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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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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

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

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Joan Denoo Sep 2. 28 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

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 The Flying Atheist on August 6, 2014 at 5:23pm

Here's a little something to help everyone get over that Wednesday hump.  My parents have this album. 

Comment by The Flying Atheist on August 6, 2014 at 4:58pm

Love that meme, Patricia.  **I'm stealing it.**

Comment by Grinning Cat on August 6, 2014 at 12:53pm

Thanks, Bertold, for sharing "Why Won't God Heal Amputees". After establishing that the Christian idea of a god who answers substantial prayers is a delusion, it discusses the true, secular basis of goodness and morality.

The notion that "we are all in this together" is the beginning of everything good about human beings.

I've been recommending to friends the site's conclusion, a bold humanist call for us people to create a "Heaven on Earth".

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on August 6, 2014 at 9:22am

I like your post, booklover. It reminded me of another nice site:

http://whywontgodhealamputees.com/

Comment by Randall Smith on August 6, 2014 at 8:10am

It's true tht black dogs abound in a shelter. The people there said so. That's one reason I chose Dot. Another statement of antiestablishmentarianism! Glad you all approve of my choice. 

Comment by Loren Miller on August 6, 2014 at 5:41am

Toledo's water problems are pretty much local to that city, but if they can't deal with the fertilizer run-off issue, that problem could become others' as well.  For what I hear, they currently have the algae bloom under control, but the issue remains ongoing.

Thanks for your concern, Carl.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on August 6, 2014 at 2:08am

I hope Napoleon is all right as well.  I like him because he's a rebel and a lightning rod for tender emotions.  lol 

Comment by Plinius on August 6, 2014 at 2:03am

Good you're back Ian, and I like the poem!

Napoleon has disappeared from AN. I hope he's all right.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on August 5, 2014 at 11:52pm

Loren, I hope you aren't in danger of having water problems like they are having in Toledo.  They were even testing the water here in Chicago from Lake Michigan as a result. 

Hello, Ian.  I noticed you've been absent, but you have redeemed yourself with a thought-provoking poem.  I hope all is well with you.

Seems we haven't heard from Steph or Napoleon in quite some time.  Perhaps they have been active in other groups on Atheist/Nexus, but I haven't seen their names popping up elsewhere. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on August 5, 2014 at 11:00pm

Patricia, there is whimsey in the pictures you share. 

 

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