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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 Compelledunbeliever yesterday. 37 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 March 4, 2014 at 1:24pm

Re: "Crasstians"...I sent it to some of my friends, and got this e-mail from one who has been involved in "Trek" fandom from the very beginning.  Thought y'all would enjoy it.  (I hope!)  she's smart as a whip, and a lot of fun, besides.

It fits any of those people who KNOW they are not only right, but who know what's right for all the rest of us. Since just about everything they do is based in their fundamentalist religion, "crasstians" fits very well.

I've recently had to unfriend several people, sadly including several Star Trek fans, who jumped me for supporting gay equality.

"God will hate you for this" said one, "and you'll go to hell." I said that disparaging others' beliefs was something I generally avoided, but that they deserved this. I told them that since I didn't believe in their god, it wasn't going to harm me if he/she/it/they didn't like me. And since I didn't believe in their god, then their god's hell was not a threat to me.

Also, clinging to the weird but simple-minded belief that the King James bible was "the one" was more stupid than I could accept. There are at least 100+ historical bibles in the world. Also, King James turned down the first 7 translations of "his" bible because they didn't agree with his beliefs.

This stopped the crasstians from bugging me. -- Bjo

Comment by The Flying Atheist on March 3, 2014 at 8:19pm

Patricia, the more you talk about your town, the more I think:  what a great community and place to live!  Perhaps you can get a job as a promoter at the local tourism office.  You're selling the place quite nicely. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on March 3, 2014 at 5:12pm

This is a remarkable story of Rick Hansen. Look at those shoulders! A real muscle man. Where is he now?

He also travelled around the world raising money for spinal cord research. He raised $10 million, according to this site:  

Rick Hansen: Athletic Hero

A man and his wife, Kent and Betty Graybill, here in Spokane, both severe cerebral palsy victims, worked very had to get support for wheelchair access as well.  
One day I saw Kent in his wheelchair and went over to greet him. He had no control over his legs or arms. His foot went up behind his ear as he tried to shake hands with me. I got a big hug and kiss instead. 

We had monthly bible studies in his home. He had a ham radio set up horizontally by his bed. He had better control of his legs and feet than he did his hands, so he turned the knobs with his toes. He had a sign over his bed that read:

"I WAS BORN THIS WAY, WHAT IS YOUR EXCUSE!"

Comment by The Flying Atheist on March 3, 2014 at 10:36am

Patricia, you must make a grand entrance anywhere you go. 

I'm assuming your city has been diligent in installing curb "cut-outs" at the corners, so you can travel on the sidewalk and off the streets. 

Comment by Ian Mason on March 3, 2014 at 1:11am

Hello all. I hope you're well.

I've had a computer-free weekend and, when not working or sleeping, been enjoying a good book: Winter in Madrid by C.J. Sansom. The story of a few, very different people trying to do what's right or best in Spain during the aftermath of the civil war and the beginning of WW2. Can only read one chapter at a time as the tension is so great, perhaps because, unlike the usual thrillers, there's no action-hero that must win in the end. All of the characters are credible and can be empathised with.

Happy Monday.

Comment by Joan Denoo on March 3, 2014 at 12:03am

Chris, I think I know what you mean. 

Comment by Plinius on March 2, 2014 at 11:34pm

When I pass my childhood home I look at my parent's house and hope that there live happy people now.

Comment by sk8eycat on March 2, 2014 at 7:16pm

Well, things have dried out enough that we have phone service again...I sure as *bleep!* haven't seen any crews out there fixing anything. 

I AM going to call the Fire Dept. business office tomorrow to find out what to do in an emergency if the entire neighborhood's phones are dead. (And I don't know who has a cell phone and who doesn't....plus the 3 houses closest to us are empty.  The owners couldn't get decent prices for them, so they just moved out anyway) 

They SHOULD have some sort of internet system that is watched 24/7...IMNSHO

Oh, and there's supposed to be another storm on the way. O, la.

Comment by sk8eycat on March 2, 2014 at 6:58pm

That scooter looks like fun!  I especially like the lavender upholstery!  I'm thinking about one, but with Medicareless, I would probably have a hefty co-pay.  The conservatives in congress (and elsewhere) want us to all die the minute we turn 65, or become too disabled to work (and pay taxes). I am both, and more, and am only hanging on to spite them.

Comment by Joan Denoo on March 2, 2014 at 6:57pm

We now have 7 inches of new snow and it is still falling. 

 

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