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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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Discussion Forum

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

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Compelledunbeliever 11 hours ago. 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 k.h. ky on August 5, 2016 at 11:18am
Carl, I believe you and I are caught in the same heat/rain cycle. Except we're getting more rain and flash floods in the south. Hopefully you're surviving this summer and getting stronger.
I haven't seen a post from Pat lately have you?
Comment by The Flying Atheist on August 4, 2016 at 11:00pm

By the way, Kathy, I hope you're also staying cool.

Why Do We Call Them the 'Dog Days' of Summer? - National Geographic

Comment by The Flying Atheist on August 4, 2016 at 10:39pm

Yes, Randy.  Luckily I haven't needed to be out and about so I've basically been a hermit in my air-conditioned cave.  Hope you're staying cool as well.

Kathy, the whole world is laughing at us and our politics.  I don't blame them.  It's beyond embarrassing.  What spews out of Trump's mouth is downright horrifying and dangerous.  We have an unstable sociopath who's a chronic liar running for president.  And that's not hyperbole!

Comment by Randall Smith on August 4, 2016 at 10:16am

I, too, checked out the trailer to Human. Looks intriguing.

Surviving the heat, Carl?

Comment by Plinius on August 4, 2016 at 6:22am

Enjoy yourself watchng it, Carl!

Comment by k.h. ky on August 4, 2016 at 12:16am
I just read a cute article from *The Guardian* dated today. People had a good time poking fun at the size of Trumps hand by comparing their own hand to a brass imprint of Trumps. The cast hangs at Madam Tussaud's in NYC.
Comment by The Flying Atheist on August 3, 2016 at 4:41pm

Chris, Human looks like a great film.  I watched the trailer and saw that the whole movie is available on YouTube. I'll check it out.  Thanks for the recommendation! 

Comment by Qiana-Maieev on August 3, 2016 at 2:01pm

Another reason why religion does not belong in the workplace!

Comment by Idaho Spud on August 3, 2016 at 7:10am

Another good reason to boycott Albertson's.

Comment by Joan Denoo on August 3, 2016 at 3:49am

Spud, I boycott Albertson's because their pharmacists are allowed to override the prescription of a doctor and deny access to the morning after pill. 

If a check-out person does not believe in contraception, does that person have a right to refuse birth control pills or condoms to a customer? Why should it be different about the morning after pill?

The pharmacist has a right not to fill a prescription and customers have a right to boycott the store.

 

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