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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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The Most Hated Woman in America (The Thinking Atheist)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Gary S Apr 19. 7 Replies

Before Aron Ra and Matt Dillahunty, before Dawkins or Dennett or Harris or even Hitchens, there was Madalyn Murray O'Hair.  In the midst of an America where Christianity was being flaunted as a defense against the godless communists of the Soviet…Continue

Tags: Frank Zindler, The Thinking Atheist, Seth Andrews, Madalyn Murray O'Hair

Proud Dad is REALLY Proud Now!

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Todd Williams Apr 12. 16 Replies

As some of you may or may not know, my daughter is a television news producer, currently working in Nashville, Tennessee.  Her assignment is the morning news, which means she blasts herself up at umpti-ump in the morning to organize and prepare a…Continue

Tags: Emmy, news, television, daughter, dad

attacking ideas (TheraminTrees)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Grinning Cat Apr 4. 1 Reply

Attacking ideas is a considerable portion of what we as atheists do.  Why attack ideas?  Ideas earn attack when they don't serve people, not just us but those who adopt said ideas, mistakenly thinking that they have value when they don't.  Our…Continue

Tags: ideas, Islam, TheraminTrees

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

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Grinning Cat Apr 4. 40 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

The Playboy Interview: Richard Dawkins

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Loren Miller Mar 28. 16 Replies

I suppose it was the news that Playboy magazine was returning nudes to its pages after a year's hiatus that sufficiently perked my curiosity to check them out again.  I hadn't looked at Playboy since perhaps 2008, when I began to recognize that I…Continue

Tags: Richard Dawkins, Playboy

God's Annual Performance Review (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner Mar 19. 6 Replies

I don't know about you guys, but there wasn't a performance review I had in 30 years of field service that I didn't LOATHE.  It seems as though Betty Bowers, America's Best Christian, is up for turning the tables on the person you would expect would…Continue

Tags: review, performance, god, American's Best Christian, Betty Bowers

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Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on August 12, 2015 at 3:16pm

It's hard to imagine our group without sk8eycat/Felaine. Think I'm still in denial.

Welcome to Hang With Friends, Hex5. Sorry you came just when we're grieving the loss of a beloved member. Thanks for sharing your deconversion story.

Sorry to hear about your job problem, Ian. Are you able to retire, or will you have to job hunt?

Comment by Joan Denoo on August 12, 2015 at 2:30pm

Richard, I realize we have an uphill battle to be able to fully function as a citizen and atheist; however, I feel so strongly that I, and I hope others, want to work toward universal health care. Felaine lived under a failed system and she is only the tip of the iceberg. 

Atheism reframes life and values in such a way that each individual has a right and obligation to think critically.

Living under the boot of capitalism, that needs religion to thrive, results in a failed religion and failed capitalism. We can do better. 

"It was the church more than any other agency, writes historian Randall Collins, that put in place what Weber called the preconditions of capitalism: the rule of law and a bureaucracy for resolving disputes rationally; a specialized and mobile labor force; the institutional permanence that allows for transgenerational investment and sustained intellectual and physical efforts, together with the accumulation of long-term capital; and a zest for discovery, enterprise, wealth creation, and new undertakings."

How Christianity Created Capitalism

Comment by Joan Denoo on August 12, 2015 at 1:53pm

Carl, I feel so grateful to you for keeping in touch with Felaine and then her sister. It is strange how a person we meet over the internet can become so much a part of one's life. I f elt a real affection for her, as I know so many other Atheist Nexus members felt. 

Thank you, dear friend, for your loving care. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on August 12, 2015 at 1:37pm

Ian, I am disgusted with USA's social programs failing and sad to learn Europe is turning more toward private enterprise to conduct their business. We should have learned from Europe about how to care for our people. Money won over people. 

Well, the outcome is clear to me, if we continue with this privatization trend of NeoCons and NeoLibs, we will surely end life as we know it. Sharks and cockroaches will live homo sapiens and so many other flora and fauna. 

Given that reality, what is one to do today? What I plan to do is grow a garden, teach my great-grandchildren how to grow their own food, and find ways to b happy. I also intend to teach them stress management techniques because they will need all the mental and emotional skills possible. 

Ian, what a great friend we had in Felaine. I do miss her and know she wanted to leave, even as I attempted to encourage her. 

Comment by Ian Mason on August 12, 2015 at 1:13pm

Welcome, Hex5,  to a great community. We're a bit sad at the moment as we've lost a dear friend. Things are usually a bit brighter with experiences and opinions going back and forth.

Joan, as an outsider, it seems absurd that the U.S. doesn't have a proper health service. That said, Europe is going your way with private treatment being a growth industry. NeoCon and NeoLib policies are the order of the day, even with the traditional Social Democrat/Socialist parties.

Comment by Joan Denoo on August 12, 2015 at 12:33pm

Felaine, I am so sorry you died after all the pain you endured. My hope is that you found some comfort and relief in your last hours. You challenged me in the most delightful way and always sharpened my thinking. Your scathing insights, your stinging humor, your sharp wit delighted me even as it challenged me. 

I love you, dear friend, and miss you.

I make a commitment in your name to fight harder for universal health care. I will think of you as I compose every letter and make every appeal.  

Comment by Idaho Spud on August 12, 2015 at 10:19am

"A broken system that throws away our most experienced and knowledgeable citizens." Thanks for that view Pat.

Comment by Pat on August 12, 2015 at 9:57am

Carl, both a fitting tribute to Elaine, and a telling commentary on a broken system that throws away our most experienced and knowledgeable citizens. 

Comment by The Flying Atheist on August 12, 2015 at 9:36am

Yes, Felaine very often spoke about wanting to die.  She had chronic pain and health issues that were never properly addressed.  And she had such a damn difficult financial situation that made her choose between getting medicine or having food.  I can't help but think that if we had a proper health care system in this country that had provided her with the opportunity to get care, she would have had a much better quality of life and might have thought very differently about wanting to "exit the building."  Her situation is a very sad commentary on our broken system and our policies, both financially and ethically.  

I admired her very much and have shed many tears over her death.  We all loved her caustic sense of humor and her brash personality.  Which is why the one time I actually spoke with her I was so completely surprised that she had the most sweet, charming and pleasant voice.  I'm privileged to have had the chance to know her.

Comment by Gerald Payne on August 12, 2015 at 7:53am

I shall most certainly miss Felaine and her caustic posts. She livened up any discussion she commented on.

 

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