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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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Secular and Reclaimed Winter Holiday Songs

Started by Grinning Cat. Last reply by Grinning Cat May 2. 42 Replies

This is an appropriate day of the year for this subject...What are some of your favorite winter holiday songs?It would be especially good to share powerful new secular lyrics to tunes that have become associated with Christmas.…Continue

Tags: singing, lyrics, reclaimed, reclaiming, HumanLight

appropriating morality (TheraminTrees)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Joan Denoo May 1. 7 Replies

We've all heard the claim: "Human morality comes from god."  And we've all seen for ourselves what Yahweh's "morality" looks like, from condemnations of homosexuality and the treatment of women as chattel to inexplicable sanctions against the eating…Continue

Tags: morality, appropriating, TheraminTrees

Bible Belt Atheist (New York Times)

Started by Loren Miller Apr 19. 0 Replies

The following showed up in my YouTube feed this morning, and I decided to have a look.  Turns out, the New York Times has given us a reasonably even-handed look at a good friend of ours, being one Jerry DeWitt, former bible-thumper and now a pretty…Continue

Tags: Bible Belt, atheist, Jerry DeWitt

How would you respond?

Started by Christina Scribner. Last reply by Christina Scribner Apr 10. 5 Replies

So, this morning, I was at my local coffee shop as I am most weekdays between bus runs. I do the editing on my husband's books so I had my laptop with me. My wallpaper is a picture I found online sometime back of a double helix with the word atheist…Continue

The Fake Christian Busybody Show (Andrew Bradley)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Plinius Apr 9. 1 Reply

It seems as though there was a Gay Pride parade in some town somewhere and a Christian commentator, herein known as The Activist Mommy, apparently got her panties so in a bunch about it that she had to fire up her video camera and record a…Continue

Tags: gay, pride, The Activist Mommy, Andrew Bradley, America's Best Christian

America Held Hostage: Day 436 (MisterDeity)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner Apr 9. 1 Reply

Now that Sinclair Broadcasting has stated their position regarding fake news and its threat to our democracy, Mister Deity's Brian Dalton has decided to throw his $0.02 worth in as well ... though I don't quite think his presentation was really what…Continue

Tags: fake news, Deity, Mister, Broadcasting, Sinclair

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Comment by Bertold Brautigan on December 7, 2017 at 7:31am

Comment by Loren Miller on December 6, 2017 at 3:05pm

LOVE the billboard!  Seth Andrews and Dave Silverman had a conversation about that and the pending American Atheist conference coming to Oklahoma City in 2018.  Enjoy!

Comment by Patricia on December 6, 2017 at 2:52pm

Good one!

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on December 6, 2017 at 2:43pm

Comment by Loren Miller on December 6, 2017 at 2:33pm

Strong stuff, Joan, and damned well put.  BRAVA!

Comment by Ian Mason on December 6, 2017 at 2:25pm

Very well put, Joan.

Comment by Joan Denoo on December 6, 2017 at 1:31pm

Ian, the tabloids carry such nonsense, and my family clearly does not like my politics and attitude about religion. So, I have developed a strategy:

I am on an adventure of great importance to me and I invite others to join me. I lack belief in god or any gods. I belong to groups of others who share my lack of belief and experience deep emotions of care and compassion for others and from others. It s true that a person can be good without god and have meaning in life. It is also true that I believe that death ends the life of living things and all return to the elements from which we come. I lack a belief in a person some call Jesus and do not seek redemption through him or any other savior. I lack a belief in heaven and hell and know that when I die, I will return to basic elements. 

The non-believing people, and there are many, provide a perspective that empowers and enriches me. We are not the devil nor are we saints. We don't put ourselves into closets to hide from public view. We live out in the refreshing air and in the sun's rays, celebrating being alive and joining with others in commemoration of freedom and shared responsibility to create a healthier, happier, safer, more secure Earth.

We non-believers stand with pride, self-respect, courage and determination to be who we are and become all that life’s potential offers us. Connect with me if you want, glance quickly if you are afraid, or decline this invitation and maintain and perpetuate the status quo.

Joan Denoo 

December 5, 2017

Comment by Joan Denoo on December 6, 2017 at 1:20pm

Ian, it feels comforting to read of your visit with family in England; a refreshing thought to start my day. 

I am 1.57 M & was 91 kg & am now 65 kg. I didn't make an effort to lose weight, this past year was just a difficult one for me. 

BMI = Body Mass Index.

I don't know what my BMI is. 

Comment by Loren Miller on December 6, 2017 at 12:56pm

No great surprise here, but the FFRF took note of the effort made by the Northern Ohio Freethought Society in putting up a little counter to a nativity creche at Cleveland Public Square.  Very cool!

Comment by Plinius on December 6, 2017 at 12:55pm

Just back from Amsterdam. Partner had her intake in the genderclinic, long talks and a clear outline of the next steps. All went very well, we felt good about it. Spent the rest of the day walking in Amsterdam and visiting a museum. Great day!

 

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