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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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What Annoys God Most? (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Grinning Cat 5 hours ago. 10 Replies

Long story short, it's those near misses, the almost-but-not-quite, close but no cheroot moments, or, would you believe ... Near Death Experiences!  So what's the big deal?  Betty Bowers, America's BEST Christian and self-proclaimed expert on such…Continue

Tags: Near Death Experiences, America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers

degrading love — part one (TheraminTrees)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Grinning Cat Nov 22. 11 Replies

Love is by many considered among the highest of positive emotions.  Yet when love of the type offered by deities is examined, something seems to go seriously wrong.  The love of Yahweh seems less a gift than a demand, not so much beneficence as a…Continue

Tags: TheraminTrees, god, love

Ning, Error 500s, and Whether to Migrate

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Joan Denoo Nov 13. 47 Replies

I just got the following notice from Ning yesterday, (31 October, 2016), in the wake of this latest website outage:As some of you may be aware, we experienced a system outage earlier this morning. The cause was due to a specific network…Continue

Tags: downtime, Atheist Nexus, Ning

Introducing Douglas Murray

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Loren Miller Nov 7. 4 Replies

Most of us who have been around atheism for a while know the heavyweights of our ilk.  Names like Hitchens, Dawkins, Dennett, Harris, Dillahunty and AronRa get nearly daily mention in posts and discussions on Atheist Nexus.  One name I was…Continue

Tags: Agatan Foundation, Douglas Murray

If There's a God - She's a Woman - The Author T

Started by Joe. Last reply by Chris Nov 3. 4 Replies

I came across this story and thought some here might find it interesting and humorous.It’s titled:If There’s a GodShe’s a WomanFrom the Series:Things You Can Learn from a VaginaIts on the website TheAuthorT.com under the tab, “Free to Read…Continue

His Dark Materials and the Catholic Church

Started by Tonya R. Wheeler. Last reply by k.h. ky Oct 30. 35 Replies

I recently watched the movie, "The Golden Compass" and since I could not find the sequels, I read the books. I enjoyed them, and I will be reading the first one, Northern Lights, starting tomorrow, since it just arrived via inter-library…Continue

Tags: Fantasy, Catholic, Religion, Atheist, Pullman

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Comment by Joan Denoo on November 5, 2016 at 3:11pm

Daniel, the HOLY SH*T video perfectly states the intensity of the situation. The rising generation will not be afraid to speak out in strong terms and colorful language. There are time I really regret my Victorian upbringing, but I am a fast learner. I won't stutter with the F word as much as before. 
Joseph Stigliz made video in 2015 in which he warned about the growing wealth gap, and this gentlemanly economist speaks out strongly, or as strongly as Stigliz can mutter about the need for radical change. It is 18 minutes long and well worth the listen. 

Joseph Stiglitz: It’s Time to Get Radical on Inequality

Comment by Daniel Wachenheim on November 5, 2016 at 9:23am

Here's a story I expected to hear from the Trumpanzees.  Surprize they didn't publicize this one.

Bill Clinton's black son.

He does look a lot like President Clinton.  The ears, eyes, mouth, chin, and even the voice.  Then againm it's like seeing Jesus in the clouds, human paradolia.  Everyone is aware that Bill Clinton was frisky. 

Comment by Daniel Wachenheim on November 5, 2016 at 8:55am

The language here is pretty foul - warning - and youthful irony is not my thing, but I'm glad they are trying.  In case you haven't seen...

Comment by Randall Smith on November 5, 2016 at 7:26am
Loren, has anybody ever told you "It's only a game"?! Your have to feel somewhat happy for Cub fans. After all, I feel somewhat sad for Cleveland fans. NOT!!

Thanks, Carl, for the baseball videos!
Comment by Joan Denoo on November 4, 2016 at 10:23pm

Loren, I get it! You are angry! A splendid emotion and one to be nourished. 

Comment by Loren Miller on November 4, 2016 at 10:19pm

Oh, and gang ... before you have too many multiple orgasms about the Chicago Cubs ... let's remember that there are those of us who live in Cleveland, Ohio ... and who have had victory waved in front of us like the carrot in front of horse for more years than I care to count ... and who have gone home wanting.

And before you mention the Cavaliers, let's also remember that they are the YOUNGEST of the sports teams of Cleveland, and that they gained their championship fundamentally because of ONE PERSON, and without that person, no one would know or care who Kyrie Irving or Kevin Love were.  We've dealt with Red Right 88 and The Drive and The Fumble and Jose Mesa in the top of the 9th in Game Seven and more other bullshit than you want to guess at.  Cleveland was The Mistake on the Lake, characterized by a burning river, and I STILL hear shit about that.

Am I angry?  Am I disappointed?  You Bet Your Ass I Am!

Comment by Joan Denoo on November 4, 2016 at 9:07pm

Oh! it feels so fine to have comments go through on the first try! Thank you, Loren, and all those who participated in the effort to get changes made on Ning. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on November 4, 2016 at 9:02pm

To my Texas Atheist Nexus fellow members, I just read the string from the Southeast Texas Atheists group and realize the traffic has been very slow on that sight. I understand why, I taught in a high school in Central Texas in the early 1970s and what a group of creationist group they were. I dared not introduce any ideas that were not told them from their families, culture and cohorts. I could not teach, I had to ask questions in order to get them thinking. 
I feel for those of you who can't teach, work, or otherwise reveal your non-beliefs in myths and superstitions. 

I hope you will be able to develop a friendship with those of us on A/N so that you do not feel so alone. Perhaps the ideas break through the barriers of religion with all the films, videos, radio programs, and groups that seem to be popping up all around the country. 

I live in Washington state and when I first returned in 1974, I could find no atheists with whom to share. My neighbors TPd my trees and home and wrote filthy sentiments on my light sand colored home with black spray paint. I had to use varnish on the spray job to keep the words from seeping through.

Well, the good news is, we have a fine group of people here who can hear your frustration, recognize the ways christians intimidate non-believers, and learn more effective ways to counter their assaults. 

We have to use real words, when some say they spray paint, we have to state clearly that our property has been violated and harmed. When they state they make night time calls in order to stir fear in us, we have to state that they assaulted us. For just one example of the fear tactics a male voice used over and over in the middle of the night was to tell me who, where, and what I was and he intended to rape me with a blow torch. 

Yes, fear is a real emotion in such events. Yes, we can never know if they will act on their words or not. Yes, christian can be brutal when they encounter someone who does not believe as they. 

I found out the hard way, standing up to brutes is the best way to overcome the fears, doubts, and not knowing who would do such things. 

We have great materials to help us support us as we encounter such barbarism. Just ask if you don't know where to look for material. Or just look around the internet for fellow atheists, they exist and in greater number than you know. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on November 4, 2016 at 8:20pm

Carl, 1908 was my Dad's birth year. He would be 108 years this December. You mean this team has not won a game since 1908? How did they keep their fans for that long? 

A great collection, Carl, and an inspiration to anyone who feels they never win! We need that spirit. Keep trying!

Comment by The Flying Atheist on November 4, 2016 at 8:12pm

Randy, sorry to hear you missed the game of the century. As you might imagine, the mood here is quite euphoric. For you, and anyone else who may be interested, I compiled a collection of links of articles full of great photos and videos, all with a local flair.

To start out appropriately, here's a recording from 1908, the last time since 2016 that the Cubs won the World Series.

Video perfectly captures the deafening roar as ‘Cubs Win’ hits Wrig...

Cubs and Wrigley Field: A pair of winning rebuilds

5 Million People Attend Cubs Rally And Parade, City Estimates

The best Instagram photos from today’s Chicago Cubs World Series pa...

St. Boniface Church plays starring role in new Chicago Cubs World S...

These Fuzzy Cubs Fans Have Waited 497 (Dog) Years For A World Serie...

 

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