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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 Idaho Spud on November 4, 2014 at 5:22am

Haven't eaten (or seen) any smarties of 30 or 40 years.  I think I liked them though.  Haven't eaten any M&Ms for 20 years, even though I definitely like them.

Candy is way too expensive, so I seldom buy any.

When I buy candy for the halloween kiddies, I always buy my favorites, and they appreciate it.  I've heard at least one little guy say "Boy, he gives the best candy."

Comment by Idaho Spud on November 4, 2014 at 5:16am

Ian, I'm saving your statement of god's plan.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on November 4, 2014 at 1:12am

Comment by The Flying Atheist on November 4, 2014 at 12:09am

Yes, Ian and CLAWS, I discovered the different Smarties when I Googled them to find a photo.  That's when I also found out that they are made with Dextrose instead of sugar.  According to the Wikipedia entry the company changed from sugar to Dextrose in the 1970's when sugar prices skyrocketed.  They have two manufacturing plants:  one in the USA and one in Canada (where the candy is called "Rockets.")

The European chocolate Smarties are owned by Nestle but are not sold in the US because of the "Smarties" registered trademark name. 

Don't you just love the internet?!  A world of knowledge is at your fingertips. 

Comment by Ian Mason on November 3, 2014 at 10:55pm

Comment by Joan Denoo on November 3, 2014 at 10:46pm

Ian, I like Margaret Atwood's "The Handmaid's Tale" too. Hits a little too close to reality. Makes me shudder to think of what a society could become if there were not energies forcing radicalism back to center. 

I have not read Ann Radcliffe's "Mysteries of Udolpho".

Comment by Ian Mason on November 3, 2014 at 10:06pm

Nice one, CLAWS. Stealing.

So that's what American Smarties look like. In Britain they're the same thing as M&Ms.

Just finished Margaret Atwood's "The Handmaid's Tale", future fiction where the U.S. has become a patriarchal theocracy and a polluted wreck. Damn good book. Before that, Ann Radcliffe's "Mysteries of Udolpho", one of the Gothic classics. Overlong and overwritten but still a pleasure. And all the "supernatural" events have logical explanations.

Comment by Joan Denoo on November 3, 2014 at 9:27pm

C.L.A.W.S.  "God hates facts" fits perfectly. Thanks. Reposting. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on November 3, 2014 at 9:13pm

Mindy, the thought of the family working together as a team to help your daughter reach her goals just feels very good to me. That sense of people pulling together for a common coal is what being family is about. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on November 3, 2014 at 9:11pm

Randal, such good news about your family and the ways you play together. Sounds like a great time. Will there be photos?

 

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