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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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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 Randall Smith on June 24, 2017 at 7:36am

My third daughter and her husband manage an organic vegetable farm (mine), in their 5th year ( Well, yesterday, they both broke down in my presence to say they can't pay their debts--to the bank(s), bills, even me. They were distraught.

I knew they were "overextended", but I didn't realize how much. Their income comes mainly from CSA customers and Indianapolis restaurant sales, the latter drastically cutting back on orders. They quit going to farmers markets because they thought they could make ends meet without them. Big mistake.

I offered to loan/give them a major chunk of money (6 digits) to "get them over the hump". They were reluctant, but ultimately resigned to accept. This is not the first time I've had to help them, but, hopefully, the last. Fortunately, I have the money.

I'm optimistic the farm will make it. They both work so hard. Usually, I stay out of their way--especially Nate (he's stubborn). I'm no farmer or even a businessman. But, I do know how to save money. So I'm going to submit my suggestions and recommendations in an attempt to save their livelihood (and my farm!).  Basically the message will be to downsize--"less is more". Spend half as much and save twice as much. I'm going to become their "manager", being less passive and more forceful. The loan will come with a caveat: "Listen to what I have to say!"

We'll see.

Comment by Chris on June 22, 2017 at 12:25am

I know I'm kookie because I don't follow  Abrihamic religions  that think/teach that  suffering is the way to redemption.

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on June 20, 2017 at 5:59pm

As Sister Teresa would tell you, the pain and misery aren't a bug, they're a feature.

Comment by Grinning Cat on June 20, 2017 at 5:37pm

Yup... and then they have to have an arbitrary rule about how you're not allowed to check out early 'cause the sky daddy doesn't like it -- even if it's his own mysterious plan that's causing you unremitting pain from a terminal disease.

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on June 20, 2017 at 4:11pm

Good points, GC. You touched on one of the core beliefs of the con, that life in "this vale of tears" means nothing compared to the life eternal to come, or as the preacher said it at a recent memorial service, "the never-ending feast." (Like, couldn't they do a little better than that?) Cozy how this gels so nicely with not caring about the environment, truth, justice or social issues.

Comment by Ian Mason on June 20, 2017 at 3:33pm

Weddings could be fun.

Comment by Joan Denoo on June 20, 2017 at 3:16pm

Carl, the wedding would not be one of my choices, either. However, I think it touches a place in people that reason does not. I don't need that place, and I know you don't either. I wonder if people who do not need the pomp and circumstance of the rituals need to connect with believers in a different way than I recognize? 

Some refuse to consider non-belief; 

some have social pressures that inhibit non-belief; 

some have fear of non-belief; 

some have anger directed toward those who do not believe; 

some have feelings of guilt and shame that impede non-belief; 

Some like living in the answer instead of living in the question. 

Another way of looking at strategy is to observe how a lack of belief in god can influence individuals' who feel anger, fear, guilt, and shame? 

Perhaps, not focusing on trying to persuade believers to consider non-belief, it might be helpful to focus on the problems belief create, i.e. work toward separation of church and state, keep religion out of public schools, challenge the voucher system for funding education, confront violence in the home with public exposure of abusers, especially if the abusers are religious leaders and teachers. 

Many non-believers have doubts themselves, or they feel fear what will happen if they let others know about their lack of belief in god. The social protocols of "Don't discuss religion or politics in polite society" seems juvenile to me. Any mature, adult, mentally healthy person should be able to take on these discussions without becoming a fool or a tyrant. 

The family and friends who know I am not a believer reacted in expected ways: anger, denial, delusions, fear, pleasure, and agreement. I have a kind of script to respond to these differences. 

My goal is to remain calm, confident, competent, non-defensive, honest, and  challenge them to think, ala A Manual for Creating Atheists by Peter Boghossian. I like his style and especially his sense of humor. Challenging believers can be stressful and it does not have to be grim. Play with ideas and have some fun!

Comment by Grinning Cat on June 20, 2017 at 2:03pm

Chris, I see the Abrahamic religions' story of Abraham being ready to murder his son BecauseGodSaidSo as a moral test which Abraham failed spectacularly. He might have instead responded "Hell no!" The God character failed as well, on a grander scale, not only for heartily approving of that blind obedience but also for creating the whole scenario in the first place!

(There are various interpretations trying to paint it in a better light, such as a demonstration that human sacrifice is wrong.) 

Carl also mentioned the related, too-common fundamentalist perception that "if it's martyrdom, if must be good and righteous." Many religions promise an afterlife in which everything will be set straight and made right, so real life doesn't count as much.

Successful religious worldviews seen as memeplexes, complexes of behaviors and ideas that replicate and spread from some human "hosts" to others, need not keep their hosts alive and healthy and thriving any more than necessary to keep spreading. They don't "care" about their hosts' well-being. (Or about anything else, not being conscious.)

I grew up with "The Binding of Isaac" as a story of virtue... had to vent.

Comment by Chris on June 20, 2017 at 3:09am
Comment by Ian Mason 47 minutes ago

Good one, Chris. The absurdity of blind obedience.

Another absurd thing: in the Greek Orthodox church, if a layman puts a foot into the priest's vestry the whole church has to be re-sanctified by the patriarch. If a woman puts her foot there, the church has to be re-sanctified TWICE.

I don't know much but find it impollite to put your foot in someones face.  Maybe that's why breaking glasses is traditiional in some marriage cerimonies.

Comment by Chris on June 20, 2017 at 2:48am

I agree with you The Flying Atheist  about  about the beauty of Film Nior.

Unfortunately, it' was the '50's  with black listing.


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