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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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We Don't Want Your (Atheist) Money! (The Thinking Atheist)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by k.h. ky 6 hours ago. 9 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

Are You a Patriot? (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Bertold Brautigan 10 hours ago. 1 Reply

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

The Ark Encounter: A Less than Grand Opening (The Thinking Atheist)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Grinning Cat on Monday. 24 Replies

The day finally arrived.  Ken Ham's Ark Encounter opened on 7 July, 2016 ... to something a bit less than Disney-sized crowds, and more than a couple dissenting voices!  Seth Andrews has gathered a quartet of significant participants in the protest…Continue

Tags: Tracey Moody, Dan Broadbent, Seth Andrews, David Silverman, AronRa

Surreal, I haz it

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Idaho Spud Aug 14. 91 Replies

Surreal, not just found in art.Continue

Tags: surreal

Wedding Haka - Subtitled & translated

Started by Joan Denoo Aug 13. 0 Replies

I ran across a video of a wedding in which a group of wedding guests celebrated with a performance of a traditional Māori ancestral war dance, called a Haka. It was intended for sons, however, the women have joined in a participation of…Continue

Tags: new, traditions., women, men, Haka

Onward (Unpaid) Christian Soldiers (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Chris G Aug 13. 1 Reply

Proselytizing in the military is a dirty little secret most radical christians would rather didn't get out.  Well, never let it be said that America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers, was ever a wallflower where a pit bull was needed!  In the following…Continue

Tags: Military Religious Freedom Foundation, MRFF, America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers

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Comment by The Flying Atheist on December 31, 2013 at 9:07pm

Happy New Year to all my friends here. 

I was supposed to attend a small party tonight but I came home from work exhausted and with nasal drip causing my voice to be horse.  I've been up since 5:45 this morning and flew to Seattle and back today.  I hate disappointing my friends, but I'm just too beat and under the weather to go out.  I was looking forward to a few cocktails tonight, some homemade chili and then a taxi ride home.  Well.......maybe next year.  

We are in the process of getting several inches of snow here right now.   

Comment by Steph S. on December 31, 2013 at 8:50pm

Happy New Year everyone !! I am not doing much myself either. Just staying out of trouble - good thing you don't have to worry about the kids Mindy.

Comment by Steph S. on December 31, 2013 at 7:24pm

Comment by Plinius on December 31, 2013 at 5:41pm

And Happy New Year to you all too! The new year is not yet an hour old, the fireworks are going up, the fumes are rising and the first casualties are in the hospitals and mortuaries - it's really not my idea of a celebration. All the best to you! I'm off to sleep.

Comment by Plinius on December 30, 2013 at 12:52am

I love the item about DNA, Ian. But the real fundies among them would die first than admit it.

I always looked at the Noah's Ark story as a blow-up of a local thing. Bronze Age farmers didn't travel very far - so if your small valley flooded and you escaped with the family, the goats and a few chickens on a raft...

Comment by Ian Mason on December 30, 2013 at 12:25am

Looks like a good book, SST. As far as I understand things the Hebrews were nomadic herders who wandered as far as Egypt in times of drought simply because of the Nile river. They must have reached a cultural high point at some time though. The temple is proof of that. Also saw a Nat Geo documentary some years ago that said, r.e. DNA, Israelis and Palestinians are basically the same people.

Comment by sk8eycat on December 29, 2013 at 11:08pm

@Secular School Teacher: I MUST get my paws on that book!  I have read in several different sources that the Israelites were never enslaved by the Egyptians, and that the Exodus never happened. The stories of the plagues are just ridiculous...almost as dumb as Noah's Ark (How did 8 people feed and clean up after all those animals? I asked that question in Sunday school when I was about 6 or 7, and got a hell of a tongue-lashing from the teacher, but she couldn't give me a reasonable answer.)

As far back as the 19th century there were speculations that the whole story was a myth, or propaganda, and that Jericho hadn't even been established at the time that "Joshua (suposedly) fit de battle."

I have also read that the "City" of Nazareth didn't exist until late in the 1st Century, or early in the 2nd Century CE.  Whoever wrote Matthew (I think it was that book) was trying to fit his story to "prophecies" in the OT, and one of them hinted that a hero or messiah would be a "Nazarite," which was some sort of religious sect, not a citizen from a town in Galilee.

The writers of those novelettes were as ignorant as the people who still believe those stories today.  Flat-Earthers.

Comment by Secular School Teacher on December 29, 2013 at 7:23pm

How Archaeology Disproves the four foundational stories of the Bible
http://www.dailykos.com/story/2013/12/24/1265119/-How-Archaeology-D...

Comment by Idaho Spud on December 29, 2013 at 1:32pm

Patricia, that's wonderful that your neighbors look after you.

I'm opposite of you on temperature.  I can stand the heat more than the cold.  That's why I'm trying to find a way to move south.

Comment by Idaho Spud on December 29, 2013 at 1:27pm

Patricia, that's interesting that you got in the paper without knowing it, and not being asked.  From that distance they probably thought no one could recognize you, but I'll bet a lot of people you know would.

 A few years ago, on a slow-news-day sunday, a newspaper photographer caught me riding my recumbent tricycle, but he asked me if he could publish it.  I didn't notice him, and he ran after me to ask me.  Said he had a hard time catching me even though I was going uphill and not pumping hard.  : )

 

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