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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 Bertold Brautigan 9 hours ago. 34 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 The Flying Atheist on July 2, 2012 at 5:54am

Sk8eycat, I'm sorry to hear your friend Judith is gone.  My condolences to you and your circle of friends.  

Comment by Ian Mason on July 2, 2012 at 5:50am

Sorry to hear about your friend, sk8eycat. My condolences to you.

Comment by sk8eycat on July 2, 2012 at 3:59am

@James Martin: You said, "The more loudly they proclaim their Christeranity the more likely they don't know what it means or suspect they might not really believe it at all." 

Exactly!  They remind me of the Cowardly Lion in "The Wizard of Oz" yelling "I DO believe in spooks!  I do, I DO, I DO!"  They were all lost in a creepy forest where the dead-looking trees were reaching for them with their branches.

Freethinker Yip Harburg wrote a lot of the dialog for that film, in addition to the lyrics of most of the songs.  That short bit of action has his humorous/sarcastic trademark stamped all over it.

Comment by sk8eycat on July 2, 2012 at 3:44am

Dear Griining Cat:I'm sorry...I'm kind of out of it right now.  I learned this morning (Sunday) that my friend of 12 years, Judith Hayes aka The Happy Heretic, http://s129542369.onlinehome.us/thh/ ) died sometime this past week.  I don't know exactly what happened, but the last time she talked to or e-mailed anybody was June 19th or 20th. The last time she called me was Sunday, the 17th to talk about me becoming her "first Reader."

The Calaveras County Cops aren't talking until they "notify the next of kin."  Yeah. Right. Her "next of kin" shuned her when she came out as an atheist nearly 35 years ago.

Anyway, I'm stunned, devastated, just sick about the whole thing, and not making much sense.

Later.

Felaine

Comment by Plinius on July 2, 2012 at 1:15am

Congrats Patricia!

Comment by Plinius on July 2, 2012 at 1:12am

Thanks Steph! I was at a bookcrossing meeting (www.bookcrossing.com) saw many friends and changed a stack of books.

Comment by Grinning Cat on July 1, 2012 at 11:32pm

@sk8eycat et al.: Dave Silverman came up with a pose similar to Tebowing, called "Thinkering":

"Atheists get down on one knee, curl their wrist to their chin, and look up. The pose is meant to mimic that of Auguste Rodin’s classic sculpture known as The Thinker."

The crucial difference between Tebowing and Thinkering: "we don’t bow our heads in blind submission, rather we consider and conclude for ourselves."

 

@Steph: thanks for the 4th of July wishes!

I got my fireworks fix Saturday night, as part of the celebrations in Philadelphia. On the evening of the 4th itself I plan to break with tradition and instead play music for dancing.

 

@Patricia: Congratulations!! The two of you are evidently doing something right!

Comment by Steph S. on July 1, 2012 at 11:05pm
Congrats Patricia!
That's really cute Tony!
Comment by Tony Carroll on July 1, 2012 at 10:30pm

Comment by The Flying Atheist on July 1, 2012 at 5:28pm

Patricia, avoiding the drunks and hookers is probably one of the reasons you're able to celebrate 46 years together.  Congratulations!!

 

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