Hang With Friends

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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

This is a test Continue

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 on Tuesday. 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 Tammy S on June 1, 2012 at 10:08am

**HUGS** Thank you all for helping me enjoy my coffee every day!

Comment by Plinius on June 1, 2012 at 8:37am

BIG HUG for all of you!

Comment by Steph S. on June 1, 2012 at 8:23am
Hug an Atheist Day! How awesome!
So hugs to everyone!
Comment by Ian Mason on June 1, 2012 at 7:45am

And the blessings of the Great Teapot on you too.

It's Hug an Atheist day so BIG HUG to everyone out there.

Comment by Steph S. on June 1, 2012 at 6:51am

I think all of you are nice and very intelligent! 

Happy Friday peoples! 

Comment by sk8eycat on May 30, 2012 at 5:27pm

@booklover:  LOL  I don't think I'm particularly nice (I enjoy seeing greedy, arrogant, and/or self-righteous people fall on their a$$es ... publicly, for one thing.  I enjoy helping them do that even more.

But it's funny, for the past 30+ years I have gotten the same response when I tell someone I'm a hard-line atheist, "But?  But?  But, you're so NICE!"

WTF do they think we are?

Comment by Tony Carroll on May 30, 2012 at 3:05pm

I had 256, almost all posts from A/N. Wow! First time for me, since only been here 3 mos.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on May 30, 2012 at 2:19pm

@Sk8eycat.  Yes, me too.  I'm getting e-mail notices of postings here on A/N that are eight days old!!   This is not the first time either.  This problem seems to pop up every now and then.  It's frustrating. 

Comment by sk8eycat on May 30, 2012 at 12:37pm

booklover, I would LOVE to see your daughter win one of the FFRF scholarships!  Every single one that I've read over the years in Freethought Today has just blown me away!  I could never have written such intelligent essays when I was in high school; of course I was still breaking my butt trying to believe in Jeebus back then, so my brayne was only working at half-power at the time.

Ummmm...if I'm being too snoopy, just tell me to STFU, but you don't have Crohn's, do you?  I have had a couple of frieinds who had/have it, and it's a total mystery, as far as I know.  And miserable.  (One frieind died almost 20 years ago, but NOT of Crohn's...he was careless, and caught HIV/AIDS.  I still miss him dreadfully.)

Best wishes to you and your daughter!  Feel better, please!  If I owned a Thinking Cap, I would send it to her, but she probably doesn't need one.

Comment by Steph S. on May 30, 2012 at 9:21am
I get the Freethought Today paper I would love to see your daughter's essay there Booklover. That would be so cool!
How is everyone?

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