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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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Issues Atheist, Feminist, GLBTQ, Climate Change

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by BenGee on Saturday. 3 Replies

This is a test Continue

The Whole Bible in 30 Seconds (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Randy Hatly on Thursday. 15 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

punishing doubt (TheraminTrees)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Joan Denoo Oct 17. 2 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

A moment to relax and see the Earth from space; some how this comforts me.

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Qiana-Maieev Oct 16. 3 Replies

All the squabbles and struggles that I have do not compare with those of some others on this great planet. There are no boundary lines, no political arguments, no up or no down. What is, is. For right now, the scenes offer tranquility. Just the…Continue

Tags: and, wonder, awe, of, space

His Dark Materials and the Catholic Church

Started by Tonya R. Wheeler. Last reply by Plinius Oct 16. 27 Replies

I recently watched the movie, "The Golden Compass" and since I could not find the sequels, I read the books. I enjoyed them, and I will be reading the first one, Northern Lights, starting tomorrow, since it just arrived via inter-library…Continue

Tags: Fantasy, Catholic, Religion, Atheist, Pullman

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

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Loren Miller Sep 29. 39 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

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Comment by Joan Denoo on July 21, 2012 at 11:48pm

"Witch chewer ear." 

I still don't get it.

Comment by Steph S. on July 21, 2012 at 11:05pm

Funny cat picture for you all!

Comment by Steph S. on July 21, 2012 at 10:40pm
Oh Tony you are so right! Bravo! Such wisdom!
Comment by Tony Carroll on July 21, 2012 at 10:31pm

A society that devalues love devalues that upon which civilized society itself
is based. Should any form of that love for one another be discouraged?

-Scott Bidstrup

Joan, marriage is a simple concept, yet fraught with pitfalls. It is based, in our current society, upon the concept of love, yet it is being subverted, in my opinion, with the thought of sex. Sex is NOT love. Wonderful when you can have both at the same time with another person, but hell, you can have an orgasm by yourself.

Love is a deeper committment, a mature, emotional response. I realize there are different levels of love, and we tend to bandy the word love around like a shuttlecock at a badmition match, but marriage should be based on the fuller, deeper meaning of love. I have told many a male friend that I love them, and invariably, they didn't take it in a sexual manner. They knew what I was saying.

If any two people profess that love, who are any of us to deny it, and try to stop their commitment to each other by something as trivial as denying them the right to marriage?

Comment by Joan Denoo on July 21, 2012 at 10:08pm

Tony, Great history of marriage! 

sk8eycat, Sorry, from one who has no sense of humor, I don't get it!

Comment by Joan Denoo on July 21, 2012 at 9:59pm

STFU  Oh! that is what it means. Luckily the computer knows all these things. 

A new one: DIMI: Don't Insult My Intelligence. Thanks Flying Atheist. (or is that an old one that I just don't know about?)  No, I can't find it in the deep, dark, orders of the computer. 

Comment by sk8eycat on July 21, 2012 at 4:33pm

Tony, I don't know where or how they learned about the custom, but slaves, who weren't allowed to marry officially, "jumped the broom" in the American south.  I remember reading about it, and seeing it performed in Alex Haley's Roots.  Both the book and the TV version.

If marraige were a simple agreement between the bride and the groom...why not?  It's classier than the un-funny fad of smearing cake on each other's faces at the reception.  (When did that start, anyway?  I never heard of such a thing in the 1950s and '60s when most of my friends were getting married.)

Comment by Tony Carroll on July 21, 2012 at 2:56pm

@sk8eycat. 'Jumping the broom' is still used colloquilary (sic) around here in this part of East Texas. Hear it in casual conversation all the time.

Comment by Idaho Spud on July 21, 2012 at 1:52pm

Always enjoy seeing people slide around --- as long as it isn't me.

That snowplow driver had to know he was going to cover the news reporter. lol

Comment by sk8eycat on July 21, 2012 at 1:49pm

PS: I just saw a news story about the Aurora, Colo shooting; the perp was described by a former neighbor as a "shy, quiet kid from a nice Presbyterian churchgoing family."

Roger Ebert wrote a good Op-Ed piece titled, "We've Seen This Movie Before"

The Usual Pundits will blame this on everything but easy access to military-type weapons in this madhouse we call a country.

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