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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 Burial Waltz

Started by Donatien Alphonse François. Last reply by Donatien Alphonse François on Wednesday. 4 Replies

Hi everyone,It was almost a half-century ago, at age 15 or so, that I encountered one of the more important influences in my life: a crazy group of poets/musicians who called themselves The Fugs.They had a huge impact on me in that, though raised in…Continue

Some William Blake to Ponder

Started by Donatien Alphonse François. Last reply by Donatien Alphonse François on Tuesday. 6 Replies

Hello all,I'm new here, and so hope this isn't old hat. But, I just had to point you toward a marvelous poem by William Blake in case you've never read it. Despite his sometimes heavily tinged biblical references in his other art and poetry, this…Continue

God's Not Dead - The Christian Persecution Complex (The Thinking Atheist)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Annie Willis Apr 20. 7 Replies

Doubtless most if not all of you have heard about that sorry piece of cinema known as God's Not Dead, and perhaps its sequel, cleverly entitled: God's Not Dead 2 (wow, how original!).  Personally, I have wasted neither time nor money on either,…Continue

Tags: God's Not Dead, patheos, Neil Carter, The Thinking Atheist, Seth Andrews

Confirmed: flagged by religious people for "bullying."

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Loren Miller Apr 19. 4 Replies

According to Seth Andrews @SethAndrewsTTA  Apr 16"Confirmed. TTA was flagged by religious people for "bullying." Apparently, criticism and skepticism = persecution. #GodHatesFacts"Others reported as "Flagged" and taken off line: @The Thinking…Continue

Tags: @SethAndrewsTTA, @morehead_sarah, @Matt_Dillahunty, @jteberhard, confirmed

The Value of Atheist Nexus ... and of Keeping Contact

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Joan Denoo Apr 17. 13 Replies

I don't know about you, but the last 24+ hours were VERY uncomfortable for me.  Why?  Because something I value a LOT, being Atheist Nexus and the people I care about on A|N were temporarily unavailable to me.  No, we're not Facebook; I don't think…Continue

Tags: maintenance, community, availability, Atheist Nexus

Atheist Pig STRIKES AGAIN!!!

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Qiana-Maieev Apr 5. 1 Reply

There's no getting around it, Atheist Pig is fast becoming my fave secular comic, and as evidence, I refer you to the following.  Jesus and Mo had better watch their respective asses, 'cuz they got a porker coming up on the outside, and I'm pretty…Continue

Tags: Atheist Pig

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Comment by Steph S. on July 19, 2011 at 9:42pm
Yes, please join us Sentient - we need more rational people here. : )
Comment by Daniel W on July 19, 2011 at 9:36pm
Im starting to feel left out for not living in Texas. Guess I'll have to move there.
Comment by Steph S. on July 19, 2011 at 9:29pm
Hey Kit!  Thanks for the Austin bumper sticker links.  : )
Comment by Julie Carter on July 19, 2011 at 9:17pm
And Kit, that's good news! More of us are coming out!

 

 

Is anyone in DFW (and its environs) a member of an atheist book group? I was just telling a friend of mine about Candace's bumper sticker (he has a t-shirt that says the same thing) and he mentioned that there are several groups on Meetup (we met in a book group on meetup), including an atheist book group.

 

 

Comment by Kit Blumenstein on July 19, 2011 at 9:14pm

Did any one see that last poll in NYTimes about the number of people that openly admit as atheist?  We my friends are now at 16% of the population and those are the ones "outed" as Dawkins would say. 

Yes, Gary we have a meetup group here in Denton as well.  Ages range from college freshmen to a few in their 70's - so maybe we are living at the buckle of the bible belt, we still have our voices.

Bumper sticker links: (for Austin)

http://www.zazzle.com/austin+bumperstickers

 

http://www.keepaustinweird.com/home.html

 

Comment by G Smith on July 19, 2011 at 8:52pm

I'm in Phoenix, AZ.  Through www.meetup.com I found the Phoenix Atheist Meetup Group.  We have a discussion site like this one, and about 1,070 members.  We have perhaps eight meetups a month at restaurants, bars, planetariums, etc., plus public service activities, such as park cleanups and food distribution centers for the poor/homeless.  

Comment by Kit Blumenstein on July 19, 2011 at 8:32pm
Dr kellie - hope springs eternal.  I have been working to organize a group in this area.  I am hoping for a good turn out on the 16th for the moveon meeting.
Comment by Julie Carter on July 19, 2011 at 8:28pm

Dr Kellie, that definitely is a conservative area! (Was it you who posted that San Angelo article about the exorcist? Ree-diculous.) At least you have some trees and hills and rivers! And it's not Houston!

 

I have been really surprised by how many Texans there are on this forum, though! Really glad, because I don't know a whole lot of atheists around me. I'm getting more and more vocal about it, and not really hiding it, but I'm definitely still in a tiny minority here in the bible belt!

Comment by dr kellie on July 19, 2011 at 7:56pm
Maybe yall haven't noticed, but I live 160 miles south of Dallas.  It doesn't get more conservative, except maybe east Texas.  We stick together and organize well because we have to.  We have a great group called Brazos Progressives.  It is not uncommon to have more than 50 people at potlucks, and more than that at other functions.  Of course, we are rife with professors and the like.  This town only has 90,000 people, so I think we are doing well.  So keep trying, everyone.  There are people out there!
Comment by Kit Blumenstein on July 19, 2011 at 7:49pm

What's this? More Texas atheists?  Oh my!  Sorry Candace - guess this old gal needs a spell checker.  i'm just north of Dallas in Denton County.

I think we talked about that before - Bedford is not that far either.

I've always liked Austin but liked even better before it got so very big.

 

 

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