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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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Discussion Forum

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

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Compelledunbeliever 9 hours ago. 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 5, 2013 at 10:56pm

Sorry, Mindy, my writing was unclear. Ruth states she was having one more antibiotic and then will be able to get back to building a normal gastric function again. I have no antibiotics. 

My gastric problems ended a few weeks after my BIG chemo on Sept 4.  I am doing great in that area. 

Comment by The Flying Atheist on November 5, 2013 at 10:19pm

Joan, we were supposed to have some snow flurries here last week, but that never materialized.  We've been having some wonderful Fall days.  Temperatures in the 50's and beautiful trees in bright, Autumn colors of gold, yellow, rusty red and bronze.  It's been very pretty here. 

Comment by The Flying Atheist on November 5, 2013 at 10:14pm

Mindy, I haven't the slightest idea what you're talking about. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on November 5, 2013 at 8:48pm

Sending an autumn scene to all of you as a reminder of our incredible autumn colors, even as we had our first snow that stayed on the trees, not on sidewalks and pavement. 

Spokane's Manito, Japanese Garden 

Comment by Joan Denoo on November 5, 2013 at 8:32pm

Mindy, love your cats watching TV of cat confronting mouse. I really like your comment to unfriend if he begins to spout religious crap. I had a similar experience, except the sister of a relative turned out to be more confident of her non-religion than anyone I know, aside from us, of course. 

Ian, happy to learn of your "nice" visit to England. I hope you found situations under manageable conditions there. You write in a happy tone, as well as having fun while there. 

 

Comment by Joan Denoo on November 5, 2013 at 3:22pm

Thankfully, only one more antibiotic to take ... then back to building normal. 

Comment by The Flying Atheist on November 5, 2013 at 3:10pm

Good to hear from you also, Ruth.  Love the cat gif.  Hope you have a fast recovery. 

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on November 5, 2013 at 2:52pm

Sorry for my absence. Only one more antibiotic to take, then my bowels will get back to “normal” for someone with IBS.

It was nice to learn more about your husband, Patricia. Belated congrats.

Love the hugs and kiss LOLcats, booklover and Steph.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on November 5, 2013 at 2:04pm

Ian, good to hear from you.  We were a bit worried about your absence in light of the recent storm that passed over Northern Europe.  Glad you're well.  Sounds like you had a nice visit.  My mother makes the most delicious ginger cake that she serves with homemade lemon sauce.

Patricia, I was just thinking about Sk8eycat yesterday.  I'm missing her also. 

Comment by Ian Mason on November 5, 2013 at 12:30pm

Hello all. Just checking in. Have been in England for a week visiting family. Very nice indeed. Am a couple of pounds wider now. My sister-in-law bakes a great ginger cake. Been to the theatre in London too; Brecht's "The resistable rise of Arturo Ui". Very funny but also scary. Great production that I can recommend.

Hope you are all well.

 

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