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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.

Nobody here is into mind games. A discussion started with a loaded guilt-throwing question will be deleted.

This group is not intended to compete with other groups on topics they cover but to "fill in the cracks." Whenever a discussion dwells at length on a topic for which there's an existing group, we urge you to provide members a link to that group to continue along their tangent.

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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

The Playboy Interview: Richard Dawkins

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Loren Miller Mar 28. 16 Replies

I suppose it was the news that Playboy magazine was returning nudes to its pages after a year's hiatus that sufficiently perked my curiosity to check them out again.  I hadn't looked at Playboy since perhaps 2008, when I began to recognize that I…Continue

Tags: Richard Dawkins, Playboy

God's Annual Performance Review (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner Mar 19. 6 Replies

I don't know about you guys, but there wasn't a performance review I had in 30 years of field service that I didn't LOATHE.  It seems as though Betty Bowers, America's Best Christian, is up for turning the tables on the person you would expect would…Continue

Tags: review, performance, god, American's Best Christian, Betty Bowers

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Comment by Bertold Brautigan on April 2, 2015 at 7:58am

All Fridays are good :-)

Comment by Randall Smith on April 2, 2015 at 7:37am

Gee, I'd almost forgotten it is Easter time. Palm Sunday slipped by me, and tomorrow is "Good Friday". In the past, all these events get a lot of media coverage. Perhaps "the times, they are a-changin' ". we can only hope.

Comment by Plinius on April 2, 2015 at 2:34am

Sound like a nice tradition, Ian! Gaekkebrev - gekkenbrief - letter from a madman?

Comment by Ian Mason on April 2, 2015 at 2:18am

A happy Spring holiday/Easter/Peshak etc. etc. to you all.

Lovely music, Joan.

I've just got my first "gækkebrev" in years. A Danish tradition of sending an anonymus paperclip letter. If I don't guess who the sender is, I owe an Easter egg. I think it's my daughter as she'sdropping by tomorrow.

Comment by Joan Denoo on April 1, 2015 at 10:08am

Good morning, Earth! blue skies, frost on the garage roof, part of the living room clean, 99% of the rest to get attention. 

Comment by Randall Smith on March 31, 2015 at 8:09am

Joan, My son in law is very knowledgeble about soil science.  In fact, he's a featured speaker at Purdue and other gatherings. It just takes time to build the soil back up in a natural way. Fertilizer speeds up the process.

PBS showed part 1 of its cancer show last night (Part 2 tonight). Interesting. It's done by Ken Burns. Can anybody explain Burns' hair? It's grotesque!

Comment by Plinius on March 31, 2015 at 7:54am

It's a nice storm, Joan, I enjoyed it very much. Lots of fresh air. A bit difficult to walk in the wind but not a real problem. Some of the people in my course stayed home this morning, but they are a bit frailer than I am. The wind is still bellowing and whistling, the streets are full of broken twigs and some dead umbrellas, but all is ok.

Why I like the wind? This is the Randstad - a conglomerate of towns and villages from here to the north of Amsterdam. The rural areas between residential areas are filled up with industry, but if you look carefully you might find a few green patches with cows. The moment that there's no wind you can feel your lungs deteriorating, so I vote for wind every day and regular showers of rain.  

Comment by Joan Denoo on March 30, 2015 at 2:58pm

I'm not into parties, either. I like the idea of you becoming more active with your atheism. We need every effort that can happen. Do you have any ideas of how you will do that? You write powerfully, and I suspect you are a powerful speaker. I have a hunch you would be good with a college age group. You talk collegeze. 

Also, you have enough memory to be able to take on any challengers and do them one better. I love that about you. 

Reason Rally 2!!!!!!!!

I wonder where they consider holding it. 

When Silverman held American Atheists conference in Salt Lake City, I didn't like the idea at first. However, articles and videos revealed it to be a most interesting place to have serious discussions with believers, as well as debates and presentations. Getting into the middle of a hornet's nest offers some risks, as well as some surprising benefits. Remember the discussion panel with Mormons and atheists discussing differences and similarities and challenges?

I wonder how the numbers were for membership in American Atheists. I'll find out. 

That being the case, the deepest bible belt would be the identified hornet's nest. 

Comment by Loren Miller on March 30, 2015 at 2:33pm

I'm not much of a party animal, Joan.  My wife and I make our own fun for the large part.

I got with FFRF and the Northern Ohio Freethought Society (NOFS) because I wanted to do more with my atheism than I could just here on Atheist Nexus.  So far, the experience has been pretty good, and I'll be curious to see what comes down in the future.

Worthy of note, too: David Silverman is talking about 2016 being the year of Reason Rally 2!!!

Comment by Joan Denoo on March 30, 2015 at 2:18pm

Spud, how are things going for you? Are you into the hard physical labor yet in the garden or are you still able to sit and watch the soil thaw?

I forgot, do you have pets of your own? I remember you had visiting pets, as do I. 

Hope you are feeling well, with no unexpected aches and pains. 

 

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