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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 11 hours ago. 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 Randall Smith on December 23, 2015 at 7:30am

Daniel, I just read about your endoscopy results (cancer group), and that's great news! Really great news! Hope you're feeling good. Retirement is just around the corner!

Comment by Joan Denoo on December 22, 2015 at 6:32pm

Randy, I haven't sent cards for at least thirty years, probably more. My life was so hectic, trying to get the kids through puberty, keeping a roof over our heads and food on the table, I decided to cut out any and all stress-makers. Sending cards was one. We kept the big feasts and it was about that time that I blasted anything religious out of my life.  It was about the time I wrote "Toward a Theory of Family Violence: its Antecedents, Treatment, and Prevention" and "A Splendid Heresy: the Role of Religion in Maintaining and Perpetuating Family Violence". 

Comment by Joan Denoo on December 22, 2015 at 6:17pm

Ian, your part of the world seems to have come out from under the Ice Age at about the time as ours. Any traces of earlier civilizations were mostly swept away with the ice and then the floods. 

Ancient girl’s skeleton changes scientist’s mind on human migration

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on December 22, 2015 at 3:29pm

Your area sounded like a great place to live, until you described the MRSA pig slurry spraying, Ian. <face palm> It's greener than chemical fertilizer, but what's the carbon footprint of passers by getting MRSA? Saturnalia sounds like more fun than other Winter season celebrations. Locally there's no official HumanLight event this year. I don't much miss it, excepting for the music. Humanists tend toward boring lecture-like "celebrations".

There's plenty of benefits to mental health living "in country", Randall. But I prefer easy access to world class medical facilities from the Philly suburbs.

Love the LOL, Plinius! Those big eyes say so much.

Comment by Ian Mason on December 22, 2015 at 1:36pm

I do NOT like pig muck. Between a third and a half of pigs in Denmark have MRSA and spraying slurry everywhere seems like a good way to spread it. The last time I had a hospital appointment for a prostate exam, the first two questions were: 1) have you been to any 3rd world countries? and 2) do you live or work on a farm? Both are considered high risk and involve special precautions.

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on December 22, 2015 at 11:06am

Happy solstice, everyone!

Comment by Randall Smith on December 22, 2015 at 7:44am

There's a lot to be said of living "in the country" (as we say here), despite the pig manure odor. I wouldn't have it any other way.

Thanks for the solstice greetings. It's also my parent's 75th wedding anniversary--if they were still living. I miss them. 

One more thing. Every year, up to this one, I send out Christmas cards or emails, usually about two weeks before Christmas. Then people trickle back responses. This year I'm waiting to see if anyone does it to me first. So far, with 3 days to the 25th, I've heard from NOBODY! Perplexing.

Comment by Plinius on December 22, 2015 at 2:35am

Happy solstice to all of you!

I like your town very much, Ian! And pigs smell a lot better than cars!

Comment by Ian Mason on December 22, 2015 at 12:43am

Sorry, no ring-fort remains in reality. There is an old Viking cemetary a couple of miles away but that was only discovered a few years ago under arable fields. The area has been populated since the retreat of the glaciers about 10,000 years ago but the modern town is not much more than 200 years old, built around a village, a church and two watermills. There isn't much industry left now, just agriculture and a limited amount of turism. Most residents commute to the larger towns of Aarhus, Horsens and Skanderborg. It suits me as a place to live though. There are shops enough, a small cinema and a library. The countryside and woods are 15 minutes walk away and the coast only 5 miles. For theatre and concerts, I take the bus to Aarhus, a 40-minute ride. The only disadvantage is when the farmers spread pig slurry on the fields: it stinks. All in all, a pleasant place. As the Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy puts it, "mostly harmless."

Comment by Ian Mason on December 22, 2015 at 12:24am


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