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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.

Nobody here is into mind games. A discussion started with a loaded guilt-throwing question will be deleted.

This group is not intended to compete with other groups on topics they cover but to "fill in the cracks." Whenever a discussion dwells at length on a topic for which there's an existing group, we urge you to provide members a link to that group to continue along their tangent.

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Discussion Forum

bending truth, or "We Can All Be Manipulated" (TheraminTrees)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Compelledunbeliever 7 hours ago. 37 Replies

The following is one of TheraminTrees' most thorough-going pieces, wherein he looks at the process and techniques whereby a "religious" organization (which will sound VERY familiar to most of us, once introductions are made!) takes a person who…Continue

Tags: indoctrination, truth, manipulation, TheraminTrees

punishing doubt (TheraminTrees)

Started by Loren Miller Sep 6. 0 Replies

If you are associated with religion and especially a fundamentalist religion, doubt is intolerable.  Certainty, however it may be achieved or imposed, becomes a necessary element, especially considering the utter dearth of any form of evidence or…Continue

Tags: religion, TheraminTrees, punish, doubt

We Don't Want Your (Atheist) Money! (The Thinking Atheist)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Idaho Spud Sep 2. 17 Replies

I suppose I've heard stories like this before:Conscientious atheist donates money to worthy cause.Worthy cause initially accepts money.Worthy cause discovers source of donation.Worthy cause rejects donation.Swell, eh?  Well Matt Willbourne of…Continue

Tags: American Baptist Churches Association, Murrow Indian Children's Home, The Thinking Atheist, Seth Andrews

The Whole Bible in 30 Seconds (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Randy Hatly Sep 2. 3 Replies

Ever decide that you wanted to read the whole bible, cover to cover, only to realize half-way through Deuteronomy that the darn thing is industrial-strength BORING?!?  Well, never fear!  America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers, has done the Cliff's…Continue

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

Are You a Patriot? (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Chris G Aug 29. 22 Replies

You might think that Betty Bowers, America's Best Christian, would be stepping outside of her comfort zone in tackling the concept of patriotism.  As it turns out, not only does she have a proper handle on the term and its implications, she also…Continue

Tags: patriot, America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers

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Comment by Tammy S on July 20, 2012 at 11:06am

LOL Melinda I'm so glad you get my humor, I try never to take anything too seriously. I'm seriously hormonal of late... (mentalpause) and all the stupidity in the world seems to get to me a lot more than it used to, humor is my anti-homicide medication!

Comment by Loren Miller on July 20, 2012 at 11:06am

Did someone here mention cat-lovers?


Comment by Joan Denoo on July 20, 2012 at 10:59am

Chris Breman, You are included, all the way to the Netherlands. And a grand weekend to you. 

Comment by Tammy S on July 20, 2012 at 10:56am

Temper shmemper Melinda, you should hear me in the car! hahaha...seriously, I'm a horror! I think you're great just the way you are and I thoroughly enjoy hearing from you. I absolutely love the diversity here, it is what brought me back to this site. The 'truly' intelligent folk seem to inhabit this place, it is so unlike so many of the other forums and blogs with the self-ascribed experts-in-residence! /roll eyes I won't name them here but I've seen other members on this site complain of their outright hostility to folks outside their little cliques, so I know it's not just me being overly sensitive, I tend to get that way feeling as isolated down here as we do, so I really have to pay attention and keep that in check!

A|N definitely has the best atmosphere on the web for the seeker and the sage alike, I'm so relieved I decided to give the site another chance, I was an inch away from leaving all social networking aside from Diaspora, such was my disgust at the time.

Comment by Joan Denoo on July 20, 2012 at 10:52am

 The Flying Atheist, a group hug indeed!

booklover, at 76, I claim to be an elder! New and better ideas emerge every day. I am really concerned about the number of people who believe there is a god, that Jesus saves, and heaven and hell awaits. Furthermore, people who believe these things fail to understand the importance of replacing faith with critical thinking. The amount of money used to propagandize politics is hard to match, but the growing numbers of young people trying to sort out fact from fiction is encouraging. 

Comment by Plinius on July 20, 2012 at 10:51am

I want to join the Group Hug, because you are people I love to read and would like to meet if it wasn't such a long walk. Have a wonderful weekend, all of you!

Comment by Joan Denoo on July 20, 2012 at 10:44am

booklover, don't sell yourself short. I would include you in the list of intelligent, fun, wise ones. Silence kills! So, comment often and as powerfully as you feel like mustering. 

Several people called me "victim" and I declare just the opposite. I refuse to be silent to those who would dominate and oppress. If that makes me a victim in their eyes, they look in the wrong direction. 

The good news, there are a cloud of witnesses who know and want truth-telling, not sweet, passive, acquiescent, helpless sounds. 

Comment by The Flying Atheist on July 20, 2012 at 10:28am

@Melinda and Joan.  Humble thanks to both of you for the kind words.  I also enjoy your company here on A/N.  ***Big Group Hug*** 

Comment by Joan Denoo on July 20, 2012 at 9:05am

booklover, you wrote, "There are so many intelligent people I love to hear about and hear their stories on here ... Loren too, Steph makes me smile she is SO nice to everyone, Idaho Spud, The Flying Atheist, I could go on and on."

I agree wholeheartedly and the ones you mention are special to me as well. Life is far richer for me because of them.  

Comment by Loren Miller on July 20, 2012 at 7:23am

So Jim Bakker is back at it, working his con yet again, eh?  "The more things change..."

 

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