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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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Bible Belt Atheist (New York Times)

Started by Loren Miller on Thursday. 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 kathy: ky on December 24, 2016 at 10:34pm
Everyone hurry and you can catch midnight Xmas mass on pbs. Lol
Comment by kathy: ky on December 24, 2016 at 10:12pm
Thanks Gary.

Daniel I like the more formal version. As I've aged I like my full first name. Maybe because it's what is used most often. Especially in a medical center.
Comment by Gary S on December 24, 2016 at 8:47pm

I liked that. May Krampus continue to give Saturnalia eve gifts.

Comment by kathy: ky on December 24, 2016 at 8:11pm
Carl, I started the tradition of celebrating the winter solstice when my grandkids were very young. It worked out well for us. They opened their gifts on the solstice. So we had plenty of time with them before the Xmas rush of going to visit relatives who lived farther away.
Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on December 24, 2016 at 7:56pm

Agreed!

Comment by The Flying Atheist on December 24, 2016 at 7:08pm

Love Skeptic on a Stick.  Funny!

Comment by Loren Miller on December 24, 2016 at 6:43pm

It's not too late!  Need an 11th hour gift idea?  Give SKEPTIC ON A STICK!

Comment by The Flying Atheist on December 24, 2016 at 1:38pm

Speaking of the holidays, I just read this article yesterday about the celebration of Christmas in the United States.

Most Non-Christians in the U.S. Celebrate Christmas

While the U.S. is growing less Christianthree-quarters of Americans still identify with the religion. Unsurprisingly, 96 percent of Christians celebrate Christmas. More surprisingly: Pew Research polling indicates that 81 percent of non-Christians celebrate the holiday.

That’s about a third of Jews, three-quarters of Hindus and Buddhists, and 87 percent of people who identify as nonreligiousreports Pew senior editor Michael Lipka. Overall, about half of Americans see it as a “religious” holiday, while a third say it’s a “cultural” one.

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Personally, I enjoy what the holidays offer this time of year.  I like the lights, the food, the trees and decorations, and the comradery of coming together to cope with the seasonal darkness.  

Interestingly, like the hardcore christians, I also believe this season is too commercial.  For many people Xmas has become the worship of Capitalism, and I can do without all that crap.  It's so wasteful and unnecessary.  

Comment by The Flying Atheist on December 24, 2016 at 1:10pm

Daniel, what a melancholy story about the name Fido.  I had no idea about the origin for that common dog name.

Comment by Grinning Cat on December 24, 2016 at 12:37pm

And with the coincidence of holidays tonight, happy Christmukkah! :)

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