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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 Bertold Brautigan 1 hour ago. 34 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 April 28, 2014 at 11:42am

Re the "Archie" comic....how did they end up in the Old West? (I stopped reading "Archie" at about age 10, I thought it was kinda candy-ass from the beginning.

BTW, Johnny Hart put xian messages in his "B.C" strip as often as he could....and got some fierce backlashes when he did.

Comment by Idaho Spud on April 28, 2014 at 9:33am

Joan, Mindy said that cartoon wasn't a joke.  She was just pointing-out how religious the cartoonist was.  It was a surprise and a disappointment.  Correct me if I'm wrong Mindy.

Comment by Idaho Spud on April 28, 2014 at 9:26am

Mindy, I'm very sorry to hear of the problems you are having with your old friend.

I can relate to being worried about her doing something to hurt you.  When I get into disagreements with people, even lesser disagreements than you had, I worry quite a bit.

Comment by Joan Denoo on April 28, 2014 at 2:55am

Mindy, I am very happy to learn that yur daughter is doing so well! You must be very proud of hers growth!

Comment by Joan Denoo on April 28, 2014 at 2:49am

Spud, I need an ending to that cartoon as well. A long pause, and nothing came to mind. So, I hope she can explain it.  I am so bad at jokes and don't think up things fast enough to be effective

Comment by Plinius on April 28, 2014 at 1:14am

But you did very well, Mindy! It looks like your ex-friend tried to punish you for her own problems, and then there is no other way than insisting your behaviour is correct and changing your number. It's almost pleasant to cut loose someone who wants to control your life. Enjoy the extra space!

Comment by k.h. ky on April 28, 2014 at 12:15am
Booklover, sometimes you have to cut them loose. I cut ties with a friend of 30+ years because she started calling at three in the morning drunk. It went on for several years after I'd told her nicely to not call me when she was drinking. And never call at 3am. She didn't stop so I broke it off.
Some friendships aren't worth the aggravation.
Comment by sk8eycat on April 27, 2014 at 6:46pm

I should have added that most atheists I know became atheists because we were searching for the truth, and read the entire buybull from cover to cover. And found nothing believable.

Comment by sk8eycat on April 27, 2014 at 6:44pm

I would add that if religion were true, its adherent would not have to bludgeon the public (by passing restrictive laws, for one thing) to convert, either.

Comment by Loren Miller on April 27, 2014 at 3:07pm

Was doing some link-jumping off of something I saw on A|N's Amateur Radio group when I found THIS:

Seems as though the inventor of Cthulhu had it goin' on in the brainbox!

 

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