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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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11 "unanswerable" questions for atheists - answered (Aron Ra)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Tom Sarbeck Jun 6. 1 Reply

If you spend any time around YouTube and have any history of looking at atheist material (or even theist material!), you will inevitably run into: "XX Questions Atheists Can't Answer."  These are occasionally followed by: "XX Questions Atheists…Continue

Tags: apologist, answer, questions, unanswerable, Aron Ra

worshipping narcissists (qualiasoup & theramintrees)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Idaho Spud Jun 3. 1 Reply

They're all around us: people who perceive the world as revolving around them and will go to considerable lengths to make it so: narcissists.  Such beings have been with humanity, I suspect, since humanity emerged from the gene pool.  Even worse,…Continue

Tags: narcissist, QualiaSoup, TheraminTrees

Secular and Reclaimed Winter Holiday Songs

Started by Grinning Cat. Last reply by Grinning Cat May 2. 42 Replies

This is an appropriate day of the year for this subject...What are some of your favorite winter holiday songs?It would be especially good to share powerful new secular lyrics to tunes that have become associated with Christmas.…Continue

Tags: singing, lyrics, reclaimed, reclaiming, HumanLight

appropriating morality (TheraminTrees)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Joan Denoo May 1. 7 Replies

We've all heard the claim: "Human morality comes from god."  And we've all seen for ourselves what Yahweh's "morality" looks like, from condemnations of homosexuality and the treatment of women as chattel to inexplicable sanctions against the eating…Continue

Tags: morality, appropriating, TheraminTrees

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

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Comment by Joan Denoo on April 22, 2013 at 1:42am

Brandi Amari Williams, I agree, don't teach kids what to think, teach them how to think. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on April 22, 2013 at 1:37am

I received a notice from some source I did not open that stated I had some derogatory statements made about me, politically, and I had to laugh. I am a little old lady who has learned a lot in my years and I like to share my ideas with others. If that makes me "an enemy of the people", then maybe the people need an enemy. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on April 22, 2013 at 1:34am

When I was in Berlin, just before the wall came down, I saw such profound contrast between two parts of the city, I knew they drank the same water, ate from the same soils, breathed the same air, and yet by just crossing through the gate, I knew politics underlaid the differences. One of the more deeply-felt learnings of my quest. 

Comment by Plinius on April 22, 2013 at 1:15am

@ Joan, I know you're not a communist, but you don't want to be a capitalist either. From the day the Iron Curtain fell, the capitalists thought they had a free hand to do whatever they thought of, and it worked out badly. The Curtain had kept them in check. Not that I envied the people who lived behind it - or the people who suffer capitalist rule. I'd still go for a mix of both opposites.

I see you, Ian! *waving*

Comment by tom sarbeck on April 21, 2013 at 11:55pm

Re The Family: Rachel Maddow did stories on them during the recent presidential campaign, in part for LGBT reasons. Their connected with the American fundies who are working in Kenya to get homosexuals executed. It's an ugly organization for several reasons, including those you identified.

Dems who voted for Bush 43's war in Iraq lost my support. I want Elizabeth Warren to run for president. But then, a Dem administration lied us into a war in Viet Nam and a Repub administration lied us into a war in Iraq. Is Jill Stein doing anything now to build the Greens into a competitive party, or was her run last year a personal thing?

Hillary and her prayer partners? With so many xian voters, candidates have to pander. Pay more attention to their votes on church and state issues. I do that and I contribute to several ch&st separation organizations. I've read most of the US Suprme Court rulings on ch&st; Scalia would happily impose his Catholicism on America.

Comment by Steph S. on April 21, 2013 at 11:33pm

Comment by Steph S. on April 21, 2013 at 11:32pm

Awwww, thanks so very much Melinda. Sounds like you had a wonderful weekend. I am getting caught up on all the posts here. Enjoy reading everything.

Comment by sk8eycat on April 21, 2013 at 8:00pm

@Tom Sarbeck: I think some of the early undergodding capitalists were the founders of what is now known as The Family Fellowship (aka The fellowship).  It started out as an anti-union organization. They are a secretive, almost underground organization that works under many other names, including Young Life (for high school and college students). I don't know if they have any direct connections with the dominionists at Oral Roberts University (where Michelle Bachmann went to law school), but it wouldn't surprise me if they do.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Fellowship_(Christian_organization)

They provide "prayer partners" and "prayer circles" for members of congress, and sponsor the "National Prayer Breakfast" (that would make me lose my apetite, if I had to attend)....and they are wealthy.  VERY. 

Hillary Clinton said her "prayer partners" helped her cope during the Monica Lewinsky scandal, and Bill Clinton's impeachment trial. That's one reason I will never vote for her.

I have Jeff Sharlett's book The Family: The Secret Fundamentalism at the Heart of American Power  ...  I've read it several times, and it scares the *bleep!* out of me.  It also depresses me.  IMO it's a very powerful cabal.

Comment by Loren Miller on April 21, 2013 at 7:32pm

Not quite a month ago, I got myself a new ride, which I'm enjoying a lot.  The woman in the following video, though, seems to be getting a bit of a runaround with her attempt to purchase a used "Honda Prius."  Have a look at what would happen If God Were A Car:

Comment by Joan Denoo on April 21, 2013 at 6:47pm

"Live as if the crumbling order has already collapsed. Plant dreaming seeds of possibility, as you till the soil with the compost of this decaying paradigm. Cease your participation in it. Resist. Dream. Create. Organize. Live your life as a question addressed to the soul of the world and live your way into the answer."
~ Phil Rockstroh

Phil makes sense; With the Earth facing challenges of humans' making, I can think of nothing instead of this or better than this.
Plant, till, cease participation, resist, dream, create, organize, live in the question into the answer!

~ Phil Rockstroh

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