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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 yesterday. 3 Replies

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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 Loren Miller on July 20, 2012 at 7:23am

So Jim Bakker is back at it, working his con yet again, eh?  "The more things change..."

Comment by Idaho Spud on July 20, 2012 at 7:14am

Joan, that's funny ("Carnival Hooker").  I never did like the looks of makeup, but Tammy made me look away before I lost my dinner.

Comment by Idaho Spud on July 20, 2012 at 7:11am

Some ex-cons deserve a second chance but not that one.  I certainly wouldn't hire him.

Comment by Pat on July 20, 2012 at 7:05am

@ The Flying Atheist - Think about this. If you were the manager of a Waffle House or Denny's, would you hire him? I sure as shit wouldn't!

Comment by Joan Denoo on July 20, 2012 at 3:08am

booklover, I'm glad my kids are all grown up and can carry on an intelligent conversation. But Oh! Dear! I remember those sophomoric years with humor now, but it has taken a while to be able to laugh. There is life after teenage children. 

As for feedback, you will be able to laugh at that, too. 

Comment by sk8eycat on July 20, 2012 at 2:30am

Eeeeek!  I had to click on that link, and you're right, I couldn't believe it, and I couldn't stop watching.  The new wife must be using Tammy Faye's leftover makeup.  But that SET!  I was half expecting them to discuss bass fishing...or do something like "Blue Collar Comedy."

It's a circus and a train wreck.  A circus train wreck.

LOL...made me think of Miss Velma and the Universal World Church in Los Angeles; the "mighty golden altar" looked like a steam calliope covered with glitter and cotton candy. (I think they bought out a prop house that was going out of business.) Here's a xmas special:

We used to watch them on Sunday mornings after all night parties; laughter is a great hangover cure.

Comment by Joan Denoo on July 20, 2012 at 2:28am

The Flying Atheist, Oh My Goodness! He is out of prison? He is back on TV? How gullible can people be?! And selling a solar generator? ... he must have grown a heart while in prison, concerned about people staying cool in a drought. Well, at least there will be sunlight, unless the dust bowl blanks out the light. His "new heart" really hasn't lost its lust for money. Does his new wife look like a carnival hooker?   

Comment by The Flying Atheist on July 20, 2012 at 1:26am

So....this past Monday night, I'm lying in bed in a hotel room in Tulsa, Oklahoma.  I'm flipping through the TV channels and what do I encounter? The Jim Bakker Show.  The Jim Bakker Show  Yes, that Jim Bakker, infamous sidekick of Tammy Faye from the PTL Club.  That slimy, little f**ker is out of prison and televangelizing with his new wife from Branson, Missouri to a new flock of brainless, gullible saps.  I couldn't stop watching.  It was like witnessing a combination three-ring circus and train wreck.  And......he's selling a $1,700 solar generator "for the Revelation Days ahead."  (According to Wikipedia he still owes the IRS about $6 million.)  I guess I can't blame a man for trying to make a living, but the thing that gets me is that people are willing to support and give money to a well-known scam artist and convicted criminal.  He should be working the counter at The Waffle House or washing dishes at Denny's to pay his bills.  

Comment by sk8eycat on July 20, 2012 at 1:20am

@ Steph & Ian:  Yes.  Exactly.  Polytheist pastor in a polyester suit.

Comment by Ian Mason on July 20, 2012 at 12:48am

Yes, that is funny, esp. as Yaweh, JC and Allah seem like gods that have been cobbled together from bits of earlier, polytheistic traditions.


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