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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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Yasmine Mohammed - Confessions of an Ex-Muslim (The Thinking Atheist)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Idaho Spud Jul 7. 6 Replies

Yasmine Mohammed is not your average ex-Muslim.  Not only did she get shut of Islam, she also managed to escape what was at one time the most notorious of radical Islamist organizations: Al Qaeda.  She has since documented the story of her apostasy…Continue

Tags: Islam, Al Qaeda, Yasmine Mohammed, The Thinking Atheist, Seth Andrews

Ignorance is Bliss: Why Religious People Seem Happier Than the 'Nones'”.

Started by Joan Denoo Jul 6. 0 Replies

“Highly Religious Volunteer More, Lie Less, and Claim to Be Happier”~ Houston Chronicle; “Strongly Religious People are Happier than Non-Religious”  ~ Christian Daily."The study determined that 40 percent of highly religious adults—defined as those…Continue

Tags: Nones, happiness, non-religiosity, religiosity, bliss

Afrodisiacs – African Aphrodisiacs

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Joan Denoo Jun 26. 4 Replies

Am I so old and not know the definition of aphrodisiac, and its historical definition being based on Aphrodite, that her name came from the African drugs that Egyptians, Greeks, and Romans used for sexual enhancement? Dhu!  Aphrodite, ancient Greek…Continue

Tags: Africa, Lady, Victorian

Degrees of Doubt: The Claims and Credentials of Ravi Zacharias (The Thinking Atheist)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Chris May 17. 1 Reply

Anyone here ever run onto an apologist by the name of Ravi Zacharias?  I've seen his name dropped multiple times on YouTube as supposedly being THE ONE APOLOGIST that no atheist wants to cross swords with, because of his facility with christian…Continue

Tags: Ravi Zacharias, Steve Baughman, The Thinking Atheist, Seth Andrews

The Most Hated Woman in America (The Thinking Atheist)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Gary S Apr 19. 7 Replies

Before Aron Ra and Matt Dillahunty, before Dawkins or Dennett or Harris or even Hitchens, there was Madalyn Murray O'Hair.  In the midst of an America where Christianity was being flaunted as a defense against the godless communists of the Soviet…Continue

Tags: Frank Zindler, The Thinking Atheist, Seth Andrews, Madalyn Murray O'Hair

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Comment by Joan Denoo on November 8, 2013 at 1:06pm
Option:
Do nothing;
Find the anonymous writers and movers and negotiate with them;
Thank those who appreciate your efforts;
Remove the plant and get full enjoyment out of it in your own place;
Take a vote of the building;
Retaliate.
Now the fun is deciding which option to choose and lay or sit in your favorite position and laugh.
Comment by Plinius on November 8, 2013 at 2:26am

And sometimes small things begin to worry me disproportionately. I put a big plant in the hall of this building, and some neighbours liked the initiative and said so. Others began to post anonymous notes - it wasn't good enough - and began to pust the plant around. I found it in dark corners, where it will die, it was pushed against the wall, so the leaves broke, and I put it back every time. Now I don't know what to do: put the plant in the garbage, kill some neighbours, burn the building? I've been pestered quite a lot when I was younger, and this plant incident brings up a lot of memories I'd rather had forgotten...

Comment by The Flying Atheist on November 7, 2013 at 11:52pm

Joan, you couldn't be more correct in your assessment of the non-religious and of the wonderful people who are a part of this group.

It's the theists who are supposed to be the caring, humanitarians, but their main problem is that they get sidetracked by divisive dogma and sectarianism. 

Atheists don't have all that extra and unnecessary religious baggage, which in turn allows us to focus our energies and empathy on humanity with a much clearer and rational vision. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on November 7, 2013 at 11:21pm

Mindy, I am so proud of you and the way you handled the situation! You stand tall, confident, with a backbone of steel, and a heart full of compassion as well as a great funny bone. Now what more could one want from a friend?!  I agree with Ruth, unfriending is appropriate and maybe even required. 

You know, the thing about atheism, it is a good and decent way to perceive the world. Even though the basic theme is no belief in god/s, the effect is to open my eyes, and so many others' eyes, to a much larger world. Believing in god produces such narrow comprehension and dogmatic thinking that I find less and less with which to be patient. 

Thanks again, Patricia, for being a relay for missed messages. 

Steph, I love you kitty's feetz!!

Ruth, thank you for your support; you have been my strongest ally all these years, even when I need to listen more carefully to others. Thank you, dear fiend. 

Patricia and Ruth, maybe a walker is an excellent idea for me. My doctor says to go for more walks, but I am so unsteady on my feet, maybe I will take some action to stabilize myself and get out more. 

To all my Atheist Nexus friends, good night, sweet dreams, and a great tomorrow. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on November 7, 2013 at 11:07pm

Dear Atheist Friends, you are inspirations! Through diseases, injuries, unresolved conflicts, each one of you bounces back like champions, with courage, insights, compassion, determination, and stretch your minds;  all these and other attributes I find so appealing. 

We all thrive ... not just survive! 

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on November 7, 2013 at 9:57pm

Joan, keep posting about anything you want. AN would shrivel up very quickly if the only topic anyone was ever invited to discuss was atheism. We’re multidimensional people who are atheists, not atheist robots. I personally value discussing problems, as mature companionship. Honeymoon relationships, where conflict is suppressed rather than discussed, are boring. How else can we learn from one another?

My walker is blue and has three wheels, Patricia. Don’t need it around the house or to go grocery shopping, but like it for longer forays. It looks something like this stock picture.

Booklover, unfriending seemed reasonable to me.

Comment by Steph S. on November 7, 2013 at 5:33pm

Comment by Steph S. on November 7, 2013 at 5:32pm

Mindy love the facebook post.

Comment by Joan Denoo on November 7, 2013 at 5:21pm

Patricia, thanks for reposting Mindy's comment. It is better than I even dreamed! 

Comment by Joan Denoo on November 7, 2013 at 3:31pm
Mindy, for some reason, I did not get your "Here's a great reply from someone on Facebook. :)"
I am so curious, I have to go get one of those cupcakes Carl suggested.
 

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