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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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The Most Hated Woman in America (The Thinking Atheist)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Gary S Apr 19. 7 Replies

Before Aron Ra and Matt Dillahunty, before Dawkins or Dennett or Harris or even Hitchens, there was Madalyn Murray O'Hair.  In the midst of an America where Christianity was being flaunted as a defense against the godless communists of the Soviet…Continue

Tags: Frank Zindler, The Thinking Atheist, Seth Andrews, Madalyn Murray O'Hair

Proud Dad is REALLY Proud Now!

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Todd Williams Apr 12. 16 Replies

As some of you may or may not know, my daughter is a television news producer, currently working in Nashville, Tennessee.  Her assignment is the morning news, which means she blasts herself up at umpti-ump in the morning to organize and prepare a…Continue

Tags: Emmy, news, television, daughter, dad

attacking ideas (TheraminTrees)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Grinning Cat Apr 4. 1 Reply

Attacking ideas is a considerable portion of what we as atheists do.  Why attack ideas?  Ideas earn attack when they don't serve people, not just us but those who adopt said ideas, mistakenly thinking that they have value when they don't.  Our…Continue

Tags: ideas, Islam, TheraminTrees

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

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Grinning Cat Apr 4. 40 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

The Playboy Interview: Richard Dawkins

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Loren Miller Mar 28. 16 Replies

I suppose it was the news that Playboy magazine was returning nudes to its pages after a year's hiatus that sufficiently perked my curiosity to check them out again.  I hadn't looked at Playboy since perhaps 2008, when I began to recognize that I…Continue

Tags: Richard Dawkins, Playboy

God's Annual Performance Review (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner Mar 19. 6 Replies

I don't know about you guys, but there wasn't a performance review I had in 30 years of field service that I didn't LOATHE.  It seems as though Betty Bowers, America's Best Christian, is up for turning the tables on the person you would expect would…Continue

Tags: review, performance, god, American's Best Christian, Betty Bowers

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Comment by sk8eycat on March 4, 2014 at 1:24pm

Re: "Crasstians"...I sent it to some of my friends, and got this e-mail from one who has been involved in "Trek" fandom from the very beginning.  Thought y'all would enjoy it.  (I hope!)  she's smart as a whip, and a lot of fun, besides.

It fits any of those people who KNOW they are not only right, but who know what's right for all the rest of us. Since just about everything they do is based in their fundamentalist religion, "crasstians" fits very well.

I've recently had to unfriend several people, sadly including several Star Trek fans, who jumped me for supporting gay equality.

"God will hate you for this" said one, "and you'll go to hell." I said that disparaging others' beliefs was something I generally avoided, but that they deserved this. I told them that since I didn't believe in their god, it wasn't going to harm me if he/she/it/they didn't like me. And since I didn't believe in their god, then their god's hell was not a threat to me.

Also, clinging to the weird but simple-minded belief that the King James bible was "the one" was more stupid than I could accept. There are at least 100+ historical bibles in the world. Also, King James turned down the first 7 translations of "his" bible because they didn't agree with his beliefs.

This stopped the crasstians from bugging me. -- Bjo

Comment by The Flying Atheist on March 3, 2014 at 8:19pm

Patricia, the more you talk about your town, the more I think:  what a great community and place to live!  Perhaps you can get a job as a promoter at the local tourism office.  You're selling the place quite nicely. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on March 3, 2014 at 5:12pm

This is a remarkable story of Rick Hansen. Look at those shoulders! A real muscle man. Where is he now?

He also travelled around the world raising money for spinal cord research. He raised $10 million, according to this site:  

Rick Hansen: Athletic Hero

A man and his wife, Kent and Betty Graybill, here in Spokane, both severe cerebral palsy victims, worked very had to get support for wheelchair access as well.  
One day I saw Kent in his wheelchair and went over to greet him. He had no control over his legs or arms. His foot went up behind his ear as he tried to shake hands with me. I got a big hug and kiss instead. 

We had monthly bible studies in his home. He had a ham radio set up horizontally by his bed. He had better control of his legs and feet than he did his hands, so he turned the knobs with his toes. He had a sign over his bed that read:

"I WAS BORN THIS WAY, WHAT IS YOUR EXCUSE!"

Comment by The Flying Atheist on March 3, 2014 at 10:36am

Patricia, you must make a grand entrance anywhere you go. 

I'm assuming your city has been diligent in installing curb "cut-outs" at the corners, so you can travel on the sidewalk and off the streets. 

Comment by Ian Mason on March 3, 2014 at 1:11am

Hello all. I hope you're well.

I've had a computer-free weekend and, when not working or sleeping, been enjoying a good book: Winter in Madrid by C.J. Sansom. The story of a few, very different people trying to do what's right or best in Spain during the aftermath of the civil war and the beginning of WW2. Can only read one chapter at a time as the tension is so great, perhaps because, unlike the usual thrillers, there's no action-hero that must win in the end. All of the characters are credible and can be empathised with.

Happy Monday.

Comment by Joan Denoo on March 3, 2014 at 12:03am

Chris, I think I know what you mean. 

Comment by Plinius on March 2, 2014 at 11:34pm

When I pass my childhood home I look at my parent's house and hope that there live happy people now.

Comment by sk8eycat on March 2, 2014 at 7:16pm

Well, things have dried out enough that we have phone service again...I sure as *bleep!* haven't seen any crews out there fixing anything. 

I AM going to call the Fire Dept. business office tomorrow to find out what to do in an emergency if the entire neighborhood's phones are dead. (And I don't know who has a cell phone and who doesn't....plus the 3 houses closest to us are empty.  The owners couldn't get decent prices for them, so they just moved out anyway) 

They SHOULD have some sort of internet system that is watched 24/7...IMNSHO

Oh, and there's supposed to be another storm on the way. O, la.

Comment by sk8eycat on March 2, 2014 at 6:58pm

That scooter looks like fun!  I especially like the lavender upholstery!  I'm thinking about one, but with Medicareless, I would probably have a hefty co-pay.  The conservatives in congress (and elsewhere) want us to all die the minute we turn 65, or become too disabled to work (and pay taxes). I am both, and more, and am only hanging on to spite them.

Comment by Joan Denoo on March 2, 2014 at 6:57pm

We now have 7 inches of new snow and it is still falling. 

 

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