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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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Goodwill to Few Men (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Donald R Barbera on Thursday. 3 Replies

Think Goodwill Industries does well by the poor?  Fact is, they do WAY BETTER for themselves, to the point where America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers, thinks they're ripping off the christian playbook a bit too well!  Have a look for yourself:…Continue

Tags: ripoff, Goodwill Industries, America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers

Your favorite photobombs?

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Plinius Jul 10. 12 Replies

Running of the bulls photobomb.Continue

losing faith (TheraminTrees)

Started by Loren Miller Jul 5. 0 Replies

TheraminTrees has recently begun producing a new series of YouTube videos, which added to a wonderful library of earlier observations regarding his experience of religion. Good as all those pieces are, I personally think they pale against this…Continue

Tags: story, history, faith, TheraminTrees

Betty Explains Religious Freedom (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner Jul 3. 10 Replies

Well, considering all the RFRA bills popping up all over the United States, plus all the fun and games ISIS is bringing to the good folks in Syria and Iraq, Betty Bowers, the epitome of well-dressed christianity, has decided to clarify the true…Continue

Tags: persecution, ISIS, Religious Freedom, America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers

Surreal, I haz it

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner May 6. 82 Replies

Surreal, not just found in art.Continue

Tags: surreal

Let's not define ourselves or others by our worst behaviors

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Dominique Lutz Apr 16. 6 Replies

My take on the recent melt down at Hang With Friends, of which I missed part, is that some of us were tripped up by a habit of thought. It's something we learn growing up, and use without realizing how much pain it can generate -  failing to…Continue

Tags: dispute at Hang With Friends

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Comment by Steph S. on April 29, 2013 at 9:56am

booklover and Ian those are great lolcats. Love them.

So how is everyone this morning?

Comment by Steph S. on April 29, 2013 at 9:55am

Comment by Ian Mason on April 29, 2013 at 3:41am

You light up my life.

Comment by tom sarbeck on April 29, 2013 at 3:22am

sk8eycat, who can hope to put words together better than you did with "...anybody with an IQ higher than their body temperature"?

Comment by Plinius on April 29, 2013 at 1:29am

I like your story very much, Felaine!

I dropped out of church when I could see the answer to a few questions like: xtians say that they've got all the solutions and that they're better and smarter and happier than other people - what is true about that?

When you've heard them screaming for fear that they'll go to hell you know enough. I kicked the xtian habit when about nineteen.  

 

Comment by sk8eycat on April 28, 2013 at 11:09pm

Brandi/Debra, you make a very good point; anything that keeps lgbt kids from being bullied by their own families, churches, classmates, and their own inner thoughts to the point of suicide is a good thing.

I didn't think much about variations of sexuality till I joined a large  ice show in 1957. I was fresh out of high school, and ignorant.  Most of the chorus guys, and a few of the principal skaters were gay, and I had a flash of insight that my skating teacher back home was also gay. My first thought was something on the order of, "So what? They're just people...some very talented, smart, fun, and some MUCH more likeable than many of my boyfriends."  I'm still in touch with the ones who are still alive, and I treasure their friendship.

One couple (NOT from the ice show...I met them when I worked for a local PBS station years later) has been together for more than 40 years, and early on in their relationship one of the partners was still under the influence of his strict religious upbringing...feeling much guilt, etc.  So they went church shopping, including the Metropolitan Church.  That was in its very early days, and my friends weren't impressed.  I think they are still searching, but they have found more sense of "community" in the smallish town in central Arizona where they've retired.  It's very conservative, but nobody seems to give a rat's patoot about who lives with who.

Turns out that ALL my other gay friends are atheists, and very happy about it.  Well....it's really the only thing that makes sense.

I was a church-going Bapnit till my middle 20s, but I was uncomfortable with many aspects. I stoped going to services when I first went on the road at 17, but I kept searching for something. I thought there was something wrong with me because my friends who were believers just accepted everything as fact.  I couldn't.  So I finally read the entire buybull from beginning to end to see if I had been missing or misunderstanding something; I was aware that our Sunday school lessons and buybull study classes were cherry-picked.  And guess what!  By the time I finished reading, and thinking about what I had read, I realized the whole thing was preposterous.  Folk tales, myths, and contradictory nonsense.  Fiction all the way through.  What a relief! (I had tried reading the Book of Mormon, too, but I had a much more difficult time wading through that one.)

I guess my point is that really reading the whole buybull, with an open mind, will make an atheist  out of just about anybody with an IQ higher than their body temperature.

And that's why Felaine doesn't buy that bull anymore.

;>)

Comment by tom sarbeck on April 28, 2013 at 10:02pm

Brandi, booklover and others,

"...about her atheist friend with the bisexual daughter...."

Those of us who are straight or gay might forget, bisexual folk are twice as likely as any of us to find someone to take home.

Comment by tom sarbeck on April 28, 2013 at 9:54pm

Lillie:

"It is so funny the way our pets let us know it is not OK to leave them...."

How they welcome us back is also funny, and sometimes wet.

On my way to work one day I left our (he was my wife's too) German shepherd pup at the vet. That afternoon he welcomed me by leaping from the vet's arms onto me and peeing.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on April 28, 2013 at 9:22pm

Felaine, I have a gay friend I've known for over thirty years who is an ordained minister for the Metropolitan Community Church.  Like most other religious people I'm sure he must cherry-pick the good from the bad parts from the bible.  It doesn't matter if a person is gay or straight, they all must utilize the same type of mental gymnastics to avoid excessive cognitive dissonance. 

Religious behavior is hard to change.  Years ago there weren't any churches that were openly welcoming to gays, so they said, "F.U." and started their own.  I really can't blame them.  I'm gay and grew up in a very liberal, progressive, gay friendly church.  There weren't any horrible fire and brimstone sermons condemning who I was.  The issue of homosexuality isn't what drove me away from religion.  It was just stepping back, looking hard, and realizing that EVERYTHING was a huge load of dung. 

If church attendance is declining overall, I'm sure it is for the gay Metropolitan Community Church as well. 

Comment by Megan S. M. on April 28, 2013 at 9:18pm

Haha Steph I love the coffee cat :) so cute

 

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