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

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Compelledunbeliever 14 hours ago. 37 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 The Flying Atheist on April 8, 2013 at 1:38pm

Melinda at the jury duty after-party:

Comment by Idaho Spud on April 8, 2013 at 1:19pm

And, you had an interesting experience.

I thought it was quite interesting when I responded for jury duty the first time I was called (when I was young and healthy).  I was both happy and sad that I wasn't chosen.  Happy because I didn't want the responsibility of helping decide someone's fate.  Sad because It would have been very interesting.

Comment by Idaho Spud on April 8, 2013 at 12:18pm

Good deal Melinda.  $10 may have made it worth it.

Comment by Joan Denoo on April 8, 2013 at 9:54am
Melinda, surely you have a very good reason that any jury master would take into account.
Hope you feel well.
Comment by Idaho Spud on April 8, 2013 at 9:27am

Melinda, I like the no-regret cat!

It reminds me of the saying "Take a flying leap."

Comment by Idaho Spud on April 8, 2013 at 9:22am

Melinda, does IL not let you request no jury duty before it starts?  In Idaho, there is a box you can check and give a reason why you wish to be excused.  I told them that I was 71 and had health problems.  If I remember right, over a certain age was all that was needed to be excused, and I was by return mail.

Comment by Ian Mason on April 8, 2013 at 1:34am

Got back from England late last night and now trying to catch up. It's nice to be "home" among friends here.

There's slow progress being made with the two mothers in the U.K. Step-mum is still in hospital and using an oxygen mask, which may be permanent now, but is starting to eat and talk to people again. It looks unlikely that she'll be able to resume life as it was. The future is still uncertain though.

Mum in care-home has some swings in her dementia but it's still obvious to those who know her. She has periods when she falls a lot too. My sister-in-law and I spent some time in the dept. manager's office trying to chase up a lot of neglected things such as hospital appointments and missing dentures and we think we had an effect. It seems to help that I'm there, being 1) male and 2) a qualified carer by profession who knows which buttons to push in a polite way.

I hope to visit again in the near future but I do have to work for a living. The travelling is also enervating, particularly as the easiest way is with the cut-price Ryan Air, a company that really does treat passengers like cattle with money.

The sun is shining from a clear, blue sky here even if the temperature is still around freezing or just above. Very pleasant.

Comment by Plinius on April 8, 2013 at 12:52am

I love the brothel/church story Sk8eycat!

Comment by Joan Denoo on April 7, 2013 at 6:39pm
I am embarrassed I sent you my playlist instead of just the one video of "Iz, What a wonderful world". And it turns out I sent you the wrong video. I intended to send the one showing the community spreading his ashes into the ocean.
Over the Rainbow / What a wonderful World - IZ, Israel Kamakawiwo`Ole (Musikvideo)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y5JicO2bKec
Comment by Joan Denoo on April 7, 2013 at 6:04pm

"we now have a whorehouse owner who staunchly believes in the power of prayer, and an entire church congregation that thinks it's all bullshit!"

Priceless!

 

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