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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.

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

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Compelledunbeliever yesterday. 37 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 Ruth Anthony-Gardner on February 13, 2015 at 10:29pm

I stopped wearing a wristwatch every day, Randall, when I could no longer walk for exercise at the gym.  When you use a crosstrainer or recumbent bike there's no need for a watch timer. Fancy displays tell you everything. In the house there are time displays in every room. When I'm out, the time's on my cell phone. My world is saturated with information.

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on February 13, 2015 at 9:54pm

I've removed the offending spinning dog gif, because it might be cruel. He doesn't appear to be hurting the dog, but this has caused so much bad feeling among us. Let's be conservative and avoid laughing at this animal's disability.

I apologize for not checking in on all of you for a few days.

Comment by Joan Denoo on February 13, 2015 at 11:50am

Spud, thanks for the link to the coffee shop. I couldn't find it either. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on February 13, 2015 at 10:58am

That new album I just posted gets on my nerves. The drummer is like a woodpecker pounding on my brain. Sorry, not as relaxing as I had hoped. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on February 13, 2015 at 10:42am

Well, I don't know what to say! Other than I am staying on this site because I gain so much from it. My dearest friends on A/N post here. 

Felaine, your input is valuable, especially when it comes to animals. I feel gratitude to you for explaining why treating an animal's tail is is so painful and harmful. The reference to C.L.A.W.S. wasn't directed to you, I am sure. Well, you would have to ask someone else because I don't really know. If I had seen my children or any child twisting an animal's tail or ears I would have put a stop to it, just on general principles.   

If I had seen my children or any child twisting an animal's tail or ears I would have put a stop to it, just on general principles.   

As for myself, I feel at peace with being an atheist and no residual fear from saying so. My task now is to find ways to celebrate and affirm atheism for myself and to include those who want to join with me. I hope some fun music comes out of the atheist community. I have no talent for music or lyrics so will have to defer to others. 

Carl, a little smooth jazz, in your honor. 

Comment by Ian Mason on February 13, 2015 at 10:28am

I wear a wristwatch when I'm out. When you're a "bus-stop cowboy" you need to know the time. I use digitals because the ordinary clockwork breaks down when I wear it.

Comment by Plinius on February 13, 2015 at 9:59am

Thanks Spud!

Comment by Idaho Spud on February 13, 2015 at 9:16am
Comment by Plinius on February 13, 2015 at 9:10am

I can't find Learners Coffee Shack, Randall. Can you help? You talked about other groups before and I couldn't find them either.

And I wear a wristwatch, outside the house. I really need it when teaching. I've got a cellphone, but I hardly ever use it - I don't feel comfortable with the radiation. I know it's not much radiation, but I became really careful from the day my friend got breast cancer from a beeper she pinned on her clothes.

Comment by Idaho Spud on February 13, 2015 at 8:47am

Randy, I think you're right about wristwatches.  Myself, I never wore one because my skin hated it.  I carried a small digital watch without the straps in my pocket until I got a cellphone.

I noticed it was friday the 13, and I say big frigggin deal!

 

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