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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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Goodwill to Few Men (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Donald R Barbera on Thursday. 3 Replies

Think Goodwill Industries does well by the poor?  Fact is, they do WAY BETTER for themselves, to the point where America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers, thinks they're ripping off the christian playbook a bit too well!  Have a look for yourself:…Continue

Tags: ripoff, Goodwill Industries, America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers

Your favorite photobombs?

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Plinius Jul 10. 12 Replies

Running of the bulls photobomb.Continue

losing faith (TheraminTrees)

Started by Loren Miller Jul 5. 0 Replies

TheraminTrees has recently begun producing a new series of YouTube videos, which added to a wonderful library of earlier observations regarding his experience of religion. Good as all those pieces are, I personally think they pale against this…Continue

Tags: story, history, faith, TheraminTrees

Betty Explains Religious Freedom (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner Jul 3. 10 Replies

Well, considering all the RFRA bills popping up all over the United States, plus all the fun and games ISIS is bringing to the good folks in Syria and Iraq, Betty Bowers, the epitome of well-dressed christianity, has decided to clarify the true…Continue

Tags: persecution, ISIS, Religious Freedom, America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers

Surreal, I haz it

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner May 6. 82 Replies

Surreal, not just found in art.Continue

Tags: surreal

Let's not define ourselves or others by our worst behaviors

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Dominique Lutz Apr 16. 6 Replies

My take on the recent melt down at Hang With Friends, of which I missed part, is that some of us were tripped up by a habit of thought. It's something we learn growing up, and use without realizing how much pain it can generate -  failing to…Continue

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Comment by Joseph Corder on July 17, 2013 at 7:11pm

The farting preacher is a scream!!  Was it my imagination that the only time he said excuse me was when he cleared his throat?!!

Comment by Joan Denoo on July 17, 2013 at 2:27pm

I taught adult and highschool kids Sunday school and always prepared by doing background reading, reading what others had to say, and even read the old and new testament. I got to know the bible pretty well. Some problems often came up after hearing a sermon or lesson led by the Dr. of religion at our local Presbyterian college/now university. I had a pretty regular meeting with the pastor or teacher because things didn't fit my understanding of what the bible said. On one event, we were all at church camp and Dr. of religion gave a lesson that was just outrageous. We sat on a log by a lake and discussed my objections. Things just started going down hill from there. One day I left in the middle of a sermon and never went back. 
My adult and highschool students didn't know what the old and new testament said. They knew what they heard in sermons and lessons. As years go by, I often question people who bring up religion and they don't know what it says either. Here is a Pew study about bible literacy:

When I ask non-believers why they left religion a large number of them state they read the bible. The best treatment! 

The "Success Gospel" seems to be the big draw for mega-churches. 

Comment by The Flying Atheist on July 17, 2013 at 1:39pm

Although religious, god-believing people are the majority in our population, I often times who the other non-believers are when I'm in public with other people in small or large groups.  I know I can't be the only one.  Religious people are often easily identified because they wear necklaces with crosses and they also speak openly in casual conversations about attending church.  I agree that we, as atheists, need to speak our mind openly in public without shame or fear of who may hear.

I've actually met two other atheists at work because they happened to see books that I was reading and it started a conversation.  The two books were:  The Believing Brain by Michael Shermer and The Demon-Haunted World by Carl Sagan.  I don't "evangelize" my atheism but I certainly speak up when appropriate.   

 

Comment by Joan Denoo on July 17, 2013 at 12:02pm

Joseph, The more people who doubt if god exists or ifthey wonder if god answers prayers, and who hear someone say what you did, perhaps they will begin to think. For those who are offended, they need to experience being challenged about their beliefs, even if it is only an overheard conversation. They may take offense and become defensive, and that is their right; I don't see that as a bad thing. I perceive that as a wedge in their confidence. Those who hang on for dear life to a delusion have the responsibility to deal with their discomfort. 

There is power in knowing evidence as opposed to superstition. Keep your words public, even if it risks conflicts. Non-believers don't knock on peoples' doors, or limit others' flourishing. Religion is and always has been a source of over-confidence and surety, even when confronted with evidence to the contrary. 

Comment by The Flying Atheist on July 17, 2013 at 11:25am

Little Lula is adorable. 

Comment by Plinius on July 17, 2013 at 10:21am

got away with what you said? Did your father expect the tar and feathers treatment?

Comment by Joseph Corder on July 17, 2013 at 9:45am

The other day, me, my wife and our parents went out to eat at a new restaurant. The conversation turned to politics and religion. My mother said that I shouldn't hate Christians. I said that I had no problem with Christians BUT their silly notions of a god and jesus, I detest!! I didn't realize that I had been a little too loud and everyone in the restaurant stopped eating and looked at me!! Quick to recover, I said, Why am I getting so upset when god and jesus do not exist!!! Everyone went back to eating AND no one contradicted what I said!!!!! When we were back on the road, my father turned to me and said, "I can't believe you got away with what you said, Impressive"!!!

Comment by The Flying Atheist on July 16, 2013 at 11:35pm

That guy is "preacher" Robert Tilton.  His Wikipedia entry even has a whole paragraph about how the "Farting Preacher" videos got started.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Robert_Tilton

I just love when people like him (a major con artist) are disgraced publicly. 

Comment by The Flying Atheist on July 16, 2013 at 11:25pm

Yes, Mindy, those sounds were added.  Pardon my crude humor, but I just laugh hysterically at that video. 

Comment by Ian Mason on July 16, 2013 at 11:14pm

They're waiting for the last trump. I've read that Taoist munks don't eat vegetables and beans. They believe that each person has an allotted amount of air in a lifetime and that farting therefore shortens the span.

 

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