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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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Bible Belt Atheist (New York Times)

Started by Loren Miller on Thursday. 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

The Fake Christian Busybody Show (Andrew Bradley)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Plinius Apr 9. 1 Reply

It seems as though there was a Gay Pride parade in some town somewhere and a Christian commentator, herein known as The Activist Mommy, apparently got her panties so in a bunch about it that she had to fire up her video camera and record a…Continue

Tags: gay, pride, The Activist Mommy, Andrew Bradley, America's Best Christian

America Held Hostage: Day 436 (MisterDeity)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner Apr 9. 1 Reply

Now that Sinclair Broadcasting has stated their position regarding fake news and its threat to our democracy, Mister Deity's Brian Dalton has decided to throw his $0.02 worth in as well ... though I don't quite think his presentation was really what…Continue

Tags: fake news, Deity, Mister, Broadcasting, Sinclair

Guns: Both Sides Now (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Christina Scribner Apr 3. 3 Replies

Oh, NO!  The gun debate has gotten so heated that it has Betty Bowers, America's Best Christian, TALKING TO HERSELF!  Apparently, one of her has had a stroke or a serious breakdown in cognitive skills, as she does little more than parrot the NRA's…Continue

Tags: NRA, guns, America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers

how dogma pollutes discourse (qualiasoup & theramintrees)

Started by Loren Miller Apr 3. 0 Replies

"The Lord is our God; the Lord is One." "I am the Way, the Truth, and the Life; no one comes to the Father, but by Me." "There is no god but Allah, and Mohamed is his prophet." Assertions, taught as fact, but without any form of corroborative…Continue

Tags: dogma, QualiaSoup, TheraminTrees

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Comment by Joan Denoo on April 18, 2014 at 9:24pm

Carl, I share your love/hate relationships with salad bars and for the same reasons. Not knowing what goes on behind the swinging doors of restaurants, I like to put my trust in the small, family owned cafes that are particular about their places. I often go into the kitchens for a chat, just to see how they are managed. 

Comment by Loren Miller on April 18, 2014 at 8:25pm

Cleveland just got its first Piada restaurant, maybe 10 minutes from where I live.  So what is Piada?  Have a look here ... and try NOT to drool on your keyboard!

Comment by The Flying Atheist on April 18, 2014 at 7:33pm

I have a love/hate relationship with buffets and salad bars.  On the positive, I love the vast array of foods and being able to sample things in small or large portions.  Same thing with salad bars.  I love a good "garbage" salad and being able to add lots of different vegetables. 

On the negative side, I cringe at the unsanitary conditions of some of them and at some of the people using them.  I'm finicky as to where I'll partake in a buffet or salad bar.  

Of course, when you order food off the menu, who knows what's going on behind the scenes in the kitchen!  Everything in life, I guess, is a gamble to a certain degree.  Since I travel for a living, I've eaten more than my share of restaurant food.  I haven't had any major complications so far. 

Comment by sk8eycat on April 18, 2014 at 6:19pm
Comment by Loren Miller on April 18, 2014 at 1:52pm

Any Grey's Anatomy fans out there?  If so or if not, something happened in yesterday's episode which bears on us more than a little.

You might want to have a look

Comment by Joan Denoo on April 18, 2014 at 12:53pm

I invite you to take a look at a new version of my life written in response to: 

Joan Denoo commented on Mike Mitchell's blog post Why You Shouldn’t Announce Your Atheism

Comment by Ian Mason on April 18, 2014 at 12:11pm

Great pic, Carl. Being shoved into "smart" clothes at that age should count as abuse :-D.

Very witty, Felaine. Those jokes definintely brought forth some smiles here.

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on April 18, 2014 at 10:13am

What a cute picture of you, Flying Atheist. Thanks.

Good luck with the finger, Mindy. Soaking in as hot water as is comfortable has always helped me a lot for such ouchies.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on April 18, 2014 at 9:12am

Mindy, I hope your digit heals quickly.  How lucky you are to have your birthday on Easter this year.  Will you be baking a cake?  May your batter rise up as well. 

Comment by Randall Smith on April 18, 2014 at 7:39am

Sk8, true (unsubscribe), but then I might miss something!  Same with the monthly newsletter. We'll see.

Great photo, Carl! Ah, memories. 

 

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