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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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Men who challenge men to stop violence

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Idaho Spud Jan 9. 19 Replies

Many men join in the effort to reduce violence against women and children and other men. He speaks of the need to place responsibility on men instead of focusing on women to stop violence. He offers a breath of fresh air, as do so many of the men on…Continue

Ian, a beautiful New Years blessing.

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Chris Jan 5. 7 Replies

Ian, for some reason, my comment would not "send" on Hang with Friends; perhaps it will here!Ian, a beautiful New Years blessing. It goes in my file. I especially like the thought of surprising myself. Laura made a special trip to my Spokane home to…Continue

degrading love — part two (TheraminTrees)

Started by Loren Miller Jan 1. 0 Replies

TheraminTrees set up religion with his left in Part One of his treatise on how religion demeans and degrades the value of love.  Here in Part Two, he brings in a devastating, "Mike Tyson" right, which negates and invalidates any claim that either…Continue

Tags: Christianity, Islam, TheraminTrees, god, love

The Ark Encounter: A Less than Grand Opening (The Thinking Atheist)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Idaho Spud Dec 31, 2016. 27 Replies

The day finally arrived.  Ken Ham's Ark Encounter opened on 7 July, 2016 ... to something a bit less than Disney-sized crowds, and more than a couple dissenting voices!  Seth Andrews has gathered a quartet of significant participants in the protest…Continue

Tags: Tracey Moody, Dan Broadbent, Seth Andrews, David Silverman, AronRa

Learning a Language as a Mature Adult

Started by Daniel W. Last reply by Idaho Spud Dec 14, 2016. 27 Replies

Trying to keep my mind exercised, and not interested in most of the reading materials that I can find.I decided to attempt to learn a language.  Actually, two.  The dilemma is, how do I do that without going to school - not an option - and without…Continue

What Annoys God Most? (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Grinning Cat Dec 7, 2016. 10 Replies

Long story short, it's those near misses, the almost-but-not-quite, close but no cheroot moments, or, would you believe ... Near Death Experiences!  So what's the big deal?  Betty Bowers, America's BEST Christian and self-proclaimed expert on such…Continue

Tags: Near Death Experiences, America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers

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Comment by Joan Denoo on May 30, 2016 at 8:45pm

Daniel, your kitchen gets more attractive every time I see it.  You have done a beautiful job of remodeling your home.

Comment by Joan Denoo on May 30, 2016 at 8:43pm

As to the discussion about LOL Cat Bible, it is a total waste of time! I wondered why so many people were writing such crazy words and upon examination, made no sense. It is worse than psychobabble. I realize I am in a group pf people who love cats and I hope I get by with my heresy. 

Comment by Daniel W on May 30, 2016 at 7:52pm

Not wanting to detract from the religion conversation.  Just got to my computer that lets me upload pics, so here are the results of my projects last week. Today I did some adjustments.  These sun tunnels do brighten up the kitchen and dining room.  WIth getting older, more light is important.  These are the rooms where I spend the most time, even on-line.

OK, thanks!  Back to christian emojis.  And more christian emojis

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on May 30, 2016 at 3:39pm

Didn't know about the LOLcat Bible, thanks Loren.

I think we should shame religious politicians, but I'm not sure those are the best questions. I'd rather focus on their blatant hypocrisy, such as so called respect for life of fertilized eggs but not feeding starving actual children.

Comment by Joan Denoo on May 30, 2016 at 2:54pm

Should We Shame Religious Politicians? David Silverman Says Yes

Religions exist to control people and to siphon resources out of a community into the pockets of people who appear to be as greedy as the Pope, Queen, or developer. Furthermore, religions are not accountable for how they spend the money. Religious believe the stories written in their sacred books that only present outrageous stories as if they are true. 

If atheists don't make fun and induce shame, who will? If we want our government and our resources used in such a reckless way we have the means handed to us by the religious. 

"Do you believe there is a god?" 

"Are you convinced god impregnated a maiden?" 

"Can you prove that Jesus died and then rose up again and ascended into heaven?" 

"Do you believe it is loving to abandon mother, father, and family?"

"Does believing these things make them so?"

"With all the gods that exist throughout time and around the world how can you be sure you have the right god?" 

"Is it reasonable to take tithing money to build mega-churches, preach the "success gospel" and not work to end the suffering of the poor?"

These are not hard questions to ask, even as believers insist the holy books come directly from god; which god? We need to ask these and other questions about their beliefs and their financial distribution of money. We need to put a wall between religion and government. Religious dogma cannot be inserted into our Constitution or Executive, Legislative and Judicial branches of government. I certainly do not want the Bible or Quran used as a model for our laws. I don't want the  ancient scriptures of Hinduism, Buddhism, Jainism, Sikhism, Zoroastrianism and other eastern religions. The laws of the United States of America evolve out of a blending of all people to serve our purposes. 

We do not exist to serve superstitions, nor do we get guidance from 3rd World countries who serve a landowner, or dictator or warlord. 

My preference is to reason with religious people; when beliefs exist that are stronger to them than reason, then some other strategy can be used.  

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on May 30, 2016 at 2:31pm

Will there be disgust emoji's for the disgusting parts?

Perhaps the antitheist sites which show those should follow this example.

Comment by Loren Miller on May 30, 2016 at 12:55pm

Any chance that's offset by the LOL Cat Bible?

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on May 30, 2016 at 11:53am

Uh-oh - the opposition's upping its game!

Desperate Christians try luring millennials to faith with ’emoji’ B...
It's a holy book, it's $2.99 and it might just save religion among young people.

"Bible Emoji: Scripture 4 Millennials" was released Sunday in the iBooks store. It's exactly what it sounds like: an adaptation of the King James Version of the Bible using internet slang and emoji, the adorable emoticons frequently used in text messages and tweets. Translated over the past six months by a person who identifies himself or herself only as the sunglasses-guy emoji, the objective of the emoji Bible is to make the text more appealing to people of various backgrounds and age groups.

"[Emoji are] language-agnostic — they allow you to convey an idea to anyone, regardless of what language they speak,” the creator told the Memo exclusively. “A major goal of this whole process was to take a book that I think is very non-approachable to lay readers and try to make it more approachable by removing a lot of its density."

What they really need to do is remove the density of the Bible's readers.

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on May 29, 2016 at 11:49am

Daniel, I hear you on that 2 hour project actually taking 6 hours. The sun tunnels sound great.

Joan, that's such a cogent Paul LaClair quote. Thanks.

Comment by Loren Miller on May 29, 2016 at 7:48am

Joan, I think the short form of that is:

If you can't show it, you don't know it.
-- AronRa

 

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