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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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Secular and Reclaimed Winter Holiday Songs

Started by Grinning Cat. Last reply by Grinning Cat May 2. 42 Replies

This is an appropriate day of the year for this subject...What are some of your favorite winter holiday songs?It would be especially good to share powerful new secular lyrics to tunes that have become associated with Christmas.…Continue

Tags: singing, lyrics, reclaimed, reclaiming, HumanLight

appropriating morality (TheraminTrees)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Joan Denoo May 1. 7 Replies

We've all heard the claim: "Human morality comes from god."  And we've all seen for ourselves what Yahweh's "morality" looks like, from condemnations of homosexuality and the treatment of women as chattel to inexplicable sanctions against the eating…Continue

Tags: morality, appropriating, TheraminTrees

Bible Belt Atheist (New York Times)

Started by Loren Miller Apr 19. 0 Replies

The following showed up in my YouTube feed this morning, and I decided to have a look.  Turns out, the New York Times has given us a reasonably even-handed look at a good friend of ours, being one Jerry DeWitt, former bible-thumper and now a pretty…Continue

Tags: Bible Belt, atheist, Jerry DeWitt

How would you respond?

Started by Christina Scribner. Last reply by Christina Scribner Apr 10. 5 Replies

So, this morning, I was at my local coffee shop as I am most weekdays between bus runs. I do the editing on my husband's books so I had my laptop with me. My wallpaper is a picture I found online sometime back of a double helix with the word atheist…Continue

The Fake Christian Busybody Show (Andrew Bradley)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Plinius Apr 9. 1 Reply

It seems as though there was a Gay Pride parade in some town somewhere and a Christian commentator, herein known as The Activist Mommy, apparently got her panties so in a bunch about it that she had to fire up her video camera and record a…Continue

Tags: gay, pride, The Activist Mommy, Andrew Bradley, America's Best Christian

America Held Hostage: Day 436 (MisterDeity)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner Apr 9. 1 Reply

Now that Sinclair Broadcasting has stated their position regarding fake news and its threat to our democracy, Mister Deity's Brian Dalton has decided to throw his $0.02 worth in as well ... though I don't quite think his presentation was really what…Continue

Tags: fake news, Deity, Mister, Broadcasting, Sinclair

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Comment by Joan Denoo on January 8, 2018 at 1:51am

Ian, part of being informed is knowing of the Founding Fathers and Churchill, isn't it! I am grateful that you know your history and share your information with us. 

I watched a video of N. Korea

There was a scene of happy couples dancing in the streets in North Korea! We know about the hunger and poverty of that nation. Propaganda plays its part in a utopian dream that holds within its mythology a dystopian nightmare.  

The sad fact is a madman of N. Korea and a madman of U.S. shaking their nuclear weapon buttons at each other while people suffer from cold, hunger, homelessness, lack of access to education and healthcare.

The tragedy caused by greedy men with a concentration of power and money they gained by exploiting those who work. 

Comment by Ian Mason on January 7, 2018 at 9:55pm

That's an inventive list of names. Thanks.

Joan, the US founders seem to be regarded almost as saints or prophets. The nearest British equivalent would be Churchill, who's regarded as a fount of wisdom when he was actually a racist, reactionary bigot. Countries create a national mythology for themselves a sort of comfort blanket they can cling to if challenged. As far as insurrection goes, the horrors of the Soviet and Chinese regimes have put a stop to that. Most people seem to think 'better the Devil you know' than an alternative.

Comment by Chris on January 7, 2018 at 9:07pm

Everyone should have a  rooster, hens and chicks

Suburbia  seems oblivious to barnyard animals.

I wonder how many know what a cattle feedllot is.

It's probably, who cares.

Comment by Chris on January 7, 2018 at 8:49pm

I could see why somewone would leave this or other groups.

Some things just aren't worth the time, or bother.

Comment by Joan Denoo on January 7, 2018 at 8:40pm

Thomas, I like the list of names Trump has been called. Let's keep those in mind when we feel helpless and powerless!

Comment by Joan Denoo on January 7, 2018 at 8:38pm

Correction, the Founding Fathers supported slavery, the subordination of women, and the definition of a citizen was a white, male, landowning, Christian! So! they weren't as humane as we would like to pretend they were. They just didn't want to submit to church and state when it came to their fortunes. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on January 7, 2018 at 8:24pm

Thomas, you wrote, "I guess it is often I feel powerless or overwhelmed to do anything to effect a change."

BALDERDASH! YOU ARE NEITHER POWERLESS NOR OVERWHELMED! EVEN IF YOU FEEL LIKE YOU ARE!

Of what use is feeling powerless and overwhelmed? It simply means you stopped using your mind to find ways to challenge the Rooster Trump (sorry Rooster, I don't intend to insult your species!)

Crowing Roosters

If we remain silent, we imply we agree with him. 

If we stand up to the tyrant, if we hold him accountable, if we reveal the consequences of his policies and practices, we have a chance of making a difference. 

Remember the rich are getting richer and poor are getting poorer. Why? Because of policies and practices instituted by the Trump followers. Are they correct in their judgments? NO! The greedy, cruel, hate mongers have no right to trample on the caring, compassionate, concerned citizens and the Founding Fathers wanted no more of the exploitation of workers by those who would work their people to near death. 

"When the government violates the people’s rights, insurrection is, for the people and for each portion of the people, the most sacred of the rights and the most indispensable of duties.”
~ Marquis de Lafayette, 1790

Comment by Patricia on January 7, 2018 at 8:09pm

That's hilarious, & there are many more too.

Humptytrumpty

Scump of the earth

Dummald

Comment by Thomas Murray on January 7, 2018 at 7:53pm

 Randall and Idaho,

  Trump gets to me pretty bad too to just downright depressed. I guess it is often I feel powerless or overwhelmed to do anything to effect a change. But one I do turn to is a list of names Trump been called and it makes me laugh. I'll pass it along to you guys.Hope it helps:

Agent Orange
Golden Wrecking Ball — by Sarah Palin
The idiotic original version by internet troll
President Owwie My Foot Hurts So I Can't Attend The Vietnam Shindig
The Bone Spur Draft Dodger
Private Two Scoops Bonespurs
Chief Chickenhawk
Fucking lying, treasonous, bone-spurred fucking moron.
Draft dodging, russian colluding traitor
The Orange Man
The bone spurs were diagnosed by a phrenologist
Lord Voldemort, Orange Anus and Snake Oil Salesman - Rosie O'Donnell
Fuckface von Clownstick, Comedy Entrapment and Unrepentant Narcissistic Asshole (the UNAbomber?) — Jon Stewart
Adolph Twitler
Terroristic Man-Toddler
Widdle Donnie Whinydiaper
Superbrat
Donald DeGonad
The Abominable Showman
Hair Hitler
Leering dildo - Samantha Bee
Tanning Bed Warning Label
Bribe of Chucky

Comment by Idaho Spud on January 7, 2018 at 11:05am

That's the extent I'm going to punish myself by reading about trump for quite a while.

 

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