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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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Surreal, I haz it

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Joan Denoo yesterday. 95 Replies

Surreal, not just found in art.Continue

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A Powerful Message from an old wise teacher :

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Plinius Sep 28. 8 Replies

I received a gift this morning from a virtual friend, Pamela Smith:A Powerful Message from an old wise teacher :" One day an old wise teacher was walking through a village. A very angry and rude young man came up and began insulting him. "You have…Continue

Speak English? YOU FIRST! (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Donald R Barbera Sep 27. 5 Replies

Honestly, the title to this piece is badly under-representative of the content.  To be far more accurate, what we have here is Mrs. Betty Bowers, America's Best Christian, going on a rant.  Before you say it ... Say WHAAAA?  Betty Bowers ranting? …Continue

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10 Things About Patriotism (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Plinius Sep 26. 2 Replies

It seems as though lately, Mrs. Betty Bowers, America's Best Christian, is evolving into America's Best Patriot.  She has recently been taking some fairly well-aimed shots at a certain Orange Nightmare and his sycophantic hangers-on, regarding the…Continue

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A Prayer for Our Nation (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner Sep 21. 2 Replies

I'm going to keep this one short and sweet.  Mrs. Betty Bowers, America's Best Christian, has seen what is going on with the current occupant of the Oval Office, and my impression is that she is not at all happy with it.  True to her citizenship,…Continue

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Any Babymetal Fans Here?

Started by Bruce Carroll. Last reply by Idaho Spud Sep 12. 5 Replies

Any Babymetal fans here besides me? I have to ask because 1) I really like Babymetal and 2) Babymetal unknowingly played a role in my journey out of religion.For those who are unfamiliar with Babymetal, here is a link to one of their most popular…Continue

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Comment by Plinius on July 28, 2017 at 2:49am

'Those were the days' - such an earworm! It stays and jingles and irritates me. Apart from that, it's a very sad sentiment, longing after long past schooldays. Truth is - I've never been as happy, well-balanced and carefree as I am today. I really feel that I'm at the right side of sixty.

Do you long for past days?

Comment by Plinius on July 27, 2017 at 11:07pm

You remember right, Spud! No children, one cat and a transgender husband. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on July 27, 2017 at 2:28pm

Another way to rehearse responses to those who show you ill will is to take the Apostle's Creed and turn every sentence into a question, i.e. 

Do believe in God, the Father almighty,
      creator of heaven and earth?

Do you believe in Jesus Christ, his only Son, as Lord?
Do you believe Jesus was conceived by the Holy Spirit?    
Do you believe Jesus was born of the virgin Mary?
      Do you believe Jesus suffered under Pontius Pilate?
      Do you believe Jesus was crucified, died, and was buried?
      Do you believe Jesus descended to hell?
      Do you believe The third day Jesus rose again from the dead?
      Do you believe Jesus ascended to heaven?
      Do you believe Jesus is seated at the right hand of God the Father almighty?
      Do you believe Jesus will come to judge the living and the dead?

Do you believe  in the Holy Spirit?
     Do you believe your holy church?
      Do you believe the communion of saints?

      Do you believe the forgiveness of sins,
      Do you believe the resurrection of the body?
      Do you believe the life everlasting.?

Amen.

Do you believe yours is the true church of all times and all places?

Do you believe it is your job as a christian/muslim/religious person to judge me? 

Does your religion expect you to love?

Is it your responsibilty to judge me? 

Don't expect to use all of these same questions on the same person; just know these are things that I/we call into question. 

If the person asks you to defend your question, you are not the

one who scowled at them, it is their responsibility to answer you or not. 

If you don't answer their question, smile in a friendly manner and go about your business. It is they who judge you, not you judging them. 

Comment by Idaho Spud on July 27, 2017 at 2:17pm

It looks like Joan answered my question about the Purple Lady.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on July 27, 2017 at 2:15pm

I have a "The Thinking Atheist" t-shirt from Seth Andrews' podcast but it is now too small for me to wear (in public.)

A few years ago while on a work break, a co-worker saw me reading Michael Shermer's book, "The Believing Brain."  He struck up a conversation with me and then eventually asked, "Atheist?"  I said I was.  He admitted the same and we became friends.  

Comment by Idaho Spud on July 27, 2017 at 2:13pm

Is Patricia the gal that loves purple and rides a purple cart type of thing?

Comment by Idaho Spud on July 27, 2017 at 2:10pm

Chris, my memory questioned the fact that you had a son, but I ignored it.  It also questioned the 2 cats.  You only have one now don't you?

Comment by Joan Denoo on July 27, 2017 at 2:09pm

Chris, thank you for the update on Patricia, the "Purple Lady in a purple wheelchair." I wrote to her about the fire and am glad you are in touch with her and can keep us informed. Tell her I asked about her and wonder if she ever received my email?

Spud, I don't think I would wear an athest T-shirt or emblem until and unless I were ready to see dirty looks and hear accusations and criticism. I practices on paper what I would say or do if anyone showed any negative reaction to my atheism. 

*Dirty looks: with a grimace, 

My response: "I see you like my necklace/T-shirt, pin!"

or: "by your expression, "I notice you are interested in my necklace/T-shirt, pin!"

*Unpleasant response:

My response: "OH? What do you not like?"

or: "Do you have a religion?"

or: "It is my understanding that your religion is one of peace and love." 

or: "How does my belief affect or effect you?"

or: "Do you see me as being wrong?" "By what criteria?"

or: "Do you really believe there is a god who answers your prayers?"

or: "Do you, if truth be told, believe Jesus is the son of god?"

or: "Do you actually believe there is a power that rescues you when you are in trouble or who guides you."

or: "Do you, in truth, believe in the virgin birth?"

or: "Do you, in fact, believe in life after death?"

or: "

Comment by Idaho Spud on July 27, 2017 at 2:08pm

Yes Chris/Plinius, I did mix you up.  I thought that was your post.  I forgot that you had no children. I think part of the reason for the mix up is that Plinius and Patricia both start with a P.  

Comment by Ian Mason on July 27, 2017 at 1:42pm

Thanks, Chris. It's good to hear that Patricia and family are safe.

I've had mostly positive reactions to atheist t-shirts but that's in Denmark.

 

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