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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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The Whole Bible in 30 Seconds (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Randy Hatly 9 hours ago. 15 Replies

Ever decide that you wanted to read the whole bible, cover to cover, only to realize half-way through Deuteronomy that the darn thing is industrial-strength BORING?!?  Well, never fear!  America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers, has done the Cliff's…Continue

Tags: bible, America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers

punishing doubt (TheraminTrees)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Joan Denoo on Tuesday. 2 Replies

If you are associated with religion and especially a fundamentalist religion, doubt is intolerable.  Certainty, however it may be achieved or imposed, becomes a necessary element, especially considering the utter dearth of any form of evidence or…Continue

Tags: religion, TheraminTrees, punish, doubt

A moment to relax and see the Earth from space; some how this comforts me.

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Qiana-Maieev on Sunday. 3 Replies

All the squabbles and struggles that I have do not compare with those of some others on this great planet. There are no boundary lines, no political arguments, no up or no down. What is, is. For right now, the scenes offer tranquility. Just the…Continue

Tags: and, wonder, awe, of, space

His Dark Materials and the Catholic Church

Started by Tonya R. Wheeler. Last reply by Plinius on Sunday. 27 Replies

I recently watched the movie, "The Golden Compass" and since I could not find the sequels, I read the books. I enjoyed them, and I will be reading the first one, Northern Lights, starting tomorrow, since it just arrived via inter-library…Continue

Tags: Fantasy, Catholic, Religion, Atheist, Pullman

Issues Atheist, Feminist, GLBTQ, Climate Change

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Joan Denoo Oct 6. 2 Replies

This is a test Continue

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

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Loren Miller Sep 29. 39 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

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Comment by Randall Smith on October 30, 2015 at 7:26am

That IS great news, Carl! Two weeks away.

Comment by Joan Denoo on October 30, 2015 at 1:02am

Carl, what grand news, plural newses! The colonoscopy gives you information based on reality and you can pursue the next challenge with confidence. 

Nov. 12! OH! How wonderful. I am so thrilled for you. You live with an eye on health, you have courage, you have good doctors and their staffs, and a supportive family with a courageous and generous sister. 

Please have a family member contact one of us to bring us up to date. And please choose a person who reads his or her A/N mail so we have the news quickly!

Comment by The Flying Atheist on October 30, 2015 at 12:57am

Ian, I couldn't agree with you more.  I'm struck by the courage shown by activists fighting for free expression and rational thinking among oppressive environments and superstitious communities.  These people often face life-threatening conditions, yet they bravely persevere.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on October 30, 2015 at 12:47am

Well, I had my first colonoscopy on Tuesday and the results couldn't be better.  I got a clean bill of health.  No polyps found.  And I don't need another colonoscopy for ten years!

But there's even better news.  Now that my colonoscopy has been completed and no irregularities found, I have the green light to proceed with my kidney transplant.  In fact, just today I was given an actual date for the surgery:  November 12.  I couldn't be happier. 

This has been a long wait, and at times it's so unbelievable what I have been through over the past year.  I'm looking forward to getting over this last bump and being able to enjoy 2016 as a much healthier person.   

Comment by Joan Denoo on October 30, 2015 at 12:42am

"BWAMBALE DEVELOPED A VISION in 2009 to create a community based organization under the name Kasese United Humanist Association to perform humanitarian work – to create jobs, battle injustices and improve lives – and to have the honor to serve the community from which he came. This organization attracted international attention among Humanists and atheists and now runs two school campuses, a free thought library, a plantation, botanical gardens, and is the driving force in bringing about the realization of BiZoHa orphanage - the world's first atheist orphanage."

"The children should be brought up in a way
that they think critically, analyze, discover and explore for themselves. They should also be brought up with love, care, compassion and morally upright.
— Bwambale Robert Musubaho, BiZoHa Humanist Orphanage"

Comment by Joan Denoo on October 30, 2015 at 12:36am

I hope this series of photos comes through. The countryside is beautiful. The mines and town is shabby, as one might expect.

Comment by Joan Denoo on October 30, 2015 at 12:29am
Comment by Joan Denoo on October 30, 2015 at 12:27am

If you have Google Earth you can find The Kasese Humanist Primary School (KHPS)

or try this:

Comment by Joan Denoo on October 30, 2015 at 12:23am


"Uganda is also home to the notorious Kill the Gays bill and, according to the BBC, the most dangerous places to live if you are gay. It’s a place where magazines can issue death sentences if you are outed as homosexual that are actually carried out. Much of it is the result of a quickly growing fundamentalist Christian presence.

But there is at least one beacon of knowledge and hope in this darkness in the form of a most extraordinary school.

The Kasese Humanist Primary School

The Kasese Humanist Primary School (KHPS) was founded in 2010 by Secular Humanist Bwambale Robert."

Comment by Joan Denoo on October 30, 2015 at 12:14am

Ian, I will try again to get the site to you. The projects at BiZoHa Campus in Uganda are exciting.


Muhokya, Kasese Province, Uganda.

The Kasese Humanist Primary School (KHPS)

Bwambale Robert's Page

"We are situated in Muhokya in the beautiful Rwenzori region of Kasese Province, Uganda.

"Our project was launched in February 2015 to provide a safe and nurturing environment for some of Uganda's most at-risk children, and to provide them with a high-quality science and reason based educational curriculum."


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