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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.

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

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Loren Miller yesterday. 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

punishing doubt (TheraminTrees)

Started by Loren Miller Sep 6. 0 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

We Don't Want Your (Atheist) Money! (The Thinking Atheist)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Idaho Spud Sep 2. 17 Replies

I suppose I've heard stories like this before:Conscientious atheist donates money to worthy cause.Worthy cause initially accepts money.Worthy cause discovers source of donation.Worthy cause rejects donation.Swell, eh?  Well Matt Willbourne of…Continue

Tags: American Baptist Churches Association, Murrow Indian Children's Home, The Thinking Atheist, Seth Andrews

The Whole Bible in 30 Seconds (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Randy Hatly Sep 2. 3 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

Are You a Patriot? (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Chris G Aug 29. 22 Replies

You might think that Betty Bowers, America's Best Christian, would be stepping outside of her comfort zone in tackling the concept of patriotism.  As it turns out, not only does she have a proper handle on the term and its implications, she also…Continue

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

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Comment by The Flying Atheist on September 1, 2016 at 12:16am

Daniel, I have to laugh.  I still have your cell phone number that you gave me years ago.  You're not the only Daniel I know, and I never knew your last name.  So, I have you listed in my phone directory as Daniel Washington.

Comment by Plinius on September 1, 2016 at 12:15am

Such a lot of news when I'm busy! Sorry that we've lost Pat! It's good to think of ways to find each other - I think Loren has my e-mail. And when I'm tired I play stupid games on Facebook, using the name Selena Challoner. After the disappearance of Felaine and now Pat, I want to be found by the people I choose.

Glad you survived your course, Ian! It's disconcerting to see how people make a mess of their own life and other's lives.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on August 31, 2016 at 11:35pm

I hope we're wrong about Pat, but it's obviously strange that he disapeared from here without any trace.  His profile is still here.  I remember well in the "Food" group when he posted a photo of his very sizable and impressive cast iron cooking pan collection.  He was very passionate about food.   

Kathy, I'm thinking about you while you wait for test results.  I know how that is.....nerve–racking. 

Ian, what a loathsome experience.  At least the extramarital affair was between two adults.  My first year high school biology teacher managed to impregnate one of my classmates.  He was a young, newly married guy in his first year of teaching.  He wasn't back the next year.  And of course this was at my Lutheran high school.  Religion classes, chapel every Wednesday, etc. 

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on August 31, 2016 at 10:31pm

Glad you weathered the storm, Ian. Also glad to know we here in the States don't have a monopoly on the level of professionalism you described.

Comment by Ian Mason on August 31, 2016 at 10:22pm

8 days of short, intensive courses finished. I now know a very little about: warehouse layout, ordering and despatch of goods and Microsoft Navision, which I found to be a minefield. I'm glad it's all over.
The teacher was an idiot. He took an instant dislike to 2 people in the group and showed it AND took too much of a liking to one of the women, leading to a poorly-hidden affair. Him a married man with small children!

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on August 31, 2016 at 9:44pm

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on August 31, 2016 at 9:43pm

Putting this here since it doesn't quite fit in Atheist humor.

Though they murdered six million
In the ovens they fried
The Germans now too
Have God on their side

--Bob Dylan

[Buckle translation: God with us]

Comment by Qiana-Maieev on August 31, 2016 at 3:32pm

Has anyone who knows where this Pat lives, looked up obituaries with Pat, Patrick, etc., in the names?

Comment by Joan Denoo on August 31, 2016 at 3:22pm

I used Search Google by image and learned this: 

 plaza de la revolución "Revolution Square" is a municipality (or borough) and a square in Havana, Cuba.

That is as far as I could go.

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on August 31, 2016 at 2:43pm

I really miss Pat as well. He brought a wonderfully sardonic sense of humor and a magnificent way with words to us all.

 

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