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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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The Most Hated Woman in America (The Thinking Atheist)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Gary S Apr 19. 7 Replies

Before Aron Ra and Matt Dillahunty, before Dawkins or Dennett or Harris or even Hitchens, there was Madalyn Murray O'Hair.  In the midst of an America where Christianity was being flaunted as a defense against the godless communists of the Soviet…Continue

Tags: Frank Zindler, The Thinking Atheist, Seth Andrews, Madalyn Murray O'Hair

Proud Dad is REALLY Proud Now!

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Todd Williams Apr 12. 16 Replies

As some of you may or may not know, my daughter is a television news producer, currently working in Nashville, Tennessee.  Her assignment is the morning news, which means she blasts herself up at umpti-ump in the morning to organize and prepare a…Continue

Tags: Emmy, news, television, daughter, dad

attacking ideas (TheraminTrees)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Grinning Cat Apr 4. 1 Reply

Attacking ideas is a considerable portion of what we as atheists do.  Why attack ideas?  Ideas earn attack when they don't serve people, not just us but those who adopt said ideas, mistakenly thinking that they have value when they don't.  Our…Continue

Tags: ideas, Islam, TheraminTrees

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

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Grinning Cat Apr 4. 40 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

The Playboy Interview: Richard Dawkins

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Loren Miller Mar 28. 16 Replies

I suppose it was the news that Playboy magazine was returning nudes to its pages after a year's hiatus that sufficiently perked my curiosity to check them out again.  I hadn't looked at Playboy since perhaps 2008, when I began to recognize that I…Continue

Tags: Richard Dawkins, Playboy

God's Annual Performance Review (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner Mar 19. 6 Replies

I don't know about you guys, but there wasn't a performance review I had in 30 years of field service that I didn't LOATHE.  It seems as though Betty Bowers, America's Best Christian, is up for turning the tables on the person you would expect would…Continue

Tags: review, performance, god, American's Best Christian, Betty Bowers

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Comment by Joan Denoo on October 26, 2014 at 11:51am

Randy, your lead to  "crank mail" in FFRF's reveals a sad testimony of the lack of effective criticism. I enjoy being criticised by a critical thinker. These, however, do not meet the test. 

Other than being very funny!

Comment by Joan Denoo on October 26, 2014 at 11:10am

Mindy, I went hunting for your comment of an hour ago and found it, the one about religion and comedy for the intelligent. A great one to put on my wall. Thanks. I also like the view of Earth, moon and sun. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on October 26, 2014 at 11:03am

Randy, I haven't read the "crank mail". I think it is something I might want to read ... once!

Spud, your photo is priceless! Just what I need to put on my refrigerator for 10 PM viewing. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on October 26, 2014 at 10:59am

Felaine, excellent articles. Thanks for the lead.

"And thus we find, at the root of our political dysfunction, a classic nurture-nature mélange. The penchant for selective exposure is rooted in our psychology and our brains. Closed-mindedness and authoritarianism—running stronger in some of us than in others—likely are as well.

"But nevertheless, it took the emergence of a station like Fox News before these tendencies could be fully activated—polarizing America not only over politics, but over reality itself."

~ Chris Mooney, The Republican Brain: The Science of Why They Deny Science and Real...

Comment by Idaho Spud on October 26, 2014 at 9:32am

Comment by Idaho Spud on October 26, 2014 at 9:32am

Babble indeed!

Comment by Plinius on October 26, 2014 at 7:58am

I don't understand this, Randall. Does the idiot think Switzerland is in Asia? And who is allowed to have what done?

Comment by Randall Smith on October 26, 2014 at 7:40am

Has anybody ever read the "crank mail" in FFRF's monthly newspaper? It's the most vile, profane, and ignorant garbage from so-called xtians you've ever read. Enjoy this final sentence from one idiot: "So here is my advice too you go over to Switzerland where youth in Asia is allowed to have it done on youselves."      Get it?!!

Comment by sk8eycat on October 25, 2014 at 4:14pm

I want to read THIS book!

http://www.dailykos.com/story/2014/10/23/1338538/--The-Science-Of-F...

The Core Thesis: Authoritarian people have a stronger emotional need for an outlet like Fox, where they can find affirmation and escape factual challenges to their beliefs.

Insights from Chris Mooney’s book The Republican Brain: The Science of Why They Deny Science and Real...

Now I know this is going to raise all kinds of hackles but I find the book fascinating and the article referred to here does a reasonable strong job representing a research heavy 336 page tome. The Amazon Link provided provides  more insights in the reviews there. Here is one of them: "Drawing on a growing body of empirical research, he provides an intelligent, nuanced and persuasive account of how conservatives and liberals tend to differ at the level of psychology and personality" (Financial Times, April 2012)

Comment by Idaho Spud on October 25, 2014 at 1:12pm

Thanks for that wonderful quote Mindy!  One of the best I've ever heard!

Saving it of course!

 

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