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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.

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

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Loren Miller yesterday. 39 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 7, 2013 at 12:09am

To my dear friends here, I have a question for you. A very fine and decent friend cautioned me to focus on atheism because of all the different issues I bring up may pull the Atheist Nexus group into factions. I see his point, and it is valid. 

Please advise me how you fell about my posts. If my topic has to do with economics, politics or religion I post it on my site. There are not many members, and I have no interest in numbers, just that people who want that kind of information can access it. 

So, advise me what you would like me to do, stop posting social issues or continue. I post all this material on Twitter and Facebook. 

I do like his suggestion that I could move away from the problem statements and provide more options exploration. I can do that. Just let me know if you have an opinion.  

Thanks ... we are a team of people trying to sort out some complex concepts and I welcome comments. 

Comment by Plinius on November 7, 2013 at 12:09am

Let go, Mindy! When people try their utmost NOT to agree with you and NOT to understand you, let them go, even if they're family. I did the same and I was never happy about it, but I was and still am convinced that there was no other option.

Comment by Joan Denoo on November 7, 2013 at 12:01am

Patricia, love your purple walker! It looks really cool and just right for you!. Walk on dear one. 

Also like your migrating birds!

Comment by Joan Denoo on November 6, 2013 at 11:59pm
Mindy, that fellow follows the old trick of making someone feel bad for telling the truth. You have choices:
*Pay attention to what he says and feel guilty or bad.
*Try to appease him with compromise.
*Tell your truth, stand on principle, and know a bigot when you see one. Be competent, confident, and clear!
I think you made the best choice that could be made.
Comment by Joan Denoo on November 6, 2013 at 10:24pm

Ruth, I love the British beer bottle blowers! Nice sound and rhythm 

Patricia, how dreadful! I can't even imagine having to deal with steel wool textured hair ... I have a hard enough time with what feels like horse hairs. The family teases me because it is growing out at different lengths and this hedgehog continues to be my best avatar representation. 

Comment by The Flying Atheist on November 6, 2013 at 8:39pm

Cute video, Ruth. 

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on November 6, 2013 at 6:53pm

Wow, I never heard of chemo turning hair into steel wool texture, Patricia.

Here's a well tuned beer bottle performance to cheer up everyone.

Comment by Grinning Cat on November 6, 2013 at 1:36pm

Great news on Illinois! Marriage equality will only begin in June, since advancing the date would have required 70 votes in the state House (it passed with 61).

Comment by The Flying Atheist on November 6, 2013 at 12:02pm

Joan, you mention your hair is coming back as it was originally:  straight, not curly.  Is it common for hair to become curly after radiation?  I'm lucky that I've never had a close friend/relative go through this experience, so I'm a little naive on the details.  

I'm glad to hear that you've managed so well through all of this. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on November 6, 2013 at 11:40am

Mindy, I just opened your "Defend rights of women and girls." Am reposting on Twitter/Facebook. Thanks.

 

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