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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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Bible Belt Atheist (New York Times)

Started by Loren Miller 14 hours ago. 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 The Flying Atheist on August 24, 2017 at 12:56pm

Bertold, that photo sickens me.  I just don't understand the mindset of such an activity.  

Comment by The Flying Atheist on August 24, 2017 at 12:54pm

Ian, I love the clickbait cartoon.  So true to life (unfortunately.)  

Randy, I haven't had any problems with tweet logos popping up.  I have Ad and pop-up blocker installed, so maybe that makes the difference for me.

The influence of fundamentalist religion on our politics and social issues is dreadfully scary.  Although most of this country is "religious," it's a relatively small number who hold such extreme views.  What's so troubling is that this group has an inordinate amount of influence and power, and they hold many positions in government.   

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on August 24, 2017 at 12:43pm

Dominion over the earth

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on August 24, 2017 at 11:39am

You're right Joan - it's a creepy word, so often used to justify trashing the only world we'll ever have.

Comment by Joan Denoo on August 24, 2017 at 11:20am

Bertold, In the late 1970s I read Genesis 1:26:

"And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth." (King James Version).

The word, dominion, jumped off the page into my consciousness and I looked at what happened throughout history because of this notion. I began to see the word often, and I paid attention to what it meant. 

We don't have to go back very far in history to know what happens to people who believe this doctrine and I shuddered at the thought. The U.S. history has examples of the abuse of religious beliefs in a country that is based on freedom of/from religion. 

Most states allow religious exemptions from child abuse and neglect...

Spiritual Abuse and Whitewashed Marriage

Quiverfull: Inside the Christian Patriarchy Movement

Breaking Their Will: Shedding Light on Religious Child Maltreatment

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on August 24, 2017 at 8:23am

Has anyone run into this website?

Theocracy Watch

Comment by Ian Mason on August 24, 2017 at 7:17am

http://minttheater.org/production/the-suitcase-under-the-bed/

Was out and about yesterday evening. Chinese food, cappuccino and cake and then theater. All excellent.

Comment by Ian Mason on August 24, 2017 at 7:15am

Yes, Randall, this is a solo trip.

One of my posts has disappeared, here and on FB. I don't know why.

Comment by Randall Smith on August 24, 2017 at 6:59am

I really feel sorry for all of you that can't walk. It's something I look forward to doing each day, whether it's golfing or just plain walking the country backroads. State parks are nice, but you have to pay to get in, and spending money just to walk doesn't appeal to me.

Ian, it sounds like you've had a wonderful time in the States. I can't remember--have you been by yourself?

And, I have a question. Every now and then, a "tweet" logo pops up in my comment box. I can't get rid of it. Has this happened to others? And how do I deal with it?

Comment by Idaho Spud on August 24, 2017 at 4:31am

Sorry to hear your walking is limited Plinius and Carl.

I enjoy walking in nature settings as well, but haven't done it for a long time as I live too far from nature to walk there.  I'm thinking I should stop being so cheap about driving my car to nature settings so I can walk there again.  It would get me more healthy exercise I need, as well as an extra emotional boost from the beauty of nature.

 

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