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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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11 "unanswerable" questions for atheists - answered (Aron Ra)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Tom Sarbeck Jun 6. 1 Reply

If you spend any time around YouTube and have any history of looking at atheist material (or even theist material!), you will inevitably run into: "XX Questions Atheists Can't Answer."  These are occasionally followed by: "XX Questions Atheists…Continue

Tags: apologist, answer, questions, unanswerable, Aron Ra

worshipping narcissists (qualiasoup & theramintrees)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Idaho Spud Jun 3. 1 Reply

They're all around us: people who perceive the world as revolving around them and will go to considerable lengths to make it so: narcissists.  Such beings have been with humanity, I suspect, since humanity emerged from the gene pool.  Even worse,…Continue

Tags: narcissist, QualiaSoup, TheraminTrees

Secular and Reclaimed Winter Holiday Songs

Started by Grinning Cat. Last reply by Grinning Cat May 2. 42 Replies

This is an appropriate day of the year for this subject...What are some of your favorite winter holiday songs?It would be especially good to share powerful new secular lyrics to tunes that have become associated with Christmas.…Continue

Tags: singing, lyrics, reclaimed, reclaiming, HumanLight

appropriating morality (TheraminTrees)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Joan Denoo May 1. 7 Replies

We've all heard the claim: "Human morality comes from god."  And we've all seen for ourselves what Yahweh's "morality" looks like, from condemnations of homosexuality and the treatment of women as chattel to inexplicable sanctions against the eating…Continue

Tags: morality, appropriating, TheraminTrees

Bible Belt Atheist (New York Times)

Started by Loren Miller Apr 19. 0 Replies

The following showed up in my YouTube feed this morning, and I decided to have a look.  Turns out, the New York Times has given us a reasonably even-handed look at a good friend of ours, being one Jerry DeWitt, former bible-thumper and now a pretty…Continue

Tags: Bible Belt, atheist, Jerry DeWitt

How would you respond?

Started by Christina Scribner. Last reply by Christina Scribner Apr 10. 5 Replies

So, this morning, I was at my local coffee shop as I am most weekdays between bus runs. I do the editing on my husband's books so I had my laptop with me. My wallpaper is a picture I found online sometime back of a double helix with the word atheist…Continue

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Comment by Ian Mason on September 23, 2017 at 2:45pm

Looks like a lovely day, Chris. Diverse in many different ways.

Comment by Patricia on September 23, 2017 at 2:22pm

Thanks Chris, will look forward to them.

Comment by Plinius on September 23, 2017 at 2:01pm

It was a beautiful day, Patricia, and I made some pics of the river for you. 

Diversity: 

there were Gayservatives - gay conservatives

old pinks - senior gays

some of the political parties sent gay delegations, but not the xian fundies 

gays from the police force

a big group of foreign students under a banner 'Out and abroad'

a religious group - their Tshirts said 'My god marries gays too'

A Humanist group

and at least one transgender!

Comment by Patricia on September 23, 2017 at 1:40pm

Looks like you also had a beautiful day for it as well, Chris (Plinius).

Comment by Thomas Murray on September 23, 2017 at 1:06pm

Plinius,

Are you sure there was diversity in your great march? You mean they actually had republicans, or white supremacist, or fundies , or even ISIS marching for enlightenment?

Comment by The Flying Atheist on September 23, 2017 at 11:21am

Love your photo, Plinius.  It's heartwarming when people gather together and celebrate the uniqueness and diversity of others.  It's beautiful and easy to do.  Which is why it's so damn frustrating when persons, groups, and governments suppress, and even criminalize, others for no good reason.   

Comment by Plinius on September 23, 2017 at 10:12am

My very first gay pride walk was very pleasant, we both felt great among all the diversity.

Comment by Chris on September 23, 2017 at 7:14am

Chris,

Electronic Dance Music (EDM)  with the repetitive digital Boom boom noise must be irritating to hear from your home.

I don't like EDM, or Arron Neville. Even if I did I would want to listen to it when I wanted to listen to it at the volume I chose.

I don't want to be subjected to any music, or noise for that matter in the ' comfort' of my home.

In the town I live there are numerous concerts that vibrate the floor of my house. The noise is inescapable. Closing windows and doors doesn't help.

I can choose not to listen to Aaron Neville, or EDM on this forum.

There is something fundamentally wrong with society when others think it's their right to make intrusive noise. 

I'm able to tolerate most music, or other noise for a couple of hours. The problem is as you  know dealing with the 'techno' every night until 2:00 PM or later - is it becomes wearing and a nuisance.

Sound ordinances don't cover the problem.  Cities and local governments won't enforce what limited noise ordinances they may have because it make money through taxes for the community.  

Noise seems to be common accepted behavior in society.

Complaints about invasive noise seems to be your problem for not getting with the program.

As a citizen subjected to noise - you are basically out of luck. 

I've been told that if I don't like the (Noise) from the 'public' concerts I should leave town.

Many people leave town because it's bothersome.

I live about 3/4 of a mile away from the four day Bottle Rock Concert.  It's unbelievable how rude the producers of the concert are to the local neighbors. Many here who work for the 'hospitality' industry, such as restaurants, hotels, and wineries say they 'enjoy' the concert.  That's likely because their jobs and income depends on it.

I thought it was neat that Ireland canceled Garth Brooks Concerts

http://www.cmt.com/news/1728971/garth-brooks-all-concerts-canceled-...

Comment by Idaho Spud on September 23, 2017 at 6:41am

I enjoy Aaron Neville's unique style of singing.

He can't compare to Linda Ronstadt, but few can.

Comment by Plinius on September 23, 2017 at 2:40am

No accounting for taste. I'm finished with techno, though - we got a big dose of it from the pub across the street, until 2 in the morning. It's a traditional local celebration, and we'll 'enjoy' it until Sunday night. 

 

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