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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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Discussion Forum

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

The Fake Christian Busybody Show (Andrew Bradley)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Plinius Apr 9. 1 Reply

It seems as though there was a Gay Pride parade in some town somewhere and a Christian commentator, herein known as The Activist Mommy, apparently got her panties so in a bunch about it that she had to fire up her video camera and record a…Continue

Tags: gay, pride, The Activist Mommy, Andrew Bradley, America's Best Christian

America Held Hostage: Day 436 (MisterDeity)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner Apr 9. 1 Reply

Now that Sinclair Broadcasting has stated their position regarding fake news and its threat to our democracy, Mister Deity's Brian Dalton has decided to throw his $0.02 worth in as well ... though I don't quite think his presentation was really what…Continue

Tags: fake news, Deity, Mister, Broadcasting, Sinclair

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Comment by Thomas Murray on July 28, 2017 at 1:48pm

Thanks to all who answered about wearing the atheist logo apparel.

The Flying Atheist,

Is the "The Believing Brain" a good read?

Comment by The Flying Atheist on July 28, 2017 at 1:00pm

I've always loved June Foray's work.  She was a cast member on Stan Freberg's 1957 radio show, which is one of my favorites.  It was on for only one summer with fifteen episodes.  Great stuff!!

https://archive.org/details/stan_freberg_show

The Rocky and Bullwinkle cartoons are definitely on my top five list of all-time great cartoons.

Comment by Idaho Spud on July 28, 2017 at 8:21am

I remember all those voices of June Foray, but didn't know who did them.  However, I did know who Mel Blanc was.

Comment by Loren Miller on July 28, 2017 at 7:36am

We lost a giant yesterday, a giant in the world of voices: June Foray.  Being the cartoon nut that I am, I became aware of June a long time ago, seeing her credits on innumerable Warner Brothers cartoons, and of course as the voice of Rocky the Flying Squirrel and Natasha Fatale.  She and Mel Blanc were the queen and king of such voices back to World War II, and her voice credits on radio likely date back even further.

Certainly there are still women who do such work ... but how many do it exclusively, as she did, and are as successful?  None that I know of.  She will be missed, but I can't imagine she'll be forgotten, though, not as long as we have Rocky and Witch Hazel and Nell Fenwick and Granny and too many other characters to count.

Comment by Loren Miller on July 28, 2017 at 7:13am

Ummm, Joan?  How about:nope nope nope nope nope nope nope nope nope nope nope ... you get the picture, right!  [grin!]

Comment by Plinius on July 28, 2017 at 2:49am

'Those were the days' - such an earworm! It stays and jingles and irritates me. Apart from that, it's a very sad sentiment, longing after long past schooldays. Truth is - I've never been as happy, well-balanced and carefree as I am today. I really feel that I'm at the right side of sixty.

Do you long for past days?

Comment by Plinius on July 27, 2017 at 11:07pm

You remember right, Spud! No children, one cat and a transgender husband. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on July 27, 2017 at 2:28pm

Another way to rehearse responses to those who show you ill will is to take the Apostle's Creed and turn every sentence into a question, i.e. 

Do believe in God, the Father almighty,
      creator of heaven and earth?

Do you believe in Jesus Christ, his only Son, as Lord?
Do you believe Jesus was conceived by the Holy Spirit?    
Do you believe Jesus was born of the virgin Mary?
      Do you believe Jesus suffered under Pontius Pilate?
      Do you believe Jesus was crucified, died, and was buried?
      Do you believe Jesus descended to hell?
      Do you believe The third day Jesus rose again from the dead?
      Do you believe Jesus ascended to heaven?
      Do you believe Jesus is seated at the right hand of God the Father almighty?
      Do you believe Jesus will come to judge the living and the dead?

Do you believe  in the Holy Spirit?
     Do you believe your holy church?
      Do you believe the communion of saints?

      Do you believe the forgiveness of sins,
      Do you believe the resurrection of the body?
      Do you believe the life everlasting.?

Amen.

Do you believe yours is the true church of all times and all places?

Do you believe it is your job as a christian/muslim/religious person to judge me? 

Does your religion expect you to love?

Is it your responsibilty to judge me? 

Don't expect to use all of these same questions on the same person; just know these are things that I/we call into question. 

If the person asks you to defend your question, you are not the

one who scowled at them, it is their responsibility to answer you or not. 

If you don't answer their question, smile in a friendly manner and go about your business. It is they who judge you, not you judging them. 

Comment by Idaho Spud on July 27, 2017 at 2:17pm

It looks like Joan answered my question about the Purple Lady.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on July 27, 2017 at 2:15pm

I have a "The Thinking Atheist" t-shirt from Seth Andrews' podcast but it is now too small for me to wear (in public.)

A few years ago while on a work break, a co-worker saw me reading Michael Shermer's book, "The Believing Brain."  He struck up a conversation with me and then eventually asked, "Atheist?"  I said I was.  He admitted the same and we became friends.  

 

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