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

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Donald R Barbera 4 hours ago. 35 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 Steph S. on April 30, 2013 at 10:19am

Comment by Plinius on April 30, 2013 at 9:25am

I saw The Bear - it says in the credits NO animals were harmed, and as far as I know Annaud is keen on integrity. 

Comment by tom sarbeck on April 30, 2013 at 3:46am

Joan, thanks for the bird info.

Damn, another male top and female bottom scene.

Comment by tom sarbeck on April 30, 2013 at 2:49am

Joan, I'm committed to questioning authority, in this case Daniel Dennetts'  “There’s simply no polite way to tell people they’ve dedicated their lives to an illusion.”

He knows no polite way and is denying responsibility for his lack of knowledge.

Comment by sk8eycat on April 30, 2013 at 2:36am

The Well of Lonliness is one of the most depressing books I've ever read...try ANYTHING by Rita Mae Brown.  Rita WILL is her autobiography.

Venus Envy is a hilarious and touching novel about a woman in her 30s who has been told she has incurable cancer, so she writes letters to family and friends, telling them exactly what she thinks of them, AND that she's gay.  Then the doctor discovers her records have been mixed up with another patient's, and that she only is suffering from extreme stress and bronchitis.  The rest of the book is the aftermath.

Six of One, Loose Lips, and Bingo are also funny, touching, and semi- autobiographical about a small town that straddles the Mason Dixon Line, and begins with her own mother's 5th or 6th birthday.  Bingo is fairly close to the present...late 1980s, IIRC.

The mystery series she's co-written with her cat, Sneaky Pie start out pretty good, but the later books kind of got on my left nerve.  Too much churchy stuff, or something. Maybe it's because the original Sneaky Pie died about 10 years ago, and she's now collaborating with Sneaky Pie II.  But you will learn a lot about small-town Virginia, and Virginia attitudes in general. No gay characters that I can recall, but the animals have dialogue that the humans can't understand, and that is fun.

Comment by tom sarbeck on April 30, 2013 at 1:03am

Re "I don't know good authors regarding LGBT":

If you include lesbian fiction, check out Radclyffe Hall's Well of Loneliness.

Published ~1930.

Comment by Joan Denoo on April 30, 2013 at 1:01am

Tom, 

male sparrow has black throat and mask

http://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/house_sparrow/id

female has brown throat and breast.

http://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/house_sparrow/id

Comment by tom sarbeck on April 30, 2013 at 12:59am

For folks who like to look at space pix: check out NASA's daily pic at

http://apod.nasa.gov/apod/

I open Firefox and get a new pic every day.

The Archive at the bottom of the page might still have links to pix back to 1995.

Comment by sk8eycat on April 30, 2013 at 12:47am

Carl, and you know  me...it was more like footlights coming on slowly, till they lit up the whole arena. THEN I felt something like a 200 lb bag of religious manure falling off my shoulders, and I realized I could fly. Well, it was more like zooming to center ice doing a fancy stop, and taking a bow....all within one heartbeat.

Comment by tom sarbeck on April 30, 2013 at 12:40am

The indeed priceless bird pic several pages back?

Are we sure it's not a female bird stopping male left brain talk?

 

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