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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 7 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 November 26, 2015 at 7:38pm
Chris, that's a wonderful collage!
Comment by Plinius on November 26, 2015 at 6:36am

I'm old enough to fill in questionnaires about growing old. They asked me to do a collage and this is what I made:

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on November 25, 2015 at 10:33pm

While you guys are getting snow, we expect a high of 61°F tomorrow and 66°F Friday. Those roses are still OK. It was down to 28°F last night here in the burbs, but there they were. I think the south side of that building, facing a parking lot, is a micro-environment that saves up heat from the day.

Happy Turkey Day to all!

The honest political ad was cute.

Thanks for the Jimmy Cliff song, Joan. Bergen appreciated it. He's always liked the song. "Thank her for me", he says.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on November 25, 2015 at 9:52pm

Joan, I love the Thanksgiving holiday. I celebrate it like I do with Christmas, with my own values, meaning, and interpretation. No, I don't use the day to celebrate and glorify the genocide that occurred on this continent. I make the day "my own" and celebrate and reflect upon what I personally am thankful for. Plus, I really enjoy the "traditional" meal which, incidentally, is nothing like the actual food served by the Indians and Pilgrims.  

You can never go wrong with Carl Sagan. Great video!

Love the political ad, Bertold.

I hope you enjoy your low-key Thanksgiving, Randy. I don't blame you for not wanting to participate in a setting that makes you uncomfortable.

Comment by Grinning Cat on November 25, 2015 at 5:41pm

We need to reform the system, so that good candidates can get elected without spending big money (and large donors expecting access and favors).

Anyone know what public financing programs currently exist and how they're doing? It looks like there are a few state-level programs:

"In the clean elections programs offered only in Arizona, Connecticut, Maine, candidates are encouraged to collect small contributions... As an example... a candidate for state office in Arizona must raise $5 contributions from at least 200 people in order to qualify... In return, the state provides the candidate with public money in an amount equal to the expenditure limit....

The other type of public financing program, offered in states such as Florida and Hawaii, provide matching funds for candidates up to a certain amount." (Candidates who participate must abide by various contribution and spending limits.)

(info from National Conference of State Legislatures)

Maybe time to move this to a topic in Politics, Economics, and Religion?...

Comment by Pat on November 25, 2015 at 4:29pm
Great add Bertold. Rather than having politicians watch it, I would suggest thousands upon thousands of voters. Maybe then they would get their head out of their ass and realizing the con job they are being sold.
Comment by Loren Miller on November 25, 2015 at 1:33pm

I can think of a few politicians who could stand to see that commercial, Bertold ... a few thousand!

Comment by Grinning Cat on November 25, 2015 at 1:30pm

Joan, thanks for sharing that powerful video!

Comment by Grinning Cat on November 25, 2015 at 1:14pm

That's a truly honest political ad! “I’m Honest Gil Fulbright, and I approve of whatever my marketing team has put into this message.”

(It's worth watching to the very end.)

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on November 25, 2015 at 12:43pm
 

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