Hang With Friends

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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 Oct 20. 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 12:40am

I refer to those generalizations such as  "same-sex marriage laws will lead to corruption of family values." To me, same-sex marriage leads to life flourishing. (an opinion, obviously, but that is my test)

"Sometimes one event does lead to harmful consequences, such as detonating a nuclear device or shooting a baby." These lead to life not flourishing. 

Banning women wearing a burka leads to life flourishing. (opinion, again)

Death penalty for blasphemy leads to life not flourishing. (opinion)

Well, I guess these are all subjective opinions, but they make better sense than bundling women up in sheets or not allowing people to speak their mind. 

I see what you mean. 



Comment by Steph S. on July 21, 2012 at 12:27am
Joan would you post your owl picture in my Birds group? We would love to enjoy your lovely picture there too.
Comment by Steph S. on July 21, 2012 at 12:25am
I think your owl picture was so appropriate for the title you made for it Joan.
Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on July 21, 2012 at 12:25am

I beg to differ on that last item, Joan. Sometimes one event does lead to harmful consequences, such as detonating a nuclear device or shooting a baby. If by one event you mean a class of actions, as gay marriage isn't just a single event, how about a law banning women from appearing in public without wearing a burka or the death penalty for blasphemy?

Comment by Joan Denoo on July 21, 2012 at 12:24am

Patricia, I thought the pair were fitting to go with my arrogant statement. Arrogant? yes, what I believe? yes. I am getting too old to try to get a responsible conversation going with the list I presented.  I'll just have to learn to live with "arrogant".

Comment by Steph S. on July 21, 2012 at 12:23am
Oh you are talking about the movie massacre during the Batman movie in Colorado - well I am still listening to news reports about it.
Comment by Steph S. on July 20, 2012 at 10:47pm
Cool story Tony! That was good.
Comment by Tony Carroll on July 20, 2012 at 9:38pm

Yeah Patricia. It was great. Oh, his name is Brenden. Wonderful son, even if I have to say so.

Comment by Tony Carroll on July 20, 2012 at 9:30pm

I just have to share. My son, daughter-in-law, and I went to supper tonight. A nice steak place. Anyhoo, a large group of 8 seated after us. We were already eating, and so were other tables. When this group received their food, one of the men said 'let's pray'. Was a generic type bless this, bless that yada yada, However my son pointed something out to me. All the other people in our area had stopped eating and bowed their heads, even the waitress. We, of course, kept on eating. After the amen, my son looked at me and said 'I only got one thing to say. Thank god'. I broke down laughing, and so did he. Couldn't stop. Still chuckling thinking about it.

Comment by Steph S. on July 20, 2012 at 8:40pm
That's right - heal fast Jonathan I will be thinking about you.
No one else is allowed to get hurt.
Have fun everyone!

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