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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.

Nobody here is into mind games. A discussion started with a loaded guilt-throwing question will be deleted.

This group is not intended to compete with other groups on topics they cover but to "fill in the cracks." Whenever a discussion dwells at length on a topic for which there's an existing group, we urge you to provide members a link to that group to continue along their tangent.

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Bible Belt Atheist (New York Times)

Started by Loren Miller on Thursday. 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

Guns: Both Sides Now (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Christina Scribner Apr 3. 3 Replies

Oh, NO!  The gun debate has gotten so heated that it has Betty Bowers, America's Best Christian, TALKING TO HERSELF!  Apparently, one of her has had a stroke or a serious breakdown in cognitive skills, as she does little more than parrot the NRA's…Continue

Tags: NRA, guns, America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers

how dogma pollutes discourse (qualiasoup & theramintrees)

Started by Loren Miller Apr 3. 0 Replies

"The Lord is our God; the Lord is One." "I am the Way, the Truth, and the Life; no one comes to the Father, but by Me." "There is no god but Allah, and Mohamed is his prophet." Assertions, taught as fact, but without any form of corroborative…Continue

Tags: dogma, QualiaSoup, TheraminTrees

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Comment by Idaho Spud on July 4, 2017 at 1:42pm

Randy, I didn't know where Honduras was.  Had to look it up in Wikipedia.  They say the crime rate is scary.  

Comment by Ian Mason on July 4, 2017 at 1:05pm

Have a great time with the family, Randy.

Thomas, I think you express yourself well when you post here on AN.

Comment by Thomas Murray on July 4, 2017 at 10:26am

Ian,

A lot times it is a struggle to transfer an idea into English. I do know why it is difficult but I will not explain it here for the world to see. Thank you for showing me the way to do it with the MVA.

BTW..... At risk to look silly, but I do not get it with the placebo cartoon. Can anyone explain the gist of it?

Comment by Thomas Murray on July 4, 2017 at 10:15am

Wishing all of you a Merry Christmas on this 4th of July holiday!

Comment by Randall Smith on July 4, 2017 at 6:58am

It's happening: All four of my children, their spouses/girlfriend, and 6 grandchildren have gathered in one place for the week. While not as thrilled as their mother (my ex), I'm pretty happy about seeing all of them. They all get along so well together. Heck, I even get along with my ex!

One "bombshell": my second oldest daughter (age 41) is divorcing her abusive and pathetic (for many reasons) husband. It's about time. 

Despite my large house, nobody is staying with me. They're mostly at the farm (daughter # 3). My son's girlfriend seems nice, although certainly nothing that I expected.

I'm just hangin' around while they all do their thing together. I guess the word is "chillin". Suits me.

PS: Oldest daughter and family live in Honduras, second daughter and son live in Calif. Indiana is home base.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on July 3, 2017 at 10:13pm

Love that cartoon, Ian.

Comment by Ian Mason on July 3, 2017 at 2:29pm

Thomas, you're obviously articulate when you write here, why not write to the manager of the MVA? If that doesn't help, go higher up the chain. Stir things up! Ask questions!

Comment by Ian Mason on July 3, 2017 at 2:26pm

Comment by Thomas Murray on June 30, 2017 at 3:14pm

    Today I went to MVA (Motor Vehicle Administration) to take care of my vehicle registration. Lo and behold, A Trump supporter set up a booth with large signs supporting Trump and asking for peoples  signatures to get Congress to stop investigating Trump in his mishandling of Russia, voter frauds, and among other things.

  Because the booth is on state government property, this would imply to the ignorant crowd that the U.S. government favors Trump. I am assuming these guys already asked for permission to set up their booth there, otherwise they would have been told to do this elsewhere. Isn't this illegal?

 Anyways, when I go back to MVA on Monday, I'll hope deposit a note in the suggestion box pointing out the issue I have with this booth being on government property. The thing is , I am not a an effective writer nor have any idea about oratory skills. Or, perhaps set up my own booth (across from these guys)  listing all the lies, abuses, derogatory remarks Trump spewed forth from his ass.

Just a thought ruminating thru my head......

Comment by Idaho Spud on June 29, 2017 at 6:34am

May your hurt paw get better soon Joan.

 

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