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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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The Most Hated Woman in America (The Thinking Atheist)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Gary S Apr 19. 7 Replies

Before Aron Ra and Matt Dillahunty, before Dawkins or Dennett or Harris or even Hitchens, there was Madalyn Murray O'Hair.  In the midst of an America where Christianity was being flaunted as a defense against the godless communists of the Soviet…Continue

Tags: Frank Zindler, The Thinking Atheist, Seth Andrews, Madalyn Murray O'Hair

Proud Dad is REALLY Proud Now!

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Todd Williams Apr 12. 16 Replies

As some of you may or may not know, my daughter is a television news producer, currently working in Nashville, Tennessee.  Her assignment is the morning news, which means she blasts herself up at umpti-ump in the morning to organize and prepare a…Continue

Tags: Emmy, news, television, daughter, dad

attacking ideas (TheraminTrees)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Grinning Cat Apr 4. 1 Reply

Attacking ideas is a considerable portion of what we as atheists do.  Why attack ideas?  Ideas earn attack when they don't serve people, not just us but those who adopt said ideas, mistakenly thinking that they have value when they don't.  Our…Continue

Tags: ideas, Islam, TheraminTrees

bending truth, or "We Can All Be Manipulated" (TheraminTrees)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Grinning Cat Apr 4. 40 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

The Playboy Interview: Richard Dawkins

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Loren Miller Mar 28. 16 Replies

I suppose it was the news that Playboy magazine was returning nudes to its pages after a year's hiatus that sufficiently perked my curiosity to check them out again.  I hadn't looked at Playboy since perhaps 2008, when I began to recognize that I…Continue

Tags: Richard Dawkins, Playboy

God's Annual Performance Review (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner Mar 19. 6 Replies

I don't know about you guys, but there wasn't a performance review I had in 30 years of field service that I didn't LOATHE.  It seems as though Betty Bowers, America's Best Christian, is up for turning the tables on the person you would expect would…Continue

Tags: review, performance, god, American's Best Christian, Betty Bowers

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Comment by Plinius on September 7, 2012 at 6:58am

Ha Sk8eycat, that sounds like a 'loving xtian husband' to me - the arrogance of those types! Small wonder that you didn't stomach the doormat-training! I got a doormat-training from my fundie parents - rebelled, of course, but later I had to unlearn quite a lot!

Comment by Tony Carroll on September 7, 2012 at 6:00am

Morning all. Hope you had a good nights sleep. Ready to head out to work. Will see ya'll later. Have a good day.

Comment by sk8eycat on September 7, 2012 at 4:04am

Chris, surprisingly, it wasn't painful at all.  By that time I was SO angry at him ...he was trying to control practically every move I made; where I went, who I talked to, even what I talked about.  And I was angry at myself for trying to be his doormat.  It was a relief.  Similar to the feeling years later when I finally got the 100-pound bag of buybull manure off my back.

Comment by Plinius on September 7, 2012 at 3:33am

Thanks for sharing Sk8eycat, I love escape stories! But it must have been painful to walk out.

Comment by sk8eycat on September 7, 2012 at 2:53am

Joan, may I Copy your "evolution" post, and e-mail it to some of my friends?  The Judeo/Christian myths are so outrageously unbelievable when you stand back and compare them to the simple logic of natural selection.  That was one of the main factors that turned off my efforts to believe about 50 years ago.  I just couldn't swallow the "Jesus" stories any more. 

I was also taking Catholic instruction at the time because I was engaged to a Catholic, and conversion was a condition for making the engagement official, and going ahead with the wedding.  I had never heard of unconditional love at that time. But I nearly gagged at the transubstantiation dogma..."drink my blood, eat my flesh"...ew...started thinking for myself for a change, and realized that he was trying to force me to be somebody I wasn't.  So I told him to marry somebody else, and never regretted it.

And I kept on reading and learning.  And having fun.

Comment by Plinius on September 7, 2012 at 1:02am

Good morning! I think that cat is very sensitive to touch; it cannot help its reaction, like we cannot when we are tickled. I've known cats who had to scratch or salivate when combed.  But it's a very funny video!

Rant away Steph! It's embarrassing how these people behave!

Comment by Joan Denoo on September 6, 2012 at 10:54pm
Comment by Steph S. on September 6, 2012 at 10:22pm
Sweet dreams to you Tony! And everyone here!
Have a good day at work tomorrow. Yeah it's nice in the mornings - soon fall will be here.
Comment by Tony Carroll on September 6, 2012 at 10:19pm

Going to bed now. Suppose to be 70 when I get up. Perfect weather to walk to work in, which I'm planning to do. Pleasant dreams, one and all.

Comment by Steph S. on September 6, 2012 at 8:50pm

Here is the video and you can see how angry the audience is and how the vote obviously did NOT pass.

http://www.realclearpolitics.com/video/2012/09/05/jerusalem_and_god...

 

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