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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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Afrodisiacs – African Aphrodisiacs

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Joan Denoo on Monday. 4 Replies

Am I so old and not know the definition of aphrodisiac, and its historical definition being based on Aphrodite, that her name came from the African drugs that Egyptians, Greeks, and Romans used for sexual enhancement? Dhu!  Aphrodite, ancient Greek…Continue

Tags: Africa, Lady, Victorian

Degrees of Doubt: The Claims and Credentials of Ravi Zacharias (The Thinking Atheist)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Chris May 17. 1 Reply

Anyone here ever run onto an apologist by the name of Ravi Zacharias?  I've seen his name dropped multiple times on YouTube as supposedly being THE ONE APOLOGIST that no atheist wants to cross swords with, because of his facility with christian…Continue

Tags: Ravi Zacharias, Steve Baughman, The Thinking Atheist, Seth Andrews

The Most Hated Woman in America (The Thinking Atheist)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Gary S Apr 19. 7 Replies

Before Aron Ra and Matt Dillahunty, before Dawkins or Dennett or Harris or even Hitchens, there was Madalyn Murray O'Hair.  In the midst of an America where Christianity was being flaunted as a defense against the godless communists of the Soviet…Continue

Tags: Frank Zindler, The Thinking Atheist, Seth Andrews, Madalyn Murray O'Hair

Proud Dad is REALLY Proud Now!

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Todd Williams Apr 12. 16 Replies

As some of you may or may not know, my daughter is a television news producer, currently working in Nashville, Tennessee.  Her assignment is the morning news, which means she blasts herself up at umpti-ump in the morning to organize and prepare a…Continue

Tags: Emmy, news, television, daughter, dad

attacking ideas (TheraminTrees)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Grinning Cat Apr 4. 1 Reply

Attacking ideas is a considerable portion of what we as atheists do.  Why attack ideas?  Ideas earn attack when they don't serve people, not just us but those who adopt said ideas, mistakenly thinking that they have value when they don't.  Our…Continue

Tags: ideas, Islam, TheraminTrees

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

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Grinning Cat Apr 4. 40 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 Ian Mason on May 31, 2016 at 2:27am

Got back from England yesterday. My stepmothers funeral went well. The 'old' vicar from our village came out of retirement for a day and did a very good job: a short service at the cremetorium with a lot of personal things. Everybody was satisfied. The bother started a couple of days later. Where there's a will there's a relative. I'll spare you the details but I'm glad I live the other side of the North sea.

Comment by Ian Mason on May 31, 2016 at 2:22am

Nice job, Daniel.

A rule of thumb I use with religious people is; I don't care what you believe, only what you do. If you cultivate religion for profit, turn a blind eye to the abuse of children and other followers, restrict access to education or in any way hinder reasonable progress or try to force your beliefs on others then you are WRONG. Of course this isn't valid every time and in every situation but it's a viable starting point.

Comment by Joan Denoo on May 30, 2016 at 10:00pm

Ruth and Qiana, you are right, ask believers about their hypocrisies. I think their humanitarian aid should include working to change the political structure that creates poverty and injustice. Starving and homeless people need food, shelter, water, and sanitation. 

Thanks for your insights. 

Comment by Daniel W on May 30, 2016 at 9:14pm

I can't handle LOL cat.  Each to their own.  My sense of humor is defective.

Comment by Joan Denoo on May 30, 2016 at 8:45pm

Daniel, your kitchen gets more attractive every time I see it.  You have done a beautiful job of remodeling your home.

Comment by Joan Denoo on May 30, 2016 at 8:43pm

As to the discussion about LOL Cat Bible, it is a total waste of time! I wondered why so many people were writing such crazy words and upon examination, made no sense. It is worse than psychobabble. I realize I am in a group pf people who love cats and I hope I get by with my heresy. 

Comment by Daniel W on May 30, 2016 at 7:52pm

Not wanting to detract from the religion conversation.  Just got to my computer that lets me upload pics, so here are the results of my projects last week. Today I did some adjustments.  These sun tunnels do brighten up the kitchen and dining room.  WIth getting older, more light is important.  These are the rooms where I spend the most time, even on-line.

OK, thanks!  Back to christian emojis.  And more christian emojis

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on May 30, 2016 at 3:39pm

Didn't know about the LOLcat Bible, thanks Loren.

I think we should shame religious politicians, but I'm not sure those are the best questions. I'd rather focus on their blatant hypocrisy, such as so called respect for life of fertilized eggs but not feeding starving actual children.

Comment by Joan Denoo on May 30, 2016 at 2:54pm

Should We Shame Religious Politicians? David Silverman Says Yes

Religions exist to control people and to siphon resources out of a community into the pockets of people who appear to be as greedy as the Pope, Queen, or developer. Furthermore, religions are not accountable for how they spend the money. Religious believe the stories written in their sacred books that only present outrageous stories as if they are true. 

If atheists don't make fun and induce shame, who will? If we want our government and our resources used in such a reckless way we have the means handed to us by the religious. 

"Do you believe there is a god?" 

"Are you convinced god impregnated a maiden?" 

"Can you prove that Jesus died and then rose up again and ascended into heaven?" 

"Do you believe it is loving to abandon mother, father, and family?"

"Does believing these things make them so?"

"With all the gods that exist throughout time and around the world how can you be sure you have the right god?" 

"Is it reasonable to take tithing money to build mega-churches, preach the "success gospel" and not work to end the suffering of the poor?"

These are not hard questions to ask, even as believers insist the holy books come directly from god; which god? We need to ask these and other questions about their beliefs and their financial distribution of money. We need to put a wall between religion and government. Religious dogma cannot be inserted into our Constitution or Executive, Legislative and Judicial branches of government. I certainly do not want the Bible or Quran used as a model for our laws. I don't want the  ancient scriptures of Hinduism, Buddhism, Jainism, Sikhism, Zoroastrianism and other eastern religions. The laws of the United States of America evolve out of a blending of all people to serve our purposes. 

We do not exist to serve superstitions, nor do we get guidance from 3rd World countries who serve a landowner, or dictator or warlord. 

My preference is to reason with religious people; when beliefs exist that are stronger to them than reason, then some other strategy can be used.  

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on May 30, 2016 at 2:31pm

Will there be disgust emoji's for the disgusting parts?

Perhaps the antitheist sites which show those should follow this example.

 

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