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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 The Flying Atheist on June 1, 2014 at 11:41pm

That is so beautiful Loren.  Thanks for posting.

I will repeat a quote that I made up myself just a few months ago:

"If there is an entity in existence that truly is the human soul, it's music and art."  --Me (The Flying Atheist)

Comment by Loren Miller on June 1, 2014 at 10:07pm

Just listened to the following ... and as many times as I've heard this piece, I don't know as I've ever been so moved.  Honestly if you don't leak at least a little hearing this ... well, I don't know about you!  [grin!]

Comment by Randall Smith on June 1, 2014 at 7:21am

Happy First Day of June! Summer has officially arrived--calendar wise. Enjoy a churchless Sunday!

Comment by Plinius on June 1, 2014 at 2:37am
Comment by The Flying Atheist on May 31, 2014 at 12:09pm

Ha.   That's funny, Mindy!

Comment by Idaho Spud on May 31, 2014 at 10:15am

Hehehehahaha!

Comment by Plinius on May 30, 2014 at 1:31pm

Beautiful! Thanks Ian!

Comment by Ian Mason on May 30, 2014 at 12:55pm

Put your faith in the Lord but grab the cash no matter what? A mad world, my masters.

I'm off to England for a few days. Looking forward to seeing the family and Titus at The Globe. Back on Wednesday. Be good:-D

Comment by sk8eycat on May 30, 2014 at 10:13am

Speaking of prayers at public events...A rather crass event took place about a mile from us last night.  A "Mall Treasure Hunt," or "social media cash grab."  It started some time during the afternoon/evening commute, tied up traffic on the I-5, and surrounding surface streets, and lasted till close to 10 PM.

Thousands of idiots dashing through the parking lot(s), checking their phones for Twitter clues....and every media outlet PLUS the Burbank PD had choppers in the air....circling, circling.  My ears are still ringing.

Google # Hidden Cash.  Or something like that.

We ARE doomed!

Comment by Loren Miller on May 30, 2014 at 8:37am

I quite purposefully SKIPPED the invocation, Randall.  Given the opportunity NOT to listen to something like that, I quite naturally don't (the MUTE button is a wonderful thing!).

I much more enjoyed 150 laps of yellow-flag-free racing (would that it could have been 200!) and that great sprint to the finish.  Those two reasons by themselves made this year's Indy 500 one of the best I've ever watched.

 

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