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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.

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

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Compelledunbeliever 14 hours ago. 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 May 28, 2013 at 9:36pm

Joan, that's a viscious looking weapon you've got there. Hope your body starts to right itself soon.

I'd heard the same about pyramid workers too but there was also something that came up recently on how many Egyptians PAID to become temple servants in order to "escape the draft" when pharoah needed labour on a big project. There weren't any health and safety laws in those days and, even though the workers were respected, well-paid and well-fed, their lives were notoriously short and could end painfully. Sounds a bit like oilrig workers or deep-sea fishermen in our time: super macho with a high mortality/ injury rate.

Comment by Joan Denoo on May 28, 2013 at 9:18pm

Mindy, sorry about your retiring Gastro; have you met his replacement? 

We continue to have rain as well; it feels like living on the Seattle side of the state. Everything, weeds and all, grow like a jungle. I don't have my machete arms yet. 

Looking forward to seeing the colors your husband paints. 

Cat scan is great ... a keeper. I'll put it in my file. I have so many damned chemicals in my body, I feel like a Chinese herbal packer. I feel awful. The only things that get my mind off this old body is reading and writing on Atheist Nexus, and watching science videos. Thus, you good folks get to tag along with me on my little jaunts through time and space. 

My computer loads the videos for about a minute, stops, waits and then loads another minute. I talked to Com Cast today and guess I will live with it, or pay more for more whatever it is they call it. Right now, I am on the cheapest program I can get. Get what I pay for ...!!!!

Cary fixed me the most delicious scrambled eggs I have ever had! Oh yes, there are pleasures, still.  

Comment by Joan Denoo on May 28, 2013 at 6:15pm

Egypt: New Find Shows Slaves Didn't Build Pyramids

Egyptians, not Jews, built pyramids, in spite of what religious claim. The Egyptian builders were honored trades people, given honorable burial beside the pyramids and burial tombs of pharaohs. 

Comment by Idaho Spud on May 28, 2013 at 6:11pm

Great Spock quote Steph!

Comment by Joan Denoo on May 28, 2013 at 5:50pm
Comment by Steph S. on May 28, 2013 at 5:49pm

Thank you Grinning Cat and Patricia for Tardar. Appreciate it.

sk8eycat thanks for the picture of your aunt and her kitty.

Comment by Steph S. on May 28, 2013 at 5:46pm

Comment by Loren Miller on May 28, 2013 at 10:55am

In re: The Unbelievers, I put up a blurb about it in Atheist Cinema.

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on May 28, 2013 at 10:51am

A standing ovation is a good endorsement. Guess I'm willing to try it.

Comment by sk8eycat on May 28, 2013 at 12:17am

Ruth, "a whole movie of interviews" got standing ovations when it was shown in Toronto in April.  It is getting NO publicity in the USof Ghod, and the producers are having problems finding anyone who wants to distribute it. NOT because it's boring, but because of the subject matter.

Remember "My Dinner With Andre"? Two men talking.  It wasn't a box office smash, but it wasn't quite invisible, either.  Not for everybody, but It did get one award (Boston Film Critics).

I'm a fan of independent filmmakers who don't follow the crowd.

 

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