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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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11 "unanswerable" questions for atheists - answered (Aron Ra)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Tom Sarbeck Jun 6. 1 Reply

If you spend any time around YouTube and have any history of looking at atheist material (or even theist material!), you will inevitably run into: "XX Questions Atheists Can't Answer."  These are occasionally followed by: "XX Questions Atheists…Continue

Tags: apologist, answer, questions, unanswerable, Aron Ra

worshipping narcissists (qualiasoup & theramintrees)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Idaho Spud Jun 3. 1 Reply

They're all around us: people who perceive the world as revolving around them and will go to considerable lengths to make it so: narcissists.  Such beings have been with humanity, I suspect, since humanity emerged from the gene pool.  Even worse,…Continue

Tags: narcissist, QualiaSoup, TheraminTrees

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

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Comment by Joan Denoo on March 29, 2015 at 5:54pm

Chris, I have been watching the wind map and it looks like two weather systems converge over your part of northern Europe. One comes from the south, the other from the north. 

Can you describe how you experience the wind at your place today? 

Comment by Joan Denoo on March 29, 2015 at 12:19pm

OOPPSS I forgot the mormons in Restriction and punishment with regard to sexuality. That seems to be a big issue for former members. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on March 29, 2015 at 12:17pm

FFRF spaghetti dinner and meeting Dan Barker sounds like all had a good time. Barker's smile engages one; glad to learn he is approachable.  

Randy, I noticed the absence of Carl, too.

Chris, I like the "Chicago 1952" photo for Carl. 

Restriction and punishment seem to be the norm for families descended from the Puritan influence, and the Jewish as well. I like the idea of pleasuring both husband and wife as a healthy start to healthy living and loving. Hopefully, the cliteracy project will empower individuals to enjoy their bodies and each other. 

Comment by Loren Miller on March 29, 2015 at 10:44am

I attended my first local FFRF function yesterday - a spaghetti dinner, hosted by the Northern Ohio Freethought Society.  It was during that event that I met this fellow:

REALLY nice guy, utterly approachable, a real pleasure to chat with.  Have to say, the entire event was an unmodified success and GREAT FUN, and I can't wait until next time.

Comment by Randall Smith on March 29, 2015 at 7:36am

Haven't heard from Carl in awhile. Hope he's doing okay.

Comment by Plinius on March 29, 2015 at 6:34am

Something for Carl. This is one of Shorpy's pics today: Chicago 1952.

Comment by Idaho Spud on March 28, 2015 at 11:44am

Mormonism is very constrictive about what you can do with sex.  For one thing, it's a grave sin to do it outside of marriage.  It seems that is one of the reasons many mormon women, and some men, are sexually messed-up.

Comment by Plinius on March 28, 2015 at 10:12am

In many churches they teach that sex should be as joyless as possible - they promise joy in heaven, god forbid people should enjoy themselves on earth!

Comment by Grinning Cat on March 28, 2015 at 10:07am

I don't know "the" (?) Mormon attitude towards sex education; but in general, even in the 21st century, far too few people are cliterate.

(One of the few things Orthodox Judaism gets right is that a husband must satisfy his wife in bed, and that marital sex is a joyful thing, good in its own right, whether or not it can produce children. But like some other religions, they also teach "be fruitful and multiply" -- a couple is supposed to have at least a girl and a boy -- and that "wasting seed" is forbidden. If you're not married, and/or if you're gay, you're out of luck.)

Comment by Idaho Spud on March 28, 2015 at 9:00am

She probably had 6 kids out of duty.  Mormonism says god is only pleased with you, if you have as many kids as possible.

 

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