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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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Bible Belt Atheist (New York Times)

Started by Loren Miller on Thursday. 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

Guns: Both Sides Now (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Christina Scribner Apr 3. 3 Replies

Oh, NO!  The gun debate has gotten so heated that it has Betty Bowers, America's Best Christian, TALKING TO HERSELF!  Apparently, one of her has had a stroke or a serious breakdown in cognitive skills, as she does little more than parrot the NRA's…Continue

Tags: NRA, guns, America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers

how dogma pollutes discourse (qualiasoup & theramintrees)

Started by Loren Miller Apr 3. 0 Replies

"The Lord is our God; the Lord is One." "I am the Way, the Truth, and the Life; no one comes to the Father, but by Me." "There is no god but Allah, and Mohamed is his prophet." Assertions, taught as fact, but without any form of corroborative…Continue

Tags: dogma, QualiaSoup, TheraminTrees

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Comment by Joan Denoo on January 16, 2015 at 6:08pm

When we go to the store, Cary does the shopping list while I putter through the organic and the greengrocer sections. He gets furious with me as I waddle along, reading labels, comparing prices, looking at options, talking to fellow shoppers. I go up and down each isle, eating free samples and discussing them with the demonstrators. The fellow in the organic section is a real dear! He is a refugee from Iraq or Iran. We have nice little conversations if he isn't busy. 

I enjoy the outing when I go by myself, usually a day or two after we have done the household shopping. Simple pleasures for simple minds. 

When he and I go, it takes about 45 minutes in an out with a full load of groceries in the trunk. When I go alone, I might have a few little items but it takes me a couple of hours. 

I dread the time when I can't drive to the store. 

Comment by Oxyaena on January 16, 2015 at 6:04pm

More suspected terrorist cells found in Belgium. Additionally, I don't believe in greater mass surveillance as some idiots politicians want. "Anyone who wants to sacrifice their liberty in favor of increased safety and security doesn't deserve liberty." -- paraphrasing Benjamin Franklin.

Comment by Joan Denoo on January 16, 2015 at 5:53pm

Here comes the sun! Days get longer, nights shorter. What a great time to be alive!

Comment by The Flying Atheist on January 16, 2015 at 12:52pm

Both my parents are almost 80.  I had the pleasure of being with them this past fall on a grocery shopping trip.  Yes, patience is needed.  The slow pace and the back-and-forth from one end of the store to the other for forgotten items got to the point of being downright comical.  At least they both have a good sense of humor and can laugh at themselves.   

Comment by Plinius on January 16, 2015 at 10:33am

And patience is a beautiful gift from you to your father. Enjoy your time together!

Comment by Randall Smith on January 16, 2015 at 7:44am

Joy of joys--I get to take my near 97 yr old father grocery shopping today. He dawdles, perusing every item in the store. I guess that's what old people do. I'm also taking him to lunch. He wants a pizza. That's another hour. The key word is patience. At least he's never grumpy--always upbeat. It's the least I can do. I owe him a lot.

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on January 14, 2015 at 7:50am

Good video, Joan. I've seen the video of Neil's conversation in the church as well, and I was really impressed with how soft-spoken yet unyielding he was.

Comment by Randall Smith on January 14, 2015 at 7:35am

Wow--thanks for the outpouring of sympathy. I'm not depressed or in mourning, but it's hard to quit thinking about it. It was from his wife that I received the news of my friend's suicide. She used many "god knows best" type cliches. But, if it helps her deal with his death, then I'm okay with that.

Comment by Plinius on January 14, 2015 at 4:59am

Sorry to hear you lost two friends Randall!

Comment by Ian Mason on January 13, 2015 at 9:25pm

I'm very sorry to hear of your loss, Randall.

 

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