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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 yesterday. 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 sk8eycat on December 21, 2014 at 8:19pm

From one of my cousins:

Watch what happens when you LEFT  CLICK ON EACH PICTURE.... HOLD IT AND DRAG YOUR MOUSE GENTLY FROM LEFT TO RIGHT  ON THE ORIGINAL PHOTOS AND IT WILL BECOME THE EXACT SAME LOCATION TODAY ... 70  YEARS LATER.


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Comment by Joan Denoo on December 21, 2014 at 6:02pm

Chris, a wonderful group hug and Yuletide greeting! 

Felaine, a great idea to include those "Down Under". 

Carl, very seasonal images to get in the mood for the season. 

Patricia, such beautiful winter scenes! We have no snow either. 

Rick, your train and tracks just amaze me. What a wonderful way to spend time. Thanks for sharing. 

To all my Atheist Nexus friends, a very happy Winter Solstice! The Wheel of the Year has started a new turn. So happy to be alive, breathing and participating in celebrating the shortest day of the year. 

I'm on my way to Laura's for the week. Joy, peace and love to all. 

Comment by The Flying Atheist on December 21, 2014 at 2:51pm

Comment by sk8eycat on December 21, 2014 at 11:15am

If anyone else has friends living in the Southern Hemisphere.....

Comment by Plinius on December 21, 2014 at 5:39am

Comment by Plinius on December 21, 2014 at 1:54am

First day of the winter. Hugs to all of you!

And I love the text on the solstice, Carl, thanks!

Minimal music on saxophone sounds fantastic with my first cup of coffee, thanks Joan.

Comment by Joan Denoo on December 21, 2014 at 1:27am

Oasis Quartet @ Saxquest - November 4, 2012. 

My goodness, one can certainly recognize Philip Glass, composer. 

Comment by The Flying Atheist on December 20, 2014 at 10:31pm

Joan, thanks for posting "Finlandia."  It's a beautiful piece.  I love Sibelius. 

Comment by The Flying Atheist on December 20, 2014 at 1:19pm

Sk8eycat, speaking of the Winter Solstice, I posted a link to this article yesterday in another post here on A|N.  I think it's so beautifully written and inspirational that I'm posting it here as well in case anyone missed it. 

The Darkest Day: A Quintessentially Humanist Celebration

Comment by Idaho Spud on December 20, 2014 at 1:18pm

 

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