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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.

Nobody here is into mind games. A discussion started with a loaded guilt-throwing question will be deleted.

This group is not intended to compete with other groups on topics they cover but to "fill in the cracks." Whenever a discussion dwells at length on a topic for which there's an existing group, we urge you to provide members a link to that group to continue along their tangent.

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Please start a discussion to share stories, photos, and videos. Replies will pop up in your "latest activity" and a conversation can develop from the feelings and thoughts you contributed. Groups are built on discussions.

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Degrees of Doubt: The Claims and Credentials of Ravi Zacharias (The Thinking Atheist)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Chris May 17. 1 Reply

Anyone here ever run onto an apologist by the name of Ravi Zacharias?  I've seen his name dropped multiple times on YouTube as supposedly being THE ONE APOLOGIST that no atheist wants to cross swords with, because of his facility with christian…Continue

Tags: Ravi Zacharias, Steve Baughman, The Thinking Atheist, Seth Andrews

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

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Comment by Nayr Namel on September 7, 2012 at 8:25pm
lol it would need to be more powerful than that lol for some reason "three cheers" reminds me of that old spungbob episode
Comment by sk8eycat on September 7, 2012 at 4:57pm

ryan, I think we're all laughing at the pics right now.  Great way to start the weekend (I absolutely adore the Atheist Kitten! I wanna cuddle him/her).

As for my own self, I'm re-reading my collection of Anne McCaffrey's godless "Dragonriders" books.  I've had it up to here with all the political god-blessing everything in sight.  Why can't one person have the backbone to end a speech with something like, "Three Cheers for US!" ????

Srsly.

Comment by Nayr Namel on September 7, 2012 at 4:34pm
HELLOS EVERYBODY..................... whats happening lol
Comment by Derek Bly on September 7, 2012 at 4:20pm

Patricia, I want one of those to hang from the mirror in my minivan.

Comment by Idaho Spud on September 7, 2012 at 4:03pm

sk8ecat, I like your line about getting the 100 lb bag of buybull manure off your back.  I'm going to remember that.

Comment by Derek Bly on September 7, 2012 at 3:28pm

Hi Ruth. I'd say it's been a few years since I became a truly born-again atheist. I clung to a few things, New Thought ideas mostly, and the UUF for awhile. With the New Thought, I followed Religious Science International's Ernest Holmes teachings. Then Unity Church. 

Right after the Haiti quake, some folks on a Unity radio show were talking about how negative thoughts brought on by physical hardships of those in Haiti may have caused the quake. I contacted them to talk about plate tectonics. They didn't get. I left. Too much voodoo!

Unitarian Universalism was a welcoming thing. Very open to personal discovery. Rich history. But for sometime I'd been thinking I was using it as a crutch . . . a place to socialize. A few weeks ago the theme for the coming months was determined. The general focus was on what happens after we die.

I'm very confident that I know the answer. Trying to find a comforting spiritual answer just wasn't part of my needs or beliefs. That's when I decided enough was enough.

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on September 7, 2012 at 2:58pm

Thanks, Flying Atheist. Yes, our Hang With community is a great way to be connected no matter where you are.

So, Derek Bly, are you saying that you just became a "born again" atheist this week? I'd be uncomfortable especially with astrology in my social group. Some versions of spirituality completely leave out ghosts, so those wouldn't bother me. Welcome here! We're happy to have you  aboard.

Comment by Derek Bly on September 7, 2012 at 1:13pm

Thanks, Melinda. And thanks for the 'Friend' request!

Comment by Derek Bly on September 7, 2012 at 10:22am

It's a fabulous Friday here in sunny southern Alberta! I'm at work, looking forward to a great weekend with temps in the high 20s. That's celsius, of course!

This was a big week for me. My 'spiritual' journey of the past 30 years took a huge step forward. I've gone full circle from being an out-and-out atheist, through fundie Christianity, liberal Christianity, New Thought, Unitarian Universalism to being a born-again atheist. A few days ago, I advised the wonderful people at our UU Fellowship that I would not be attending any longer.

I appreciate their approach to seeking the truth and leaving it up to the individual to determine what that may be. Their openness and acceptance of anyone and everyone is refreshing. But most still have some kind of belief in spirituality. Some are pantheists. Some follow wiccan practices. Some are into astrology.

Me? I find wonder and beauty in science and the natural world. My attendance at the UUF had come down to being one of social connection. I've faced that and realized I didn't subscribe to any of the beliefs expressed at each meeting. So, here I am . . . a happy atheist who say I am a secular humanist.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on September 7, 2012 at 9:33am

Good morning to everyone.  I haven't said it before, but I have the same sentiments expressed by Melinda (booklover) yesterday.  I really enjoy getting up in the morning, drinking my coffee, and catching up on all the comments from all the wonderful people here.  Since I travel for a living, I'm gone for a few days at a time.  That's why I pop in and out.  But I ALWAYS enjoy catching up with the goings-on.  Thanks for all the photos, videos, jokes, comments and rants.....I enjoy them all.     

 

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