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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.

Nobody here is into mind games. A discussion started with a loaded guilt-throwing question will be deleted.

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The Most Hated Woman in America (The Thinking Atheist)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Gary S Apr 19. 7 Replies

Before Aron Ra and Matt Dillahunty, before Dawkins or Dennett or Harris or even Hitchens, there was Madalyn Murray O'Hair.  In the midst of an America where Christianity was being flaunted as a defense against the godless communists of the Soviet…Continue

Tags: Frank Zindler, The Thinking Atheist, Seth Andrews, Madalyn Murray O'Hair

Proud Dad is REALLY Proud Now!

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Todd Williams Apr 12. 16 Replies

As some of you may or may not know, my daughter is a television news producer, currently working in Nashville, Tennessee.  Her assignment is the morning news, which means she blasts herself up at umpti-ump in the morning to organize and prepare a…Continue

Tags: Emmy, news, television, daughter, dad

attacking ideas (TheraminTrees)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Grinning Cat Apr 4. 1 Reply

Attacking ideas is a considerable portion of what we as atheists do.  Why attack ideas?  Ideas earn attack when they don't serve people, not just us but those who adopt said ideas, mistakenly thinking that they have value when they don't.  Our…Continue

Tags: ideas, Islam, TheraminTrees

bending truth, or "We Can All Be Manipulated" (TheraminTrees)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Grinning Cat Apr 4. 40 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

The Playboy Interview: Richard Dawkins

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Loren Miller Mar 28. 16 Replies

I suppose it was the news that Playboy magazine was returning nudes to its pages after a year's hiatus that sufficiently perked my curiosity to check them out again.  I hadn't looked at Playboy since perhaps 2008, when I began to recognize that I…Continue

Tags: Richard Dawkins, Playboy

God's Annual Performance Review (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner Mar 19. 6 Replies

I don't know about you guys, but there wasn't a performance review I had in 30 years of field service that I didn't LOATHE.  It seems as though Betty Bowers, America's Best Christian, is up for turning the tables on the person you would expect would…Continue

Tags: review, performance, god, American's Best Christian, Betty Bowers

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Comment by The Flying Atheist on September 1, 2016 at 12:16am

Daniel, I have to laugh.  I still have your cell phone number that you gave me years ago.  You're not the only Daniel I know, and I never knew your last name.  So, I have you listed in my phone directory as Daniel Washington.

Comment by Plinius on September 1, 2016 at 12:15am

Such a lot of news when I'm busy! Sorry that we've lost Pat! It's good to think of ways to find each other - I think Loren has my e-mail. And when I'm tired I play stupid games on Facebook, using the name Selena Challoner. After the disappearance of Felaine and now Pat, I want to be found by the people I choose.

Glad you survived your course, Ian! It's disconcerting to see how people make a mess of their own life and other's lives.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on August 31, 2016 at 11:35pm

I hope we're wrong about Pat, but it's obviously strange that he disapeared from here without any trace.  His profile is still here.  I remember well in the "Food" group when he posted a photo of his very sizable and impressive cast iron cooking pan collection.  He was very passionate about food.   

Kathy, I'm thinking about you while you wait for test results.  I know how that is.....nerve–racking. 

Ian, what a loathsome experience.  At least the extramarital affair was between two adults.  My first year high school biology teacher managed to impregnate one of my classmates.  He was a young, newly married guy in his first year of teaching.  He wasn't back the next year.  And of course this was at my Lutheran high school.  Religion classes, chapel every Wednesday, etc. 

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on August 31, 2016 at 10:31pm

Glad you weathered the storm, Ian. Also glad to know we here in the States don't have a monopoly on the level of professionalism you described.

Comment by Ian Mason on August 31, 2016 at 10:22pm

8 days of short, intensive courses finished. I now know a very little about: warehouse layout, ordering and despatch of goods and Microsoft Navision, which I found to be a minefield. I'm glad it's all over.
The teacher was an idiot. He took an instant dislike to 2 people in the group and showed it AND took too much of a liking to one of the women, leading to a poorly-hidden affair. Him a married man with small children!

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on August 31, 2016 at 9:44pm

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on August 31, 2016 at 9:43pm

Putting this here since it doesn't quite fit in Atheist humor.

Though they murdered six million
In the ovens they fried
The Germans now too
Have God on their side

--Bob Dylan

[Buckle translation: God with us]

Comment by Joan Denoo on August 31, 2016 at 3:22pm

I used Search Google by image and learned this: 

 plaza de la revolución "Revolution Square" is a municipality (or borough) and a square in Havana, Cuba.

That is as far as I could go.

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on August 31, 2016 at 2:43pm

I really miss Pat as well. He brought a wonderfully sardonic sense of humor and a magnificent way with words to us all.

Comment by Daniel W on August 31, 2016 at 2:34pm
Joan, Im not related to the guy in New Jersey and probably not to the German one. There is probably a remote historic connection to the Rhine Valley wine country village of the same name. The family lore was, they emigrated from Baden after a priest, my ancestor's brother, told the local baron that my ancestor killed one of his deer. There may be no truth in that at all.

Glad I've been saying Denoo correctly. that is also a distinctive name.

Kathy, there is nothing wrong, and often a lot of good, in discretion. It gives a place to express what we need to express, and otherwise could not.
it helps us feel more safe.

I hope Im wrong about Pat, and he resurfaces.
i really liked him too.
 

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