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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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Bible Belt Atheist (New York Times)

Started by Loren Miller on Thursday. 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

The Fake Christian Busybody Show (Andrew Bradley)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Plinius Apr 9. 1 Reply

It seems as though there was a Gay Pride parade in some town somewhere and a Christian commentator, herein known as The Activist Mommy, apparently got her panties so in a bunch about it that she had to fire up her video camera and record a…Continue

Tags: gay, pride, The Activist Mommy, Andrew Bradley, America's Best Christian

America Held Hostage: Day 436 (MisterDeity)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner Apr 9. 1 Reply

Now that Sinclair Broadcasting has stated their position regarding fake news and its threat to our democracy, Mister Deity's Brian Dalton has decided to throw his $0.02 worth in as well ... though I don't quite think his presentation was really what…Continue

Tags: fake news, Deity, Mister, Broadcasting, Sinclair

Guns: Both Sides Now (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Christina Scribner Apr 3. 3 Replies

Oh, NO!  The gun debate has gotten so heated that it has Betty Bowers, America's Best Christian, TALKING TO HERSELF!  Apparently, one of her has had a stroke or a serious breakdown in cognitive skills, as she does little more than parrot the NRA's…Continue

Tags: NRA, guns, America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers

how dogma pollutes discourse (qualiasoup & theramintrees)

Started by Loren Miller Apr 3. 0 Replies

"The Lord is our God; the Lord is One." "I am the Way, the Truth, and the Life; no one comes to the Father, but by Me." "There is no god but Allah, and Mohamed is his prophet." Assertions, taught as fact, but without any form of corroborative…Continue

Tags: dogma, QualiaSoup, TheraminTrees

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Comment by Bertold Brautigan on January 10, 2018 at 1:29pm

Interesting article--

Evangelicalism Is Now Officially Recognized as a Tainted Brand
JANUARY 10, 2018 BY CAPTAIN CASSIDY

Patheos

  • We talk a lot about Christianity being, in essence, a business–which makes evangelistic Christians into salespeople for their worldview, which then becomes simply a product they’re pushing at prospective customers, who will–they hope–then go on to purchase the product by adopting that worldview. In the past, for various reasons, Christianity didn’t need sophisticated sales techniques or a particularly proficient sales force. That’s changed significantly over time, but Christians haven’t adapted to that new reality. Well, now there’s another similarity to the business world that we can add to the growing list: Christianity is a brand of sorts, and slowly–oh, very slowly!–the religion’s leaders are starting to recognize just how tainted that brand really is. Today I’ll show you one of the most important recent developments in the religion–and the surreally out-of-touch course of action that Christians are suggesting as a response to that development.

Comment by Randall Smith on January 9, 2018 at 7:40am

I added some photos to my profile page yesterday. I thought I'd add a title today, but didn't expect the act would be mentioned in the "latest activity" column to the right of this page. Oh well. One photo is of sweepers in Beijing. They were everywhere keeping the sidewalks and curbs spotless. Littering is a world wide occurrence.

Comment by Thomas Murray on January 8, 2018 at 8:52pm

There is no bottom deep enough for Christian Republican stupidity:

Kansas Rep. Steve Alford Says Blacks Can't Handle Marijuana

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pz_Wa7vRMyA

Comment by Patricia on January 8, 2018 at 2:58am

We common folk don't get to know what is fact in a place like N.Korea. We just can't trust any of them, or the politicians in general.

Comment by Plinius on January 8, 2018 at 2:56am

And the doubt remains; who gives the info about North Korea (or any other place for that matter) and who profits from the way the info was given? I have less and less reason to trust anything..  But the films or books can be enjoyable, even if I can't decide what part is fact and what part is fiction. I read this book; Suki Kim - Without You, there's no Us - about a South Korean journalist/teacher who worked for a time in North Korea. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on January 8, 2018 at 2:02am

Chris, thank you for the video showing the widening gap between wealth and poverty. It clearly demonstrates the current state of affairs. 

Wealth Inequality in America 

The video on the wealth of N. Korea and USA results from policies and practices that create the gaps. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on January 8, 2018 at 1:51am

Ian, part of being informed is knowing of the Founding Fathers and Churchill, isn't it! I am grateful that you know your history and share your information with us. 

I watched a video of N. Korea

There was a scene of happy couples dancing in the streets in North Korea! We know about the hunger and poverty of that nation. Propaganda plays its part in a utopian dream that holds within its mythology a dystopian nightmare.  

The sad fact is a madman of N. Korea and a madman of U.S. shaking their nuclear weapon buttons at each other while people suffer from cold, hunger, homelessness, lack of access to education and healthcare.

The tragedy caused by greedy men with a concentration of power and money they gained by exploiting those who work. 

Comment by Ian Mason on January 7, 2018 at 9:55pm

That's an inventive list of names. Thanks.

Joan, the US founders seem to be regarded almost as saints or prophets. The nearest British equivalent would be Churchill, who's regarded as a fount of wisdom when he was actually a racist, reactionary bigot. Countries create a national mythology for themselves a sort of comfort blanket they can cling to if challenged. As far as insurrection goes, the horrors of the Soviet and Chinese regimes have put a stop to that. Most people seem to think 'better the Devil you know' than an alternative.

Comment by Chris on January 7, 2018 at 9:07pm

Everyone should have a  rooster, hens and chicks

Suburbia  seems oblivious to barnyard animals.

I wonder how many know what a cattle feedllot is.

It's probably, who cares.

Comment by Chris on January 7, 2018 at 8:49pm

I could see why somewone would leave this or other groups.

Some things just aren't worth the time, or bother.

 

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