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

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Compelledunbeliever yesterday. 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 October 2, 2013 at 11:15pm

Epic Old Man - Traffic Jam Prank

Some days, getting around is easier than others. 

Comment by The Flying Atheist on October 2, 2013 at 8:39pm

Ruth, thanks for proving that learning is fun!!

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on October 2, 2013 at 7:30pm

That's really funny, booklover. But birds can't "hold it". No rectum.

Patricia, thanks for the "start America in safe mode" link. Thanks for Lucy's tale. Like your mom, I like lap cats. But a young cat sounds great for a depressed daughter. She'll demand attention and give affection.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on October 2, 2013 at 6:36pm

Mindy, I love the comic with the birds.  I'm glad The Great Cat Shuffle Of Rockford is making everyone happy.  Sounds like all those cats have wonderful homes and families. 

Wonder Woman traveled in an invisible plane?  Seriously?  I didn't know that.  I was a big fan of the TV show Shazam.  They traveled  around in a Winnebago.  LOL   

Patrica, yes, it sure would be nice to start over fresh with certain aspects of our government.  With the current shenanigans going on in Washington, I can't help but imagine how shocked our founding fathers would be if they could see today how bastardized their process of government has become.  I really hate and despise the Tea Party politicians.  When they were only candidates running for office in 2010, they implicitly stated that, if elected, they would "shut down the government."  Well.....they got elected and now have shut down the government.  As far as I'm concerned, they should be rounded up, thrown in jail as anarchists and put on trial for treason.  (End of rant.)

I hope everyone has a great October.  This is one of my favorite months.    

Comment by Steph S. on October 2, 2013 at 6:23pm

Yes Patricia - I don't need to worry about any special permissions or anything to land - so having an invisible plane rocks!!

Comment by Steph S. on October 2, 2013 at 6:22pm

Yeah I know what you mean ... this year seems to have flown by. Where did it go??

Comment by Steph S. on October 2, 2013 at 4:37pm

Congrats on your new kitty sk8eycat. How wonderful for you.

Comment by Steph S. on October 2, 2013 at 4:36pm

Hi Carl - just saw that post - nope I was not in Chicago- but I have an invisible plane like Melinda said. It makes traveling much easier.

Comment by Steph S. on October 2, 2013 at 4:34pm

Comment by Steph S. on October 2, 2013 at 4:34pm

What cool pics - Ruth I love the Spock one - Very big Star Trek fan and I really like the cute animal pics posted here.

So how is everyone doing? I can't believe Oct is here already! Where has the year gone?

 

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