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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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Goodwill to Few Men (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Donald R Barbera Jul 23. 3 Replies

Think Goodwill Industries does well by the poor?  Fact is, they do WAY BETTER for themselves, to the point where America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers, thinks they're ripping off the christian playbook a bit too well!  Have a look for yourself:…Continue

Tags: ripoff, Goodwill Industries, America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers

Your favorite photobombs?

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Plinius Jul 10. 12 Replies

Running of the bulls photobomb.Continue

losing faith (TheraminTrees)

Started by Loren Miller Jul 5. 0 Replies

TheraminTrees has recently begun producing a new series of YouTube videos, which added to a wonderful library of earlier observations regarding his experience of religion. Good as all those pieces are, I personally think they pale against this…Continue

Tags: story, history, faith, TheraminTrees

Betty Explains Religious Freedom (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner Jul 3. 10 Replies

Well, considering all the RFRA bills popping up all over the United States, plus all the fun and games ISIS is bringing to the good folks in Syria and Iraq, Betty Bowers, the epitome of well-dressed christianity, has decided to clarify the true…Continue

Tags: persecution, ISIS, Religious Freedom, America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers

Surreal, I haz it

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner May 6. 82 Replies

Surreal, not just found in art.Continue

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Let's not define ourselves or others by our worst behaviors

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Dominique Lutz Apr 16. 6 Replies

My take on the recent melt down at Hang With Friends, of which I missed part, is that some of us were tripped up by a habit of thought. It's something we learn growing up, and use without realizing how much pain it can generate -  failing to…Continue

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Comment by The Flying Atheist on August 14, 2014 at 2:38pm

Seems as if I'm totally outnumbered as to what Randy should do.  Oh, well.  All of you make me stronger to fight another battle on another day.  lol 

If I found that pizza box with the god stuff on it, I would just roll my eyes and deposit the trash into a proper receptacle.  No harm done to me other than to piss me off that someone has littered (which is a huge pet peeve of mine.)

Sk8eycat, I am aware that In-N-Out Burger has a bible verse printed on the underside of their soda cups.  That hasn't stopped me from eating there when I'm in Los Angeles because their burgers are good and their french fries are freshly cut on the spot.  I also understand that they treat their workers quite well compared to other fast-food chains, so I don't have a problem patronizing their business.

On the other hand, places like Chik-fil-A, Walmart, Cracker Barrel, Denny's, and others with not get any business from me because of they way they actively promote anti-gay polices via corporate donations and actions.  To me, these companies fall into the same category as Hobby Lobby in regards to equal rights.   

P.S.  Joan, thank you for respectfully disagreeing with me,  If anyone was to disagree with me, I'd couldn't pick a better person than you.   

Comment by Idaho Spud on August 14, 2014 at 12:09pm

I'm glad to see that those Canadian followers of Joseph Smith are being prosecuted for child sexual abuse.

Comment by Idaho Spud on August 14, 2014 at 12:08pm

Randy, I agree with Joan.

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on August 14, 2014 at 11:30am

@sk8eycat - One thing that definitely doesn't bother christians is contradiction. Their version of kindness is we're going to torture you to death to save your soul; you'll thank us in the end.

Comment by sk8eycat on August 14, 2014 at 11:19am

In-N-Out Burger prints buybull references on their cups and wrappers...Just the book, chapter & verse numbers.  And they hide it very cleverly.

I haven't flown on Alaska Airlines since 1985...there were no silly cards on the meal trays back then... 

It's ironic, the logo on the tail-fin is a smiling Eskimo face, and I can only think of all the damage that xian (especially Catholic) missionaries have done over the decades to those beautiful people.

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on August 14, 2014 at 11:01am

Good point, Ian. In fact, if their god was half as smart and powerful as they think, why didn't he make pizza have zero calories? I used to travel on Alaska Airlines a lot for work, and they always put a little card with an inspiring (not) Jesus message on the meal trays. I always ripped them up into little pieces.

Comment by k.h. ky on August 14, 2014 at 10:34am
I've gotta agree with Joan and Ian. But you knew l would. I'm sure you're not the only one who objects to their religion being brought out with the food.
Comment by Ian Mason on August 14, 2014 at 10:05am

Perhaps God should pay for the pizza, Randall if they trust in Him to meet their needs? You can tell them that they can have their beliefs but that you don't want them sent through your door. It's your threshold and your life; therefore your rules prevail

Comment by Joan Denoo on August 14, 2014 at 8:06am

Randy, this is an example of the Pinch Theory, something happens that causes one to feel a pinch, a discomfort, and he or she says, "Oh well" and lets it slide. Another pinch, another "Oh well", another pinch another "Oh well" until one day is the straw that breaks the camels's back and he or she blows up in an all too familiar temper tantrum. 

I respectfully disagree with Carl, I would send a message that because of their basic principles of faith in a superpower, I am boycotting their product. Just a few minutes of time, you expressed your opinion, they know not everyone shares their belief and they lost a customer. 

I do agree with Carl about picking one's battles, but when did blacks stop saying "Oh well"? or women stop saying, "Oh well", and GLBTQ stop saying "Oh well"?

Comment by The Flying Atheist on August 14, 2014 at 7:46am

Randall, in all honesty I would just let it slide.  Yes, it is obnoxious to me as well, but it is their prerogative to run their business under those principles.  It is also our prerogative not to purchase their products. 

We need to pick our battles, and I don't think this is one of them.  It would be different if the way they ran their company had a negative impact on their employees, such as with Hobby Lobby.  Just my 2-cents. 

 

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