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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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A Powerful Message from an old wise teacher :

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by tom sarbeck 3 hours ago. 4 Replies

I received a gift this morning from a virtual friend, Pamela Smith:A Powerful Message from an old wise teacher :" One day an old wise teacher was walking through a village. A very angry and rude young man came up and began insulting him. "You have…Continue

Speak English? YOU FIRST! (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Thomas Murray 11 hours ago. 4 Replies

Honestly, the title to this piece is badly under-representative of the content.  To be far more accurate, what we have here is Mrs. Betty Bowers, America's Best Christian, going on a rant.  Before you say it ... Say WHAAAA?  Betty Bowers ranting? …Continue

Tags: America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers

A Prayer for Our Nation (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner yesterday. 2 Replies

I'm going to keep this one short and sweet.  Mrs. Betty Bowers, America's Best Christian, has seen what is going on with the current occupant of the Oval Office, and my impression is that she is not at all happy with it.  True to her citizenship,…Continue

Tags: prayer, Donald Trump, Oval Office, America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers

Any Babymetal Fans Here?

Started by Bruce Carroll. Last reply by Idaho Spud Sep 12. 5 Replies

Any Babymetal fans here besides me? I have to ask because 1) I really like Babymetal and 2) Babymetal unknowingly played a role in my journey out of religion.For those who are unfamiliar with Babymetal, here is a link to one of their most popular…Continue

Tags: Japanese Idol, Babymetal

If you could rid the world of one thing, what would it be?

Started by Idaho Spud. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner Sep 11. 30 Replies

Today, I heard Seth Andrews talk about the question, "If you could rid the world of one thing, what would it be?"  My first thought was religion, but after a few seconds I decided it would be irrational or anti-scientific thinking.  That would take…Continue

Tags: anti-scientific, irrational

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

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Idaho Spud Sep 11. 16 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

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Comment by Joan Denoo on January 13, 2014 at 10:00pm

Mindy, I agree with you when you said, "I called her friend a bigot, and I think she's dumb."

Now, what are your alternatives? remain silent? state your thinking? pretend it doesn't matter? act as if you respect their points of view?

What is it that you want to happen? Do you want to stay in communication? or do you want to state your position and let nature take its course? or force the issue, stating your right to your thinking and your rationale? or do you want to change to their position? or do you want them to change to your position?

Once you have these questions answered, you know exactly what to do, and you will be able take action that prevents you from being a victim.  

Comment by Joan Denoo on January 13, 2014 at 9:53pm

Mindy "against homosexuality" is like being against blue eyes. They both are aspects of the same thing ... evolutionary forces that exist in our gene pools. Just throw the dice, and a change occurs in our genetic makeup. To be "against homosexuality" reflects lack of education. When people speak from ignorance, they commit a ignorance fallacy.

According to The Free Dictionary, lack of education is defined as: ig·no·rant  (gnr-nt) adj.

1. Lacking education or knowledge.
2. Showing or arising from a lack of education or knowledge:
an ignorant mistake.
3. Unaware or uninformed.
a :  destitute of knowlede or education;    
also :  lacking knowledge or comprehension of the thing specified <parents ignorant of modern mathematics>
b :  resulting from or showing lack of knowledge or intelligence em>ignorant errors>
— ig·no·rant·ly adverb
— ig·no·rant·ness noun
Comment by The Flying Atheist on January 13, 2014 at 9:40pm

Joan, you and I just posted the same thing at the same time.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on January 13, 2014 at 9:38pm

Yes, Napoleon, lynching was still happening here in the southern U.S. into the 1920's and even later.  So, yes, those are "modern" people in that photograph.   

That particular photograph was taken on August 7, 1930 in the state of Indiana.  As stated in this Wikipedia article, that photograph was the inspiration for the song "Strange Fruit" referenced below. 

Most lynchings occurred during the period of 1890 through the 1920's.  This Wikipedia article, Lynching in the United States, has a detailed history.   

Comment by Joan Denoo on January 13, 2014 at 9:36pm

Napoleon, the photo of this lynching is real. 

"Lawrence Beitler  (1885 - 1960, 74 years[1]) was a studio photographer who on August 7, 1930, took a photograph of the lynching of Thomas Shipp and Abram Smith, which has become an iconic representation of the history of the period. In 1982, 64-years later, James Cameron published A Time of Terror.[2]"

The Emotional Psychology of Lynching

It is a part of USA history that cannot be denied. Nor can the role of religious hatred. They come from the same ball of string.  

Comment by Joan Denoo on January 13, 2014 at 4:26pm

Replace that barbaric image of hangings with one of life as a gift to be celebrated. 

Comment by The Flying Atheist on January 13, 2014 at 3:54pm

Joan, thanks for posting the Billie Holiday song.  That's one of her quintessential songs that elicits disturbing images that, unfortunately, portray a reality that was common in our recent past. 

Powerful words.......

Billie Holiday – Strange Fruit Lyrics

Songwriters: FROST,DAMON/PHIRI,AARON /
Southern trees bear a strange fruit,
Blood on the leaves and blood at the root,
Black bodies swinging in the southern breeze,
Strange fruit hanging from the poplar trees.

Pastoral scene of the gallant south,
The bulging eyes and the twisted mouth,
Scent of magnolias, sweet and fresh,
Then the sudden smell of burning flesh.

Here is fruit for the crows to pluck,
For the rain to gather, for the wind to suck,
For the sun to rot, for the trees to drop,
Here is a strange and bitter crop.
Comment by Joan Denoo on January 13, 2014 at 12:45pm

We are all in this together! 

Comment by Joan Denoo on January 13, 2014 at 12:36pm

Ian Mason, That is the best definition of Genesis I have seen. It goes into my photo album. Thanks. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on January 13, 2014 at 12:29pm

 

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