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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 on Thursday. 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 Ruth Anthony-Gardner on December 31, 2017 at 11:36pm

Thanks and Happy New Year to you too.

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Comment by Patricia on December 31, 2017 at 8:08pm

The best to everyone in the new year.

Rick, Pat, Kiri, & Purrin.

Comment by Loren Miller on December 31, 2017 at 7:17pm

Gang, please accept my best wishes for a positively TERRIFIC New Year!  Happy 2018!!!

Comment by Idaho Spud on December 31, 2017 at 7:03pm

On second thought, Christmas and Thanksgiving are not rituals unless practiced in a ritualistic manner, which my family did not do.  

According to Wikipedia, A ritual "is a sequence of activities involving gestures, words, and objects, performed in a sequestered place, and performed according to set sequence".[1] Rituals may be prescribed by the traditions of a community, including a religious community. Rituals are characterized but not defined by formalism, traditionalism, invariance, rule-governance, sacral symbolism, and performance.[2]
Rituals are a feature of all known human societies.[3] They include not only the worship rites and sacraments of organized religions and cults, but also rites of passage, atonement and purification rites, oaths of allegiance, dedication ceremonies, coronations and presidential inaugurations, marriages and funerals, school "rush" traditions and graduations, club meetings, sporting events, Halloween parties, veterans parades, Christmas shopping and more. Many activities that are ostensibly performed for concrete purposes, such as jury trials, execution of criminals, and scientific symposia,[citation needed] are loaded with purely symbolic actions prescribed by regulations or tradition, and thus partly ritualistic in nature. Even common actions like hand-shaking and saying hello may be termed rituals."

I don't do any of these things except hand-shaking and saying hello, which I think is a stretch to call a ritual.

Comment by Joan Denoo on December 31, 2017 at 4:31pm

Spud, my granddaughter's partner was raised Jehovah's Witness or Seven Day Adventist. 

His family does not celebrate birthdays or religious holidays whereas, we make a big fuss over all those events but follow the solar and lunar calendars. 

Spring, Summer, Autumn, Winter:

Seasons of 2018:
SPRING EQUINOX March 20, 12:15 P.M. EDT
FALL EQUINOX September 22, 9:54 P.M. EDT
WINTER SOLSTICE December 21, 5:23 P.M. EST

Does old lore foretell Modern weather? Here's a chance to test it. 

The Reason for the Seasons

Photo Credit: NASA

The Old Farmer’s Almanac

Comment by Joan Denoo on December 31, 2017 at 3:18pm


Three white frosts and next a storm.

Heavy frosts are generally followed by fine, clear weather.

The north wind doth blow, and we shall have snow.

Snow for a se’nnight (week) is a mother to the earth, for ever after a stepmother.

When snow falls in the mud, it remains all winter.

When the first snow

flakes are large, the snowstorm will be a lasting one. When they are small, the storm will be a short one.

If snow begins at mid of day, expect a foot of it to lay.

When the snow falls dry, it means to lie. But flakes light and soft bring rain oft.

If the wind blows much on Stephen’s Day (December 26), the grapes will be bad in the next year.

When snow melts off the roof, the next storm will be rain. When the snow blows off, reckon on snow.

The date of the first snow foretells the number of snowstorms for the winter. Should the year’s first snow, for example, come down on the 12th of the month, you can expect 12 more storms before the winter’s done.

~ The Old Farmer’s Almanac. Dec 13, 2017

Does old lore foretell modern weather? Here's a chance to test it. 

Comment by Idaho Spud on December 31, 2017 at 3:03pm

Well, Joan, now that you mention it, there were a few (non-religious) rituals that I did enjoy before my family started preaching to me.  I can only think of Christmas and Thanksgiving at the moment.  We never celebrated birthdays.  

Perhaps that's one reason I don't care for rituals.  My parents never did do any rituals except a few religious ones.

The rituals I usually think of in mormonism were performed in the temple where only the most worthy mormons went.  We has some crazy rituals, like swearing that you would not reveal what went on in the temple at the peril of your throat being cut and your bowls being cut open, spilling your guts out.  You of course acted out these things with your hands cutting yourself in these places.

Comment by Idaho Spud on December 31, 2017 at 2:52pm

Thanks Joan.  That's the one, except english is spoken in the movie.  I just love the rendition of Carol of the Bells played by that little group of 12.

Comment by Joan Denoo on December 31, 2017 at 2:46pm

Rituals, to me, are like mileposts, they provide markers in one's life and invite celebration. Birthdays, commitments, honoring people we miss, either caused by death or absence, 

One side of the family is musical and includes jam sessions, singing, dancing, all through my garden in Spokane. I doubt my time in Newport and Littleton will have such activities; they are not musical. 

Comment by Idaho Spud on December 31, 2017 at 2:43pm

The last 4 days has seen increasing temperatures here.  It was above 40F (4C) yesterday, so I got outside and repaired my shattered rear light cover on my van.  Most of the snow has melted.


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