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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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Bible Belt Atheist (New York Times)

Started by Loren Miller yesterday. 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 Plinius on August 5, 2015 at 1:07am

It's so quiet in here, have you taken the week off? Partner and I are enjoying a three week holiday together, and we were so tired that we did absolutely nothing, apart from leaving the house to get some food. A very cheap holiday, but it works!  ´Back to work´ changes from a threat to a possibility, and it's a good thing or I wouldn't know how to attack the new school year...

Comment by Randall Smith on August 2, 2015 at 7:35am

A new A/N member, "Milton", passed on a tip about a new book for kids about evolution to be published this fall. I checked it out and bought one for my grandkids. They (I) need something to counter their prosyliltizing grandmother (my ex). See you you think.

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on August 1, 2015 at 9:00pm

I'm not happy Felaine is in the ICU, but at least she's finally getting proper medical attention. Thanks Flying Atheist for keeping in touch for all of us.

Comment by Idaho Spud on August 1, 2015 at 5:32am

Thanks Carl.  I'm glad to hear encouraging news about Felaine. 

I agree that her previous reports sounded like neglect from some medical people.

Comment by Ian Mason on August 1, 2015 at 1:11am

Glad to hear that Felaine is doing well. Thanks very much, Carl.

Gangrene can develop very quickly but in Felaine's case it does sound like neglect and/or incompetence by some so-called medical professionals.

Comment by Plinius on August 1, 2015 at 12:09am

I still try to figure how it's possible that Felaine got so far that she ended with gangrene, was NOT taken to hospital because she wasn't an emergency at all, and yet is in ICU within a week. Now she gets excellent help and I'm very glad of it, but WHY NOT BEFORE to prevent all the suffering? A little help at the right time can prevent enormous suffering and costs. Is this a one in thousand case or everyday USA practice?    

Comment by Joan Denoo on July 31, 2015 at 11:38pm

Carl, thank you for keeping Felaine in the loop! She finally is getting the medical care she needs.We can all sing praises for the care and attention she is getting and hope all goes well with her. Her symptoms blew horns and sirens that she needed care. I wonder how she got there? No matter! She is there and getting the care she needs. Gangrene means amputation to me. Please keep us informed. 

Comment by The Flying Atheist on July 31, 2015 at 9:18pm

Hello, again, friends.  Here's an update on Felaine.  I wasn't able to speak with her directly.  She's been transferred to ICU (Intensive Care Unit) and doesn't have a telephone.  When I called, I spoke with a very pleasant nurse who was within speaking distance of Felaine.  When the nurse told Felaine that Carl from Chicago was calling to check-up on her, I could hear Felaine call out "Hello!" and that she's doing well. 

When I called, she was in the middle of having some tests done in her room so she wasn't able to relay messages back and forth via the nurse at that time.  But the nurse will tell her that "Everybody" misses her, hopes she gets well soon, and that we are looking forward to seeing her again in our group.

It's not known how much longer she is expected to remain hospitalized, but the nurse told me Elaine is doing well and is getting important and needed medication. 

I'm assuming she's in good spirits, especially since she so robustly called out "Hello" to me.  The nurse spoke very kindly about Felaine.  I can just imagine the medical staff has gotten quite a few chuckles from Felaine.

Comment by Idaho Spud on July 31, 2015 at 1:37pm

I don't blame Patricia either.  Richard seemed rather callous about loosing a lot of people.  And, I tried to donate without getting the star on my avatar, but It wouldn't let me.  I don't like making people feel bad that can't contribute, and my cat has all but disappeared.

Comment by Randall Smith on July 31, 2015 at 8:46am

Patricia is upset about Richard's donation request. Can't say that I blame her. And Ruth shouldn't be too pleased to have half her face disappear! 

I guess Bernie Sanders had a great "turnout" to his video appearance. I tried to go to one, but they reached capacity. Does anybody know his "religion", if any? I'll like him even better if he's a "none".

 

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