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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 Loren Miller 23 hours ago. 39 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 sk8eycat on June 6, 2014 at 5:07pm

I'm in here somewhere....blurry, out of focus 8mm film with no sound except what's been dubbed in...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ShEK85X1nTY

Comment by Randall Smith on June 6, 2014 at 7:33am

Thanks all for "making my day"! I'm still chuckling.

Comment by Ian Mason on June 5, 2014 at 11:50pm

Nice one, Patricia but I have met some people who make it seem effortless.

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on June 5, 2014 at 6:55pm

Good quote, Patricia.

Comment by sk8eycat on June 5, 2014 at 12:58pm

My 7th Grade English teacher had a permanent sign above the blackboard: "Alright" is NOT all right!  I've never forgotten that, but I see "alright" everywhere now.

About the Cialis and Viagra comm'ls...they make me angry because most insurance plans have no problem with paying doctors prescribe them, but still won't cover contraceptives for women.

I wonder if the religious bigots at Hobby Lobby and other "xian" companies who are fighting against their employees having insured access to birth control have objections to their insurance companies paying for those medications....

Spay and neuter your kids!

Comment by The Flying Atheist on June 5, 2014 at 10:59am

Oh, goodness me!!  LOL   Yes, the man was wandering through the desert, not the dessert.  Thanks for pointing that out. 

Comment by Plinius on June 5, 2014 at 10:47am

Now that we talk about spelling you give us another wonderful image, FA! The man with the car door wandering through after dinner sweets - plodding in the pudding? Climbing up a chunk of pineapple? I should photoshop images like that!

Comment by The Flying Atheist on June 5, 2014 at 10:03am

Randall, I'm reminded of the joke where a guy is discovered wandering through the dessert carrying a car door.  When asked why he's carrying the door the man replies, "If it gets hot, I can roll down the window."   

Comment by Joan Denoo on June 5, 2014 at 9:55am

Randall, thank you for the correction. It didn't even occur to me that I used the wrong word. Imagining Cary walking with a gate is a funny image. 

Another advantage of not having a TV set is I don't get bombarded with Cialis or any other commercial. The internet provides all the news I want, without the propaganda effect of commercial TV. It also provides a lot of information not available on TV, i.e. Al Jazeera, BBC, Public Radio International, RT, The Guardian, The Real News offer alternative views. All news needs a skeptical eye to sort through propaganda, facts, and prejudices. 

Comment by The Flying Atheist on June 5, 2014 at 9:29am

I don't watch much television, but the majority of any e-mail spam I receive is to save money on cheap Cialis, Viagra and medications from Canada. 

 

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