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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 Gun Industry's Killing in Killing (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Chris G on Wednesday. 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 Ark Encounter: A Less than Grand Opening (The Thinking Atheist)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Loren Miller on Tuesday. 4 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

The God of Cancer (The Thinking Atheist)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Joan Denoo on Monday. 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

NBC News Gives Ken Ham Free Advertising

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Loren Miller Jul 2. 13 Replies

Ordinarily I toggle between CBS News with Scott Pelley and NBC News with Lester Holt in the early evening, mostly to avoid commercials, but I'm wondering if I should give ABC's news division another chance after this evening's broadcast.  NBC…Continue

Tags: advertisement, Ken Ham, Ark Encounter, News, NBC

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Comment by Steph S. on June 1, 2012 at 8:23am
Hug an Atheist Day! How awesome!
So hugs to everyone!
Comment by Ian Mason on June 1, 2012 at 7:45am

And the blessings of the Great Teapot on you too.

It's Hug an Atheist day so BIG HUG to everyone out there.

Comment by Steph S. on June 1, 2012 at 6:51am

I think all of you are nice and very intelligent! 

Happy Friday peoples! 

Comment by sk8eycat on May 30, 2012 at 5:27pm

@booklover:  LOL  I don't think I'm particularly nice (I enjoy seeing greedy, arrogant, and/or self-righteous people fall on their a$$es ... publicly, for one thing.  I enjoy helping them do that even more.

But it's funny, for the past 30+ years I have gotten the same response when I tell someone I'm a hard-line atheist, "But?  But?  But, you're so NICE!"

WTF do they think we are?

Comment by Tony Carroll on May 30, 2012 at 3:05pm

I had 256, almost all posts from A/N. Wow! First time for me, since only been here 3 mos.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on May 30, 2012 at 2:19pm

@Sk8eycat.  Yes, me too.  I'm getting e-mail notices of postings here on A/N that are eight days old!!   This is not the first time either.  This problem seems to pop up every now and then.  It's frustrating. 

Comment by sk8eycat on May 30, 2012 at 12:37pm

booklover, I would LOVE to see your daughter win one of the FFRF scholarships!  Every single one that I've read over the years in Freethought Today has just blown me away!  I could never have written such intelligent essays when I was in high school; of course I was still breaking my butt trying to believe in Jeebus back then, so my brayne was only working at half-power at the time.

Ummmm...if I'm being too snoopy, just tell me to STFU, but you don't have Crohn's, do you?  I have had a couple of frieinds who had/have it, and it's a total mystery, as far as I know.  And miserable.  (One frieind died almost 20 years ago, but NOT of Crohn's...he was careless, and caught HIV/AIDS.  I still miss him dreadfully.)

Best wishes to you and your daughter!  Feel better, please!  If I owned a Thinking Cap, I would send it to her, but she probably doesn't need one.

Comment by Steph S. on May 30, 2012 at 9:21am
I get the Freethought Today paper I would love to see your daughter's essay there Booklover. That would be so cool!
How is everyone?
Comment by Natalie A Sera on May 29, 2012 at 9:51pm

I have a female friend who is distinctly polyandrous, and it's causing her a lot of heartache, because she does truly love her husband, but she's also in love with and wants sex with other men. More than one. It's a really rough place to be in. And you're right -- why should laws complicate what is really an individual or group decision? I have nothing against polyandry or polygamy if all involved consent and are old enough to do so. My friend's problem is that it's her husband who is unable to love or let her love more than one person.

Comment by sk8eycat on May 29, 2012 at 6:59pm

Why am I just now getting email notices from AN regarding posts made LAST WEEK?

Grrrrr!  Snarrrllll!

 

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