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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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The Ark Encounter: A Less than Grand Opening (The Thinking Atheist)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Joan Denoo 8 hours ago. 22 Replies

The day finally arrived.  Ken Ham's Ark Encounter opened on 7 July, 2016 ... to something a bit less than Disney-sized crowds, and more than a couple dissenting voices!  Seth Andrews has gathered a quartet of significant participants in the protest…Continue

Tags: Tracey Moody, Dan Broadbent, Seth Andrews, David Silverman, AronRa

Fan.tasia – A Disney Mashup by Lindsey McCutcheon

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Idaho Spud on Monday. 8 Replies

Any of you remember that Hollywood musical dance number mashup that Nerd Fest UK created put together some months back?  Well, someone by the name of Lindsey McCutcheon has…Continue

Tags: Lindsey McCutcheon, animation, Disney

The Gun Industry's Killing in Killing (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Chris G Jul 20. 15 Replies

America's Best Christian has finally acknowledged that there may be one outfit which has her belief system beat for it's leverage on the government.  No great surprise, it's the NRA and the gun industries.  Betty's a good loser, though.  She's made…Continue

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

The God of Cancer (The Thinking Atheist)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Joan Denoo Jul 18. 10 Replies

Seth Andrews has been through the mill as it comes to dealing with those who insist that their faith in a deity is not just valid but necessary to their lives and to all lives.  Having dealt with that gauntlet and come out the other side an atheist,…Continue

Tags: cancer, god, The Thinking Atheist, Seth Andrews

We Are America / Love Has No Labels (John Cena - Ad Council)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Joan Denoo Jul 10. 3 Replies

It seems to be a repeating pattern: I wander around the internet and inevitably, I stumble onto all manner of stuff.  It happens all the time on YouTube, and as you doubtless have deduced, yours truly tripped over something a couple minutes ago,…Continue

Tags: patriotism, labels, love, Ad Council, John Cena

In God We Trust? (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Qiana-Maieev Jul 4. 4 Replies

HEY, gang!  Your favorite America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers is BACK and just in time for the Fourth of July!!!  This time, she's hit it big, coming to us live and in color from the Capitol!  Seems as though she's as upset about this whole "In…Continue

Tags: congress, god, Jesus, America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers

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Comment by Joan Denoo on July 20, 2012 at 3:08am

booklover, I'm glad my kids are all grown up and can carry on an intelligent conversation. But Oh! Dear! I remember those sophomoric years with humor now, but it has taken a while to be able to laugh. There is life after teenage children. 

As for feedback, you will be able to laugh at that, too. 

Comment by sk8eycat on July 20, 2012 at 2:30am

Eeeeek!  I had to click on that link, and you're right, I couldn't believe it, and I couldn't stop watching.  The new wife must be using Tammy Faye's leftover makeup.  But that SET!  I was half expecting them to discuss bass fishing...or do something like "Blue Collar Comedy."

It's a circus and a train wreck.  A circus train wreck.

LOL...made me think of Miss Velma and the Universal World Church in Los Angeles; the "mighty golden altar" looked like a steam calliope covered with glitter and cotton candy. (I think they bought out a prop house that was going out of business.) Here's a xmas special:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZoN9MeKI0tk&feature=relmfu

We used to watch them on Sunday mornings after all night parties; laughter is a great hangover cure.

Comment by Joan Denoo on July 20, 2012 at 2:28am

The Flying Atheist, Oh My Goodness! He is out of prison? He is back on TV? How gullible can people be?! And selling a solar generator? ... he must have grown a heart while in prison, concerned about people staying cool in a drought. Well, at least there will be sunlight, unless the dust bowl blanks out the light. His "new heart" really hasn't lost its lust for money. Does his new wife look like a carnival hooker?   

Comment by The Flying Atheist on July 20, 2012 at 1:26am

So....this past Monday night, I'm lying in bed in a hotel room in Tulsa, Oklahoma.  I'm flipping through the TV channels and what do I encounter? The Jim Bakker Show.  The Jim Bakker Show  Yes, that Jim Bakker, infamous sidekick of Tammy Faye from the PTL Club.  That slimy, little f**ker is out of prison and televangelizing with his new wife from Branson, Missouri to a new flock of brainless, gullible saps.  I couldn't stop watching.  It was like witnessing a combination three-ring circus and train wreck.  And......he's selling a $1,700 solar generator "for the Revelation Days ahead."  (According to Wikipedia he still owes the IRS about $6 million.)  I guess I can't blame a man for trying to make a living, but the thing that gets me is that people are willing to support and give money to a well-known scam artist and convicted criminal.  He should be working the counter at The Waffle House or washing dishes at Denny's to pay his bills.  

Comment by sk8eycat on July 20, 2012 at 1:20am

@ Steph & Ian:  Yes.  Exactly.  Polytheist pastor in a polyester suit.

Comment by Ian Mason on July 20, 2012 at 12:48am

Yes, that is funny, esp. as Yaweh, JC and Allah seem like gods that have been cobbled together from bits of earlier, polytheistic traditions.

Comment by Steph S. on July 20, 2012 at 12:27am
Used god salesman - that's funny sk8eycat. Lol
Comment by sk8eycat on July 20, 2012 at 12:20am

@Flying Atheist: According to Wikipedia, Fatty Falwell founded his first church when he was 22, so the only time he might have been selling cars was part-time when he was in college.

Guess we'd have to call him a used-god salesman.

I saw him once, about 30 years ago, on the Phil donohue Show, and he was RUDE to the other guests and some members of the studio audience. I think buybull colleges teach their students  to interrupt and "talk over" anyone who doesn't agree with them 100%.  *faugh*

Comment by Sarah on July 19, 2012 at 11:49pm
Honestly, book lover, I wouldn't respond to you again as you seem like a judgmental person. But you don't get to tell me who I can and can't respond to. Sheesh, I'm starting to think this kid is lucky that you won't talk to him again. I fail to see the difference between saying you see no value in talking to him again versus you won't talk to him again. I don't think I have read anything into your comments or misinterpreted them, so I guess we'll have to agree to disagree about what you've conveyed.

I'm sorry I had the nerve to speak up and think it wasn't very nice to trash a kid by calling him an egotistical know-it-all when most 17 yos probably also think they have all the answers.

I really thought this site would be a welcoming spot where diversity of opinion and free thinking would be valued. But I'm finding it's a closed clique where newbies aren't welcome and people tune out anyone who doesn't fall lock-step in line with their thinking.
Comment by Idaho Spud on July 19, 2012 at 3:50pm

The Flying Atheist, thanks for the link to Hitchens on Falwell.  I've not seen it before, and also love it.  Hitchens was great.

 

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