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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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11 "unanswerable" questions for atheists - answered (Aron Ra)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Tom Sarbeck Jun 6. 1 Reply

If you spend any time around YouTube and have any history of looking at atheist material (or even theist material!), you will inevitably run into: "XX Questions Atheists Can't Answer."  These are occasionally followed by: "XX Questions Atheists…Continue

Tags: apologist, answer, questions, unanswerable, Aron Ra

worshipping narcissists (qualiasoup & theramintrees)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Idaho Spud Jun 3. 1 Reply

They're all around us: people who perceive the world as revolving around them and will go to considerable lengths to make it so: narcissists.  Such beings have been with humanity, I suspect, since humanity emerged from the gene pool.  Even worse,…Continue

Tags: narcissist, QualiaSoup, TheraminTrees

Secular and Reclaimed Winter Holiday Songs

Started by Grinning Cat. Last reply by Grinning Cat May 2. 42 Replies

This is an appropriate day of the year for this subject...What are some of your favorite winter holiday songs?It would be especially good to share powerful new secular lyrics to tunes that have become associated with Christmas.…Continue

Tags: singing, lyrics, reclaimed, reclaiming, HumanLight

appropriating morality (TheraminTrees)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Joan Denoo May 1. 7 Replies

We've all heard the claim: "Human morality comes from god."  And we've all seen for ourselves what Yahweh's "morality" looks like, from condemnations of homosexuality and the treatment of women as chattel to inexplicable sanctions against the eating…Continue

Tags: morality, appropriating, TheraminTrees

Bible Belt Atheist (New York Times)

Started by Loren Miller Apr 19. 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

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Comment by Idaho Spud on April 27, 2017 at 11:26am

Good one BB.

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on April 27, 2017 at 11:04am

The light turned yellow, just in front of him.
He did the right thing and stopped at the crosswalk, even though he could have beaten the red light by accelerating through the intersection.

The tailgating woman behind him was furious and honked her horn, screaming in frustration, as she missed her chance to get through the intersection.

As she was still in mid-rant, she heard a tap on her window and looked up into the face of a very serious police officer.

The officer ordered her to exit her car with her hands up.
He took her to the police station where she was searched, fingerprinted, photographed and placed in a holding cell.

After a couple of hours, a policeman approached the cell and opened the door. She was escorted back to the booking desk where the arresting officer was waiting with her personal effects.

He said, "I'm very sorry for this mistake. You see, I pulled up behind your car while you were blowing your horn, giving the guy in front of you the finger and cursing at him. I noticed the 'What Would Jesus Do' bumper sticker, the 'Choose Life' licence plate holder, the 'Follow Me to Sunday-School' bumper sticker, and the chrome-plated Christian Fish Emblem on the trunk, so naturally I assumed you had stolen the car."

Comment by Plinius on April 27, 2017 at 7:28am

You're too kind, Joan!

Comment by Plinius on April 27, 2017 at 6:56am

The Keukenhof is about an hour from here, but I've never been there. I think you don't see the sights either, where you live.

Comment by Ian Mason on April 27, 2017 at 1:47am

Thank you, Joan. And I benefit from your analyses, comments and wisdom. I agree with you about anger. It can be turned into something constructive. Bob Geldof is is a very good example. Bono has said that he saw Geldof grab the leader of the World Bank by the suit lapels and pin him against the wall of his own office while calling him every filthy name under the sun. Oh, to have been a fly on the wall!

Comment by Loren Miller on April 26, 2017 at 9:55pm

For us on the southeast side of Cleveland, it's Mr. T's Wonder Freeze, an old-fashioned ice cream place which does soft serve and most excellent chocolate malts!  They typically open in April, and my wife and I have been there once so far this year.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on April 26, 2017 at 9:52pm

The Memorial Day holiday in the U.S. this year is Monday, May 29.  It is often referred to as the unofficial start to summer.  But for me it started today as I saw the first sighting of an ice cream truck on my street like the one pictured here.

In other happy news, I thought I'd share the beautiful gardens of Keukenhof in the Netherlands.

Take a Tour of an Enchanting Bulb Garden in the Netherlands

www.houzz.com

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on April 26, 2017 at 9:42pm

Wisdom from Malcolm in the Middle--

Mom and daughter-in-law [formerly bitter enemies who just made friends] drunk and talking about their husbands:

DIL -You mean, no matter how low I set the bar, he'll still find a way to crawl under it??

Mom: You still think there's a bar. That's so cute.

Comment by Loren Miller on April 26, 2017 at 5:36pm

Boil it down, what god judges people for are things Pat Robertson doesn't like!

Comment by Joan Denoo on April 26, 2017 at 5:27pm

@Bertold Brautigan, I wrote a response to your excellent "God will judge..." poster, and it evaporated into the ether, gone forever. Let me think and respond again. 

God judges America over abortion and Gay Marriage

God does not judge America over: 

Native Americans who experience being  raped, murdered, their lands stolen, their children taken from their families, their spirituality disrespected, without protection of laws or Constitution; 

Africans who lived enslaved and had boulders tied to their legs. They experienced being raped, murdered, disrespected, and exploited for centuries without recourse in law or Constitution; 

The homeless, although hungry, sick, dying, and poor do not receive care or protection of law or Constitution. ; 

God does judge America over abortion and gay marriage.

It is time for Americans to judge god/s and those who pretend they have some higher power and protections from superstitions. 

 

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