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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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Are You a Patriot? (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by The Flying Atheist 8 minutes ago. 11 Replies

You might think that Betty Bowers, America's Best Christian, would be stepping outside of her comfort zone in tackling the concept of patriotism.  As it turns out, not only does she have a proper handle on the term and its implications, she also…Continue

Tags: patriot, America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers

We Don't Want Your (Atheist) Money! (The Thinking Atheist)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Grinning Cat 10 hours ago. 11 Replies

I suppose I've heard stories like this before:Conscientious atheist donates money to worthy cause.Worthy cause initially accepts money.Worthy cause discovers source of donation.Worthy cause rejects donation.Swell, eh?  Well Matt Willbourne of…Continue

Tags: American Baptist Churches Association, Murrow Indian Children's Home, The Thinking Atheist, Seth Andrews

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

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Grinning Cat on Monday. 24 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

Surreal, I haz it

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Idaho Spud Aug 14. 91 Replies

Surreal, not just found in art.Continue

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Wedding Haka - Subtitled & translated

Started by Joan Denoo Aug 13. 0 Replies

I ran across a video of a wedding in which a group of wedding guests celebrated with a performance of a traditional Māori ancestral war dance, called a Haka. It was intended for sons, however, the women have joined in a participation of…Continue

Tags: new, traditions., women, men, Haka

Onward (Unpaid) Christian Soldiers (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Chris G Aug 13. 1 Reply

Proselytizing in the military is a dirty little secret most radical christians would rather didn't get out.  Well, never let it be said that America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers, was ever a wallflower where a pit bull was needed!  In the following…Continue

Tags: Military Religious Freedom Foundation, MRFF, America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers

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Comment by Plinius on August 31, 2015 at 11:20am

Congrats, Randall! Miraculous to me: I couldn't hit a barn!

Comment by Idaho Spud on August 31, 2015 at 6:54am

Hex5, maybe you had a good influence on him.  I enjoy reading experiences and reports from fellow atheists that can still stand to enter churches, talk with theists, and watch debates.  I can't stand to do those things anymore, so I rely on you that can to keep me up-to-date.

Randall, a hole-in-one must be a good feeling.  I've never played golf.  Just batted the ball around once at a tiny beginners course.  It didn't have any long drives.  I could enjoy the game if I had the money, and the time.  There's just so many things I like to do, some never get done.

I came across this picture some time ago, and had to ask "Why so many crosses?"  She must be well and thoroughly indoctrinated.  Perhaps also desperate.

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on August 30, 2015 at 10:18pm

Interesting, Hex5.

Congrats, Randall.

Hope y'all had a good weekend.

Comment by Joan Denoo on August 30, 2015 at 3:37pm

Hex5, I truly enjoy a conversation with a believer in supernatural powers if they ask questions without hate in their eyes and if they answer my questions without being defensive. Sharing "This is how I see my world" makes for interesting conversations. 

Randy, you deserve to brag or to describe your experiences. I enjoy your comments even if I am not a golfer or a walker. Your hole in one sounds impressive to me even as I have never tried such an accomplishment. 

Comment by Ian Mason on August 30, 2015 at 2:55pm

Nice, Hex. Not all believers are fanatics, fortunately.

Well done, Randall. It's good to feel that effort is rewarded. Pat on the back.

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on August 30, 2015 at 2:44pm

Congrats, Randall - nice going!

Comment by Randall Smith on August 30, 2015 at 2:35pm

I rarely boast, or even talk, about my golfing expertise. But if I may, I'd like to say I had a hole-in-one last Friday (witnessed). Sadly, I never actually saw the ball go in the hole. We were facing the sun and "lost it". I thought it went over the green, looking there first. It was not a jump up and down moment. More of a "How about that!".  It's my fourth one, all coming during retirement. And, for the record, I have a 4 handicap, meaning I usually shoot between 70 and 75. My golf game has actually deteriated as I get older (I'm 72). And I have to use the senior tees (which shortens the yardage). I do not ride a cart. My pedometer averages 6 miles walking. Sorry if I'm boring you.

Comment by Hex5 on August 30, 2015 at 2:33pm
So i walked into a church today and and met a guy. I told him i used to be a fundamentalist but i left the church. The cool thing was he was interested in my points and recognized what i was saying. We had a very intelligent respectfull conversation. I was suprised the civility.
Comment by Joan Denoo on August 25, 2015 at 11:50pm

Loren, Thanks for this Enya moment!

Comment by Joan Denoo on August 25, 2015 at 11:47pm

Randy, you have every reason to be proud of your family. I am proud of them, too. 

 

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