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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 Ian Mason on June 24, 2013 at 3:10pm

DAMN AND BLAST! Was enjoying a novel (Making History by Stephen Fry) when I discovered that there's a section of 50 pages missing and a section of 50 pages twice. Right in the middle of the book, the crux, the turning point of the story. Obviously a cock-up at the binders and very frustrating.

Comment by Grinning Cat on June 24, 2013 at 9:11am

Calvin has a point, Ian! (Throughout Calvin and Hobbes, he certainly exuberantly relishes the moment!)

"Suppose this is all we get" is addressed beautifully in Why Won't God Heal Amputees -- Chapter 28 is a good starting point for those who don't need to be convinced that God is imaginary and death is real.

The author also sees the prospect of churches minus delusion as a good thing, at the end of Chapter 30:

Having recognized that God is imaginary, what happens to churches? [...] They continue to exist because they perform a useful function. [...] communities of people who enjoy each others' company, who help one another in times of need, and who focus on goodness and good deeds for the benefit of society as a whole. What's not to like about that?

A few "unchurches" like this already exist, including the "atheist church" in London, and Humanistic Jewish and Ethical Culture groups. (Too bad the word "synagogue" already has a theistic meaning: even though etymology doesn't fix the meanings of words, I'd rather have a positive word from "bringing people together" than a negative definition from "not the house of the Lord".)

Comment by Ian Mason on June 24, 2013 at 7:35am

Comment by Joan Denoo on June 24, 2013 at 2:56am

Patricia, I have been spending a lot of time on "Politics, Economics and Religion". You might want to take a peak, but it is not a place to go for fun and games. I focus on issues of importance to me. It is not a very popular site, but I don't care, I just want to have my say. 

I come here to refresh and renew. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on June 24, 2013 at 2:52am

You probably have heard of the Banshee, the old Irish scream that comes out of the night that foretells an eminent death. Banshee and Sheelanagig have the same root word. 

Banshee 

Sheelanagig

The Sheelanagig celebrates woman's sensuality. That is what May Day is all about, a gigantic sex orgy. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on June 24, 2013 at 2:48am
Oh Ruth, you should have been on the trip with feminists to Ireland, looking for ancient goddess sites. The Paps were really interesting when connected to the stories Padraigin McGillicuddy told in her Gaelic accent. We did a bit of the old Irish dancing and singing, learned a few ancient songs.
We found an ancient Shelanagig carving on a very very old ... temple isn't the correct word, but a building used during the days of Leprechauns and fairy circles. When Patrick came to Ireland he had all the Shelanagig's destroyed. He saw them as obscene, I guess. They were just a primitive people expressing their appreciation for the finer things of life. As so often happens, one spiritual faith destroys any remnant of an earlier faith.
Comment by Joan Denoo on June 24, 2013 at 2:30am
Angela, what a nice trip you describe. Flying with your daughter must give some kind of thrill, maybe a bit of anxiety? Love the serendipity of bread and jam.
Comment by Ian Mason on June 24, 2013 at 1:09am

That sounds like fun, Angela. I hope the bread and jam made up for the nausea. A good week to you too.

Ruth, I think those activity  statistics sound a little dodgy. Perhaps the result of NSA prying :-D

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on June 23, 2013 at 11:39pm

Actually the breast cancer awareness monument creeps me out a little. It's one thing to identify hills as paps or Grand Tetons, another to attach a pink tumor-like thing as if Gaia has breast cancer. We have a photo of the Grand Tetons on our bedroom wall. (not this snowy)

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on June 23, 2013 at 11:30pm

Hang With Friends dropped down to the top of page 4 ranked by most active, even though there was activity an hour ago. We were listed as just a bit less active than Lebanese Atheists whose last activity was on July 30th, 2012.

 

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