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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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bending truth, or "We Can All Be Manipulated" (TheraminTrees)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Compelledunbeliever 37 minutes ago. 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 Grinning Cat on February 6, 2014 at 7:19pm

Patricia, that motto is a good version of the ethic of reciprocity, that doesn't go into the thought-policing of "love your neighbor". What we can ask of ourselves is to extend the actions of consideration and courtesy, that we'd presumably like for ourselves, to others.

George Bernard Shaw did warn against taking the golden rule too literally: "Do not do unto others as you would expect they should do unto you. Their tastes may not be the same." (from Maxims for Revolutionists, #1)

Comment by Idaho Spud on February 6, 2014 at 6:34pm

Good kitchen post Patricia.

Comment by sk8eycat on February 6, 2014 at 5:13pm

DID you?!!!?  We used to have a "place" on the ocean side of the Bay when I was a kid....NOT one of the big expensive houses...just large house trailer in a trailer park. (Now you know...I'm Trailer Trash!)  But I loved the whole Bay. Spent my summers exploring the place by bike, boat.  We sold it before I was old enough to drive (by a few months), or I would have done even more.

Didja have fun?

Comment by The Flying Atheist on February 6, 2014 at 4:33pm

I took that photo on Balboa Island/Newport Beach the other day in a shop window in California. 

Comment by sk8eycat on February 6, 2014 at 3:02pm

How TRUE!

Comment by The Flying Atheist on February 6, 2014 at 2:31pm

Comment by sk8eycat on February 6, 2014 at 2:30pm

I saw something today on the Yahoo gossip-page this morning, not about threats, but that people who paid big money in advance are finding that the hotels are NOT as classy (or up to average North American standards) as advertised.  That's my idea of "bad," anyway....finding I've paid a year's salary to spend 2 weeks in a dump.

Comment by Plinius on February 5, 2014 at 6:18am

Running around like mad, still working on brother-in-law's problems, doing my own jobs and chores etc.etc. From today my days are three hours longer; I hired a cat-nanny who visits b-i-l's scaredy cat every day, so the cat can stay in her own house and I save the three hours a cat visit costs me. The nanny comes not too soon, I really need to get my own life back!

Comment by sk8eycat on February 4, 2014 at 6:52pm

Where IS everybody?

Comment by sk8eycat on February 2, 2014 at 1:47pm

Oh!  Groundhog Day....I forgot.  Feels like winter has just begun where I am, Clear, cold, and windy ...57 deg. right now.  Not impressive compared to the ice storms than have been blowing through the rest of the country, but it's enough for me at the moment, and we need rain!

@Idaho - S'funny. Lyle did NOT say his name much.  When I first got him I thought about naming him after Percival Lowell, because he was a reddish orange color.  And when I had him neutered I figured he'd never develop a deep tomcat voice, so I changed it to Lyle.  BUT it turned out he could say "Lowell."  A LOT!  But I still liked the name Lyle for him, so it stuck.

I had read about a fictional cat named "Lyle" in a children's book about a pet boarding place called "Howla-Day Inn." (Or something like that.) That's also the title of the book.

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