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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 yesterday. 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 Joan Denoo on November 19, 2013 at 11:50am

Good morning to each one of you. Winter storms approach with promises of snow. I wonder what this year brings to us and are we flexible enough to take on the wicked winds of the north? Right now we have bright blue skies, 50 degree temperature, strong winds, with forecasts of dropping temps, rain and snow.

Let me see, can I use my thinking to stay calm, with equanimity, and resourceful? Well, I shall start with a thought for the day:

Well, I am off for an appointment with my radiation doctor ... no radiation, thank goodness. My last scab fell off last week. 

A very good day to each one.

Comment by Joan Denoo on November 18, 2013 at 9:42pm

Steph, that cat hair would make a wonderful hat for someone going bald from chemo! If they were not allergic, that is.

Comment by Joan Denoo on November 18, 2013 at 9:41pm

Mindy, that is a bummer! Well, if that is your reality, let's look at some options.
Go to a xmas party, which you don't agree with in the first place, and say nothing.

Go to the party, carry on your normal conversation while avoiding any toxic topic. If someone begins a conversation you don't want to discuss with them, tell them you don't want to discuss that topic with them.

Go to the party, get smashed, and tell them all to fuck off. Deal with your husband when you get home, if you ever get home.

Discuss the dilemma with your husband and daughter and negotiate a solution with which you can all agree.

Go to the party, listen to all the banter, come home and get on line with AN and let it all out!

Oh Jeez, I've run out of options.

Let's go at it another way.
When you return home from the party, what do you want to leave behind, in yourself? How do you want to feel the next day?
Or, what do you want your daughter to learn from this experience, something that would make you feel good about yourself?

Comment by Steph S. on November 18, 2013 at 6:34pm

Comment by Joan Denoo on November 18, 2013 at 3:07pm

Mindy If you go to the Xmas party and run into your in-law that causes you so much grief, just look at her and see this face. Give a big smile, a hearty chuckle, turn on your heel and find someone who you do like and have a circus-good time. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on November 18, 2013 at 2:53pm

Carl! That carrot lov'n video tops them all. Yup! gardening has its funny moments. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on November 18, 2013 at 2:47pm

Mindy, what are your options?

Go to the party and speak your mind, even if it costs you your reputation of being a freethinker. (Hooray, you say it girl!) 

Go to the party and remain silent, even if it costs you having to wire your mouth shut with barbed wire. 

Do not go to the party, feel alone, lonely, miserable and hate your husband for having a good time without you, even if it costs you hurt feelings and you feel miserable. 

Do not go to the party, pick out something you very much want to do, even if it costs you from having a good time with those whom you can communicate.  Then go visit your favorite in-laws with your husband and have a jolly good time. 

Just a thought, there are now 7,125,158,800+ human beings on this planet and you have the right/responsibility to choose with whom you spend your time. Remember you only have ... maybe 100 years to live and then you become atoms. How do you want to spend your time? Then do it. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on November 18, 2013 at 2:30pm

I do understand why anyone leaves Facebook. My regret is that all of your fine writings do not get to an audience that hears what you all have to say. Yes, I get hate mail and sometimes phone calls. I get cold shoulders from family, neighbors and friends, and they are not going to read why and who are atheists and what they have to say.

They subscribe to religious stuff and send gobs of religious sob stories that makes one crumble into tears. The sob stories are chain letters and I very highly doubt that 99% are true. If they can believe made up stories from the Bronze Age, they surely will not care if modern fabrications get sent on their huge networks.

Anyway, I just block them, I tell them I am blocking and why, and then don't read any of their propaganda that does get through. Larry fixed it so that my blocked mail gets sent back to the sender. 

The really odd thing is when someone has a thorny problem, or troubled relationship, they seek out my thoughts. The neighbors who shun me all year come to my neighborhood parties and seem to have a good time. Their kids spend a huge bit of time in my garden with me, and the parents don't seem to object.  

Comment by The Flying Atheist on November 18, 2013 at 1:56pm

I stumbled across this video and just had to share it with all of you.  It's very cute!!

Carrot Hugs

Comment by The Flying Atheist on November 18, 2013 at 1:48pm

Good for you, Mindy.  I've never had a Facebook page so I don't know first hand what I've been missing, but from what I surmise, it seems like it's more trouble than it's worth.  Hearing stories throughout the years about cyber-bullying, privacy problems and the contemptuous environment has kept me away,  

 

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