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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 kathy: ky on August 25, 2017 at 12:32am
Killing animals for sport is sick imo
Comment by The Flying Atheist on August 24, 2017 at 10:23pm

Ian, the movie trailer looks very interesting.  I'll be on the lookout for that film.  

It must have been nice for you to sit your bum down in a seat and relax to a movie.  I imagine you've been doing a crazy amount of walking this past week.  You'll probably need a few days of rest to recover when you get home!  :)

Comment by Ian Mason on August 24, 2017 at 9:26pm

Cinema this evening. 'Wind River', which I can recommend. Yes, it's a murder story but with a difference.

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt5362988/

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on August 24, 2017 at 1:26pm

I'm with you, Chris. The Trumpettes' idea of fun definitely isn't mine either. We're all in this together. I can understand killing animals if you're going to eat them, but not for sport. I don't think Li'l Donnie and Eric had the jaguar for dinner.

Comment by Plinius on August 24, 2017 at 1:07pm

Then you're not a dominion person, Carl. You don't want to be the boss, or stronger, more powerful or more whatever than another being. You probably see only a limited advantage in competition. 

All the better for us!

I had to learn Genesis 1:26 when I was in my parents' house, and I hated the dominion ideas. The joy of becoming atheist was the discovery that any living being on this planet was my equal - could be a friend. I still feel very strongly about hierarchy - I don't want to have a boss and I don't want to be a boss.

Comment by Joan Denoo on August 24, 2017 at 12:58pm

Bertold, thanks for the link to Theocracy Watch

As to abuse of religion, I didn't even begin with the historical evidence. However, we all have been acquainted with these stories: the Cruscades, the Inquisition, French Wars of Religion, "Christian Jihad: The Crusades and Killing in the Name of Christ" 

Is it not odd that the Puritans and Quakers fled England because of religious persecution and both groups came to the colonies to establish safe communities and governance according to their beliefs.

Puritans governed Massachusetts

Quaker West New Jersey: Democracy in 1677

How were Quakers and Puritans different?

Puritans believed in original sin, 

Quakers stressed original blessing. 

Puritans believed in the idea of predestination, 

Quakers believed that a person chose their own destination.

Puritans believed in communion and baptism, 

Quakers did not believe in sacraments.

Puritans believed that America needed to be a Christian state,

Quakers believed that there should be religious freedom for all.  Quakers also believed that the most important thing in state relations was nonviolence.

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.

 

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