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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.

Nobody here is into mind games. A discussion started with a loaded guilt-throwing question will be deleted.

This group is not intended to compete with other groups on topics they cover but to "fill in the cracks." Whenever a discussion dwells at length on a topic for which there's an existing group, we urge you to provide members a link to that group to continue along their tangent.

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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 The Flying Atheist on July 15, 2013 at 7:15pm

Geez.....and I thought I had a real unknown "groaner." 

Comment by The Flying Atheist on July 15, 2013 at 4:37pm

Hey, did you hear about the new corduroy pillow-cases?  They're sure making headlines! 

Comment by Ian Mason on July 14, 2013 at 4:23pm

They're a lot of fun, Ruth.

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on July 14, 2013 at 1:53pm

Happy Sunday, all! Here's a cat video to lighten your afternoon. YouTube

(I couldn't get the embed code to work.)

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on July 14, 2013 at 12:07am

The  - Employees must "wash hands"- sign gets me the worst, as it implies the management condones pretend hygiene.

Comment by Ian Mason on July 13, 2013 at 2:20pm

Århus Jazz Festival in full swing (he-he) Saw 2 good bands today. One with unusual line-up of electric guitar, clarinet, drums and tuba! The other, Wonder Brazz, (horns, Hammond, percussion and rubber duck) included versions of Sabbath's "Iron Man" and the C&W classic "Tennessee Stud" in their set. Really good musicians with a flair for entertainment too. Other sources of pleasure: lots of coffee and LOTS of ice-cream. A very good day.

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on July 12, 2013 at 1:45pm

LOL, right you are, Mindy. Our supermarket just did a makeover, adding a sign over one of two entrances "fresh food". It makes us think, every time, if the other entrance is for the stale food section.

 

Comment by The Flying Atheist on July 11, 2013 at 12:19pm

When I was a little kid a good family friend of my parents used to call me The Cookie Monster. 

Comment by The Flying Atheist on July 11, 2013 at 10:35am

Good morning, Steph.  I'm still enjoying my morning coffee.  It's an absolutely gorgeous summer day here in Chicago.  Sunny and 71 degrees.  I hope class is going well for you.  And I hope you're getting enough time to get out to enjoy the summer. 

Comment by Steph S. on July 11, 2013 at 10:21am

Hello everyone!

How is everyone doing?

 

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