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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 Ark Encounter: A Less than Grand Opening (The Thinking Atheist)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Daniel W 17 hours ago. 10 Replies

The day finally arrived.  Ken Ham's Ark Encounter opened on 7 July, 2016 ... to something a bit less than Disney-sized crowds, and more than a couple dissenting voices!  Seth Andrews has gathered a quartet of significant participants in the protest…Continue

Tags: Tracey Moody, Dan Broadbent, Seth Andrews, David Silverman, AronRa

Fan.tasia – A Disney Mashup by Lindsey McCutcheon

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Idaho Spud 21 hours ago. 8 Replies

Any of you remember that Hollywood musical dance number mashup that Nerd Fest UK created put together some months back?  Well, someone by the name of Lindsey McCutcheon has…Continue

Tags: Lindsey McCutcheon, animation, Disney

The Gun Industry's Killing in Killing (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Chris G on Wednesday. 15 Replies

America's Best Christian has finally acknowledged that there may be one outfit which has her belief system beat for it's leverage on the government.  No great surprise, it's the NRA and the gun industries.  Betty's a good loser, though.  She's made…Continue

Tags: NRA, guns, America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers

The God of Cancer (The Thinking Atheist)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Joan Denoo Jul 18. 10 Replies

Seth Andrews has been through the mill as it comes to dealing with those who insist that their faith in a deity is not just valid but necessary to their lives and to all lives.  Having dealt with that gauntlet and come out the other side an atheist,…Continue

Tags: cancer, god, The Thinking Atheist, Seth Andrews

We Are America / Love Has No Labels (John Cena - Ad Council)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Joan Denoo Jul 10. 3 Replies

It seems to be a repeating pattern: I wander around the internet and inevitably, I stumble onto all manner of stuff.  It happens all the time on YouTube, and as you doubtless have deduced, yours truly tripped over something a couple minutes ago,…Continue

Tags: patriotism, labels, love, Ad Council, John Cena

In God We Trust? (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Qiana-Maieev Jul 4. 4 Replies

HEY, gang!  Your favorite America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers is BACK and just in time for the Fourth of July!!!  This time, she's hit it big, coming to us live and in color from the Capitol!  Seems as though she's as upset about this whole "In…Continue

Tags: congress, god, Jesus, America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers

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Comment by sk8eycat on May 2, 2014 at 3:05am

Joan, the really awful thing is that the fear-teaching is inflicted on the very young; they rarely have the information or instinct to counter it.  Child abuse, IMO.

Ian, thank you for that post.  It's amazing/ironic that I have been fantasizing about 'sploding WalMart stores en masse lately. They are more obscene than porn shops.

Comment by Joan Denoo on May 1, 2014 at 7:49pm

"'Cramming for finals', old people who get religion and/or crave forgiveness towards the end."

Excellent name for the sudden conversions when near death. Fear reigns. What kind of life is that? Having the fear of damnation after death even as some willingly chose exploitation throughout their lifetimes. Or tried hard to live to the principles taught by preachers, teachers and priests who hung onto sheep and goat herder stories as a reasonable and rational way to live, never really sure they did all the right things. Fear! That seems immoral to me. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on May 1, 2014 at 7:43pm

Arundhati Roy is a women of great principle and especially appropriate for today, May 1.  Thank you for sharing this quote, Ian, and reminding us of the challenges we face and the things we can do to make a difference. 

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Comment by Plinius on May 1, 2014 at 1:09am

But Booklover, I'm not at all sure if we're non-judgemental friends - it's a friend's duty to warn you when you go wrong - so there's judgement.

Be true to yourself, Patricia, I hope Monday comes soon for you. Perhaps it's no more than a "I want to .... before I die"visit. Hard enough! My father wanted me to visit him before he died, but I decided not to play along and never showed up. It still feels good, even after all the reproaches.

Comment by Ian Mason on May 1, 2014 at 1:08am

"Cramming for finals", an Autralian nursing-home term for old people who get religion and/or crave forgiveness towards the end.

On the other hand, I think my daughter found my apologies to her when I did my AA 9th step as too little too late. I have to live with that and try to have a future with her.

This "Inner Fish" sounds good. I'll give it a try.

This won't mean much to people outside England but it turns out that Wilko Johnson's otherwise terminal cancer is operable, even though he will loose a lot of his insides. Here's a link to him in his young years. He's the guitarist.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GzF0AETdRF8

Comment by k.h. ky on April 30, 2014 at 10:59pm
You're welcome Joan. I'm really enjoying it. Patricia, hang in there and chill. I deal with the b/p too so just remember to take your meds . Maybe your mom just wants to see you. I hate it that your daughter is a fundie. All my family, except my daughter, are so l know what that's like.
Comment by Joan Denoo on April 30, 2014 at 10:34pm

k.h. ky, I hunted for "My Inner Fish" on computer and so far have only found the trailers for it. So I Googled for the author and found a video from Finding Your Inner Fish 2009 and it is terrific! Dr. Neil Shubin is to evolutionary paleontology that Neil deGrasse Tyson is to astrophysics. Thanks for the lead! 

 

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