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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 Apr 19. 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 The Flying Atheist on September 25, 2017 at 12:22pm

Ian, thanks for posting such a beautiful song.  I'm reminded of another excellent song, "Autumn in New York."

These two versions are so wonderful, I had to post both.  

 

Comment by The Flying Atheist on September 25, 2017 at 12:10pm

An interesting experience, Plinius.  Yes, all of the church "teachings" are basic human courtesies we learn as children.  Church for these folks is probably just for self-validation and for the community.   

Comment by Plinius on September 25, 2017 at 11:51am

Yesterday I was in a church for the first time in many years, because I wanted to hear the transgender choir they had invited. Luca sings in the choir now - different popsongs etc. so the members can exercise their changing voices. 

It wasn't a fundie church at all, on the contrary, they were welcoming all sorts of people without judging them, and they had planned this special service in the Rotterdam gay pride weekend.

The church service struck me as strange; everyone was encouraged to be kind to other people, and not to judge them because god is the one who judges. Rather sweet. And all the time I was thinking why people must be encouraged to be kind - they could figure that out themselves I should think. The sermon was a strange lesson; do the right thing and god will smile. Very weak, I felt. Doing the right thing is its own reward, but that wasn't said because then it's too obvious that nobody needs a god.

The church members were very sweet and ready to put the lesson into practice during the coffee break, the chosen recipients of the kindness  were the choir members - but most of the church people had no idea what transgender is. So we reversed roles and told them a bit.  

Very sweet people, and within half an hour we saw that the church members were lonely people, held together by a few strong women who mothered them. It felt like a day care centre for elderly people. So we said goodbye with smiles and kind words, but I won't go back there before I need a day care centre...

Comment by Randall Smith on September 25, 2017 at 7:05am

With 5 consecutive days 90 degrees and higher, autumn has been delayed around here, leaf color wise.
But farmers are busy combining soybeans. Corn will soon follow. That leaves a dusty haze in the atmosphere, making for gorgeous sunrises and sets.

Great song and artist, Ian. Thanks for posting it.

Comment by Ian Mason on September 24, 2017 at 11:59pm

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZEMCeymW1Ow

Nat King Cole sings 'Autumn leaves'

Comment by Plinius on September 24, 2017 at 11:59pm

a beauty, Ian!

Comment by Plinius on September 24, 2017 at 11:58pm

I think the angels got scared again,Kathy - so many end of the worlds and raptures have we seen these years!

Comment by Ian Mason on September 24, 2017 at 11:55pm

Comment by Chris on September 24, 2017 at 11:08pm

I heard a meteorologist say that warm days melt sugar in leaves of trees so cold nights can draw the sugar into the trunk and roots.

Is there any truth to that? 

Comment by kathy: ky on September 24, 2017 at 7:09pm
Chris, no rapture? But that's how I was going to get to your place : {
 

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