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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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Afrodisiacs – African Aphrodisiacs

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Idaho Spud 6 hours ago. 1 Reply

Am I so old and not know the definition of aphrodisiac, and its historical definition being based on Aphrodite, that her name came from the African drugs that Egyptians, Greeks, and Romans used for sexual enhancement? Dhu!  Aphrodite, ancient Greek…Continue

Tags: Africa, Lady, Victorian

Degrees of Doubt: The Claims and Credentials of Ravi Zacharias (The Thinking Atheist)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Chris May 17. 1 Reply

Anyone here ever run onto an apologist by the name of Ravi Zacharias?  I've seen his name dropped multiple times on YouTube as supposedly being THE ONE APOLOGIST that no atheist wants to cross swords with, because of his facility with christian…Continue

Tags: Ravi Zacharias, Steve Baughman, The Thinking Atheist, Seth Andrews

The Most Hated Woman in America (The Thinking Atheist)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Gary S Apr 19. 7 Replies

Before Aron Ra and Matt Dillahunty, before Dawkins or Dennett or Harris or even Hitchens, there was Madalyn Murray O'Hair.  In the midst of an America where Christianity was being flaunted as a defense against the godless communists of the Soviet…Continue

Tags: Frank Zindler, The Thinking Atheist, Seth Andrews, Madalyn Murray O'Hair

Proud Dad is REALLY Proud Now!

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Todd Williams Apr 12. 16 Replies

As some of you may or may not know, my daughter is a television news producer, currently working in Nashville, Tennessee.  Her assignment is the morning news, which means she blasts herself up at umpti-ump in the morning to organize and prepare a…Continue

Tags: Emmy, news, television, daughter, dad

attacking ideas (TheraminTrees)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Grinning Cat Apr 4. 1 Reply

Attacking ideas is a considerable portion of what we as atheists do.  Why attack ideas?  Ideas earn attack when they don't serve people, not just us but those who adopt said ideas, mistakenly thinking that they have value when they don't.  Our…Continue

Tags: ideas, Islam, TheraminTrees

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

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Grinning Cat Apr 4. 40 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

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Comment by Joan Denoo on June 21, 2015 at 11:08am

Happy Fathers' Day to all the Dads on this site. May your day be full to overflowing of people you love and who love you, of delicious food, beautiful sights, pleasant sounds and delightful aromas. 

Today, in 31 minutes the Summer Solstice occurs. I'm harvesting garlic and soaking up the longest day of the year. Randy, I too feel a twinge of sadness that the days will now begin to shorten. 

Comment by Randall Smith on June 21, 2015 at 7:02am

Thank you, Chris, although it saddens me to know the day light hours will be decreasing.

And Happy Fathers Day to all the men out there, fathers or not. I'm treating my 97 yr old father to pizza.

Comment by Plinius on June 21, 2015 at 3:14am

Have a happy solstice!

Comment by Joan Denoo on June 20, 2015 at 10:28am

Fire Science, a class at Newport, WA high school, teaches students the principles of firefighting, and emergency medical services. My great-grandson loves his class and he appears at about 6:21 on this video. The students love the class and learn far more than fire science. They develop life skills that serve them well at their young age and for years to come. I am so very proud of Jacob. 

Comment by The Flying Atheist on June 19, 2015 at 2:02am

I saw that, Ian.  Sorry to hear the bad news.  It's the same situation here.  The Left wants to progress and solve problems.  The Right wants to revert back in time when life was simpler and less complicated.  The problem is, that's just a fantasy.  But they go ahead anyway using the same scare tactics and failed ideology they've always used.  And they're so afraid of incoming (brown) foreigners while totally ignoring the dangerous reality of our homegrown (white) terrorists, nationalists, militias and sovereign citizens. 

Comment by Ian Mason on June 19, 2015 at 1:31am

A gloomy result fro the Danish election. The right-wing won with just over 51% of the votes. The worst of it all is that the Nationalists are now Denmark's second-largest party. The tactic of wipping up a 'brown scare' worked.

Comment by Gerald Payne on June 18, 2015 at 9:06am

Of course neither side is 'innocent', such a generalised term has been used historically to justify all oppression. The truth of the matter is that the Israeli army is an illegal occupying force, used to subdue a people who have a duty to fight for their liberty and right to self determination. Giving soldiers free rein to control a civilian population just about says it all.  

Comment by Randall Smith on June 18, 2015 at 7:21am

Interrupting the current subject: I traded in my '13 Toyota truck for a '15 yesterday. I'm not sure why, exactly. After I bought the '13, I noticed every other vehicle on the road was red--or so it seemed. I'm just not a "red guy". Upon investigation of the possibility of "trading up", I realized I could get a new, not red, one for not much money--$2,350 more to be exact. Sweet deal, I figure. I like the color, "pyrite mica", and its mineral name, being the ex-geology teacher I am.

Comment by Plinius on June 18, 2015 at 12:51am

I agree, neither side is innocent, but the side with most power should have the most empathy.

I knew someone here who was in Auschwitz. After the war he traumatized his wife and young children and in general made life miserable for everyone who met him. "Yes, but he was in Auschwitz.", some people said, and they suffered his bad behaviour. I wouldn't.

Compare such a person to e.g. Wladyslaw Szpilman, who had worse experiences but valued a normal life so much that his children hardly knew his story - they only knew him as a kind father.  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/W%C5%82adys%C5%82aw_Szpilman

Suffering must NOTbe an excuse to make other people miserable.

Comment by Pat on June 17, 2015 at 1:01pm

I've learned a valuable lesson from the Israeli/Palestinian conflict, and the same lesson from the conflict in Northern Ireland, both of which are motivated by an overlay of nationalism buttressed by religious extremism.

Neither side are innocent. Neither side have clean hands in the conflict. Both sides are capable of, and do, carry out atrocities. And, most importantly, neither have a claim to superior morality based upon their nationalism or religion. Each side have equally good and equally evil humans promoting their respective agendas. Victims on one side, when given a certain amount of power, are easily capable of, and often gleefully, bring misery and death upon victims on the other. And, this leads to ingrained mistrust and hatred, which makes a self-fulfilling prophesy of the impossibility of a peaceful settlement all too real.

 

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