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

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Loren Miller yesterday. 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

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 Joan Denoo on February 25, 2015 at 1:19am

Thanks, Grinning Cat:

The very concept of sin comes from the Bible. Christianity offers to solve a problem of its own making! Would you be thankful to a person who cut you with a knife in order to sell you a bandage?”

― Dan Barker, Losing Faith in Faith: From Preacher to Atheist"

Comment by Joan Denoo on February 24, 2015 at 11:55pm

Spud, I'm glad the images didn't make you feel insignificant. I know you have seen this video before, but I just want to share it again. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on February 24, 2015 at 11:14pm

Kathy, I think Felaine knows we all treasure her good sense of humor and ironic viewpoint. I am known as the humorless one in the group and if anyone can make me laugh it is Felaine. 

Have you seen any of Felaine's professional skating videos or pictures? She was a remarkably talented professional skater and had many unusual experiences. She doesn't brag, and every once in a while she will tell some incident that boggles my mind, and I think others as well. 

One thing I can say about Felaine, she is the most optimistic pessimist I have ever known. She will hate that statement because she hates labels. 

Sorry, Felaine. just sayin'. 

Comment by k.h. ky on February 24, 2015 at 10:17pm
We all perceive things very differently. I took Sk8eycats remark to be a humorous one. Facetious, poking fun at one's self. It's some l do often because I, apparently have, a slightly odd sense of humor.
It causes no end of grief between me and my daughter. She always reads something into my remarks that baffles me.
Perfect example, I was going to give her a key chain l found very funny. It said 'Put your big girl panties on and deal with it'. With an engraving of a large pair of panties. She hated it and gave it back. I didn't know until five years later she thought I was implying she was fat. The thought never crossed my mind. I just thought it was very funny. We do not seem to 'get' each other. Never have. But we're very close and love each other dearly. Speak on a daily basis.
Sorry to have ran on so long.
Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on February 24, 2015 at 9:56pm

sk8eycat, nobody's worthless. Especially Hang With Friends folk! I don't see that idea as liberating. What about all of the great stuff you've shared with us for so long? That counts.

Anyway, you don't have to "fish" for validation. You're presumed to be worthwhile here.

While I acknowledge that human beings are small in the physical context of the entire universe, that doesn't mean we're insignificant. I take a quantum fluctuation view. Remember experimenter effect. One person viewing a physics experiment  makes the difference between a photon taking one path or both paths at once. We make the universe real, by our perceptions and actions, instead of it being in quantum flux.

Anyway, you insult my intelligence by claiming to be boring, since you never bored me.

Comment by sk8eycat on February 24, 2015 at 9:47pm

Whoops!  I forgot to exit this group.

Joan, My life has been worthless, useless, boring. I am nobody, and I like it that way. 

I have nothing else too say.

Comment by Joan Denoo on February 24, 2015 at 9:28pm

Randy, is it too soon to reveal what I found by Googling?

Comment by Joan Denoo on February 24, 2015 at 9:27pm

Felaine, when you wrote, " the most liberating thought I ever had was the realization of my utter insignificance.  Very comforting to know I'm worthless."

You have said this before and I know you to be a very wise lady. So, I will give you the point. 

However, even as there are things much bigger than you and I and some things much smaller, the reality is we exist. We have our sense, we have cognitive brains and we participate for a very small spark of time and then return to atoms. 

Whoopie! I'm going to enjoy this time I have to the fullest!. How about you? 

Comment by sk8eycat on February 24, 2015 at 7:40pm

They were ALL Vice Presidents.

Bye!

Comment by Joan Denoo on February 24, 2015 at 6:03pm

Randall, those names rattle some bells in my head, but I am not able to pull them from memory. 

Dandforth was a name of a Senator, I think, and iw now a minister. The others don't come to memory. 

Quayle, wasn't he a nutcase, Oh Dan Quayle. VP ... can't pull anything more out. I'm peeking now. 

 

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