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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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Secular and Reclaimed Winter Holiday Songs

Started by Grinning Cat. Last reply by Grinning Cat May 2. 42 Replies

This is an appropriate day of the year for this subject...What are some of your favorite winter holiday songs?It would be especially good to share powerful new secular lyrics to tunes that have become associated with Christmas.…Continue

Tags: singing, lyrics, reclaimed, reclaiming, HumanLight

appropriating morality (TheraminTrees)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Joan Denoo May 1. 7 Replies

We've all heard the claim: "Human morality comes from god."  And we've all seen for ourselves what Yahweh's "morality" looks like, from condemnations of homosexuality and the treatment of women as chattel to inexplicable sanctions against the eating…Continue

Tags: morality, appropriating, TheraminTrees

Bible Belt Atheist (New York Times)

Started by Loren Miller Apr 19. 0 Replies

The following showed up in my YouTube feed this morning, and I decided to have a look.  Turns out, the New York Times has given us a reasonably even-handed look at a good friend of ours, being one Jerry DeWitt, former bible-thumper and now a pretty…Continue

Tags: Bible Belt, atheist, Jerry DeWitt

How would you respond?

Started by Christina Scribner. Last reply by Christina Scribner Apr 10. 5 Replies

So, this morning, I was at my local coffee shop as I am most weekdays between bus runs. I do the editing on my husband's books so I had my laptop with me. My wallpaper is a picture I found online sometime back of a double helix with the word atheist…Continue

The Fake Christian Busybody Show (Andrew Bradley)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Plinius Apr 9. 1 Reply

It seems as though there was a Gay Pride parade in some town somewhere and a Christian commentator, herein known as The Activist Mommy, apparently got her panties so in a bunch about it that she had to fire up her video camera and record a…Continue

Tags: gay, pride, The Activist Mommy, Andrew Bradley, America's Best Christian

America Held Hostage: Day 436 (MisterDeity)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner Apr 9. 1 Reply

Now that Sinclair Broadcasting has stated their position regarding fake news and its threat to our democracy, Mister Deity's Brian Dalton has decided to throw his $0.02 worth in as well ... though I don't quite think his presentation was really what…Continue

Tags: fake news, Deity, Mister, Broadcasting, Sinclair

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Comment by Plinius on September 24, 2017 at 12:21am

Imagine how much better this world would be if there were actually a rapture.

Comment by Plinius on September 24, 2017 at 12:03am

Do tell us about your plans, Kathy. The north of Europe is a good place to live, but there's no place without problems. 

Comment by kathy: ky on September 23, 2017 at 11:34pm
Chris, fleeing is exactly what I'm doing. The area you live in sounds like such a wonderful open minded place that I think I would love it there. I don't eat much :) And coffee sounds wonderful.
Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on September 23, 2017 at 9:46pm

Thanks for the pictures of your march, Plinius. I would definitely take your boys next time.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on September 23, 2017 at 8:30pm

Thomas, I would definitely bring the kids.  I love seeing families and kids at these types of events.  I have a lot of respect for parents who are proactive at instilling good values in children in a participatory way.  Marches and rallies show them that in order to make change happen, you cannot sit on the sidelines.  

Supporting justice for all is for everyone, whatever your age.  Your boys, at ages 10 and 14, are certainly mature enough to understand the nuances of such causes.  Go for it!   

Comment by Thomas Murray on September 23, 2017 at 7:47pm

  Pilnius,

  The last time I went on a march was back in 1994  "Take Back the Night" in Washington D.C. at Dupont Circle. That was the only time I felt productive in a community effort to change and improve lives.

   Now there is another march that will happen on Sept 30th, "March for Black Women and the March for Racial Justice" in Washington D.C.

  The reason I am mentioning this now is I was sent an invitation to join this march. So is also I do have a question for anyone to answer, is it a good idea to bring my two boys, aged 10 and 14 on this march? and perhaps future marches? I believe this will expose them the value of community involvement and that individuals can feel part of the ever changing world.

Comment by Ian Mason on September 23, 2017 at 2:45pm

Looks like a lovely day, Chris. Diverse in many different ways.

Comment by Patricia on September 23, 2017 at 2:22pm

Thanks Chris, will look forward to them.

Comment by Plinius on September 23, 2017 at 2:01pm

It was a beautiful day, Patricia, and I made some pics of the river for you. 

Diversity: 

there were Gayservatives - gay conservatives

old pinks - senior gays

some of the political parties sent gay delegations, but not the xian fundies 

gays from the police force

a big group of foreign students under a banner 'Out and abroad'

a religious group - their Tshirts said 'My god marries gays too'

A Humanist group

and at least one transgender!

Comment by Patricia on September 23, 2017 at 1:40pm

Looks like you also had a beautiful day for it as well, Chris (Plinius).

 

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