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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 Grinning Cat on July 21, 2012 at 10:32am

@sk8eycat: Puns are the lowest form of humor... if you didn't think of them first!

(Found lurking on a calligraphic button:

"Invertebrate punster
Spinelessly unable to resist a pun
So slug me!")

Comment by Idaho Spud on July 21, 2012 at 9:50am

I did click on your link to urban dictionary and Mittconception is the first thing listed.  Never heard of that word before, but it's a good one.

Comment by Idaho Spud on July 21, 2012 at 9:46am

Thanks Flying A, I do have urban dictionary in my bookmarks, but it's been pushed-off the bookmarks bar because I've so many other things up there.  Even though I abbreviate the bookmarks to 2 or 3 letters, I can only get 27 on the bar.  Just too many things I want instant access to. lol

It seems just as easy to go to google with a word or phrase first because they usually have wiki and urban dictionary near the top of the list, if what I want is in those sites.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on July 21, 2012 at 9:28am

Occasionally when I'm out to dinner with my family (who are moderate christians) my brother-in-law (a Lutheran) will initiate a prayer in a restaurant before eating.  I can't tell you how uncomfortable and mortified I feel sitting there, my head up, staring straight ahead in embarrassment.  My parents never did that in restaurants when I was growing up.  I have to give my parents a lot of credit.  Although we went to church every Sunday and the church community was a big part of our social lives, they never pushed their religion on anyone, they never flaunted it and never threatened me with it (i.e. be good or you won't go to heaven, you'll go to hell if you're bad, god is watching you, etc.)  

Comment by The Flying Atheist on July 21, 2012 at 9:10am

@Idaho  I'm always using Wikipedia.  It's a great, quick reference.  In addition, I find myself sometime having to look up information at as well.  In fact, that's a fun site just to browse around on.  You'll get lots of laughs.  

Comment by The Flying Atheist on July 21, 2012 at 8:54am

I love puns.  That's why I like the humor of Fred Allen so much.  He was a very funny man.....very dry humor and lots of puns.  (I'm 48 yrs old but grew up listening to and immersed in "old time radio.")

RE:  gay marriage.  Let's be honest.  For the people who oppose it with the excuse that is "cheapens" their marriage....they really can't give an explanation as to how and why.  It really boils down to one basic fact:  they hate gay people.  And I don't believe them when they say, "Love the sinner.  Hate the sin."  Yeah, right!!  Don't insult my intelligence.       

Comment by Idaho Spud on July 21, 2012 at 8:32am

Tony, did that peer-pressure make you guys uncomfortable?  It would have made me enough so that I would probably not eat there anymore and would tell the manager why.

Comment by Idaho Spud on July 21, 2012 at 8:27am

sk8eycat, I think you did slander parrots.  Shame on you.  Just cover your body with that shame!  Hehe.  Just Jokin'.

I've never had the opportunity to ask how same-sex marriage would damage "family values", but would like to.

Had to look-up what STFU meant.  When I was on the Life After Mormonism site for a year, I finally became familiar with what most abbreviations used by that group, but now on Atheist Nexus, there's a lot of new ones to learn.  I use Google or Wikipedia at least once a day for that purpose. :)

Comment by Tammy S on July 21, 2012 at 8:12am

My bird just gave you a dirty look sk8eycat! LOL but seriously I've asked the same thing on several occasions, I've also asserted that 'they' are the ones redefining biblical marriage with monogamy, they have no idea how to answer that....

Comment by sk8eycat on July 21, 2012 at 3:55am

Joan, I have never been able to get anyone who says that same-sex marriage will damage "family values" to explain exactly HOW that would happen.  In fact, all I have to do is ask, "How?" They stammer, stutter, and usually STFU.  Which is really all I want from them.

Parrots, all of them. 

Oooops!  I think I just slandered parrots.  Sorry.


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