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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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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

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

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Joan Denoo Sep 2. 28 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

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 The Flying Atheist on October 25, 2013 at 11:02am

Mindy, yes, that is odd.  lol   I really like listening to music or having it in the background.  The genre I choose depends on my mood or what activity I'm doing.  (Yes, I love pure silence as well.) 

I've always been annoyed when people have the television on in their home but aren't watching it.  A lot of businesses also have TV's which I find equally disruptive and annoying.  There's nothing worse than having to be subjected against your will to "The View" or some soap opera.           

Comment by Plinius on October 25, 2013 at 2:04am

Beautiful, Carl! Reminds me of The Village - nice movie in which the beginnings of religion show up.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on October 25, 2013 at 1:32am

So true, Patricia.  Now all I need is a cat.  I have plenty of books and music. 

Comment by Steph S. on October 25, 2013 at 12:35am

Comment by The Flying Atheist on October 24, 2013 at 11:50pm

Wow, Joan.  That's a great whale video.  Captivating. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on October 24, 2013 at 11:16pm

Ruth, your photo choice of Tippi is so precious. Just think of how many experiences she had and learned. She was really at risk with all those animals, and I am sure she had to learn to be discerning. The site didn't come through for me, but I found the photo to which you referred in my mail. So I am reposting the site in case others had the same problem.  I don't mean to intrude. 

http://demilked2.uuuploads.com/real-life-mowgli-tippi-degre-african...

Ruth's favorite Tippi photo.

Comment by Joan Denoo on October 24, 2013 at 9:37pm

For a feel-good moment, a story of humans and whales cooperating. 

Humpback Whale Shows AMAZING Appreciation After Being Freed From Nets

Thanks folks. 

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on October 24, 2013 at 8:51pm

Joan, I like this picture of Tippi best.

Interesting Pagan costumes, Flying Atheist. Thanks.

Comment by Joan Denoo on October 24, 2013 at 8:37pm

Tippi of Africa: Girl Who Grew Up With Wild Animals 

http://www.demilked.com/tippi-of-africa-girl-who-grew-up-with-wild-...

Just think of the things this little girl learned, to be self-reliant, independent, trusting with discernment, and to take responsibility for herself while not provoking trouble. Her adversaries could eat her or walk on her or give her a python's squeeze. Her companions undoubtedly taught her things she would never learn anywhere else. I like those parents.

 

Comment by Joan Denoo on October 24, 2013 at 8:26pm

Carl, I kind of took a liking to the creature with all the bells, but I would paint on a clown face with a red ball nose, and jingle as I made a big racket and peered in windows. No sinister demon for me. 

 

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