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Hang With Friends

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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.

Nobody here is into mind games. A discussion started with a loaded guilt-throwing question will be deleted.

This group is not intended to compete with other groups on topics they cover but to "fill in the cracks." Whenever a discussion dwells at length on a topic for which there's an existing group, we urge you to provide members a link to that group to continue along their tangent.

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Discussion Forum

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

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Compelledunbeliever 56 minutes 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 Loren Miller on July 18, 2014 at 6:56pm

Something substantial yet mellow to round out your work week: yet another Radiohead transcription by Christopher O'Riley.

Comment by Joan Denoo on July 18, 2014 at 2:44pm

100 homes destroyed in Carlton Complex Fire

Our skies are gray, ash falls all around, the sun is reddish/orange. I feel so sad for all those businesses and homes that went up in flames. One woman said she had 3 minutes notice to get out when the wind shifted.  These fires were started during that terrible storm we had a few days ago. Very strong lightning strike over all this region. 

Comment by The Flying Atheist on July 18, 2014 at 2:24pm

Joan, I agree that we need to have political discussions, but they should be done in a different group.  I like to keep in mind that Hang With Friends includes lots of people from countries other than the U.S.  I wouldn't want to alienate them by having regular discussions here concerning U.S. politics.  Just my 2-cent rebuttal. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on July 18, 2014 at 2:12pm

 k.h. ky, I am with you "Let's have a Warren/Sanders ticket."

Comment by Joan Denoo on July 18, 2014 at 2:09pm

Mindy, a very sweet episode that just makes my heart sing! Observing families growing up and being close is the greatest thing I know. Good job to you and your hubby, and a hat tip. 

There seems to be no photo of an older woman giving a hit tip, so add 50 years to this young woman in your imagination and you have my hat tip. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on July 18, 2014 at 2:00pm

This speech gets my vote for her as POTUS. She knows the fight that needs to be fought and will not back down from it. This is not rhetoric with her. She is not a bought Senator and will not be a bought President. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on July 18, 2014 at 1:50pm

Carl, I would like to see Elizabeth Warren as president as well. She is smart and tough, and not afraid of authority or power. She is a powerhouse that could get this country moving. She needs a Progressive Congress to achieve the goals to make our country strong again. 

I like the political discussion and think we need more of it here. I am always disappointed when the conversation slips into "Hello, how are you, I am fine". I like a good bone on which to chew. 

Comment by The Flying Atheist on July 18, 2014 at 1:38pm

It's not my intention to turn this forum into a political discussion, but here's a little snippet of Elizabeth Warren.  I would love to see her as our US president. 

Comment by The Flying Atheist on July 18, 2014 at 12:16pm

Mindy, as they say:  "Cool story, Bro."

Comment by k.h. ky on July 18, 2014 at 12:12pm
That's a double bonus Mindy. You did good...
 

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