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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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Is Christianity Persecuted? (The Thinking Atheist)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Patricia on Friday. 7 Replies

Okay, gang ... when is the last time you saw Seth Andrews do an animated video on his YouTube channel?  Seems like donkey's years ago, don't it?  Well, apparently Jeff Sessions and his "religious liberty task force" got Seth's nelly up enough that…Continue

Tags: religious liberty task force, Donald Trump, Jeff Sessions, Seth Andrews, The Thinking Atheist

worshipping narcissists (qualiasoup & theramintrees)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner Aug 4. 2 Replies

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

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

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

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Comment by Donald R Barbera on May 20, 2011 at 7:10am
I just wanted to comment on the coming Rapture and say that I have done my share by setting up a filthy lucre recycling bin. That way those who are about to become the "dearly departed" can rest assurred that the evil of money isn't rubbing off on the greater community. Of course, I will be offering loans at the respected business discount of 22% compounded daily. Asides for that, I have waited impatiently for this day. At least the grounds will be clear for those of us without such understanding to gather it in peace!
Comment by Ian Mason on May 20, 2011 at 12:35am
Was at the theatre last night and saw "Tartuffe". There was a comment in the programme that put forward the opinion that a religious hypocrite/con-man like Tartuffe would not succeed in the U.S. if he was an immigrant. Any comments?
Comment by Lary9 on May 19, 2011 at 7:47pm
Semantics...semiotics...Semolina...it'll all be over on Saturday, May 21, 2011 anyway. Who cares? Anyone else going to an "End Of The World" masquerade party? My daughter's giving one for friends and I'm invited. I'm going as a Borgia Pope..
Comment by Heather Spoonheim on May 19, 2011 at 7:12pm
@Kate - LOL, I have a blog cued up for 6pm UTC+14 called Prophecy FAIL! to deal with just that.
Comment by Kate Henry on May 19, 2011 at 7:06pm
Have to share the front page of the Boston Phoenix I stumbled upon today:
Comment by deepthought42 on May 19, 2011 at 9:56am

Sail Roz, I live in a drinking town with a sailing problem (lol), so I'm jealous. :P

 

On the upside, I have a day off today! It's a miracle. ;)

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on May 18, 2011 at 7:03pm
ROFL, Larry9. But next time please put your hilarious links in a discussion, so they will be more accessible, and people's responses will "go with" the links instead of being separate bits on the comment wall (where nothing is really connected).
Comment by Lary9 on May 18, 2011 at 3:15pm
Comment by Lary9 on May 18, 2011 at 12:58pm
@El Solo Lobo~
Ironically, I too have pretensions of becoming one of the truly great practitioners of doing nothing. We are fortunate because many unnotable Zen masters have laid the non-extraordinary ground work for our avoidance of self-discipline. I've been trying to merge "sofas, sloth and sarcasm" into a new philosophical paradigm with much success over the long, unproductive years of my adult life. So it is with regret that I report, you are not without competition (though I hesitate to use that term since even the sound of it gives me the willies). Good luck. Let me know what you're not doing. I'll do the same.
Comment by Grace Fitzpatrick on May 18, 2011 at 12:04pm
Sail Roz, if I didn't get so sea sick, you're trip sounds absolutely heavenly.
 

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