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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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Discussion Forum

AOC Flips the Religious Freedom Argument on Its Head (NowThis)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Loren Miller on Tuesday. 6 Replies

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez may not be an atheist, but as it comes to the issue of State / Church separation, she has just surprised the daylights out of me (most pleasantly!) with a very powerful statement she has recently made regarding the behavior…Continue

Tags: separation, religious freedom, church, State, AOC

Viruses Don't Watch FoxNews (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Grinning Cat Mar 12. 5 Replies

The above is the kind of headline which would likely send the Orange Nightmare into a royal hissy-fit ... but then, in addition to all the line-items outlined in the following video, viruses don't read, either!  Yes, I'm afraid that, once again,…Continue

Tags: virus, corona, Donald Trump, America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers

Secular and Reclaimed Winter Holiday Songs

Started by Grinning Cat. Last reply by Grinning Cat Mar 3. 43 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

#FakeChristians (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Patricia Feb 22. 1 Reply

Once again, America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers finds it necessary to saddle up and call the soi-disant Christians of the current era on their apparent lack of anything resembling behavior that the carpenter-turned-rabbi would find even remotely…Continue

Tags: Franklin Graham, Jerry Falwell, Jr., Donald Trump, America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers

Short Future Coronavirus World

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner Feb 15. 1 Reply

Recent Climate Models predict an equilibrium climate sensitivity as much as 40% higher, which means that we significantly less than a decade to avoid locking in catastrophic climate change.But who has the emotional resources to discuss our…Continue

Tags: existential threats, coronavirus pandemic, COVID-19

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

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Grinning Cat Jan 30. 44 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 Worrall Travel Rs - Roz and Russ on May 18, 2011 at 3:48am

Thanks for the invite to join.  My husband and I are pretty new to social networking via the computer.  We don't always have a good connection so our attendance here may be sporadic.  As I write this comment, I'm pretty sure most of you are sound asleep.

We live on our sailboat and are cruising around the world.  Right now we are in Fiji.  We are meeting all types of wonderful people, many of our cruising friends are non-theists. Here in Fiji, about 86% of the population are Christians, the rest Hindus and Muslims. 

 

It's become quite an art, "feeling our way" to non-theistic friendships.  It's so much easier when you know you're on a similar wave length.  Thanks for the opportunity.

Comment by El Solo Lobo on May 18, 2011 at 12:54am
Let's see if I can do a (semi-) proper intro. I'm 53, a diasbled truck driver with an implanted defibrillator, on disability. Was first a jehovah's Witness as a child, then mainstream Protestant for several years. Been atheist over 20 years. Am on second wife (not at the moment) but third marriage, no kids except for Tucker the Wonder Dog. I work extremely hard at being lazy and am quite proud of my accomplishments in this field. Loathe all sports, would rather watch paint dry or grass grow. Used to call myself (and be) an evangelical gnostic atheist, but when I realized being a religious believer had nothing to do with intelligence level, or looking at evidence or choice, I gave up the evangelical part...especially since it conflicted with my lazy aspects.
Comment by Pamela on May 17, 2011 at 7:33pm

Hi everyone!  I'm Pamela.  I'm vegan (yes, vegan atheist, imagine the tiny fraction of the population that is!)  I'm 40 years old, happily married and child-free by choice.  I've been atheist since my early twenties.  I became interested in fitness last year and enjoy lifting weights.  I'm also a health nut when it comes to nutrition.  I had to learn to cook when I became vegan three years ago and now I love it!  I have quite the vegan cookbook collection and like creating new dishes.

I spent 14 years in college and have way too many degrees.  But I am a cytotechnologist by trade.  I look at cells in a microscope looking for cancer.  It's like "Where's Waldo"....but with cancer cells!

Comment by Pansy on May 17, 2011 at 6:59pm

hello group, i'm pansy ( not my real name)...... i'm 40, married, with 3 kids. my oldest will be 21 in two weeks!  my 14 yr. old will be 15 in less than a month, and my daughter recently turned 11.     

i've  been an atheist for well over 20 years, but didn't verbalize to family until about 6 years ago.  as far as i know, no one cares, except my VERY xian sister. that's another  story.

i'm a stay at home mom, but need to find a job. i want to go back to school, but can't afford it right now.

i have two cats, which i love dearly, and a dog.......

my kids- which if you're ever in chat, you'll know i talk about constantly- are awesome!

i'm a detroit tiger, wings, and lions fan.

i love pizza and dr. pepper.

i have M.S. and get severe migraine headaches.

i drink two cups of coffee every morning and read at least an hour a day.

if you'd like to know anything else, ask!

glad to be here.

Comment by linda wagner on May 17, 2011 at 4:53pm

OK I will do an intro. I'm old(57). I have 5 grandkids. two daughter.32 & 23. I don't believe in god. I am also think that religion ruins EVERYTHING. I could be very militant if I was a better debater. I could go on and on. Do we all really want that.  Linda

 

Comment by dr kellie on May 17, 2011 at 1:52pm
Hey Solo Lobo.  Nice to see you again.
Comment by El Solo Lobo on May 17, 2011 at 12:39pm
Hi all. Please pardon my barging in, I just stumbled across the group and decided to check it out. Mind if I sit in?
Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on May 17, 2011 at 12:24pm
Hi, Linda Wagner. Please consider adding your 2 cents to the Introduce yourself discussion, to get started. :)
Comment by linda wagner on May 17, 2011 at 11:45am
OK here I am.
Comment by Patrick Moore on May 17, 2011 at 8:33am

I LOVE Greek yogurt!  Especially FAGE brand-and dripping in honey! (Or for that matter just about anything Greek dripping in honey! hehehe)

Oh-sorry!  I didn't mean to get sidetracked, but I am a bit of a foodie!  Allow me to introduce myself!  My name is Patrick Moore and I'm still fairly new to the Nexus-although I've already met quite a few interesting folks.  I'm divorced, have one child-a daughter (a red-headed one at that), named Abby, and I live in a town (Starke, Florida) where the general greeting is "Brutha (or Sista) have YOU found Jesus..." If this sounds familiar to you then you already know why I love being a part of the Nexus and why I'm so quick to pull up a chair at this table! 

I love animals-and have met a number of my most cherished furry aquaintances starving and near death.  Once in my home, they just become a part of the family-and spoiled rotten ones at that!  Oh well, I do anything for my kids, be they two or four legged.  I hardly ever complain.  The love they all bring me makes it all worthwhile.

Well let's see, did I mention that I love food! Oh yes-I think I did.  And playing the fiddle (not very well yet but I'm learning). Oh and there is also discussions concerning math and science and critical thinking-and darn near anyhing else you want to bring up (unless it's a copy of the Watchtower-oh who am I kidding, I'll discuss that too-I'm a fool for conversation and I really don't think that there exists that many things that cannot be discussed intelligently-except maybe the fall t.v. line-up this year!)

Cordially yours,

Patrick     

 

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