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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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Yasmine Mohammed - Confessions of an Ex-Muslim (The Thinking Atheist)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Idaho Spud Jul 7. 6 Replies

Yasmine Mohammed is not your average ex-Muslim.  Not only did she get shut of Islam, she also managed to escape what was at one time the most notorious of radical Islamist organizations: Al Qaeda.  She has since documented the story of her apostasy…Continue

Tags: Islam, Al Qaeda, Yasmine Mohammed, The Thinking Atheist, Seth Andrews

Ignorance is Bliss: Why Religious People Seem Happier Than the 'Nones'”.

Started by Joan Denoo Jul 6. 0 Replies

“Highly Religious Volunteer More, Lie Less, and Claim to Be Happier”~ Houston Chronicle; “Strongly Religious People are Happier than Non-Religious”  ~ Christian Daily."The study determined that 40 percent of highly religious adults—defined as those…Continue

Tags: Nones, happiness, non-religiosity, religiosity, bliss

Afrodisiacs – African Aphrodisiacs

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Joan Denoo Jun 26. 4 Replies

Am I so old and not know the definition of aphrodisiac, and its historical definition being based on Aphrodite, that her name came from the African drugs that Egyptians, Greeks, and Romans used for sexual enhancement? Dhu!  Aphrodite, ancient Greek…Continue

Tags: Africa, Lady, Victorian

Degrees of Doubt: The Claims and Credentials of Ravi Zacharias (The Thinking Atheist)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Chris May 17. 1 Reply

Anyone here ever run onto an apologist by the name of Ravi Zacharias?  I've seen his name dropped multiple times on YouTube as supposedly being THE ONE APOLOGIST that no atheist wants to cross swords with, because of his facility with christian…Continue

Tags: Ravi Zacharias, Steve Baughman, The Thinking Atheist, Seth Andrews

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

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Comment by Joan Denoo on January 29, 2014 at 10:21pm

Ian, I like your way. 

Comment by Ian Mason on January 29, 2014 at 10:05pm

As regards loss: it's not what you say but how much and how well you listen. It's almost always a good thing to ask "what happened"? Bereaved parents have a real need for patient listeners who "just" listen and don't try to solve problems or find a deeper meaning.

Comment by Idaho Spud on January 29, 2014 at 8:39pm

What Joan said Ian.  Nice.

Comment by Joan Denoo on January 29, 2014 at 8:29pm

Ian, a beautiful and brainy daughter. You must be very proud!

Comment by Idaho Spud on January 29, 2014 at 8:28pm

I still have a hard time knowing how to respond to someone's loss, even at my age.  My next door neighbor died last year.  Her husband the year before.  Her son came over to tell me and I just didn't know what to say to him, mainly because I don't know him that well.

A coincidental occurrence happened today as I was getting my blood drawn for a LAB report, the woman drawing it said "You look familiar."  I couldn't place her face and asked if she knew my dad.  She said no.

After a couple of minutes she said "don't you live next to where my parents used to live?  I live around the corner.  Then I knew who she was.  I didn't recognize her because I've never talked with her before.  I've talked to her husband and son and most of the rest of their relatives that live in this area. 

Anyway, we talked about her mother & father as well as mine.

And, she did a good job of drawing blood.  The last time I had a lab, the young guy lost the vein and had a lot of trouble finding it again.  Had a big bruise for a week.  Never going to that place again.

I had a good discussion with my new doctor today that may be an agnostic.  I plan on feeling him out to see what his religious beliefs are (or lack thereof).  But so far I like him!

Comment by Ian Mason on January 29, 2014 at 3:25pm

My daughter, having finished university as "Kandidat Magister" (Advanced Degree/MA) with the next-highest grade. A proud Dad, me.https://plus.google.com/photos/117651753549220715564/albums/5974354...

Comment by Joan Denoo on January 29, 2014 at 2:42pm

Mindy, I was at the lab yesterday for another blood draw and it was standing room only. I asked the technition if the work load has changed recently. He said "Big time". Whatever is causing the overloads is real and has an explanation. 

Sorry about your son's friend's loss. Tough for young people to deal with death issues, especially babies and children. The grief must be very deep for the parents. I like you husband's response. 

Comment by Ian Mason on January 28, 2014 at 10:41am

It could have been different.

Comment by Grinning Cat on January 27, 2014 at 11:46pm

"Smarty Pants Phones" -- heh!

And that "Oatmeal" on "doing religion wrong" is good! "...constantly trying to convince others to believe the same thing? / This is why I'm a fan of Buddhists and Jews. There's no such thing as a door-to-door Jew." [There are Jews by choice, but they sought it themselves.]

and "Are you so dangerously extremist that even a silly web cartoonist can't draw a picture of your prophet without fearing for his life?  (There's no drawing here.)"

Two Cult Survivor on here wrote about comparing atheism to a hairstyle: "It's not. But it is. But it's not." (Which is what inspired my graphic.) If we accept freedom of religion, then not following any religion deserves equal respect and noncoercion.

Comment by sk8eycat on January 27, 2014 at 9:11pm
 

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