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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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Are You a Patriot? (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by k.h. ky 15 hours ago. 20 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

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

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Grinning Cat on Thursday. 11 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 Ark Encounter: A Less than Grand Opening (The Thinking Atheist)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Grinning Cat Aug 21. 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

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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 Joan Denoo on October 23, 2013 at 2:52pm
Napoleon, a beautiful film of a cat with completely retracted claws, comforting a fussy baby. I imagine the lovely cat comforts Mom and Dad as well, when they feel fussy.
Comment by The Flying Atheist on October 23, 2013 at 2:39pm

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on October 23, 2013 at 2:24pm

That's so sweet, Napoleon Bonaparte. Watching the cat sooth the fretting baby actually made me relax.

Cute tree frog impression, Steph.

I too didn't know that Schulz had deconverted. Thanks, Tony. The T rex gave me a laugh too.

Comment by Joan Denoo on October 23, 2013 at 2:10pm

Ian, what a wonderfully outrageous photo of a penguin! 

Carl, the library benefits hold especially true for people who need and want distraction from some situation.

 

Comment by Joan Denoo on October 23, 2013 at 2:03pm

I don't see the response I wrote the other day. so this may be a repeat. 

Steph, Business Cat and I have a lot in common. Love him ... he presents a good theme. Of course, Tree Frog Impression is a keeper! 

Tony, very much like comment with Tyrannosaurus Rex. I also like your response about Schultz, a complex man with insight. 

 

Comment by Steph S. on October 23, 2013 at 11:47am

Comment by Steph S. on October 23, 2013 at 11:17am

I am proud of Schultz for leaving his faith - I didn't know that about him. I do like peanuts cartoon. I am so glad to know this now - thanks for the cartoon Ian and the pic Tony. I hope everyone is doing good today.

Comment by Tony Carroll on October 22, 2013 at 9:41am

He evolved Melinda. From his Wikipedia article:

Schulz often touched on religious themes in his work, including the classic television cartoon, A Charlie Brown Christmas (1965), which features the character Linus van Pelt quoting the King James Version of the Bible Luke 2:8–14 to explain "what Christmas is all about." In personal interviews Schulz mentioned that Linus represented his spiritual side.

Schulz, reared in the Lutheran faith, had been active in the Church of God as a young adult and then later taught Sunday school at a United Methodist Church. In the 1960s, Robert L. Short interpreted certain themes and conversations in Peanuts as being consistent with parts of Christian theology, and used them as illustrations during his lectures about the gospel, as he explained in his bestselling paperback book, The Gospel According to Peanuts, the first of several books he wrote on religion and Peanuts, and other popular culture items.

From the late 1980s, however, Schulz described himself in interviews as a "secular humanist":[56]

I do not go to church anymore... I guess you might say I've come around to secular humanism, an obligation I believe all humans have to others and the world we live in.[57]

He evolved. Probably not full blown Atheism, but no longer religiously bent as when he was younger.

Comment by Ian Mason on October 22, 2013 at 6:24am

The same way people knew they were living in years B.C Tony?

Comment by Ian Mason on October 22, 2013 at 6:23am

A good summary of faith in all its glory.

 

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