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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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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

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

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Joan Denoo Sep 2. 28 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

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 The Flying Atheist on January 6, 2015 at 12:00am

It's snowing here.  The temperature is 7 F / -14 C.

After reading the posts here it sounds like many of us have the winter blues.  Wish we could all be together in a room and chat with each other with some appropriate music in the background.

Comment by Dyslexic's DOG on January 5, 2015 at 10:52pm

Well Patricia, I used to be considered a people person, I can go anywhere and casually start a conversation with anybody about anything, too often I instigate the conversation. Yet lately I find myself avoiding the usual haunts but, still, I could be in a supermarket and start a discussion about anything with total strangers and within a few minutes cover a wide range of topics.

As I tend to drift from one subject to another very quickly.

Mostly I avoid religion, especially during religious festive periods.

Those total strangers often become acquaintances and will acknowledge me every time I see them from then on.

Probably stems from my first job as a salesman, selling chemicals and farm supplies.

So often I had to pretend to be knowledgeable on veterinary supplies, but If the answers were not on the packets (which I memorized), then I would tell them to get their vet's opinion.

Comment by k.h. ky on January 5, 2015 at 9:24pm
Patricia, that wedding invitation made me laugh. It's so much like what I live with in this area. It could have been printed here.
My gson got me a sweatshirt for xmas that reads Hell For Certain with Kentucky printed beneath. It's actually the name of a town here. I love it. It seems to offend all the fundies.
Comment by Joan Denoo on January 5, 2015 at 6:31pm

Patricia, you do look miserable. Must be some unhappy memories to go with the look. 

Let's build some good memories. What brings you pleasure? What do you do and discover that hours have gone by? Who are the people you enjoy being with? Do you like to write? You communicate so clearly and inspire me and led me nicely through cancer. 

I know, we are limited by our bodies getting older. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on January 5, 2015 at 6:21pm

I hope I don't come across too hard, Mindy. Life kind of toughens one up. Especially when faced with systemic problems. Being part of the 1960s movement for ethnic diversity and women's rights, I became a strategist. 

I know people fight powerfully against what I believe in. I realize there will be resistance and retaliation, I just compartmentalize it and go on with I think I can and need to do. 

Comment by sk8eycat on January 5, 2015 at 6:01pm

Our (Great) Aunt Grace had dark red hair (which had already turned white by the time we were born), and she really was a good example of the word....as in gracious, and graceful.  She and her husband put Dad through USC in the 1920s.  (He had a scholarship, but it didn't pay for everything.)

Comment by sk8eycat on January 5, 2015 at 5:31pm

*snerk!*

My semi-autistic and JW sister is named Grace....after our dad's favorite aunt, who was also a red-head.

Comment by Idaho Spud on January 5, 2015 at 3:54pm

The picture about "tasty and filling prayers" was excellent!  I also saved the pictures about "Fakebook", "Don't make me come in there!", "Happy New Year 2015", "So much to do, so little desire"  Thanks.

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Comment by sk8eycat on January 5, 2015 at 3:51pm

I thought about printing cards, too; to hand to people who say they're praying for something, or somebody, to my face, but most of the worst offenders are dead now. 

That's one way to get passive revenge; outlive the annoying S.O.Bs!

Comment by sk8eycat on January 5, 2015 at 3:23pm

Mindy, I've been looking at "Thank You for Your Prayers" ever since you posted it, and thinking about so many different things.  Like my own desire to kick the people who automatically end every conversation with, "I'm praying for you," and the absolute rejection of any type of contraception imposed by most religions.  (I've always wanted to give that old fraud, Agnes Bojaxhiu/"Mother" Teresa, a swift one, but she died before I could do it.)

 

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