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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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An AN member passed away

Started by Deidre. Last reply by Deidre Aug 18. 4 Replies

Went into the chat room last Friday night, for the first time in a while, and learned that Mequa passed away. I had been good friends with him for a time, but we had differences and stopped talking back in the spring of this year. I knew however,…Continue

A Parable by Mrs. Betty Bowers

Started by Loren Miller Aug 17. 0 Replies

Betty Bowers is becoming SO GOOD at delivering as America's Best Christian, she now does 30-second parables!  (Okay, 32 seconds!  Picky, picky!) Have You Had YOUR Betty Today?Continue

Tags: bible, parable, America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers

Goodwill to Few Men (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Michael Penn Aug 16. 8 Replies

Think Goodwill Industries does well by the poor?  Fact is, they do WAY BETTER for themselves, to the point where America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers, thinks they're ripping off the christian playbook a bit too well!  Have a look for yourself:…Continue

Tags: ripoff, Goodwill Industries, America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers

Steven Weinberg on his anti-theism

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Loren Miller Aug 2. 4 Replies

I like the sound of Steven Weinberg's voice. He has a calming impact on me as I rush to get my home of 41 years ready to sell and plan and put into motion the new garden at my daughter's home. My home is full o empty boxed quickly filling with the…Continue

Your favorite photobombs?

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Plinius Jul 10. 12 Replies

Running of the bulls photobomb.Continue

losing faith (TheraminTrees)

Started by Loren Miller Jul 5. 0 Replies

TheraminTrees has recently begun producing a new series of YouTube videos, which added to a wonderful library of earlier observations regarding his experience of religion. Good as all those pieces are, I personally think they pale against this…Continue

Tags: story, history, faith, TheraminTrees

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Comment by Plinius on April 9, 2014 at 6:04am

Very special bird, Napoleon! I wondered how much training he had, then remembered the starlings at Rotterdam Central Station - they mimick the screeching sounds of trams and trains. I can't figure what they get out of it - fun? 

Comment by sk8eycat on April 9, 2014 at 12:13am

Joan, the only problem with my two question is that the average doorbell-ringer probably doesn't understand  about DNA, and how "X" and "Y" chromosomes enter into determining the sex of offspring.

I do know that if all the Holey Spook did was activate one of Mary's ova without intercourse of any kind, Jesus should have been a girl. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on April 9, 2014 at 12:08am

Napoleon, I enjoy your bird talker! Do you know what kind of bird it is? 

Comment by sk8eycat on April 8, 2014 at 11:57pm

Napoleon, is that a mynah?  I used to "know" one who was raised next to a motorcycle repair shop, and he could perfectly imitate a Harley starting up and driving away.  He even went through some motions...rhythmic bobbing during the start-up, and then spreading his wings and leaning forward on his perch during the drive-away part.

Also, my father's aunt had a mynah who would say, "Why don't you get a GOOD cigar?" He's do that when Dad would light up his pipe. (Dad lived with Aunt Grace when  he was going to college...smoking a pipe was supposed to be "cool.")

Comment by Joan Denoo on April 8, 2014 at 11:51pm

Felane, wonderful questions. They go onto the sheet! 

Comment by Ian Mason on April 8, 2014 at 11:46pm

Well done, Joan. You have, as we say in England, bottle.

Patricia, I too search hard for a daily laugh or smile.

Loren, I'm glad you enjoyed your evening but I wouldn't attend myself. I used to take part in debates on Dawkin's website but soon tired of the sycophancy. "I can never be as good an atheist as Richard" was the comment that finally turned me off. Hero worship just isn't a part of my nature.

Comment by sk8eycat on April 8, 2014 at 9:11pm

"Do you really believe that a female was made from the rib of a male?"  OR "In the case of parthenogenesis, how did a woman give birth to a son?  Where did the 'Y' chromosome come from?"

Why didn't YHWH tell his "chosen people" that the earth is NOT flat?

Comment by Joan Denoo on April 8, 2014 at 8:30pm

Please don't misunderstand me. In 1974, when I was first trying to break away from being a victim, I used violence in return to my father. I would do it again. 

However, I find being unattached a better strategy when dealing with believers, especially the kind that want laws enacted that restrict my judgment, i.e. I will fight:

1) those who want to take away the right of a woman to have control over her own body and

2) those who want intelligent design taught in public schools.

In those cases, they intrude on my rights as a human being and an adult. 

In other encounters, I use the Socratic process: 

Do you really believe there is a supernatural energy who made heaven and Earth? 

or a supernatural energy impregnated a woman? 

or a virgin gave birth to a son? 

or a man who had supernatural power lived on the Earth? 

or in a supernatural spirit? 

or a supernatural man died, was buried, descended into hell? 

or a supernatural man who rose from being dead three days?

or a supernatural man ascended into heaven? 

or do you believe you are part of a group chosen by a supernatural being entitled to redemption? 

or that I have to testify that So-or-so is my lord and master? 

or in the communion of saints? 

or the forgiveness of sin? 

or the resurrection of the body? 

or in a life everlasting? 

As I hear their answers, I take note of them; then ask for the evidence they can give to validate their beliefs. 

There is no need to memorize scripture; all you need to remember are the basic principles of what is real and what is delusion. 

No argument is necessary; it is a strategy to ask and hear their answers. Not to argue with them, or challenge them, or to convert them. I simply want to get the question out into the air and hear their responses. The individual with whom I am in conversation may not ever give thought to what I am asking and their answer. But if there is an audience, especially if the audience is young, they have an opportunity to ask themselves whether these things are true or not. 

It is none of my business what another thinks. It is my business to speak my thoughts. The other can scream, shout, pout, cry, plead, demand, threaten, bully or try to dominate. Just come back with a basic question, "Do you really believe ....?" Leave questions in the air. 

Comment by Brent Feeney on April 8, 2014 at 5:44pm

You're right Joan. I shoulda stood up and basically told him to turn me in - and to shove it up a certain portion of his anatomy. That's my fault. I'm not gonna let it happen again.

That's an interesting story as well. Thanks for sharing. Hope you're doing well.

Comment by Idaho Spud on April 8, 2014 at 4:22pm

I love how you stand up to bullies Joan.

 

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