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

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Loren Miller yesterday. 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

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 sk8eycat on July 13, 2012 at 2:54pm

@Ian: LOL  Good one!

 I've always thought Mick Jagger looked like a largemouth bass. But he's still alive, so I guess that disqualifies him.

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Comment by The Flying Atheist on July 13, 2012 at 1:58pm

I can't have any pets since I travel for living but if I could, I'd have a cat.  :)

Comment by Ian Mason on July 13, 2012 at 1:57pm

Which singer do you think has been reincarnated as a fish? Johnny Ray?

Comment by sk8eycat on July 13, 2012 at 1:10pm

Patricia: isn't there an oldie that goes: "In anciant Egypt, cats were worshipped as gods.  cats have never forgotten this."

(Actually, they were worshipped not only for their regal behavior, but because they performed a vital service...keeping vermin out of the grain supply. Even in the lifetime of Julius Caesar, harming or killing a cat was a capital offense.  I like that.)

Comment by sk8eycat on July 13, 2012 at 12:03pm

@booklover: When I tunred 30, there was a catch-phrase, "Don't trust anyone over 30," I was single, I hated my job, and I thought I was a complete failure.  Oh, and on my birthday, I got a speeding ticket on the way to the job I hated.

I don't remember now how I got over it, but I'm still here, I eventually got better jobs, I'm still single (I think that was better for me in the long run). Im not rich, but I have a house full of books that I reread constantly, two cats to purr on me when I need that, and a few good friends. 

I have had Type 2 diabetes for 12 years now, and I'm still learning how to cope with that...I tend to forget to eat, and have hypoglycemic attacks.

But I'm okay.  I'm still quietly enjoying myself.

AND I WANT TO THANK EVERYBODY IN THIS GROUP for putting up with my ranting over Judith Hayes' death for the past 2 weeks...she still had so much to give to the world, especially atheist newbies. But I'm over the anger and confusion and grief.  Mostly.

Treat yourself to something decadent (a hot fudge sundae?), a day at a spa, or just have your hair done, something like that.  Having somebody else wash and blow-dry my hair makes me feel refreshed.  Try it.

Comment by Steph S. on July 13, 2012 at 11:37am

Thank you Flying Atheist for the cat video.

Comment by Steph S. on July 13, 2012 at 10:45am

Comment by Plinius on July 13, 2012 at 12:55am

@booklover - Old? We're not old. It's just that the little counter keeps ticking, but we stay young. 

Comment by The Flying Atheist on July 12, 2012 at 9:49pm

Sorry...Catvertising

Comment by The Flying Atheist on July 12, 2012 at 9:48pm

I know we have a lot of cat lovers here. 

Catverting:

 

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