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

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Grinning Cat 21 minutes ago. 10 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

Are You a Patriot? (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Bertold Brautigan 12 hours ago. 1 Reply

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

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 Joan Denoo on June 1, 2013 at 3:57am

Is It Too Late To Start Again?

It is too late, only if we think it is too late. Humans clearly outlives our welcome on a sustainable planet.  "it is a difficult cognitive shift in attitude to move from the mindset of “Leave it alone or it will disappear” to the mindset of “If we leave it alone, it may disappear.”

Well, what are our options? Do nothing? Cry? Blame? Get angry? Wallow in fear?

Well, I think there are other options. Ones like stop crazy development of fossil fuels. Put an end to GMO foods. Plan for feeding people, along side making profits. Be intollerant of intolerable beliefs. 

Funny, how when I criticize economic or political issues, I don't get very many ugly responses. When I criticize religious beliefs that are crazy, I get real threats. That could be a good sign. 

As for me, I will do all I can to put a light footprint on my Mother Earth. 

OOPPSS that should read, Humans clearly outlive our welcome on a sustainable planet.

Comment by Joan Denoo on June 1, 2013 at 3:45am

Loren, what a grotesque way to live a life. I shudder at the sight o that little girl's eyes. I wonder what her future holds for her?

Comment by Steph S. on May 31, 2013 at 4:43pm

Yes, my sanity occasionally replies too Melinda.

How is everyone? I hope everyone is having a fun Friday.

Comment by Loren Miller on May 31, 2013 at 2:57pm

Saw the following on CBSNews.com and had to repost it here:



Anyone care to suggest what's wrong with this picture?

Comment by Joan Denoo on May 31, 2013 at 12:13pm

"Knock, knock." 

"Who's there?" 

"Not your white blood cells, that's fer damn sure."

Comment by Joan Denoo on May 31, 2013 at 12:10pm

Ian, There are so many wonderful memories I hold of Crete. May I suggest just two spots I enjoyed.  

One is the Cave of Zeus entered from high on the slopes of Mount Ida. I walked, some rode donkeys, and the view from the top still gives me chills because of the beauty and history of that place. I was with Marija Gimbutas and Rianne Eisler and about a dozen others. We carried lighted bees wax candles until we got to the bottom, we blew out our candles, and that was black a black as I have ever seen. We then chanted Old World Goddess Chants that echoed up through the channel to the top entrance. We re-lit our candles and came out into bright Crete sunshine. We sat on stones as Maria told us old stories from the Neolithic when God was a Woman. Marija and I shared a large stone and we talked about the role of women in history, the changes, and the possible futures of a feminine energy being included into politics and economics and religion. 

The second was the Archeology Museum, if you have any interest in the subject. 

There was a second special memory of Crete. There is an old, Neolithic temple that sank into the sea so that part is underwater and part is above. It was on the day of either the Spring Equinox or the Summer Solstice and a full moon. I should be able to figure out the exact date if I go to a moon chart ... too lazy.  We gathered wild flowers from a field, made tiaras and wore them as we danced under the full moon, singing songs Marija and Rianne taught us. Some of us danced into the water. 

Life is meant to be explored, experienced, and enjoyed. 

I hope your trip to Crete leaves you with special memories you can carry to the end of your life. A sweet way to live. 

Comment by Steph S. on May 31, 2013 at 11:31am

Ian be safe on your trip.

Comment by Grinning Cat on May 31, 2013 at 4:59am

Ian, have a great trip!

Ruth, well said about sex. Consensual sex among adults (or among peers), done while being good and responsible to yourself and to each other, is a natural and good thing!

Part of being civilized is recognizing the difference between "No thanks, that's not for me" and "That's filthy and evil; nobody should do it!"

That said, we do unfortunately have to function within a larger Dominator culture, so the Atheist Nexus and Ning terms of service reflecting the general taboo on nudity and sex are something we have to accept here. As you said, we have to pick our battles: maintaining this vibrant community of nontheists would be a Good Thing.

Comment by Plinius on May 31, 2013 at 1:21am

Have a good trip, Ian!

Comment by Ian Mason on May 31, 2013 at 12:37am

Bye for now, good people. In an hour's time I'll be leaving for Crete. Stay well and look after each other. I'll be back next weekend.

 

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