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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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11 "unanswerable" questions for atheists - answered (Aron Ra)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Tom Sarbeck Jun 6. 1 Reply

If you spend any time around YouTube and have any history of looking at atheist material (or even theist material!), you will inevitably run into: "XX Questions Atheists Can't Answer."  These are occasionally followed by: "XX Questions Atheists…Continue

Tags: apologist, answer, questions, unanswerable, Aron Ra

worshipping narcissists (qualiasoup & theramintrees)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Idaho Spud Jun 3. 1 Reply

They're all around us: people who perceive the world as revolving around them and will go to considerable lengths to make it so: narcissists.  Such beings have been with humanity, I suspect, since humanity emerged from the gene pool.  Even worse,…Continue

Tags: narcissist, QualiaSoup, TheraminTrees

Secular and Reclaimed Winter Holiday Songs

Started by Grinning Cat. Last reply by Grinning Cat May 2. 42 Replies

This is an appropriate day of the year for this subject...What are some of your favorite winter holiday songs?It would be especially good to share powerful new secular lyrics to tunes that have become associated with Christmas.…Continue

Tags: singing, lyrics, reclaimed, reclaiming, HumanLight

appropriating morality (TheraminTrees)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Joan Denoo May 1. 7 Replies

We've all heard the claim: "Human morality comes from god."  And we've all seen for ourselves what Yahweh's "morality" looks like, from condemnations of homosexuality and the treatment of women as chattel to inexplicable sanctions against the eating…Continue

Tags: morality, appropriating, TheraminTrees

Bible Belt Atheist (New York Times)

Started by Loren Miller Apr 19. 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

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Comment by Loren Miller on December 6, 2017 at 2:33pm

Strong stuff, Joan, and damned well put.  BRAVA!

Comment by Ian Mason on December 6, 2017 at 2:25pm

Very well put, Joan.

Comment by Joan Denoo on December 6, 2017 at 1:31pm

Ian, the tabloids carry such nonsense, and my family clearly does not like my politics and attitude about religion. So, I have developed a strategy:

I am on an adventure of great importance to me and I invite others to join me. I lack belief in god or any gods. I belong to groups of others who share my lack of belief and experience deep emotions of care and compassion for others and from others. It s true that a person can be good without god and have meaning in life. It is also true that I believe that death ends the life of living things and all return to the elements from which we come. I lack a belief in a person some call Jesus and do not seek redemption through him or any other savior. I lack a belief in heaven and hell and know that when I die, I will return to basic elements. 

The non-believing people, and there are many, provide a perspective that empowers and enriches me. We are not the devil nor are we saints. We don't put ourselves into closets to hide from public view. We live out in the refreshing air and in the sun's rays, celebrating being alive and joining with others in commemoration of freedom and shared responsibility to create a healthier, happier, safer, more secure Earth.

We non-believers stand with pride, self-respect, courage and determination to be who we are and become all that life’s potential offers us. Connect with me if you want, glance quickly if you are afraid, or decline this invitation and maintain and perpetuate the status quo.

Joan Denoo 

December 5, 2017

Comment by Joan Denoo on December 6, 2017 at 1:20pm

Ian, it feels comforting to read of your visit with family in England; a refreshing thought to start my day. 

I am 1.57 M & was 91 kg & am now 65 kg. I didn't make an effort to lose weight, this past year was just a difficult one for me. 

BMI = Body Mass Index.

I don't know what my BMI is. 

Comment by Loren Miller on December 6, 2017 at 12:56pm

No great surprise here, but the FFRF took note of the effort made by the Northern Ohio Freethought Society in putting up a little counter to a nativity creche at Cleveland Public Square.  Very cool!

Comment by Plinius on December 6, 2017 at 12:55pm

Just back from Amsterdam. Partner had her intake in the genderclinic, long talks and a clear outline of the next steps. All went very well, we felt good about it. Spent the rest of the day walking in Amsterdam and visiting a museum. Great day!

Comment by Joan Denoo on December 6, 2017 at 11:39am

Chris, Good news! I like the evolution of the word and knowing that NEWS is not in reference to the four directions. To think such an ancient word has modern implications provides an interesting play on words.

Thanks for sharing. 

Comment by Patricia on December 5, 2017 at 1:32pm

I'm 1.52 M. & now 70.3 kg. Don't know BMI.

Comment by Plinius on December 5, 2017 at 1:24pm

Same for me, all the ancestors were short and fat, built for a northern climate. I'm strict about my food, almost no starch, no added sugar etc. but I'm 1.57 M and with a weight of 78 kg I also get a BMI of 26. 

Comment by Patricia on December 5, 2017 at 12:39pm

I agree with the poverty/weight issues with many. Nutritious foods are expensive compared to the cheaper starchy filler foods, as well as eating too many times per day, in between snacking.

I don't over-eat, snack, or enjoy sweets but come from a long line of short heavy people. In the last 4 years, I have managed to unload about 33 lbs., but unfortunately I am still 5 ft. nuthin......

 

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