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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 Ian Mason on November 8, 2016 at 3:29pm

Good luck, USA. I hope you escape the Orange Monster.

Comment by Joan Denoo on November 7, 2016 at 10:56pm

Besides, I don't trust people to do what they say they are going to do. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on November 7, 2016 at 10:56pm

It sounds like those schemes some use to avoid paying bills on time; sending an empty envelope and then claiming to have sent the check; or check kiting to falsely inflate the balance of a checking account in order to allow written checks to clear that would otherwise bounce; or credit card kiting; or ...

I am too lazy to pull any of these shenanigans. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on November 7, 2016 at 10:44pm

Sunsets seem to be remarkable this year. Thanks to all who shared your scenes with us; We live on a beautiful Earth!

Comment by Grinning Cat on November 7, 2016 at 4:25pm

In time for Election Day tomorrow, Hemant Mehta writes at Friendly  Atheist ("'My Vote Doesn't Count' is a bigger myth than God"):

"Not voting is the very antithesis of atheism just like making god your co-pilot is the very antithesis of atheism. There’s no point in refusing to rely on a deity to govern the course of your life if you leave it to other people (such as Evangelical Christians) to determine the circumstances of your government."

Comment by The Flying Atheist on November 7, 2016 at 2:02pm

Loren, I love Cleveland. I've been there more times than I can count. There's great history and architecture there.

In fact I always noted the many similarities it has with Chicago:  a great location on the Great Lakes, a major river running through it, an airport on the lake downtown (that was until our Mayor Daley infamously destroyed our Meigs Field runway with bulldozers in a secret overnight mission), and several downtown museums and venues.

I always got a smile on my face when I saw the old May Company building, as I was reminded of Jack Benny and Mary Livingston. 

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on November 7, 2016 at 12:54pm

Oregon has a similar dynamic, GC. It has quite a liberal reputation, but that's almost entirely due to two counties, Multnomah (Portland) ajd Lane (Eugene, home of U of O.) 30 miles outside of Portland you can see KKK literature in some of the high schools.

Comment by Grinning Cat on November 7, 2016 at 12:07pm

And I won't be confident of Pennsyltucky's vote until it's over... the very blue Philadelphia area is far from a snapshot of the state average!

Comment by Loren Miller on November 7, 2016 at 10:37am

[sigh] You guys keep underestimating Cleveland, don't you?




We FILLED downtown Cleveland to celebrate the Cavs' victory, and they're the newcomers here.  Anyone who wants to make such assumptions about The Best Location In the Nation has NO IDEA about us.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on November 7, 2016 at 10:02am

Speaking of incredible sights, this also happened in Chicago:

Cubs World Series celebration ranks as 7th largest gathering in human history

http://www.fox32chicago.com/news/local/215601786-story

Loren, I don't believe this would have happened in Cleveland.

 

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