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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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bending truth, or "We Can All Be Manipulated" (TheraminTrees)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Compelledunbeliever 21 hours ago. 37 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 Ruth Anthony-Gardner on August 7, 2014 at 10:15pm

At least he didn't get off with "stand your ground". I'm glad I never had to serve. Sounds rough k.h. ky.

Comment by k.h. ky on August 7, 2014 at 6:08pm
Speaking of trials, the man in Detroit who killed the 19 year old woman who was knocking on his door, asking for help, after an auto accident, has been found guilty.
And I'm glad. I was afraid it would be another case like Zimmerman.
Comment by k.h. ky on August 7, 2014 at 6:00pm
Joan, that accident happened very close to where I live.
Comment by k.h. ky on August 7, 2014 at 5:58pm
Spud, I felt the same way. Not only did we have to render the verdict we had to impose the sentence. Two of the jurors were in tears when it was over. A third made the remark that she would never serve on a jury again.
It was a tremendous weight on all of us. It bothers me a lot more than I expected.
Comment by Idaho Spud on August 7, 2014 at 3:46pm

I like that video Ruth.  Good to see people helping each other once in a while.  I focus too much on the negative for my own good.

Talking about Jury duty, I was called 2 times.  The first time, I was in the backup group and was not needed.  The 2nd time, I was old enough that I got out of it by stating my age and asking to be excused.  

Both times, I was conflicted.  I would have liked to have seen what it was like to be on a jury, and I think I could have been of help in rendering a proper verdict.  On the other hand, I'm glad I never had to have someone's fate even partially depend on me.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on August 7, 2014 at 3:27pm

That's a great video, Ruth.  I honestly believe we would do the same here.  We are all human, and most of us have empathy.  A large group of people anywhere in the world I think would be prompted to act in such a heroic manner.  Just my 2-cent opinion. 

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on August 7, 2014 at 3:13pm

In Australia, a man's leg slipped in the gap between the platform and train. Everybody helped tip the train, to rescue him.

I wonder if US commuters would have been as quick-thinking and helpful.

Comment by Randall Smith on August 7, 2014 at 7:16am

In all my years, I've never had to serve jury duty. My hat's off, k.h., for your service. 

Joan, how often do we see a volunteer or good Samaritan die or get killed trying to save someone? How do god believers explain that?

Comment by Joan Denoo on August 7, 2014 at 12:16am

Laura had this comment on Facebook: 

"Laura Smith-Johnson via Volunteer Firefighters

"This is why we do traffic control at incidents - to protect the ones who are helping others by preventing accidents like this one. It might be inconvenient for motorists, but it saves lives and prevents injuries to responders."
These were volunteer firefighters. 
Comment by Joan Denoo on August 6, 2014 at 11:50pm

I just posted a piece on dyslexia on my "Brain Studies Discussions" titled "Dyslexia: Scribbled Stunning Portraits of Famous Dyslexics" that you may like to read. 

 

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