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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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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

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

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Joan Denoo Sep 2. 28 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

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 Joan Denoo on August 21, 2016 at 3:01pm

Carl, given that this is the best it is going to get for you, and because you have no control over the natural processes of your body, the only thing that can improve or get healthy is what you already have, a positive outlook on life and a celebration of what you do have. I support you in that, even as I acknowledge down times do occur, emotionally. We offer a place to unwind, to feel weak and strong, out of control and in control, discouraged and encouraged, alone and in a community. Whatever you feel, we stand with you. 

As for myself, I can say with full honesty I love you as I love my children. You are the age of my three children and my heartstrings reach to you. I know you have a strong family who supports you and you have the friends we share here. You are never alone.

Comment by Qiana-Maieev on August 21, 2016 at 1:40pm

Sounds great Loren!

We attended a wedding in a beautiful English garden style patio, performed by a marriage commissioner. (Canada)

It was small and intimate, and we all stood surrounding the bride, groom, attendants, photographer, and commissioner, then went to the reception. No gods invited, or crashed.

It was the loveliest wedding we'd ever been to. 

Comment by Idaho Spud on August 21, 2016 at 8:31am

A lot more demand for godless weddings is good news.

Comment by Randall Smith on August 21, 2016 at 7:21am

Unitarian (Universalists) weddings are usually non-religious. At least my second one was. I wonder if that sect is declining in attendance like most of the rest. Look it up, Joan! (Our researcher)

Comment by Loren Miller on August 21, 2016 at 7:13am

One of my wife's sons got married yesterday in an outdoor ceremony.  As I listened to the celebrant, I couldn't escape the feeling that something was very different here, and I was in no ways mistaken.  He was a secular celebrant ... And an Atheist!!!

Talking with him afterward, he told me that he's seeing a LOT more demand for godless weddings of late.  He's done around 10 himself and expects to do many more.  I'd call that a cause for celebration!

Comment by Idaho Spud on August 21, 2016 at 6:39am

Kathy, that's the way it is here:  "It's really hard for me to have find anything to discuss with them."  That applies to my family as well.

Sad.

Comment by k.h. ky on August 20, 2016 at 3:50pm
Daniel, I feel more at home in this group than around the people I live around. Most are not curious about any aspect of life that doesn't involve them outside this tiny community.
Ninety-nine % are white. Almost all believe in god and the whole spiel. It's really hard for me to have find anything to discuss with them.
Comment by Plinius on August 20, 2016 at 3:36pm

As if they can't handle the fact that you accept your condition!

Comment by Qiana-Maieev on August 20, 2016 at 3:17pm

An insult to the medical profession.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on August 20, 2016 at 2:59pm

Grinning Cat, your 'tumor' meme reminds me of the following conversation  I had about two weeks ago when I ran into my upstairs neighbor.

Him:  How are you doing Carl?

Me:  I'm doing OK.  Hanging in there.

Him:  Getting better?

Me:  Well, actually the way I am now is the best I'm going to be.

Him:  No.  You'll get better.

Me:  No.  In fact my muscle condition will deteriorate very slowly over time.  The way I am now is the best I'm going to be.

Him:  Well, that's what doctor's say.  There's always God.

Absolutely maddening!  I'm left speechless by such ignorant statements.  It makes me angry and laugh in contempt at the same time. 

 

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