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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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Are You a Patriot? (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Loren Miller 6 minutes ago. 7 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

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

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Grinning Cat 8 hours ago. 11 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 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 Ruth Anthony-Gardner on July 17, 2013 at 11:59pm

Thanks for sharing your story about leaving in the middle of a sermon, Joan, and the lovely picture of you and your support team.

The farting preacher video is too juvenile for me to enjoy.

Thanks for the restaurant story Joseph.

It was 96° here and my car air conditioner can't cope. Too hot for me today. I can't even imagine living without air conditioning as so many people do. We have three more days of heat wave coming.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on July 17, 2013 at 9:47pm

BTW, where is sk8eycat?  She hasn't meowed around here in a while.  

Patricia, did you ever get a health update/status for your relative?   

Comment by The Flying Atheist on July 17, 2013 at 9:10pm

Big hug to you, Joan. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on July 17, 2013 at 8:38pm

Chemo day Support Team at Gordy's for lunch. The only food I can keep inside me for a day or two after chemo. 

front: Katelyn Dean 

back: Laurie, Michelle, and Old Baldy

Comment by Joan Denoo on July 17, 2013 at 2:27pm

I taught adult and highschool kids Sunday school and always prepared by doing background reading, reading what others had to say, and even read the old and new testament. I got to know the bible pretty well. Some problems often came up after hearing a sermon or lesson led by the Dr. of religion at our local Presbyterian college/now university. I had a pretty regular meeting with the pastor or teacher because things didn't fit my understanding of what the bible said. On one event, we were all at church camp and Dr. of religion gave a lesson that was just outrageous. We sat on a log by a lake and discussed my objections. Things just started going down hill from there. One day I left in the middle of a sermon and never went back. 
My adult and highschool students didn't know what the old and new testament said. They knew what they heard in sermons and lessons. As years go by, I often question people who bring up religion and they don't know what it says either. Here is a Pew study about bible literacy:

When I ask non-believers why they left religion a large number of them state they read the bible. The best treatment! 

The "Success Gospel" seems to be the big draw for mega-churches. 

Comment by The Flying Atheist on July 17, 2013 at 1:39pm

Although religious, god-believing people are the majority in our population, I often times who the other non-believers are when I'm in public with other people in small or large groups.  I know I can't be the only one.  Religious people are often easily identified because they wear necklaces with crosses and they also speak openly in casual conversations about attending church.  I agree that we, as atheists, need to speak our mind openly in public without shame or fear of who may hear.

I've actually met two other atheists at work because they happened to see books that I was reading and it started a conversation.  The two books were:  The Believing Brain by Michael Shermer and The Demon-Haunted World by Carl Sagan.  I don't "evangelize" my atheism but I certainly speak up when appropriate.   

 

Comment by Joan Denoo on July 17, 2013 at 12:02pm

Joseph, The more people who doubt if god exists or ifthey wonder if god answers prayers, and who hear someone say what you did, perhaps they will begin to think. For those who are offended, they need to experience being challenged about their beliefs, even if it is only an overheard conversation. They may take offense and become defensive, and that is their right; I don't see that as a bad thing. I perceive that as a wedge in their confidence. Those who hang on for dear life to a delusion have the responsibility to deal with their discomfort. 

There is power in knowing evidence as opposed to superstition. Keep your words public, even if it risks conflicts. Non-believers don't knock on peoples' doors, or limit others' flourishing. Religion is and always has been a source of over-confidence and surety, even when confronted with evidence to the contrary. 

Comment by The Flying Atheist on July 17, 2013 at 11:25am

Little Lula is adorable. 

Comment by Plinius on July 17, 2013 at 10:21am

got away with what you said? Did your father expect the tar and feathers treatment?

Comment by The Flying Atheist on July 16, 2013 at 11:35pm

That guy is "preacher" Robert Tilton.  His Wikipedia entry even has a whole paragraph about how the "Farting Preacher" videos got started.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Robert_Tilton

I just love when people like him (a major con artist) are disgraced publicly. 

 

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