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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 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

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 Ruth Anthony-Gardner on December 1, 2015 at 10:22pm

There are still plenty of young men clinging to the irresponsibility of boyhood, unfortunately. I guess research would tell us what percentages changed over time.

Comment by Joan Denoo on November 30, 2015 at 11:42pm

So many men of my generation grew up to remain boys. They wanted what they wanted when they wanted it, including sex. The men expected to be served by a non-complaining mother figure. The football heroes remained adolescent even until our 40th class reunion when I decided I had nothing in common with them. 

Many of the women of my generation bore the children of the young men, and many discovered they had to raise babies into adulthood without the emotional and financial help of the fathers.

It seemed strange to me that many fathers did not have the emotional bonding with their children that many mothers had.

Living with my daughter and her husband is an eye opener for me. They each have their businesses, they work together as a team on a joint enterprise, they share the tasks of doing the many chores of the household and of raising children. They both appear happy in their relationship and with the way they organize things.  

Witnessing the end of the patriarchal nature of my ancient family tree and the ease with which Laura and Larry share responsibilities gives me high hopes for the evolution of the family that occurred in my lifetime. I only wish my parents and grandparents could see the benefits to both men and women for this development in our family. 

Comment by Randall Smith on November 30, 2015 at 8:02am

Loren, good post. I often wonder if others acknowledge and appreciate the good I do, despite being a non-Christian. I doubt if they would ever admit it, certainly not out loud!

On into December. With the Christmas season upon us, I rather dread (if that's the right word) the month. Take a deep breath, Randy! 

Comment by Plinius on November 30, 2015 at 12:48am

Thanks Kathy!

Thanks for that story, Loren! I'm going to use it.

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on November 29, 2015 at 11:09pm

Aversion therapy, you got that right, Ian.

I hope everyone had a good weekend.

Comment by Ian Mason on November 29, 2015 at 10:14pm

Overexposure, Chris. The same songs on the radio and the same muzak in all the shops. It becomes aversion therapy.

Comment by Loren Miller on November 29, 2015 at 7:17pm

I thought the following was pretty good.  You can click on the image to enlarge it.

Comment by kathy: ky on November 29, 2015 at 3:05pm
Chris you did a great job.
Comment by Plinius on November 29, 2015 at 12:49am

And I really hate Dutch songs - how did we do that, Ian?

Comment by Ian Mason on November 28, 2015 at 10:47pm

Ella has a great voice but so has Adele, in my ears.

Ruth, exposure has a great influence. When I lived in England I couldn't bear the Xmas music that I couln't escape. Now I enjoy a good choir singing carols. It's the Danish songs that blare from every radio and shop that I can't stand.

 

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