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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 Donald L. Engel on June 2, 2016 at 12:05pm

Randy,  I am retired military.  I've worked with blacks, I've worked under blacks, and I've had blacks working for me. I am not prejudiced.  With that said, Obama has wiped out years of improving race relations in the U.S.. Our military is almost decimated.  We were knocked down a rung or two in the eyes of the world when he drew a red line in the sand, and then didn't follow through wtih the threat.  I'm not saying he should have followed through, but he never should have made such a threat if he wasn't going to follow through.  Health costs have gone way up for almost every American because of his health care program.  There are a few other problems, but this is enough to get you thinking.

Is he a good man?  I think he is, but he wasn't qualified to be president.  (In my opinion.)

Comment by Grinning Cat on June 2, 2016 at 11:49am

Randy, President Obama's Q&A last night was impressive, all right! People can watch a video and/or read a transcript at the PBS Newshour page "Questions for President Obama: A Town Hall Special".

"I'm still wondering why nearly half the American public disprove of Obama."

Maybe because he's "guilty" of presidenting while black?

That could tie into some people's need to feel good about themselves by feeling superior to someone else -- self-esteem via invidious comparison -- "I'm OK, he's not OK."

Comment by Ian Mason on June 2, 2016 at 10:53am

Glad to hear that everyone is doing well under their own special circumstances. You're such good people.

I've just sorted out my future for the next 6 weeks. First, a course to learn to drive a fork-lift truck and second, 4 weeks practical experience at a builders merchant/DIY centre. That should keep me busy for part of the summer.

Comment by Randall Smith on June 2, 2016 at 7:33am

And.... "If I can't take it with me (at death), I'm not going."

President Obama was in my home state at Elkhart, IN yesterday. I watched him on PBS last night answering questions from the audience. A couple of things struck me.

The first was, when he was introduced and came on stage, nobody stood up in respect. My goodness, he's the president of the United States, agree with him or not!

Questions asked of him were good. His answers were better. He was specific and non-evasive. I tried to imagine Trump answering similar questions.

I'm still wondering why nearly half the American public disprove of Obama. In my opinion, he's been an outstanding president. His accomplishments are many and beneficial. He's likeable. I'm proud to proclaim I'm one of his biggest admirers.

Comment by Grinning Cat on June 2, 2016 at 6:46am

"I wouldn't mind dying — it's that business of having to stay dead that scares the shit out of me." — R. Geis

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on June 2, 2016 at 3:34am

Talking to my oldest best friend, and he tells me a story I'd never heard. An optimist and a pessimist are simultaneously pushed off the roof of the Empire State Building. As they plummet past the 50th floor, the optimist says So far, so good.

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on June 1, 2016 at 9:52pm

Hmmm - the link works fine for me on Windows 10 and Chrome. You could go to YouTube and search for Steve Wynn - God Doesn't Like It.

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on June 1, 2016 at 8:24pm

Great theme song for Christians:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bHs7Vq_JpFY

Comment by Grinning Cat on June 1, 2016 at 7:02pm

Joan, I also missed the news -- glad to read that you're happy, back in your own home!

Qiana, that picture looks very much like a melding of the FSM, a longhaired Ceiling Cat, and Yoda! Maybe they're all aspects of the same being. :)

Comment by Joan Denoo on June 1, 2016 at 6:35pm

Carl, I am very excited to read your update and the things you can do now. If you like to write, or if research brings you pleasure, being retired opens up golden opportunities, or if you like tying fishing flies, or making bamboo furniture or talking with friends, you are now free!

 

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