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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.

This group is not intended to compete with other groups on topics they cover but to "fill in the cracks." Whenever a discussion dwells at length on a topic for which there's an existing group, we urge you to provide members a link to that group to continue along their tangent.

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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

Guns: Both Sides Now (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Christina Scribner Apr 3. 3 Replies

Oh, NO!  The gun debate has gotten so heated that it has Betty Bowers, America's Best Christian, TALKING TO HERSELF!  Apparently, one of her has had a stroke or a serious breakdown in cognitive skills, as she does little more than parrot the NRA's…Continue

Tags: NRA, guns, America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers

how dogma pollutes discourse (qualiasoup & theramintrees)

Started by Loren Miller Apr 3. 0 Replies

"The Lord is our God; the Lord is One." "I am the Way, the Truth, and the Life; no one comes to the Father, but by Me." "There is no god but Allah, and Mohamed is his prophet." Assertions, taught as fact, but without any form of corroborative…Continue

Tags: dogma, QualiaSoup, TheraminTrees

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Comment by Ian Mason on March 14, 2018 at 2:45pm

'Æret vær hans minde'  Honoured be his memory. An expression that's used a lot in Denmark. I quite like it. Respectful, thoughtful and kind.

Comment by Patricia on March 14, 2018 at 2:39pm

I used the term once & felt like a hypocrite. I now say sad news & leave it at that.

Comment by Loren Miller on March 14, 2018 at 2:31pm

Remember
Impactful
Person

How's that work?

Comment by Idaho Spud on March 14, 2018 at 2:29pm

It sounds like a wish that is meaningless because the person is dead, and nothing will change that.

Comment by Idaho Spud on March 14, 2018 at 2:27pm

In reading comments about Stephen Hawking, as well as other dead atheists, I find a lot of RIP (Rest in Peace) comments from atheists.

That phrase bothers me a little because it came from religion.

Looking at it from an atheist point of view, the person can be thought of as being at peace because they no longer have any pain or problems, but are they resting?  I don't think so.

Forgetting that it came from religion, it still makes no sense to me because it sounds like a wish, and the "rest" part is questionable.

What are you peeps thoughts on RIP?

Comment by Randall Smith on March 14, 2018 at 7:43am

Tears welled up twice--upon hearing of Stephen Hawking's passing and seeing Ian's photo holding his grandson. A death and a birth.

Comment by Loren Miller on March 14, 2018 at 5:40am

I just saw the news about Stephen Hawking on my browser startup screen.  It's astonishing to think about what he contributed to our understanding of the reality around us, and how much more we now have a grasp of, thanks to him.

An immeasurable loss, for sure.

Comment by Ian Mason on March 14, 2018 at 5:16am

By an odd coincidence, the news of Stephen Hawking's death comes on Albert Einstein's birthday. I think SH was an innovator in his early years, did a great job for the public image of science and was an inspiration for many handicapped people. He did become somewhat arrogant in his later years though, as when he declared that 'philosophy is dead.'

Comment by Ian Mason on March 14, 2018 at 5:05am

Thank you, Joan. There will be stories, I promise. I'm still in a 'bouncy' mood and keep looking at the pictures.

Comment by Joan Denoo on March 13, 2018 at 11:48pm

Ian, your pride shows, and rightly so. Congratulations. I understand not wanting photos of children on social media, however, there is always room for some "Grandpa's Stories" and I look forward to reading them. 

Warm greetings to the new arrival. 

 

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