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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 Joan Denoo on December 8, 2016 at 2:55am

Spud, all came through and accurately. 

Comment by Plinius on December 8, 2016 at 2:12am

Success Kathy!

Comment by Joan Denoo on December 8, 2016 at 1:43am

Kathy, there is something wonderful about getting to be an elder of the community. We can think and act according to our own lights and not be bothered if others don't like us for doing so. I love your spunk. 

When the school principal confronts you, know you have a cloud of witnesses sitting on your shoulders supporting you and your questioning his religious bullshit in a public school during assemblies. I will be with you and so will a lot of others of us. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on December 8, 2016 at 1:33am

Loren, it is a catchy tune. Lyrics were hard for me to hear, so: 


Well, my time went too quickly 
I went lickety-splitly out to my old fifty-five 
As I pulled away slowly, feelin' so holy, 
God knows I was feelin' alive 
And now the sun's comin' up 
I'm ridin' with Lady Luck 
Freeway cars and trucks 

Stars beginning to fade, and I lead the parade 
Just a wishin' I'd stayed a little longer 
Lord, don't you know the feelin's gettin' stronger 

Six in the morning, gave me no warnin' 
I had to be on my way 
Now the cars are all passin' me, 
Trucks are all flashin' me 
I'm headed home from your place 

And now the sun's comin' up 
I'm ridin' with Lady Luck 
Freeway cars and trucks 

Stars beginning to fade, and I lead the parade 
Just a wishin' I'd stayed a little longer 
Lord, don't you know, the feelin's gettin' stronger 

Well, my time went to quickly 
I went lickety-splitly out to my old fifty-five 
As I pulled away slowly, feelin' so holy, 
God knows I was feelin' alive 
And now the sun's comin' up, yes it is 
I'm ridin' with Lady Luck 
Freeway cars and trucks 
Freeway cars and trucks, 
Ridin' with Lady Luck 
Freeway cars and trucks, 
Ridin' with Lady Luck 
Freeway cars and trucks 
Ridin' with Lady Luck...

Comment by Joan Denoo on December 8, 2016 at 1:22am

Ian, thinking of you and your interview! Lots of positive energy going your way. I hope all works out to your benefit. 

Comment by kathy: ky on December 8, 2016 at 12:17am
I'm old. It doesn't take much to excite me. Lol
Comment by kathy: ky on December 8, 2016 at 12:15am
Godless Heathen is my new (offensive) shirt. To be worn to the annual school Xmas assembly. I get a perverse pleasure in offending all the 'good christians' with their shirts from their churches on.
I fully expect to be questioned by the, oh so religious, principal :)
Which will open the door for me to question his religious bullshit in a public school during assemblies.
I'm so excited....!
Comment by The Flying Atheist on December 7, 2016 at 11:36pm

Daniel, I read King Leopold's Ghost based on your recommendation a few years ago.  It was fascinating for its history and tragic as a story.  It pains me that we still today have to fight against the same attitudes of oppression and disdain toward others.      

Comment by Plinius on December 7, 2016 at 11:28pm

Thanks for the links, Joan. I'm aware of what happened in Congo, and the Netherlands have their own shameful colonial history: the genocide in the Banda Islands, the slave trade, the Dutch murderous reaction on Indonesia's bid for freedom and much more.

They like to say that there's no racism here, but it's not true. You can see it every time a white person's unauthorized feelings of superiority are ruffled, every time a coloured person has an opinion whites don't like. White reactions are really shocking then. Most white people are not aware of their white privileges, because those are so invisible and comfortable that you'd never notice their existence...

Comment by kathy: ky on December 7, 2016 at 8:16pm
Thanks for posting that Daniel. I was checking on that a few days ago but it was a few minutes free trial. I found all kinds of stuff in that short amount of time.
 

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