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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

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

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Compelledunbeliever 8 hours ago. 37 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 Plinius on August 28, 2016 at 1:55am

I know that strategy, Carl, it's a good one!

Comment by Plinius on August 28, 2016 at 1:49am

Glad your surgery went so well, Joan! And great that it helps!

Good for you, Randall, with your running success! I'm a bit jealous, now that I can't even run to catch a bus.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on August 28, 2016 at 12:08am

Kathy, you can be any part of the family here that feels right for you.  We embrace you with open arms. 

I was always the "odd" one in my family.  I still am. Not for being an atheist, but for my particular sense of humor and my likes and dislikes.  I've always marched proudly to the beat of a different drummer and pursued my interests all the while exhibiting a seemingly conventional appearance.  Still waters run deep, as they say.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on August 27, 2016 at 11:44pm

Ruth, my best regards to your husband.  Glad to hear he's doing well.  I'm continually amazed hearing about so many people having major surgeries who mend and recuperate so well afterward.  It seems we are living in a time of unprecedented accelerations in medical advancements just within the past ten to fifteen years.

Comment by k.h. ky on August 27, 2016 at 10:17pm
Ruth, you got it. Glad your husband is doing well.

Joan, it was meant as a joke. An atheist in a fundie family, in the bible belt, is by default a problem child. Different from the rest. Odd is the word.
Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on August 27, 2016 at 8:59pm

Congrats on the run, Randall. It’s a relief you’re OK.

Congrats on successful carpel tunnel surgery on your left hand, Joan. I hope my memory stays as sharp as yours. I constantly forget the names of characters and actors on TV. Being considered a matriarch is an honor.

k.h. ky, you made me laugh. You want to be the AN problem child? You realize we’re all the ones who couldn’t fit into fundie families here, right?

Sorry I haven't been around much. My husband got his left shoulder replaced about 10 days ago, and I've been busy. He's doing great.

Comment by Joan Denoo on August 27, 2016 at 8:46pm

Kathy, ouch! That must be painful, automatically being a problem child in a fundie family! How do you handle that stress? 

Comment by k.h. ky on August 27, 2016 at 7:38pm
Another notice for jury duty.
Comment by k.h. ky on August 27, 2016 at 7:37pm
Joan being atheist in a family full of fundies automatically makes me the problem child :)
Comment by Joan Denoo on August 27, 2016 at 7:16pm

Kathy, that is funny, asking to be the problem child! Do you realize I will be out there, giving you lectures and trying to reason with you? My kids hate it! They tell me if it is lecture # 101.12 or lecture #299.99.

 

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