Hang With Friends

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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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Surreal, I haz it

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Grinning Cat on Friday. 99 Replies

Surreal, not just found in art.Continue

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A Powerful Message from an old wise teacher :

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Plinius Sep 28. 8 Replies

I received a gift this morning from a virtual friend, Pamela Smith:A Powerful Message from an old wise teacher :" One day an old wise teacher was walking through a village. A very angry and rude young man came up and began insulting him. "You have…Continue

Speak English? YOU FIRST! (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Donald R Barbera Sep 27. 5 Replies

Honestly, the title to this piece is badly under-representative of the content.  To be far more accurate, what we have here is Mrs. Betty Bowers, America's Best Christian, going on a rant.  Before you say it ... Say WHAAAA?  Betty Bowers ranting? …Continue

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10 Things About Patriotism (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Plinius Sep 26. 2 Replies

It seems as though lately, Mrs. Betty Bowers, America's Best Christian, is evolving into America's Best Patriot.  She has recently been taking some fairly well-aimed shots at a certain Orange Nightmare and his sycophantic hangers-on, regarding the…Continue

Tags: patriotism, Donald Trump, America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers

A Prayer for Our Nation (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner Sep 21. 2 Replies

I'm going to keep this one short and sweet.  Mrs. Betty Bowers, America's Best Christian, has seen what is going on with the current occupant of the Oval Office, and my impression is that she is not at all happy with it.  True to her citizenship,…Continue

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Any Babymetal Fans Here?

Started by Bruce Carroll. Last reply by Idaho Spud Sep 12. 5 Replies

Any Babymetal fans here besides me? I have to ask because 1) I really like Babymetal and 2) Babymetal unknowingly played a role in my journey out of religion.For those who are unfamiliar with Babymetal, here is a link to one of their most popular…Continue

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Comment by Grinning Cat on August 25, 2017 at 9:28am

I never understood how guys going hunting or fishing called themselves "sportsmen".

(Maybe it'd be more "sporting" if the animals had guns and could shoot back...)

Comment by Ian Mason on August 25, 2017 at 2:31am

How it can be called 'sport' is beyond me. I was very pleased when fox hunting was banned in the UK.

Good move, Chris. I would have loved to see that.

Comment by Chris on August 25, 2017 at 12:40am

I went to a restaurant where a trophy animal head was hanging on the wall and hung my coat on it.   

The look the proprietor gave me was amusing. 

Comment by kathy: ky on August 25, 2017 at 12:32am
Killing animals for sport is sick imo
Comment by The Flying Atheist on August 24, 2017 at 10:23pm

Ian, the movie trailer looks very interesting.  I'll be on the lookout for that film.  

It must have been nice for you to sit your bum down in a seat and relax to a movie.  I imagine you've been doing a crazy amount of walking this past week.  You'll probably need a few days of rest to recover when you get home!  :)

Comment by Ian Mason on August 24, 2017 at 9:26pm

Cinema this evening. 'Wind River', which I can recommend. Yes, it's a murder story but with a difference.

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on August 24, 2017 at 1:26pm

I'm with you, Chris. The Trumpettes' idea of fun definitely isn't mine either. We're all in this together. I can understand killing animals if you're going to eat them, but not for sport. I don't think Li'l Donnie and Eric had the jaguar for dinner.

Comment by Plinius on August 24, 2017 at 1:07pm

Then you're not a dominion person, Carl. You don't want to be the boss, or stronger, more powerful or more whatever than another being. You probably see only a limited advantage in competition. 

All the better for us!

I had to learn Genesis 1:26 when I was in my parents' house, and I hated the dominion ideas. The joy of becoming atheist was the discovery that any living being on this planet was my equal - could be a friend. I still feel very strongly about hierarchy - I don't want to have a boss and I don't want to be a boss.

Comment by Joan Denoo on August 24, 2017 at 12:58pm

Bertold, thanks for the link to Theocracy Watch

As to abuse of religion, I didn't even begin with the historical evidence. However, we all have been acquainted with these stories: the Cruscades, the Inquisition, French Wars of Religion, "Christian Jihad: The Crusades and Killing in the Name of Christ" 

Is it not odd that the Puritans and Quakers fled England because of religious persecution and both groups came to the colonies to establish safe communities and governance according to their beliefs.

Puritans governed Massachusetts

Quaker West New Jersey: Democracy in 1677

How were Quakers and Puritans different?

Puritans believed in original sin, 

Quakers stressed original blessing. 

Puritans believed in the idea of predestination, 

Quakers believed that a person chose their own destination.

Puritans believed in communion and baptism, 

Quakers did not believe in sacraments.

Puritans believed that America needed to be a Christian state,

Quakers believed that there should be religious freedom for all.  Quakers also believed that the most important thing in state relations was nonviolence.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on August 24, 2017 at 12:56pm

Bertold, that photo sickens me.  I just don't understand the mindset of such an activity.  


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