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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 Bertold Brautigan 8 hours ago. 34 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 sk8eycat on October 18, 2014 at 3:48pm
Comment by sk8eycat on October 18, 2014 at 3:41pm

Mindy, where do you find those?  Super!

I wonder what those rapture-belivers think or feel about the fate of their pets in such a situation.  Domestic animals have NO survival skills, and would suffer horribly and die, and since xians have been taught that animals have no souls (no matter what those "Rainbow Bridge" cards say), they would never be reunited in some imaginary afterlife.

One of my friends had the guts to walk out of Sunday school much earlier than I did because her dogs and cats were, and still are, the center of her life.

It all comes back to the fact that those people really don't give a rat's a$$ about anything but themselves.  It's  very self-centered, arrogant way of life.

Comment by Randall Smith on October 18, 2014 at 7:46am

Felaine, I can relate. I was forced to go to church and Sunday School. My mother was choir director and I was her leading bass. (Dad sang tenor). Of course, I was a member and eventual president of the MYF (Methodist Youth Fellowship). I pretty much faked piety.

Comment by Plinius on October 18, 2014 at 2:25am

What a happy baby Brooklyn is! What does her name mean to you? All I can find is Brooklyn, New York or, older, Breukelen, the Netherlands. I think I miss something here.

Comment by sk8eycat on October 18, 2014 at 1:10am

Dear Flyer, about that frog cartoon....Gahhhh!  I'm glad I was on the college prep track in HS...I had a choice of sciences instead of just biology,  I didn't want to cut up any animals, even if they were already dead.

I did make one really stupid mistakr when I was in 8th or 9th grade,  I started going to the Baptwit church...mostly because a lot of cute guys went to that one.  I also joined YOUNG LIFE because of the good-looking boys....and became a Jobie because my dad was a Mason, and we had a lot of social events with the DeMolay guys in addition to the boring meetings.

What I was really doing was trying to pray my father out of his vodka bottle.  I didn't know that "Nothing fails like prayer."

I later learned that Young Life was (and still is) a subsidiary of The Family Fellowship, one of the most subversive organizations in the USA.

Sometimes I still feel like I was a damfool, and a pain in the ass to my classmates back then.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on October 17, 2014 at 11:25pm

Comment by The Flying Atheist on October 17, 2014 at 11:24pm

Comment by The Flying Atheist on October 17, 2014 at 11:04pm

A beautiful baby, Joan!  Lovely photo. 

Comment by Ian Mason on October 17, 2014 at 10:00pm

Children are often very perceptive and can see through the lies.

A happy baby always causes smiles. Thanks, Joan.

Comment by Joan Denoo on October 17, 2014 at 9:31pm

Brooklyn almost 3 months old ... sharing the joy of being alive!

 

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