Hang With Friends

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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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Issues Atheist, Feminist, GLBTQ, Climate Change

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by BenGee on Saturday. 3 Replies

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The Whole Bible in 30 Seconds (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Randy Hatly on Thursday. 15 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

punishing doubt (TheraminTrees)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Joan Denoo Oct 17. 2 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

A moment to relax and see the Earth from space; some how this comforts me.

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Qiana-Maieev Oct 16. 3 Replies

All the squabbles and struggles that I have do not compare with those of some others on this great planet. There are no boundary lines, no political arguments, no up or no down. What is, is. For right now, the scenes offer tranquility. Just the…Continue

Tags: and, wonder, awe, of, space

His Dark Materials and the Catholic Church

Started by Tonya R. Wheeler. Last reply by Plinius Oct 16. 27 Replies

I recently watched the movie, "The Golden Compass" and since I could not find the sequels, I read the books. I enjoyed them, and I will be reading the first one, Northern Lights, starting tomorrow, since it just arrived via inter-library…Continue

Tags: Fantasy, Catholic, Religion, Atheist, Pullman

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

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Loren Miller Sep 29. 39 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

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Comment by The Flying Atheist on February 7, 2014 at 8:45pm

The "do not call" list worked wonderfully for the first several years.  There was a noticeable end to the many unwanted calls.  But in the past year or two, I've been getting the calls again.  I don't even answer the phone if my caller I.D. indicates the number is a 1-800 number or "unavailable."  And EVERY time, they just hang up when my answering machine kicks in.  They never leave a message, but they keep calling back.  What a pathetic "business model" these people have.       

Comment by sk8eycat on February 7, 2014 at 7:06pm

Patricia, it probaly wouldn't work.  I signed up with the US National Do Not Call registry years ago, and that did work for a while, but now all those telemarketing outfits use automatic diallers.  My phone starts ringing at 9 AM sharp...and keeps going till 7PM. 

I have to ask myself what damn fool would give a major household repair job to a stranger on the other end of the phone line?  As IF I were contemplating such a thing in the first place.

Comment by sk8eycat on February 7, 2014 at 4:09pm

Patricia, re: Flakebook: I'm with you,  who needs it?  And now I think I'm seeing "Like us on...." in print advertisements!  Arrrgh!

Comment by Idaho Spud on February 7, 2014 at 3:11pm

Steph, I love the cute & touching "Friends to cheer you up when you're in your little box of sadness"

I'm thinking seriously of quitting Facebook.  I have the minimum amount of personal into on it, and only have it so I can access a private ex-mormon site.  

However, I only find something on that site that I can use about once a month, and there is something that annoys me about once a day, so it doesn't seem worth it.  

One big annoyance is some people there gave-up on moronism, just to jump into another religion, or woo.  Ugh!

Comment by Steph S. on February 7, 2014 at 11:27am

I am so glad I don't use Facebook. So very glad.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on February 6, 2014 at 11:00pm

Hi, Ruth.  Haven't seen you in a while.  How are you?

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on February 6, 2014 at 9:38pm

Great quote to keep around, Patricia.

Comment by sk8eycat on February 6, 2014 at 8:08pm

That's what Dan Barker briefly wrote about in one of his essays on the simplistic mind-set of Xianity...what if you love back rubs but your spouse or significant other hates them?

In other, older, traditions every similar religious or moral version  of the Brassy Rule IS stated in the negative "Do NOT do..."

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.


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