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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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The Burial Waltz

Started by Donatien Alphonse François. Last reply by Donatien Alphonse François Apr 26. 4 Replies

Hi everyone,It was almost a half-century ago, at age 15 or so, that I encountered one of the more important influences in my life: a crazy group of poets/musicians who called themselves The Fugs.They had a huge impact on me in that, though raised in…Continue

Some William Blake to Ponder

Started by Donatien Alphonse François. Last reply by Donatien Alphonse François Apr 25. 6 Replies

Hello all,I'm new here, and so hope this isn't old hat. But, I just had to point you toward a marvelous poem by William Blake in case you've never read it. Despite his sometimes heavily tinged biblical references in his other art and poetry, this…Continue

God's Not Dead - The Christian Persecution Complex (The Thinking Atheist)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Annie Willis Apr 20. 7 Replies

Doubtless most if not all of you have heard about that sorry piece of cinema known as God's Not Dead, and perhaps its sequel, cleverly entitled: God's Not Dead 2 (wow, how original!).  Personally, I have wasted neither time nor money on either,…Continue

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Confirmed: flagged by religious people for "bullying."

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Loren Miller Apr 19. 4 Replies

According to Seth Andrews @SethAndrewsTTA  Apr 16"Confirmed. TTA was flagged by religious people for "bullying." Apparently, criticism and skepticism = persecution. #GodHatesFacts"Others reported as "Flagged" and taken off line: @The Thinking…Continue

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The Value of Atheist Nexus ... and of Keeping Contact

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Joan Denoo Apr 17. 13 Replies

I don't know about you, but the last 24+ hours were VERY uncomfortable for me.  Why?  Because something I value a LOT, being Atheist Nexus and the people I care about on A|N were temporarily unavailable to me.  No, we're not Facebook; I don't think…Continue

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Atheist Pig STRIKES AGAIN!!!

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Qiana-Maieev Apr 5. 1 Reply

There's no getting around it, Atheist Pig is fast becoming my fave secular comic, and as evidence, I refer you to the following.  Jesus and Mo had better watch their respective asses, 'cuz they got a porker coming up on the outside, and I'm pretty…Continue

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Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on April 29, 2013 at 5:24pm

Debra Stevenson said

Why would anyone be friends with someone who thinks that your 'inherently inferior' to them?  That is a form of an abusive relationship, that is not a 'friendship'.

Indeed. But it's often the norm for women to love men who think that women are inherently inferior to men. Doublethink and denial, or self-deception, seem to go a long way in our culture.

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Comment by Lillie on April 29, 2013 at 3:01pm

Tom, at least you were not on the way to work when you were peed on. LOL

Comment by Plinius on April 29, 2013 at 2:09pm

I love that, thanks Patricia!

We expect a lot of noise tomorrow, most people are very busy to paint the country orange to honour our next king. I hope I'll find a quiet spot... 

Comment by Joan Denoo on April 29, 2013 at 12:45pm

Carl, forgive me for using myself as referent, but that is what I know.

How can an ordained minister who is gay reconcile his beliefs with dogma? I don’t ask frivolously, but seriously?

In my case, the dogma supports domination of women, and I had to divorce that concept as I searched for a better way of living. All options were open for me, and it finally came to just good old-fashioned reality checking, options exploration, and critical thinking.

I understand how you could grow up in a family and a ”liberal, progressive gay friendly church”, feel good about yourself and became disillusioned with the dogma. I assume you, too, had to search for principles upon which you could build your life. 

Comment by sk8eycat on April 29, 2013 at 12:42pm

LMAO...I just read that the NY Jets let the Praying Man-tis, Timmy Tebow, go.

O, happy day! *snicker!* *snort!*

Proof again that Nothing Fails Like Prayer.

Comment by Joan Denoo on April 29, 2013 at 12:10pm

Learning to love oneself, even as family and community think LGBT are less than normal or even worse, requires some really good rehab for the individual. It is obvious we can't change public opinion over night. In the meantime, work on loving oneself and, dare I say it, build strong protective walls.

I don't know good authors regarding LGBT but by now there should be many resources. 

Although being a battered wife took hard work to overcome and my worst enemies were my family and community, I couldn't get a handle on how to be healthy until I discovered some healthy writers and therapists. Obviously, the best therapists can be peers ... if you are lucky, as I was.

Being a battered woman was a learned behavior; LGBT learns far too early to reject themselves for who they are. That is what has to be unlearned.   We all need to work on public attitudes. 

Comment by Grinning Cat on April 29, 2013 at 12:06pm

Thanks for the morning thoughts and smiles! (Especially Be Happy cat, lamp cat, and IQ higher than body temperature! :)

The Jewish practice is to actually read the entire Torah in synagogue over a three-year cycle, not a cherry-picked lectionary. (It's chanted from a scroll in Hebrew, but congregants often follow along from books that include a translation.) Of course it gets interpreted and spun appropriately, in varying ways depending on how orthodox or liberal the group is. No different from Christians or other believers trying to keep some value in their scriptures in the face of conscience and reality.

At LGBT pride festivals I've seen ministers and priests handing out stickers that say "GAY BY GOD". Wrong for me on both points, but I see those religious leaders as simply doing their best to include and help people, using the "cognitive toolbox" they have.

Those of us who are straight or gay might forget, bisexual folk are twice as likely as any of us to find someone to take home.

<grin> Most folks around us are straight, though, so it doesn't increase the dating pool that much. And there's the common prejudice that a bi person will cheat with, or leave you for, someone of another gender. That idea is ably deconstructed in the paper "Bisexuals and the Slut Myth", as based on two widespread false assumptions that reinforce sexism, heterosexism, and compulsory monogamy.

(Many people know they want or need a monogamous relationship -- that's a valid reason, as opposed to "god said so". Quite a few others are happily, honestly, responsibly nonmonogamous.)

Comment by Joan Denoo on April 29, 2013 at 11:56am

Comment by Joan Denoo on April 29, 2013 at 11:54am

It is 9:30, just got up and am having breakfast with "hang with friends". I can't think of a better way to get started!

Steph, the bunny looks so furtive, she brings out the protective in me. 

Curmudgeon Cat has life figured out! I wonder if some creative person could put a smile on his face. Attitude change won't help any. 

Ian, Oh! that such a creature could have a sense of community. Just seeing him reminds me of the banking and financial institution people and the congress they bought. 

Your Lamp-Cat with Compassionate Cat is a treasure. 

Melinda, love your cat-man! Now, how about that for a smile!

Now, on to my day, all fired up. Thanks dear friends. 

 

Comment by sk8eycat on April 29, 2013 at 11:12am

I stole that line about IQ and body temp from an SF writer so long ago that I've forgotten who I stole it from. (Coulda been Harlan Ellison; he used to write an opinion column for a Los Angeles progressive newspaper.)

 

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