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

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Compelledunbeliever 1 hour ago. 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 Randall Smith on January 13, 2015 at 7:54am

I've lost two of my very best friends, both on Jan. 1st. A golfing buddy died after suffering through several strokes (age 80). And a former teaching colleague, turned cattle rancher, committed suicide (72). I found out yesterday about the suicide and am in a state of shock. We started teaching in Pomona, CA, and spent 5 years hanging out together. He went back to Arkansas, I to Indiana, but we kept in touch. A religious and conservative guy, but opposites attract. I'll miss them both.

Comment by Ian Mason on January 12, 2015 at 9:12pm

I'm appalled at that picture. How can people be like that?

Felaine, I hope you feel as well as possible as soon as possible.

Comment by sk8eycat on January 12, 2015 at 4:40pm

I guess I'm really out of it...tried both FlakeBook and, much later, Twitter, and got the hell out of both of them after a week of each.  I found them a waste of my not very valuable time.

I lost all hope when the Toilet Paper People gained majorities in both the House and the Senate in November.  It was a "Charlie Brown moment:"  We're doomed

Comment by sk8eycat on January 12, 2015 at 2:25pm

Joan, the progress (if you can call it that) of the stenosis has been going so slowly that I really don't notice it often.  I do know I can't get up off the floor as easily as I used to.  I have to grab a chair to lever myself up; I used to be able to just pop up...but age may have something to do with that, too.  And loss of muscles that I didn't use during the 20 years that I gritted my teeth and put up with the 24/7 sciatic pain.

I used to go to a gym, ages ago, but I hated every second of it. If I could still feel my toes, I would go back to ballet exercises.  I loved THAT.

Comment by Joan Denoo on January 12, 2015 at 2:18pm

Spud, I love you cartoon "Science/ Religion". It goes into my album and sharing. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on January 12, 2015 at 2:16pm

Patricia, It is hard to believe a mother or an adult would smile on such an occasion. What is the old saying, "You can't legislate morality!"  or common sense. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on January 12, 2015 at 2:14pm

Felaine, fusion implies loss of motion. Do you have loss of motion after the spinal laminectomy & fusion and does it bother you? Thankfully, you have pain relief. The Google images for stenosis look like bad news! These must surely reduce your quality of life. 

Does exercise hurt or help these conditions? 

Comment by sk8eycat on January 12, 2015 at 2:03pm

Patricia, where did that photo come from?  I mean, is that someone in your family, or an anonymous photo posted on the net?

If that baby is chewing on a real firearm, maybe the gun-worshippers can become self-limiting with enough time and ammo.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on January 12, 2015 at 1:56pm

Patricia, I am always shocked at the mindset of the gun-culture crowd.  Their fascination and giddiness about lethal weapons is downright disturbing. 

Comment by sk8eycat on January 12, 2015 at 1:54pm

Joan, I had severe sciatic pain for more than 20 years after a fall when I was trying to get back into skating just for fun.  At that time, surgery prognosis was 50-50, so I delayed and denied, and kept working at the Cat Hotel till one night my legs just gave out while I was climbing the stairs, and I had to yell for help.

I had MRIs and CT scans, and finally, in 2009, I had a spinal laminectomy & fusion....instant relief!  Forever.

BUT I still have problems with my neck...it's crooked, and the spinal canal is slowly closing in on the nerve (stenosis)...I have 50% normal feeling in my hands, and I am just waiting for the "final pinch" when I can stop breathing.  That's why I have "DNR" on my MedicAlert bracelet.

Plus....diabetic neuropathy in my feet and lower legs.  I am just effing tired of it all.  Today.  Tomorrow might be different.

 

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