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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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Bible Belt Atheist (New York Times)

Started by Loren Miller 15 hours ago. 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

Guns: Both Sides Now (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Christina Scribner Apr 3. 3 Replies

Oh, NO!  The gun debate has gotten so heated that it has Betty Bowers, America's Best Christian, TALKING TO HERSELF!  Apparently, one of her has had a stroke or a serious breakdown in cognitive skills, as she does little more than parrot the NRA's…Continue

Tags: NRA, guns, America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers

how dogma pollutes discourse (qualiasoup & theramintrees)

Started by Loren Miller Apr 3. 0 Replies

"The Lord is our God; the Lord is One." "I am the Way, the Truth, and the Life; no one comes to the Father, but by Me." "There is no god but Allah, and Mohamed is his prophet." Assertions, taught as fact, but without any form of corroborative…Continue

Tags: dogma, QualiaSoup, TheraminTrees

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Comment by Chris on November 16, 2017 at 8:28pm

Hi Patricia,

You may have friend in places you don't know about - in the medical industry, or eslewhere.

 " I have several friends here, Chris, & you are definitely not one of them, here or on any other site!"

Take care of yourself Patricia.

Comment by Thomas Murray on November 16, 2017 at 3:46pm

Ian,

That is interesting.....Soooooo no hint of Adam and Eve in your DNA?

Comment by Ian Mason on November 16, 2017 at 12:39pm

Just read my DNA results from 23andme and their lab i Scheidam (!)

100% percent NW European, mostly British/Irish. Under 4% Neanderthal. So far, so good but 'muscle type: elite power athlete' is funny, as is the 'hair colour: likely light'. 9,000 years ago I shared a common ancestor with the Irish king 'Niall of the nine hostages.' There's no need to bow, commoners.

Comment by Randall Smith on November 16, 2017 at 7:25am

Joan, those terra cotta photos you posted are identical to mine. I'll add one more to show the complexity of putting Humpty Dumpty back together again. The site has so much more work to do. By the way, we met the farmer who discovered the soldiers. He signs books now.

And, Chris (Plinius), I noticed a coincidence in your spelling of Christian (xian) and the city where the soldiers are found: Xi'an !

As for the other Chris (Napa), no further comment. My mother would say, "If you can't say anything good about somebody, don't say anything at all." However, apology accepted.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on November 16, 2017 at 7:04am

An exhibit of the Chinese soldiers just came through Chicago last year. 

https://www.fieldmuseum.org/discover/on-exhibit/warriors/ 

 

http://chicagotonight.wttw.com/2016/03/17/chinas-ancient-terra-cott...

This is something I wanted to see but with all my medical issues at the time I wasn't able to make it.  It ended in January of this year.  

Coincidentally, my sister and her husband just got back from China (about one week before you, Randy.)  They also visited the terracotta warrior site.

Comment by Joan Denoo on November 16, 2017 at 4:10am

Plinius, FUNNY terminology!

Comment by Joan Denoo on November 16, 2017 at 3:55am

Chris, yes, condoms were used in ancient Egypt, and I am sure many other places.

There is something about a small town, a small Methodist town, that had its moral codes, spoken and silently held. I can't justify or explain what the ethical patterns are for a small frontier town, settled by Methodists in the 1880s. 

Comment by Plinius on November 16, 2017 at 3:28am

Funny! Here they call it 'leaving the church before the singing...'

Comment by Joan Denoo on November 16, 2017 at 2:32am

Oh! my goodness, Ian, what a lovely way of saying withdrawal!

'kettle off before the water boils'

'getting off in Roskilde', the last train station before Copenhagen!

Comment by Ian Mason on November 16, 2017 at 1:19am

I saw terra cotta soldiers, horses and a cart exhibited in a museum in Malta several years ago. I think it was part of a Chinese government drive to deflect criticism of human rights issues.

One of the common forms of birth control in Britain and in Denmark, it has now emerged, was withdrawal, also known as 'kettle off before the water boils' in English and 'getting off in Roskilde' in Danish, Roskilde being the last train station before Copenhagen.

 

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