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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 on Thursday. 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 February 6, 2014 at 8:08pm

That's what Dan Barker briefly wrote about in one of his essays on the simplistic mind-set of Xianity...what if you love back rubs but your spouse or significant other hates them?

In other, older, traditions every similar religious or moral version  of the Brassy Rule IS stated in the negative "Do NOT do..."

Comment by Grinning Cat on February 6, 2014 at 7:19pm

Patricia, that motto is a good version of the ethic of reciprocity, that doesn't go into the thought-policing of "love your neighbor". What we can ask of ourselves is to extend the actions of consideration and courtesy, that we'd presumably like for ourselves, to others.

George Bernard Shaw did warn against taking the golden rule too literally: "Do not do unto others as you would expect they should do unto you. Their tastes may not be the same." (from Maxims for Revolutionists, #1)

Comment by Idaho Spud on February 6, 2014 at 6:34pm

Good kitchen post Patricia.

Comment by sk8eycat on February 6, 2014 at 5:13pm

DID you?!!!?  We used to have a "place" on the ocean side of the Bay when I was a kid....NOT one of the big expensive houses...just large house trailer in a trailer park. (Now you know...I'm Trailer Trash!)  But I loved the whole Bay. Spent my summers exploring the place by bike, boat.  We sold it before I was old enough to drive (by a few months), or I would have done even more.

Didja have fun?

Comment by The Flying Atheist on February 6, 2014 at 4:33pm

I took that photo on Balboa Island/Newport Beach the other day in a shop window in California. 

Comment by sk8eycat on February 6, 2014 at 3:02pm

How TRUE!

Comment by The Flying Atheist on February 6, 2014 at 2:31pm

Comment by sk8eycat on February 6, 2014 at 2:30pm

I saw something today on the Yahoo gossip-page this morning, not about threats, but that people who paid big money in advance are finding that the hotels are NOT as classy (or up to average North American standards) as advertised.  That's my idea of "bad," anyway....finding I've paid a year's salary to spend 2 weeks in a dump.

Comment by Plinius on February 5, 2014 at 6:18am

Running around like mad, still working on brother-in-law's problems, doing my own jobs and chores etc.etc. From today my days are three hours longer; I hired a cat-nanny who visits b-i-l's scaredy cat every day, so the cat can stay in her own house and I save the three hours a cat visit costs me. The nanny comes not too soon, I really need to get my own life back!

Comment by sk8eycat on February 4, 2014 at 6:52pm

Where IS everybody?

 

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