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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.

Nobody here is into mind games. A discussion started with a loaded guilt-throwing question will be deleted.

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Bible Belt Atheist (New York Times)

Started by Loren Miller 20 hours ago. 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 November 3, 2014 at 10:46pm

Ian, I like Margaret Atwood's "The Handmaid's Tale" too. Hits a little too close to reality. Makes me shudder to think of what a society could become if there were not energies forcing radicalism back to center. 

I have not read Ann Radcliffe's "Mysteries of Udolpho".

Comment by Ian Mason on November 3, 2014 at 10:06pm

Nice one, CLAWS. Stealing.

So that's what American Smarties look like. In Britain they're the same thing as M&Ms.

Just finished Margaret Atwood's "The Handmaid's Tale", future fiction where the U.S. has become a patriarchal theocracy and a polluted wreck. Damn good book. Before that, Ann Radcliffe's "Mysteries of Udolpho", one of the Gothic classics. Overlong and overwritten but still a pleasure. And all the "supernatural" events have logical explanations.

Comment by Joan Denoo on November 3, 2014 at 9:27pm

C.L.A.W.S.  "God hates facts" fits perfectly. Thanks. Reposting. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on November 3, 2014 at 9:13pm

Mindy, the thought of the family working together as a team to help your daughter reach her goals just feels very good to me. That sense of people pulling together for a common coal is what being family is about. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on November 3, 2014 at 9:11pm

Randal, such good news about your family and the ways you play together. Sounds like a great time. Will there be photos?

Comment by Joan Denoo on November 3, 2014 at 7:51pm

Chris, that is a good idea. If the card doesn't change, check and see if everything is OK. 

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on November 3, 2014 at 6:38pm

Sorry the weather made trick-or-treating in Chicago a downer, Flying Atheist. We were more lucky in PA.

Love the "God hates facts" sign and the repo comic.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on November 3, 2014 at 6:29pm

The weather in Chicago on Halloween was very nasty.  High winds, rain and some sleet/snow flurries.  Not one trick-or-treater came to my door for the Smarties I had ready for them. 

Smarties are made with Dextrose instead of sugar, so I don't feel so bad having the whole bag for myself.  Yeah, that's my rationale,

Also, always purchase Halloween candy that you like. 

Comment by Idaho Spud on November 3, 2014 at 2:14pm

Good one Cat Lover.  That's a keeper.

Comment by Ian Mason on November 3, 2014 at 11:15am

Joan, FB is where I took it from. And it's not Danish, as far as I know.

Mindy and Randall, how lovely.

Here's one for all of you in the U.S.

 

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