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

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Compelledunbeliever yesterday. 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 Deidre on April 6, 2015 at 11:08pm

hahaha Randall, you taught Sunday school as a non-believer. That's epic. :) 

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on April 6, 2015 at 10:50pm

So true, Ian. George Bernard Shaw had a famous example. If you take "g" as in "laugh," "o" as in "women," and "ti" as in "information," "fish" could be spelled goti.

Comment by Ian Mason on April 6, 2015 at 10:45pm

Joan, pronounciation is a strange world. Why don't Kansas and Arkansas rhyme? The variations of 'ough' are many and I don't know of a system for them. You could fill a volume with the quirks of English. Then there's Gaelic: Siobahn = shivawn.  Taoiseach = teasuck. Danish is a minefield for foreigners and few people ever escape, no matter how many years they live here. As far as I know, the two languages with the most logical orthographics are Italian and Norweigan.

Comment by Joan Denoo on April 6, 2015 at 9:48pm

I learned something today: how to pronounce Don Bredes' name:

rhymes with "lettuce"

or bread + us. 

Comment by Randall Smith on April 6, 2015 at 8:36am

Welcome back, Deidre. Yes, I went to church for many years despite being an atheist. It was more so for my wife and kids, which I now regret. Heck, I even directed the choir and taught Sunday school as a nonbeliever! Talk about your hypocrite.

Comment by Plinius on April 6, 2015 at 1:29am

Good poem, Ian! I like it very much!

Comment by Deidre on April 5, 2015 at 1:40pm

Ian, I like your poem too...and Randall, that's interesting that your family is rather religious and you are not. Mine is too actually. My mom and dad are both religious, my dad more so. Easter can be what we wish it to be. It can be seen as a rebirth for all of humanity, not a mere religious holiday for some. 

Comment by Deidre on April 5, 2015 at 1:38pm

Hi Joan, Ian and Plinius :) Yes, Joan it is me. lol 

Ian, it still shows as Fly Girl? Hmmm...maybe because I created a new account FlyGirl for a time, and wanted to go back to using my original name. I never 'created' another new account under 'Deidre.' Hmmm...But, deidre is my real name so...anywho. lol Hope everyone here is having a nice weekend. I had agreed to go to church with my dad today for Easter, but I opted out. I no longer believe those things, but why do I feel guilty? Ugh. Time heals all things I suppose. Hugs for your, friends. 

Comment by Idaho Spud on April 5, 2015 at 1:24pm

I very much like that poem Ian.

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on April 5, 2015 at 1:08pm

Nice poem, Ian. The "more dangerous dead than alive" line is creepy, and true! The Catholics have a saying they teach youngsters: "The blood of the martyrs is the seed of the church." (I guess that is when the seed of the church isn't being shared with underaged boys.)

 

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