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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.

Nobody here is into mind games. A discussion started with a loaded guilt-throwing question will be deleted.

This group is not intended to compete with other groups on topics they cover but to "fill in the cracks." Whenever a discussion dwells at length on a topic for which there's an existing group, we urge you to provide members a link to that group to continue along their tangent.

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Discussion Forum

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

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Loren Miller 14 hours ago. 39 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 Plinius on January 14, 2015 at 4:59am

Sorry to hear you lost two friends Randall!

Comment by Ian Mason on January 13, 2015 at 9:25pm

I'm very sorry to hear of your loss, Randall.

Comment by Joan Denoo on January 13, 2015 at 8:45pm

Comment by Joan Denoo on January 13, 2015 at 7:45pm

Randy, I am so very sorry to learn of the loss of your two close friends. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on January 13, 2015 at 6:00pm

I hope you get this news report; The usual process didn't do as it usually does. I shall keep you informed.  

Comment by Joan Denoo on January 13, 2015 at 5:59pm

Felaine, this one is for you! 

Spokane teens headed to U.S. Figure Skating Championships

http://www.krem.com/story/news/local/spokane-county/2015/01/13/loca...

Comment by sk8eycat on January 13, 2015 at 4:37pm

Randy, a frieind of mine committed suicide a couple of years ago, and I'm still not "over it." 

It's an awful feeling, not to be able to pick up the phone or e-mail her when I think of something that would  interest her.  I still don't know WHY she did it, and I never will since her entire (fundamentalist) family has refused to communicate in any way with her atheist friends.  (She had a very popular atheist web site for more than 10 years....)

So, I do know how devastating the situation can be (hell, I still miss talking to my father, and he died in 1985!)  All I can do is send you an e-hug.  that feels so inadequate....  8 >(

Comment by Grinning Cat on January 13, 2015 at 4:13pm

Randy, I'm sorry to hear you've lost two good friends! (And I hope you didn't get too many well-meaning theists saying impossible things.)

Comment by The Flying Atheist on January 13, 2015 at 3:56pm

Sorry you've lost two of your friends, Randy.

Comment by Pat on January 13, 2015 at 2:41pm

Randall, my deepest sympathies. 

 

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