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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.

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

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Compelledunbeliever yesterday. 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 June 10, 2014 at 8:01am

For those of you who haven't seen it, Ron Reagan's FFRF commercial may be found here.  Enjoy!

Comment by Randall Smith on June 10, 2014 at 7:46am

I watched the whole final episode of Cosmos hoping to catch Ron Reagan's FFRF ad. No luck. My Fox outlet (Indianapolis) evidently refused to air it. But I also got a little teary-eyed hearing Carl Sagan's voice at the end. Moving.

Comment by Ian Mason on June 9, 2014 at 11:36pm

Carl, that's a real gem. Great, mind-bending entertainment.

There should be a word for that kind of crime. Logicide? Sophicide? Believers of the "true faith" - and there are many such believers and many such faiths - are consistent in their intolerance. Education, enquiry, philosophy, libraries; any free-thinking outside their control must be destroyed. Ideas rarely die, though and come back sooner or later.

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on June 9, 2014 at 11:21pm

Joan, thanks for sharing your gardening joy. Love your Aristocat booklover. Flying Atheist, I kept seeing the same-colored legs as pairs, despite knowing better. Agh!

I didn’t get why you bothered to cite religious philosophy from a saint, Joan. Hypatia is also honored in the naming of an academic journal of feminist philosophy.

Comment by sk8eycat on June 9, 2014 at 10:54pm

There are good reasons why the Alabama chapter of FFRF named their summer camping ground Lake Hypatia.  (It is also the home of the Atheists in Foxholes monument.)

http://ffrf.org/outreach/lake-hypatia/about-lake-hypatia

I wanted to post a photo, but....too many characters.

Comment by Joan Denoo on June 9, 2014 at 10:28pm

Carl, that is so funny! Really good brain-confuser. I couldn't decide if I watched an individual, or the white and black. A great brain-tease. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on June 9, 2014 at 10:26pm

Loren, I know! I deliberately used non-atheist sources for my quotes. One is from 

~  Socrates Scholasticus: The Murder of Hypatia (late 4th Cent.) 

the other is from a Roman Catholic source

Saint Cyril of Alexandria

Comment by Loren Miller on June 9, 2014 at 9:34pm

And now for something completely different: Brits mocking religion:

Comment by Loren Miller on June 9, 2014 at 8:58pm

Joan, those who want to dig have probably already done that digging and KNOW.  Those who haven't or won't dig would probably accuse the first group of "persecuting christians" like a bunch of whiny third-graders and instantly go into denial.

The facts remain the facts.  The problem remains who is willing to acknowledge them.

Comment by Joan Denoo on June 9, 2014 at 8:43pm

Cosmos, Season 1 Episode 13, Tyson describes the destruction of the Library of Alexandria, Egypt, as a "mob" destroyed the library. He doesn't mention who burned the library and killed Hypatia, the head of the library.

"A mob of Christians gathered, led by a reader (i.e., a minor cleric) named Peter, whom Scholasticus calls a fanatic. They kidnapped Hypatia on her way home and took her to the 'Church called Caesareum. They then completely stripped her, and then murdered her with tiles.' Socrates Scholasticus was hence interpreted as saying that, while she was still alive, Hypatia's flesh was torn off using oyster shells (tiles; the Greek word is ostrakois, which literally means 'oystershells' but the word was also used for brick tiles on the roofs of houses and for pottery sherds). Afterward, the men proceeded to mutilate her and, finally, burn her limbs. News of Hypatia's murder provoked great public denouncement, not only against Cyril, but against the whole Alexandrian Christian community. Scholasticus closes with a lament: 'Surely nothing can be farther from the spirit of Christianity than the allowance of massacres, fights, and transactions of that sort.'"

~  Socrates Scholasticus: The Murder of Hypatia (late 4th Cent.)

Saint Cyril of Alexandria, the christian theologian and bishop, argued for the relation of the divine and human within Jesus Christ; he emphasized the unity of the two in one person.

Saint Cyril of Alexandria

I am interested that Tyson did not name the mob as being the christians of the community. I guess he left it to those of us who are interested in history to reveal who the real culprits were. 

 

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