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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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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

The Fake Christian Busybody Show (Andrew Bradley)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Plinius Apr 9. 1 Reply

It seems as though there was a Gay Pride parade in some town somewhere and a Christian commentator, herein known as The Activist Mommy, apparently got her panties so in a bunch about it that she had to fire up her video camera and record a…Continue

Tags: gay, pride, The Activist Mommy, Andrew Bradley, America's Best Christian

America Held Hostage: Day 436 (MisterDeity)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner Apr 9. 1 Reply

Now that Sinclair Broadcasting has stated their position regarding fake news and its threat to our democracy, Mister Deity's Brian Dalton has decided to throw his $0.02 worth in as well ... though I don't quite think his presentation was really what…Continue

Tags: fake news, Deity, Mister, Broadcasting, Sinclair

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Comment by Randall Smith on September 13, 2017 at 7:25am

Patricia, you have certainly enhanced A/N by returning to "the fold"! I'm so happy you decided to rejoin. Great photos.

And, Bertold, I love the list you posted!

Comment by Joan Denoo on September 13, 2017 at 1:08am

Bertold, excellent analysis. 

Comment by Patricia on September 12, 2017 at 11:53pm

Good list, Bertold!

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on September 12, 2017 at 11:48pm

Top Ten Signs You’re a Fundamentalist Christian

This post originally appeared at craigslist. 

  • 10 – You vigorously deny the existence of thousands of gods claimed by other religions, but feel outraged when someone denies the existence of yours.
  • 9 – You feel insulted and “dehumanized” when scientists say that people evolved from other life forms, but you have no problem with the Biblical claim that we were created from dirt.
  • 8 – You laugh at polytheists, but you have no problem believing in a Triune God.
  • 7 – Your face turns purple when you hear of the “atrocities” attributed to Allah, but you don’t even flinch when hearing about how God/Jehovah slaughtered all the babies of Egypt in “Exodus” and ordered the elimination of entire ethnic groups in “Joshua” including women, children, and trees!
  • 6 – You laugh at Hindu beliefs that deify humans, and Greek claims about gods sleeping with women, but you have no problem believing that the Holy Spirit impregnated Mary, who then gave birth to a man-god who got killed, came back to life and then ascended into the sky.
  • 5 – You are willing to spend your life looking for little loopholes in the scientifically established age of Earth (few billion years), but you find nothing wrong with believing dates recorded by Bronze Age tribesmen sitting in their tents and guessing that Earth is a few generations old.
  • 4 – You believe that the entire population of this planet with the exception of those who share your beliefs — though excluding those in all rival sects – will spend Eternity in an infinite Hell of Suffering. And yet consider your religion the most “tolerant” and “loving.”
  • 3 – While modern science, history, geology, biology, and physics have failed to convince you otherwise, some idiot rolling around on the floor speaking in “tongues” may be all the evidence you need to “prove” Christianity.
  • 2 – You define 0.01% as a “high success rate” when it comes to answered prayers. You consider that to be evidence that prayer works. And you think that the remaining 99.99% FAILURE was simply the will of God.
  • 1 – You actually know a lot less than many atheists and agnostics do about the Bible, Christianity, and church history – but still call yourself a Christian.
Comment by Patricia on September 12, 2017 at 10:22pm

Yes, there are many trails, along with a big one that follows the Fraser River.

Comment by Thomas Murray on September 12, 2017 at 10:04pm

Patricia,

What a great place to live! It looks like there could be bicycling trails all over (I used to ride bicycles as a major source of transportation).

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on September 12, 2017 at 4:25pm

Verry stylish, Ian. They look like they'd be equally efficacious for stomping.

Comment by Grinning Cat on September 12, 2017 at 3:10pm

Thanks for the photos, Patricia!

Bertold, I'll skip the kicking... but isn't there some magic latte or something that would turn the pastor atheist? :)

Comment by Patricia on September 12, 2017 at 3:06pm

This is the original photo before I cropped it to bring it in closer....

Comment by Patricia on September 12, 2017 at 3:01pm

Thomas,

I took that photo at dusk through my bedroom window, so its not the best. I didn't want to open the back door & spook him or likely wouldn't have gotten the pic. Plus.....the bedroom window was closer to him.

Yes, animal rescue has been & is going on all the time. We have sources of water everywhere here, so they don't have far to go to find it. Springs, creeks, & the whole lake is within walking distance of everyone in town.

Williams Lake

https://i.pinimg.com/736x/27/4f/f8/274ff8302890ab48b5cf85d95447ac03.jpg

Scout Island Sanctuary, in the lake itself.

Panoramio - Photo of Williams Lake, home of the famous ...

This is all within walking distance.

 

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