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

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Compelledunbeliever yesterday. 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 Plinius on August 5, 2014 at 2:03am

Thanks, Joan! I've lost all my relatives but I've learnt to find my family in people I happened to meet, and they have taught me a lot of things I needed and they brought happiness! Part of my family is here on AN. ;-)

I love the ice sculptures, Carl!

Comment by Joan Denoo on August 4, 2014 at 9:01pm

Chris, I am sorry to learn of your brother's condition. You lost a brother all those years ago. Your comment, "Nice character traits dissolve in alcohol" tells a sad story. 

Your gentle, kind, caring character reveals your very different track, and I am so very glad you are with us. Your a real treasure. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on August 4, 2014 at 8:57pm

Randy, glad to learn that Dot is settling in and you get along. Looking forward to photos. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on August 4, 2014 at 8:56pm

Carl, a very interesting way to commemorate WW I soldiers and victims. I see lots of cameras taking the scene for posterity. 

Comment by The Flying Atheist on August 4, 2014 at 6:29pm

I happened upon this article about an art installation put up in Birmingham, England to commemorate the soldiers and victims of World War 1.  I thought it was so moving and thought-provoking that I wanted to share it with you.  This is what I love about art:  it visually displays that which words cannot fully express. 

5,000 Melting Ice Sculptures In Birmingham Commemorate Victims Of WWI

Comment by k.h. ky on August 4, 2014 at 11:49am
Maybe they'll still let me out of here. The final twelve haven't been pulled yet. We're down to the attorney's letting us go.
I want to go.
Comment by k.h. ky on August 4, 2014 at 11:47am
Yep
Comment by The Flying Atheist on August 4, 2014 at 11:46am

Jury duty, k.h.?

Comment by k.h. ky on August 4, 2014 at 11:37am
Sitting in the hall at the court house. Waiting for the murder trial to begin.
Comment by Plinius on August 4, 2014 at 8:13am

He is six years older than I am and steadily drinking on as far as I know, Joan. Nice character traits dissolve in alcohol, and he had not much to start with. I saw him last year for the first time in thirty years, and decided that that meeting will do for the next thirty years as well.

 

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