having good food and once a year baked treats during the day and then with my extended family of aunts, uncles and cousins in the evening for more indulgence.  We all get along well, so it should be pleasant.

The ground is dry and not a flake of snow is anywhere in the forecast, so her in Chicago we will just have to pretend.

 

 

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