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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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An AN member passed away

Started by Deidre. Last reply by Deidre Aug 18. 4 Replies

Went into the chat room last Friday night, for the first time in a while, and learned that Mequa passed away. I had been good friends with him for a time, but we had differences and stopped talking back in the spring of this year. I knew however,…Continue

A Parable by Mrs. Betty Bowers

Started by Loren Miller Aug 17. 0 Replies

Betty Bowers is becoming SO GOOD at delivering as America's Best Christian, she now does 30-second parables!  (Okay, 32 seconds!  Picky, picky!) Have You Had YOUR Betty Today?Continue

Tags: bible, parable, America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers

Goodwill to Few Men (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Michael Penn Aug 16. 8 Replies

Think Goodwill Industries does well by the poor?  Fact is, they do WAY BETTER for themselves, to the point where America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers, thinks they're ripping off the christian playbook a bit too well!  Have a look for yourself:…Continue

Tags: ripoff, Goodwill Industries, America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers

Steven Weinberg on his anti-theism

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Loren Miller Aug 2. 4 Replies

I like the sound of Steven Weinberg's voice. He has a calming impact on me as I rush to get my home of 41 years ready to sell and plan and put into motion the new garden at my daughter's home. My home is full o empty boxed quickly filling with the…Continue

Your favorite photobombs?

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Plinius Jul 10. 12 Replies

Running of the bulls photobomb.Continue

losing faith (TheraminTrees)

Started by Loren Miller Jul 5. 0 Replies

TheraminTrees has recently begun producing a new series of YouTube videos, which added to a wonderful library of earlier observations regarding his experience of religion. Good as all those pieces are, I personally think they pale against this…Continue

Tags: story, history, faith, TheraminTrees

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Comment by Lary9 on August 26, 2011 at 5:22am
I quite agree with Rev. Watkins, both in the spirit and tactics of his observation about this benign issue.
Comment by Grace Fitzpatrick on August 25, 2011 at 11:13pm

Ahh..  and I missed Whataburger living back East.  At least Sonic appears to have remained pure.  Unless there is such a thing as tator tot worshipers who draw tots in grease paint on their windows.

Comment by Chris G on August 25, 2011 at 9:38pm
Comment by Julie Carter on August 25, 2011 at 9:27pm
Well, if we're complaining about symbols and words of religion where they shouldn't be....I keep getting mad at myself for being addicted to Whataburger's breakfast combos, because they have a big sign in the window that says "One Nation Under God Indivisible." Sigh...
Comment by alexa penzner on August 25, 2011 at 8:32pm
that's the way i thought they were going to put it - on the side - if it's standing straight up - that i don't like at all !!!!  it's not a monument - it's a statement of religion.  i'm amazed they're going to do it that way.  i sure wouldn't want to see the d--m thing that way !!!!
Comment by Natalie A Sera on August 25, 2011 at 8:00pm

I LOVE your idea, sk8eycat (ailurophiles rule!). If it were placed so, it would be just a fragment of the destruction, and not a religiously preferred symbol.

Rev, I sang in the choir of an Episcopal church for 3 years for anthropological and financial reasons. They were wonderful about not making me wear a cross, because I could not do it and stay honest with myself. I also didn't genuflect in front of the cross. And when the priest did the ritual of splashing water on the congregation to re-enact Jesus' baptism, he looked me in the eye, and said, "Duck, Natalie!". :-)  I am not anti-religion, I just don't want it imposed on me in any way, shape or form. I want to be first, a citizen of the world, second, a citizen of the US, and third, a member of my own ethnic group. I welcome the voluntary opportunity to observe and enjoy other people's beliefs and customs, but I want to do that on my own terms, not theirs.

Comment by sk8eycat on August 25, 2011 at 7:59pm

Thanks, Rev.  You know it would never happen.  Christians love to obsess over death and torture, and revere the symbols.

 

Was it Lenny Bruce (I loved him!) who said that if Jeebus had been killed in the 20th Century, Christians would all be wearing little electric chairs on gold chains?

Comment by Chris G on August 25, 2011 at 7:55pm

Some of the girders I saw (on TV) from the remnants would be the best reminder of how the towers remained, but it doesn't matter anymore. The entire thing has become a myth and religious battle.

 

Comment by Rev. Richard Watkins on August 25, 2011 at 7:42pm
I think that would be an excellent compromise, sk8eycat.
Comment by sk8eycat on August 25, 2011 at 7:40pm

Hmmm...two pieces of steel that just happen to cross each other at right angles.  Maybe instead of standing it in a "t" shape, they should put it on its "side," to look like an "X"....then it would have no religious meaning, and just be a reminder of the devastation.

 

Maybe?

 

Of course people would scream....

 

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