Hang With Friends

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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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Issues Atheist, Feminist, GLBTQ, Climate Change

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by BenGee on Saturday. 3 Replies

This is a test Continue

The Whole Bible in 30 Seconds (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Randy Hatly on Thursday. 15 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

punishing doubt (TheraminTrees)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Joan Denoo Oct 17. 2 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

A moment to relax and see the Earth from space; some how this comforts me.

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Qiana-Maieev Oct 16. 3 Replies

All the squabbles and struggles that I have do not compare with those of some others on this great planet. There are no boundary lines, no political arguments, no up or no down. What is, is. For right now, the scenes offer tranquility. Just the…Continue

Tags: and, wonder, awe, of, space

His Dark Materials and the Catholic Church

Started by Tonya R. Wheeler. Last reply by Plinius Oct 16. 27 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

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

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Loren Miller Sep 29. 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

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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.)

Comment by Ian Mason on April 5, 2015 at 12:41pm

I don't know if I've posted this before. My poem about Easter.

A Letter Home


Dearest Augusta

I hope you are well.

I am not. I have been forced

to take crucifixion duty again.

Our commander hates me

even more than your father,

who also calls me weak

but I won't expose healthy

girl babies to become

food for rats.


This is a bad time to be

here, a religious festival.

The thieving priests,

as corrupt as ours

mint their coins, slaughter

and burn the best beasts

as always.

Blood always flows

when the Holy rule.


When I served on the Rhine

I heard of Gods

who favoured warriors,

granted them eternal

feasting and fighting.

Everyone else was to freeze

in the underworld.

Here there's only one

for all occasions

but he loves punishing

all of mankind, so

even one God is one

too many.


Holy rebels come and go,

become martyrs, more dangerous

dead than alive. They preach

Heaven in heaven

heaven on earth and

hell out of spite.


The moans of the dying

hanging on the crosses

tortures me beyond bearing.

Sometimes I end their sufferings

with my spear. The women

carry the corpses away

to wash and bury.


I wish every emperor

would join the Gods,

every priest

ascend to the clouds,

every prophet

cry alone in the wilderness

and give us mortals

our world back

to enjoy in peace.


Give your parents

my politest greetings,

the children, kisses.

To you I send

my love and devotion.


Your husband


Comment by Randall Smith on April 5, 2015 at 7:55am

Easter (shmeaster) day. Big whoop, eh? My sister plays the organ (and directs the choir) for a local Methodist church. They broadcast it on the radio, so I'm listening to her play as I write this. Both my sisters (twins) are fairly religious, as was my mother (to some extent, my father). How I deviated is a mystery to them. Not to me.


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