Hang With Friends

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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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Issues Atheist, Feminist, GLBTQ, Climate Change

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by BenGee 10 hours ago. 3 Replies

This is a test Continue

The Whole Bible in 30 Seconds (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Randy Hatly on Thursday. 15 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

punishing doubt (TheraminTrees)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Joan Denoo on Tuesday. 2 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

A moment to relax and see the Earth from space; some how this comforts me.

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Qiana-Maieev Oct 16. 3 Replies

All the squabbles and struggles that I have do not compare with those of some others on this great planet. There are no boundary lines, no political arguments, no up or no down. What is, is. For right now, the scenes offer tranquility. Just the…Continue

Tags: and, wonder, awe, of, space

His Dark Materials and the Catholic Church

Started by Tonya R. Wheeler. Last reply by Plinius Oct 16. 27 Replies

I recently watched the movie, "The Golden Compass" and since I could not find the sequels, I read the books. I enjoyed them, and I will be reading the first one, Northern Lights, starting tomorrow, since it just arrived via inter-library…Continue

Tags: Fantasy, Catholic, Religion, Atheist, Pullman

bending truth, or "We Can All Be Manipulated" (TheraminTrees)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Loren Miller Sep 29. 39 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

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Comment by The Flying Atheist on June 27, 2013 at 12:06pm

Mindy, I'm glad your daughter has decided to at least continue her education.  My niece and her boyfriend moved to Chicago from California last year and they are doing the same thing.....working and going to school to finish what they started in California.  There are lots of educational choices here. 

As far as adopting your daughter, hmmmm......maybe I can then get a cat! 

Comment by Steph S. on June 27, 2013 at 9:40am

Hello everyone.

How far does your daughter have to travel to move to Chicago?

Will that be far from you Melinda?

I wish everyone the best.

Comment by Ian Mason on June 27, 2013 at 3:30am

Welcome back, Carl.

Another step forward in the US. Might catch up with the rest of the developed world one day :-D

Comment by Grinning Cat on June 26, 2013 at 11:10pm

What the Supreme Court got right was striking down DOMA Sec. 3, which withheld federal recognition of valid same-sex marriages.

On "Prop. H8", they ruled narrowly, not dealing with marriage itself but merely finding that the proponents of the California marriage ban had no standing in court to appeal the district court decision against it. I was hoping for a broader decision that would bring marriage equality to more (or even all 50) U.S. states; but anything short of upholding Prop. 8 is a positive.

What opponents of equal marriage ignore or deliberately muddy: All this is about civil marriage, where religious ceremonies or recognition are completely optional. A church's beliefs on religious marriage don't affect its tax-exempt status. (Involvement in partisan politics, as with massive Catholic and Mormon campaigning for Prop. 8, is quite another thing!)

Comment by The Flying Atheist on June 26, 2013 at 9:06pm

Hello, folks.  I've been away for an extensive nine day special training session for work.  Nice to be back.  I've been able to catch up here but I haven't had the opportunity to post. 

A special "shout-out" to Mindy:  thanks for asking about me.  I also miss people on here when they are gone for long periods of time. 

Comment by Plinius on June 26, 2013 at 2:00pm

Good news! Mooi!

Comment by Joan Denoo on June 26, 2013 at 12:07pm

Lillie, that is great news. 

Comment by Lillie on June 26, 2013 at 10:42am

Congratulations to us all for the Supreme Court ruling on Prop 8.  One announcer mentioned that churches might lose their tax exempt status for refusing to marry gay couples.  Good.

Comment by Lillie on June 26, 2013 at 10:39am

It is my understanding that books are bound in China.

Comment by Steph S. on June 25, 2013 at 5:14pm


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