Hang With Friends

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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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The Whole Bible in 30 Seconds (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Randy Hatly yesterday. 15 Replies

Ever decide that you wanted to read the whole bible, cover to cover, only to realize half-way through Deuteronomy that the darn thing is industrial-strength BORING?!?  Well, never fear!  America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers, has done the Cliff's…Continue

Tags: bible, America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers

punishing doubt (TheraminTrees)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Joan Denoo on Tuesday. 2 Replies

If you are associated with religion and especially a fundamentalist religion, doubt is intolerable.  Certainty, however it may be achieved or imposed, becomes a necessary element, especially considering the utter dearth of any form of evidence or…Continue

Tags: religion, TheraminTrees, punish, doubt

A moment to relax and see the Earth from space; some how this comforts me.

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Qiana-Maieev on Sunday. 3 Replies

All the squabbles and struggles that I have do not compare with those of some others on this great planet. There are no boundary lines, no political arguments, no up or no down. What is, is. For right now, the scenes offer tranquility. Just the…Continue

Tags: and, wonder, awe, of, space

His Dark Materials and the Catholic Church

Started by Tonya R. Wheeler. Last reply by Plinius on Sunday. 27 Replies

I recently watched the movie, "The Golden Compass" and since I could not find the sequels, I read the books. I enjoyed them, and I will be reading the first one, Northern Lights, starting tomorrow, since it just arrived via inter-library…Continue

Tags: Fantasy, Catholic, Religion, Atheist, Pullman

Issues Atheist, Feminist, GLBTQ, Climate Change

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Joan Denoo Oct 6. 2 Replies

This is a test Continue

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

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Loren Miller Sep 29. 39 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 Joan Denoo on August 14, 2015 at 12:07am

Old superstitions die hard, especially something as basic as left and right handedness. There are those who want to control others, and those who perceive others as fine, just the way they are. Oh! to live in a perfect world of eschewing control and valuing diversity. 

Comment by k.h. ky on August 13, 2015 at 11:56pm
My forty something year old niece is left handed. And only an old, fundie, g uncle said anything about breaking her of it.
One of my gdaughters is a lefty and now they sale left handed scissors for the little ones. And parents are strongly encouraged to get them.
Comment by k.h. ky on August 13, 2015 at 11:51pm
I've had Felaine on my mind. I remembered, at some point, that she wore a medic alert, DNA. Which I suppose explains, what seemed, her sudden death.
Thanks Carl for tracking her down.
And thanks Chris for letting us know why Patricia has been mia.
Comment by Plinius on August 13, 2015 at 2:28pm

My parents were protestant fundie, but they thought the devil was left-handed too.

When I was about 13 I hurt my left hand, they used it as an excuse to make me write right-handed. Was not a succes; I started to drop things, fall over and walk into walls, and when I switched to left again my handwriting was even more messed up. 

Don't do this to your children!

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on August 13, 2015 at 1:46pm

Not sure, but I've only ever heard of the Catholics doing it. They see the devil everywhere. 

Comment by The Flying Atheist on August 13, 2015 at 1:42pm

I always hate hearing those stories about left-handed kids being forced to write with their right hand.  That is just so f*cked up.  I think about all the unnecessary arguments, tears and punishments innocent kids had to endure.  My mother and my brother are both left-handed.  But none of us went to Catholic schools. 

Just curious, do/did other religious freaks besides the Catholics have that policy as well? 

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on August 13, 2015 at 12:45pm

I never knew of any problems that resulted.

Comment by Plinius on August 13, 2015 at 12:39pm

I found out later that you can get a lot of motor dysfunction if they force you to use the wrong hand. Did your granny have those?

Comment by Plinius on August 13, 2015 at 12:37pm

I was adamant that I couldn't write with my right hand. In the end I was allowed to write my way but I got no end of criticism and no help. My writing is just horrible, but if you have a pc who cares?  

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on August 13, 2015 at 11:43am

My grandmother was left-handed, but when she went to (Catholic) school they made her learn to write with her right hand because left-handedness was the work of the devil.


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