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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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11 "unanswerable" questions for atheists - answered (Aron Ra)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Tom Sarbeck Jun 6. 1 Reply

If you spend any time around YouTube and have any history of looking at atheist material (or even theist material!), you will inevitably run into: "XX Questions Atheists Can't Answer."  These are occasionally followed by: "XX Questions Atheists…Continue

Tags: apologist, answer, questions, unanswerable, Aron Ra

worshipping narcissists (qualiasoup & theramintrees)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Idaho Spud Jun 3. 1 Reply

They're all around us: people who perceive the world as revolving around them and will go to considerable lengths to make it so: narcissists.  Such beings have been with humanity, I suspect, since humanity emerged from the gene pool.  Even worse,…Continue

Tags: narcissist, QualiaSoup, TheraminTrees

Secular and Reclaimed Winter Holiday Songs

Started by Grinning Cat. Last reply by Grinning Cat May 2. 42 Replies

This is an appropriate day of the year for this subject...What are some of your favorite winter holiday songs?It would be especially good to share powerful new secular lyrics to tunes that have become associated with Christmas.…Continue

Tags: singing, lyrics, reclaimed, reclaiming, HumanLight

appropriating morality (TheraminTrees)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Joan Denoo May 1. 7 Replies

We've all heard the claim: "Human morality comes from god."  And we've all seen for ourselves what Yahweh's "morality" looks like, from condemnations of homosexuality and the treatment of women as chattel to inexplicable sanctions against the eating…Continue

Tags: morality, appropriating, TheraminTrees

Bible Belt Atheist (New York Times)

Started by Loren Miller Apr 19. 0 Replies

The following showed up in my YouTube feed this morning, and I decided to have a look.  Turns out, the New York Times has given us a reasonably even-handed look at a good friend of ours, being one Jerry DeWitt, former bible-thumper and now a pretty…Continue

Tags: Bible Belt, atheist, Jerry DeWitt

How would you respond?

Started by Christina Scribner. Last reply by Christina Scribner Apr 10. 5 Replies

So, this morning, I was at my local coffee shop as I am most weekdays between bus runs. I do the editing on my husband's books so I had my laptop with me. My wallpaper is a picture I found online sometime back of a double helix with the word atheist…Continue

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Comment by Plinius on September 1, 2016 at 12:15am

Such a lot of news when I'm busy! Sorry that we've lost Pat! It's good to think of ways to find each other - I think Loren has my e-mail. And when I'm tired I play stupid games on Facebook, using the name Selena Challoner. After the disappearance of Felaine and now Pat, I want to be found by the people I choose.

Glad you survived your course, Ian! It's disconcerting to see how people make a mess of their own life and other's lives.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on August 31, 2016 at 11:35pm

I hope we're wrong about Pat, but it's obviously strange that he disapeared from here without any trace.  His profile is still here.  I remember well in the "Food" group when he posted a photo of his very sizable and impressive cast iron cooking pan collection.  He was very passionate about food.   

Kathy, I'm thinking about you while you wait for test results.  I know how that is.....nerve–racking. 

Ian, what a loathsome experience.  At least the extramarital affair was between two adults.  My first year high school biology teacher managed to impregnate one of my classmates.  He was a young, newly married guy in his first year of teaching.  He wasn't back the next year.  And of course this was at my Lutheran high school.  Religion classes, chapel every Wednesday, etc. 

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on August 31, 2016 at 10:31pm

Glad you weathered the storm, Ian. Also glad to know we here in the States don't have a monopoly on the level of professionalism you described.

Comment by Ian Mason on August 31, 2016 at 10:22pm

8 days of short, intensive courses finished. I now know a very little about: warehouse layout, ordering and despatch of goods and Microsoft Navision, which I found to be a minefield. I'm glad it's all over.
The teacher was an idiot. He took an instant dislike to 2 people in the group and showed it AND took too much of a liking to one of the women, leading to a poorly-hidden affair. Him a married man with small children!

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on August 31, 2016 at 9:44pm

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on August 31, 2016 at 9:43pm

Putting this here since it doesn't quite fit in Atheist humor.

Though they murdered six million
In the ovens they fried
The Germans now too
Have God on their side

--Bob Dylan

[Buckle translation: God with us]

Comment by Joan Denoo on August 31, 2016 at 3:22pm

I used Search Google by image and learned this: 

 plaza de la revolución "Revolution Square" is a municipality (or borough) and a square in Havana, Cuba.

That is as far as I could go.

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on August 31, 2016 at 2:43pm

I really miss Pat as well. He brought a wonderfully sardonic sense of humor and a magnificent way with words to us all.

Comment by kathy: ky on August 31, 2016 at 2:16pm
I really liked Pat. He was close to the area I live in and very funny.
Comment by kathy: ky on August 31, 2016 at 2:14pm
Daniel that's good to know. The only reason I don't publish my name is family and the area I live in. I often say things about the place I live and family members that they would find hurtful.
 

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