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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.

Nobody here is into mind games. A discussion started with a loaded guilt-throwing question will be deleted.

This group is not intended to compete with other groups on topics they cover but to "fill in the cracks." Whenever a discussion dwells at length on a topic for which there's an existing group, we urge you to provide members a link to that group to continue along their tangent.

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Bible Belt Atheist (New York Times)

Started by Loren Miller 19 hours ago. 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

The Fake Christian Busybody Show (Andrew Bradley)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Plinius Apr 9. 1 Reply

It seems as though there was a Gay Pride parade in some town somewhere and a Christian commentator, herein known as The Activist Mommy, apparently got her panties so in a bunch about it that she had to fire up her video camera and record a…Continue

Tags: gay, pride, The Activist Mommy, Andrew Bradley, America's Best Christian

America Held Hostage: Day 436 (MisterDeity)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner Apr 9. 1 Reply

Now that Sinclair Broadcasting has stated their position regarding fake news and its threat to our democracy, Mister Deity's Brian Dalton has decided to throw his $0.02 worth in as well ... though I don't quite think his presentation was really what…Continue

Tags: fake news, Deity, Mister, Broadcasting, Sinclair

Guns: Both Sides Now (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Christina Scribner Apr 3. 3 Replies

Oh, NO!  The gun debate has gotten so heated that it has Betty Bowers, America's Best Christian, TALKING TO HERSELF!  Apparently, one of her has had a stroke or a serious breakdown in cognitive skills, as she does little more than parrot the NRA's…Continue

Tags: NRA, guns, America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers

how dogma pollutes discourse (qualiasoup & theramintrees)

Started by Loren Miller Apr 3. 0 Replies

"The Lord is our God; the Lord is One." "I am the Way, the Truth, and the Life; no one comes to the Father, but by Me." "There is no god but Allah, and Mohamed is his prophet." Assertions, taught as fact, but without any form of corroborative…Continue

Tags: dogma, QualiaSoup, TheraminTrees

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Comment by Joan Denoo on February 16, 2018 at 1:08am

Patricia, I agree, parents have every right to take their children out of school, public and private, and homeschool them. 

I say this as a firm supporter of public education. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on February 16, 2018 at 1:06am

Well, well, well. I just tried a half dozen times to retweet Trump fucked by Russia and could not get it published. Does censorship raise its ugly head?

Comment by Patricia on February 16, 2018 at 12:45am

I just saw something on Twitter about parents should take all the kids out of schools for a week or until something gets changed in the gun laws.

Comment by Joan Denoo on February 16, 2018 at 12:43am

Patricia! Perfectly stated, "Engage with reality and fix your fucking fun laws!"

Comment by Patricia on February 15, 2018 at 2:41pm

Comment by Joan Denoo on February 15, 2018 at 11:41am

Too many parents, at least in my opinion, give too many things to their kids, expecting stuff to replace good parenting. And, too many parents think that transporting their children to music lessons or athletic practice is good parenting. I hear the kids cry out for free time and they just can't have it. 

I feel sorry for kids raised in covenant communities because they require limited noise and activities, like play, which helps children develop their attributes. 

One of the things I like about living deep in the forests of Washington State is the opportunity the kids have to explore and experiment. They build tree houses and dig caves. They design and create forts and all the while, surrounded by pet animals, and abundance of wildlife. They can give out loud squeals as they discover something new or invent tools to complete a task. They also have chores that matter, i.e., feed the animals, clean the hutches and pens, and load up trash for a trip to the dump.

Jobs of the future will require training in technology. Homes of the future will need plumbers, electricians, carpenters, and other skilled trades. Society needs people who can work with others, plan, design, and create new technologies. World Wide interaction requires skills of valuing diversity and working as part of a team. Is education providing the kinds of training that prepare children for the future into which they will grow?

 

Comment by Joan Denoo on February 15, 2018 at 11:35am

It was April 16, 1999, in Littleton, CO., at Columbine High School when two teenage boys, Eric Harris, 18, and Dylan Klebold, 17, murdered 12 students, a teacher, wounded 20 others, and killed themselves. 

Why?'

Some say others bullied Harris and Klebold, or that they belonged to a group of social outcasts called, "The Trenchcoat Mafia." Both killers watched violent video games and music. None of the theories were ever proven. 

Investigative journalist Dave Cullen, author of the 2009 book ”Columbine,” described Harris as ”the callously brutal mastermind, while Klebold was a quivering depressive who journaled obsessively about love and attended the Columbine prom three days before opening fire.

I don't know why the massacres happened here in Littleton or at the many other places. I do know the atmosphere feels very different in family and community life for children today than in my childhood. There is so much pressure to make a living that stress permeates the family unit. The middle-class kids have tremendous pressure put on them to perform, academically and athletically so they can get scholarships for college. I don't like living with such force, I don't think it is good for marriages, and I very much reject what is happening to the kids. 

Comment by Ian Mason on February 15, 2018 at 7:23am

I really don't know what's wrong and I really don't know how to stop it. Is it because the US has a national 'mythology' that problems can be solved with guns? You know, the way John Wayne, Gary Cooper, Clint Eastwood and the rest of them have done. Does each new shooting 'inspire' the next? Would some people rather be famous for a crime than live unnoticed? Is Western society becoming self-destructive? I really don't know.

Comment by Loren Miller on February 15, 2018 at 5:50am

Such headlines are fast becoming the new normal, Patricia ... and faster making me want to empty my stomach.  I swear, people are becoming fucking blind to what's going on.

Comment by Joan Denoo on February 15, 2018 at 5:26am

Randy, your trip sounds like an adventure full of wonder. Have a great time. I'm happy to learn your daughter and her family will be moving closer to you; family life can be fun!

 

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