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Come on in, pull up a chair!

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.

This group is not intended to compete with other groups on topics they cover but to "fill in the cracks." Whenever a discussion dwells at length on a topic for which there's an existing group, we urge you to provide members a link to that group to continue along their tangent.

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The Most Hated Woman in America (The Thinking Atheist)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Gary S Apr 19. 7 Replies

Before Aron Ra and Matt Dillahunty, before Dawkins or Dennett or Harris or even Hitchens, there was Madalyn Murray O'Hair.  In the midst of an America where Christianity was being flaunted as a defense against the godless communists of the Soviet…Continue

Tags: Frank Zindler, The Thinking Atheist, Seth Andrews, Madalyn Murray O'Hair

Proud Dad is REALLY Proud Now!

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Todd Williams Apr 12. 16 Replies

As some of you may or may not know, my daughter is a television news producer, currently working in Nashville, Tennessee.  Her assignment is the morning news, which means she blasts herself up at umpti-ump in the morning to organize and prepare a…Continue

Tags: Emmy, news, television, daughter, dad

attacking ideas (TheraminTrees)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Grinning Cat Apr 4. 1 Reply

Attacking ideas is a considerable portion of what we as atheists do.  Why attack ideas?  Ideas earn attack when they don't serve people, not just us but those who adopt said ideas, mistakenly thinking that they have value when they don't.  Our…Continue

Tags: ideas, Islam, TheraminTrees

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

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Grinning Cat Apr 4. 40 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

The Playboy Interview: Richard Dawkins

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Loren Miller Mar 28. 16 Replies

I suppose it was the news that Playboy magazine was returning nudes to its pages after a year's hiatus that sufficiently perked my curiosity to check them out again.  I hadn't looked at Playboy since perhaps 2008, when I began to recognize that I…Continue

Tags: Richard Dawkins, Playboy

God's Annual Performance Review (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner Mar 19. 6 Replies

I don't know about you guys, but there wasn't a performance review I had in 30 years of field service that I didn't LOATHE.  It seems as though Betty Bowers, America's Best Christian, is up for turning the tables on the person you would expect would…Continue

Tags: review, performance, god, American's Best Christian, Betty Bowers

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Comment by Idaho Spud on April 4, 2014 at 10:29am

Oscar Wilde's advice sounds great.  Just wish I knew how to make people laugh more than once a decade.

Comment by Joan Denoo on April 4, 2014 at 10:11am

If you want to tell people the truth, make them laugh, otherwise they'll kill you. ~Oscar Wilde

Comment by Plinius on April 4, 2014 at 1:05am

Thanks Patricia. I don't want everyone to google my name and find me here - had a few surprises - so I changed to my old bookcross name.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on April 4, 2014 at 1:00am

Comment by Arp on April 3, 2014 at 9:57pm

Hi Patricia,

Where I live, no body will care if you are just an atheist and keep your mouth shut. But if you are an anti-theist/anti-religious (like me) and criticize religion, you will be in trouble for sure.

Our constitution protects all stupid religious beliefs and calls itself "secular".

Comment by Arp on April 3, 2014 at 11:22am

Thanks for the greetings sk8eycat! I'm getting more and more comfortable at this place. At first I was overwhelmed by the complexity of this place -- groups, chats, forums, walls, blogs. However, now I am much more comfortable getting my way around.

Thanks everyone, I'm in good company. :)

Comment by sk8eycat on April 3, 2014 at 11:11am

Welcome back  to deepthought42, and belated greetings to Arp.

This is a safe place for any kind of comments, rants, whatever you need to get off your chest, or just share with friends.  I've never seen any evidence that trolls or snoops/hackers have ever been able to tap into A/N, and we've all said some pretty personal things at one time or another. Not to mention slamming every type of True Believer.

Lately I have been withdrawing into myself here in Beautiful Downtown Burbank, and this is the only place I feel comfortable connecting with real live people with lively minds...instead of getting meaningless platitudes in return, I get sensible and warm comments and advice.

So, welcome, again...pull up a chair, or a giant beanbag, or whatever makes you most comfortable...picture a cozy fire of aromatic wood crackling in the fireplace, and maybe some popcorn (or chili) in a big bowl

DO visit the "FOOD" discussion(s)!

Anything that makes you feel at ease....

Comment by Arp on April 3, 2014 at 4:26am

Oh, and thanks to you too Patricia!

Comment by Arp on April 3, 2014 at 4:24am

Hey, it worked. Thanks Grinning Cat.

Okay, those of you who have seen my name, please refer to me as Arp henceforth. You may continue to use my original name in private messages and places which are not indexed by the search engine.

I just realized if I say something which the theists perceive as offensive and they find it through the search engine, I might be in trouble if they also happen to know me in the real world.

It will be slightly better if my profile doesn't give my identity right away.

Comment by Plinius on April 3, 2014 at 3:16am

Changed both, and it works. Thanks, Grinning Cat!

 

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