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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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Alexa for Evangelicals! (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Patricia Oct 9. 1 Reply

Never let it be said that Mrs. Betty Bowers, America's Best Christian, is anything less than up to date with the state of the art as it comes to the modern household.  However, as a discriminating conservative Christian, Betty would never tolerate…Continue

Tags: digital assistant, America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers

New Rule: Church and Destroy (Real Time with Bill Maher - HBO)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Loren Miller Sep 30. 6 Replies

Bill Maher is an atheist [whoa, shock and amazement!].  He is also a dedicated opponent of Donald Trump and anyone who would support the man or his goals ... and that includes ol' Yahweh, himself!  As it turns out, there is a substantial correlation…Continue

Tags: Stalin, Mao, Hitler, New Rules, Donald Trump

concealing abuse (TheraminTrees)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner Sep 23. 3 Replies

We think of institutionalized child abuse and for many of us, the natural reaction is to think of the Catholic Church. Certainly, their guilt is beyond question, even as the headlines of the Boston Globe early in 2002 and the more recent news…Continue

Tags: Children of God, Jehovah's Witnesses, David Berg, child abuse, TheraminTrees

Liberal Redneck - Climate Change the Game (Trae Crowder)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner Sep 20. 2 Replies

Trae Crowder isn't just about atheism.  He has a deep and abiding concern about what's going on with this planet's climate and the all-too-probable catastrophe we face from a fundamental change in weather patterns.  That said, Trae is thinking about…Continue

Tags: climate change, Al Gore, Trae Crowder

Men who challenge men to stop violence

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Grinning Cat Aug 27. 20 Replies

Many men join in the effort to reduce violence against women and children and other men. He speaks of the need to place responsibility on men instead of focusing on women to stop violence. He offers a breath of fresh air, as do so many of the men on…Continue

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Comment by The Flying Atheist on September 26, 2017 at 12:12am

The Jehovah Witnesses who come door to door here are relatively young.  It's usually Spanish-speaking Latin-American women in their 30's and 40's. Sometimes they'll have teenage or college-age kids with them.  When I see those young people, my heart aches thinking about the horrible indoctrination they're going through, and if there's something I could do to save them.

I can't say I've ever been visited at the door by Mormons.  It's always the JW's.  Funny thing about the JW's.  They walk extremely slow, sauntering from place to place, seemingly wasting as much time as possible between door knocks.  I honestly think they hate having to perform such an excruciatingly horrible task as door-to-door evangelizing.  I really do feel sorry for them.  They've been so brainwashed.  

Comment by Ian Mason on September 25, 2017 at 10:22pm
Comment by Ian Mason on September 25, 2017 at 10:20pm

Thanks for the songs and pictures, friends. Really lovely.

Chris, my limited adult experience of churches has been that they provide a gathering place for groups of like-minded people. In my teen years I had a girlfriend whose family were 'High Church', sometimes called 'the Tory Party at prayer' and that was at least partly true. The church where my daughter was married, the 'English church' in Copenhagen used to be the place to go for British embassy staff who wanted to suck up to the ambassador for promotion. A lot of churches here in Denmark have a volunteer driver service to collect the elderly for that one day out a week. So yes, an alternative social service but also a gathering of like-minded to cultivate the idea that they are right, deserving and chosen.

I've also noticed that the Jehova's Witnesses who come knocking are quite old. Panic before closing time, I think.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on September 25, 2017 at 7:47pm

Joan, thanks for posting Eva Cassidy's rendition of Fields of Gold.  Beautifully sung!

Joan, with that post and with Randy's description below of farm duties in Autumntime, you both provoke lovely images of the season.

 

Comment by Joan Denoo on September 25, 2017 at 6:47pm

Eva Cassidy - Fields of Gold

Eva's life, cut short by that demon, cancer, sings these words that move me to sweet memories of a lost loved one. 

Comment by Thomas Murray on September 25, 2017 at 4:01pm

Plinius,

That church you went to sounds like a Universal Church.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on September 25, 2017 at 12:27pm

Comment by The Flying Atheist on September 25, 2017 at 12:22pm

Ian, thanks for posting such a beautiful song.  I'm reminded of another excellent song, "Autumn in New York."

These two versions are so wonderful, I had to post both.  

 

Comment by The Flying Atheist on September 25, 2017 at 12:10pm

An interesting experience, Plinius.  Yes, all of the church "teachings" are basic human courtesies we learn as children.  Church for these folks is probably just for self-validation and for the community.   

Comment by Plinius on September 25, 2017 at 11:51am

Yesterday I was in a church for the first time in many years, because I wanted to hear the transgender choir they had invited. Luca sings in the choir now - different popsongs etc. so the members can exercise their changing voices. 

It wasn't a fundie church at all, on the contrary, they were welcoming all sorts of people without judging them, and they had planned this special service in the Rotterdam gay pride weekend.

The church service struck me as strange; everyone was encouraged to be kind to other people, and not to judge them because god is the one who judges. Rather sweet. And all the time I was thinking why people must be encouraged to be kind - they could figure that out themselves I should think. The sermon was a strange lesson; do the right thing and god will smile. Very weak, I felt. Doing the right thing is its own reward, but that wasn't said because then it's too obvious that nobody needs a god.

The church members were very sweet and ready to put the lesson into practice during the coffee break, the chosen recipients of the kindness  were the choir members - but most of the church people had no idea what transgender is. So we reversed roles and told them a bit.  

Very sweet people, and within half an hour we saw that the church members were lonely people, held together by a few strong women who mothered them. It felt like a day care centre for elderly people. So we said goodbye with smiles and kind words, but I won't go back there before I need a day care centre...

 

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