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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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11 "unanswerable" questions for atheists - answered (Aron Ra)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Tom Sarbeck Jun 6. 1 Reply

If you spend any time around YouTube and have any history of looking at atheist material (or even theist material!), you will inevitably run into: "XX Questions Atheists Can't Answer."  These are occasionally followed by: "XX Questions Atheists…Continue

Tags: apologist, answer, questions, unanswerable, Aron Ra

worshipping narcissists (qualiasoup & theramintrees)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Idaho Spud Jun 3. 1 Reply

They're all around us: people who perceive the world as revolving around them and will go to considerable lengths to make it so: narcissists.  Such beings have been with humanity, I suspect, since humanity emerged from the gene pool.  Even worse,…Continue

Tags: narcissist, QualiaSoup, TheraminTrees

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

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Comment by Ian Mason on February 5, 2012 at 4:11am

Something I found. Just for fun.

Comment by sk8eycat on February 4, 2012 at 9:03pm

I've never met a rail attendant who didn't love his/her job, and I started travelling in 1957!  Back then all the car attendants and waiters had to be men, and most of them were black, at least in the USA. Now gender and color don't matter, but I havenever met anyone who worked the trains who wasn't cheerful, hospitable, helpful, just plain nice.  (Well, one conductor threatened to disconnect our car one night, but we were being pretty wild...trying to see how many of us could cram into an upper berth...if you've ever seen "Some Like it Hot."  It was kinda drunk out that night.  Heh!)

Comment by sk8eycat on February 4, 2012 at 8:13pm

Patricia, about 5 years ago I had a pile of illustrated brochures from Canada Rail, or whatever it's called, and the Jasper trip was one that appealed to me (I'd like to walk on a real glacier), but I really, really want to go to Churchill.  I've wanted to see the Northern Lights since I was about 4 or 5 years's a hunger...and I absolutely love riding trains.  I've taken the Coast Starlight to visit friends in Oregon and Washington about 5 times, and I'm always a little sad when I arrive at my destination.  I want to stay on the train forever.

I wish that, when I was younger, women had been allowed to work as car attendants, etc.  We weren't until the passenger service was taken over by Amtrak, but I would gladly have jumped at the chance to work on a passenger train when I was still physically able to do so.

One of my many ideas of "Heaven." 

Comment by sk8eycat on February 4, 2012 at 6:43pm

O, wow!  I love it!  But then I've wished I could afford to move to Canada for a long time.  And since I can't do that, my next fantasy is to take a long, long train trip from Los Angeles to Seattle, take the ferry from Seattle to Vancouver...get on another train in Vancouver and go to Winnipeg.  And biggest dream...Go by rail, of course, from Winnipeg to Churchill, spend enough time in Churchill to see the bears and the Aurora and freeze my...ummm, yes,  Then do the whole trip in reverse.  With my face glued to the windows the entire time.  (I might take a few thousand pictures, too.)

It would be even more wonderful to do it with a group of friends.


Comment by Natalie A Sera on February 3, 2012 at 2:24pm

But Steve, you left out the Jutes and the Vikings -- don't you think they'd be feeling sad about their cultures being neglected by their descendant, that is, if they were still ABLE to think?????

Comment by sk8eycat on February 3, 2012 at 1:33pm

@dr kellie: By Bastet!  I knew they were out there! And that techies were being paid by some secret agency to delete them!

Comment by sk8eycat on February 3, 2012 at 1:21pm

@The Flying Atheist

Here's a link I found when I searched "IMBOLC" yesterday:  and

A  friend sent me an e-mail that said "Happy IMBOLC" and nothing else, so I had to find out WTF she meant! Thank Whatever for search engines!

(We ought to have a holiday, or something, to celebrate the development of the first search engine! Ya think? I couldn't function without them.)

Comment by The Flying Atheist on February 3, 2012 at 12:48pm

From my antique postcard collection:

Comment by dr kellie on February 3, 2012 at 10:01am

I thought yall might like these photo-bombing space cats.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on February 3, 2012 at 9:48am

I didn't know there was a separate Celtic calendar!  What's the history of their New Year date?


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