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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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We Don't Want Your (Atheist) Money! (The Thinking Atheist)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Loren Miller 58 minutes ago. 5 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

Are You a Patriot? (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Bertold Brautigan 1 hour ago. 1 Reply

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

The Ark Encounter: A Less than Grand Opening (The Thinking Atheist)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Grinning Cat on Monday. 24 Replies

The day finally arrived.  Ken Ham's Ark Encounter opened on 7 July, 2016 ... to something a bit less than Disney-sized crowds, and more than a couple dissenting voices!  Seth Andrews has gathered a quartet of significant participants in the protest…Continue

Tags: Tracey Moody, Dan Broadbent, Seth Andrews, David Silverman, AronRa

Surreal, I haz it

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Idaho Spud Aug 14. 91 Replies

Surreal, not just found in art.Continue

Tags: surreal

Wedding Haka - Subtitled & translated

Started by Joan Denoo Aug 13. 0 Replies

I ran across a video of a wedding in which a group of wedding guests celebrated with a performance of a traditional Māori ancestral war dance, called a Haka. It was intended for sons, however, the women have joined in a participation of…Continue

Tags: new, traditions., women, men, Haka

Onward (Unpaid) Christian Soldiers (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Chris G Aug 13. 1 Reply

Proselytizing in the military is a dirty little secret most radical christians would rather didn't get out.  Well, never let it be said that America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers, was ever a wallflower where a pit bull was needed!  In the following…Continue

Tags: Military Religious Freedom Foundation, MRFF, America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers

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Comment by The Flying Atheist on December 23, 2014 at 10:13am

Happy Holidays to you also, Deidre.  I hope it's enjoyable for you. 

Comment by The Flying Atheist on December 23, 2014 at 10:10am

Chris, this is just for you.  The Xmas story without all the sugar-coating.

 

Comment by Plinius on December 23, 2014 at 9:11am

2 bibles?! I hope they go down well, and don't forget the doggybags when you walk him...

Comment by Deidre on December 23, 2014 at 8:24am

Wanted to wish everyone here a safe and happy holiday week!

:)

Comment by Randall Smith on December 23, 2014 at 7:37am

Spoiler alert! The Keane movie is based on a true story. It wasn't the man who painted all those wide-eyed "creatures", but his wife! He couldn't paint a lick, but took all the credit, coercing her to keep her mouth shut. She's still alive and painting. 

Comment by sk8eycat on December 23, 2014 at 3:46am

There was somebody else in the late 1960s who painted big-eyed dogs and cats...usually crying.  Disgusting.  IF an animal has teary eyes, it needs to see an ophthalmologist. 

There are veterinary eye specialists....amazing people!  I had to take my T. Devil to one....he had hydrostatic shock in both eyes from jumping from great heights....when he weighed 20 lbs. Couldn't save his eyes....and the saddest thing was that my Dad died while this was going on, and Mr. Devil would get in my dad's chair when it was time for the news....and wait, and wait, and wait.  It took him almosta year to realize that Dad was gone forever.

How do you explain things like that to a cat?

Comment by Plinius on December 23, 2014 at 3:05am

Of course it's all right, Felaine!

Something in the style reminds me of the Dutch COBRA artist Karel Appel, who painted hungry children just after WWII, but there's a world of difference - Keane is phoney.

Comment by sk8eycat on December 23, 2014 at 2:27am

Chris, I love your snarky comment....I may turn it into a greetihng card, if that's all right with you.

Comment by sk8eycat on December 23, 2014 at 2:17am

I don't want to give you nightmares, but they ARE tacky....always were.

The "artist" is a JW.....puke!

Comment by Plinius on December 23, 2014 at 1:05am

Yes, the Keane paintings - what a depressing sort of art is that! I may barf too! It's the barfing season anyway, with all the sugared xmas stories and all the other seasonal nonsense. Let's be kind to homeless people so we feel good and then we can neglect and ignore them for another year.

 

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