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

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Grinning Cat 13 minutes ago. 10 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

Are You a Patriot? (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Bertold Brautigan 11 hours ago. 1 Reply

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

The Ark Encounter: A Less than Grand Opening (The Thinking Atheist)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Grinning Cat on Monday. 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

Tags: surreal

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 k.h. ky on February 11, 2016 at 12:29am
Is anyone else getting the ads on the right with someone wanting to pray for us?? That is too funny.
Comment by Joan Denoo on February 10, 2016 at 4:53pm

Ruth, let's think of the option of: 

1. The Histrionic Voice of screaming, yelling calling names, making up outrageous stories, belittleing, using all forms of hysteria in making our claims; or 

2. The Passionate Voice of defining, describing, explaining, illustrating, specifying in a calm, clear, passionate, confident, competent voice, while looking them in the eye, so they know to whom we speak, and speaking loudly enough for all to hear, even the little ones, or; 

3. The Authoritarian Voice with demanding they listen and change. 

If we get as histrionic as they using a histrionic voice, what have we gained? What have we lost? 

What about the passionate voice?

What about the authoritarian voice?

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on February 10, 2016 at 4:26pm

Your Crazyhorse article on the Overton Window is correct, but I think far too "rational", in the sense of avoiding passion.

The way ideas are shifted within the Window is via discussion and discourse.  The more something is proposed, talked about, discussed, debated, and presented the more likely it is to be shifted from one end of the spectrum to the other.

It's as if "We on the Left tamp down the fringe within our various movements out of fear that Progressives as a whole will be painted as "loonies." is self-referential for the article's style. The right wing doesn't just use noise and shouting, they employ a vast army of professional propagandists. Tools such as hatred and insanity are wielded like scalpels and jackhammers on the public's grey matter. While we on the left use proposals, talk, discussion and debate to try and present ideas, they use psychic bulldozers to multiply humanity's basest impulses. That makes me angry, but I don't hear anger or outrage in the article. We need to communicate our outrage at being played, at being used, at being warped.

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on February 10, 2016 at 4:07pm

Right On! Ian. I had to look up Man Ray. The Salvador Dali panel gave me a laugh.

Comment by Ian Mason on February 10, 2016 at 2:16pm

Comment by Randall Smith on February 10, 2016 at 7:33am

How about ol' Bernie?!!  I guess I'm not the only one that senses something wrong with Hillary. Disingenuous?

How you doing, Carl?

Comment by Grinning Cat on February 9, 2016 at 10:37pm

Randall, hopefully you'll meet someone who's both!

Comment by The Flying Atheist on February 9, 2016 at 10:12pm

That's great, Kathy!

Comment by Randall Smith on February 9, 2016 at 7:44am
I don't know which would surprise me more, meeting a nice woman (to date) or a fellow atheist!
Comment by k.h. ky on February 8, 2016 at 11:51pm
I met a live atheist today. A very nice young man, that I became acquainted with here, on atheist nexus. He also lives in this small area and told me to stop by and say hello if I saw his business vehicle at one of the stores he serves around here.
It was a pleasure to meet him.
 

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