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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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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

Proud Dad is REALLY Proud Now!

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Todd Williams Apr 12. 16 Replies

As some of you may or may not know, my daughter is a television news producer, currently working in Nashville, Tennessee.  Her assignment is the morning news, which means she blasts herself up at umpti-ump in the morning to organize and prepare a…Continue

Tags: Emmy, news, television, daughter, dad

attacking ideas (TheraminTrees)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Grinning Cat Apr 4. 1 Reply

Attacking ideas is a considerable portion of what we as atheists do.  Why attack ideas?  Ideas earn attack when they don't serve people, not just us but those who adopt said ideas, mistakenly thinking that they have value when they don't.  Our…Continue

Tags: ideas, Islam, TheraminTrees

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

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Grinning Cat Apr 4. 40 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

The Playboy Interview: Richard Dawkins

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Loren Miller Mar 28. 16 Replies

I suppose it was the news that Playboy magazine was returning nudes to its pages after a year's hiatus that sufficiently perked my curiosity to check them out again.  I hadn't looked at Playboy since perhaps 2008, when I began to recognize that I…Continue

Tags: Richard Dawkins, Playboy

God's Annual Performance Review (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner Mar 19. 6 Replies

I don't know about you guys, but there wasn't a performance review I had in 30 years of field service that I didn't LOATHE.  It seems as though Betty Bowers, America's Best Christian, is up for turning the tables on the person you would expect would…Continue

Tags: review, performance, god, American's Best Christian, Betty Bowers

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Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on June 1, 2013 at 3:41pm

Ian, I look forward to another of your great travel pictures, from Crete this time. Enjoy!

Steph, your picture of Darth co-worker hits home. I’m sure many of us have had co-workers for whom this symbol resonates. I remember on who took great pride in playing the stock market, and felt superior to all of us who were not uber-capitalists.

Thanks for the interesting dramatic memories of Crete, Joan. You live with intensity! Chemo-humor. Yeah, I get that.

I have “sanity’replies” moments too, booklover.

Comment by Joan Denoo on June 1, 2013 at 2:13pm

Loren, I just can't get this girls face and the women draped out of my mind. I understand it is a funeral, and that even modern women wear ... I can't think of the word ... for funerals. However, there is a deeper story to this photo. If women as a group refused to wear ??? and stood tall, proudly, confidently, strongly, resiliently, resourcefully,and  intelligently, that little girl could grow into a fully functioning human being and be a real asset to herself, family and community. 

A Bahraini girl is carried by her mother during the funeral of Sayed Omran Sayed Hameed in the village of Karzakkan, south of Manama, May 28, 2013. 

"Hameed, 26, died at hospital after developing respiratory complications and his relatives claim that his death is due to the inhalation of poisonous tear gas that riot police used during a protest in May 2013."

CREDIT: Mohammed Al-Shaikh/AFP/Getty Images

Comment by Joan Denoo on June 1, 2013 at 1:41pm

This man is a gold mine for quotes. 

"The history of intellectual progress is written in the lives of infidels, political rights have been preserved by traitors, the liberty of mind by heretics."

~ Robert Green Ingersoll

Comment by Joan Denoo on June 1, 2013 at 1:26pm

from Loren Miller:

"I am the inferior of any man whose rights I trample under foot.
-- Robert Green Ingersoll

I offer: 

"The great men (and women) are the heroes who have freed the bodies of men (and women); they are the philosophers and thinkers who have given liberty to the soul; they are the poets who have transfigured the common and filled the lives of many millions with love and song."

-- Robert Green Ingersoll

Comment by Joan Denoo on June 1, 2013 at 12:09pm

Serious Flooding In Kilembe Uganda. Humanist School Spared But Many...

I shared some photos from 2011 of this Humanist School, and this report shows the horrid devastation taking place in this community. 

There have been at least nine confirmed fatalities and approximately 25,000 people have been economically impacted by this event. 

Climate change not only impacts the USA and the horrid deaths and destruction in Oklahoma, and "The Nyamwamba river, which runs from the mountains north of  Kasese and alongside the school's new land to the southeast, burst its banks on May 1st, 2013, and has flooded the Kilembe region again more than once since then. It has lead to chaos in the Kilembe valley.  It has caused extensive damage to houses and crops and has left many completely homeless."

Comment by Loren Miller on June 1, 2013 at 10:47am

Joan, your Ingersoll quote reminds me of another of his which I posted as a status yesterday:

I am the inferior of any man whose rights I trample under foot.
-- Robert Green Ingersoll

Comment by Joan Denoo on June 1, 2013 at 10:37am

What happened to the "T" and " ?  Can we get them back?

Comment by Joan Denoo on June 1, 2013 at 10:36am

The infidels of one age have often been the aureoled saints of the next.       The destroyers of the old are the creators of the new.       As time sweeps on the old passes away and the new in its turn becomes old.       There is in the intellectual world, as in the physical, decay and growth, and ever by the grave of buried age stand youth and joy.       The history of intellectual progress is written in the lives of infidels, political rights have been preserved by traitors, the liberty of mind by heretics.       To attack the king was treason; to dispute the priest was blasphemy.       For many centuries the sword and cross were allies. Together they attacked the rights of man. They defended each other.       The throne and altar were twins -- two vultures from the same egg.       James I. said: "No bishop, no king." He might have added: "No cross, no crown." The king owned the bodies of men; the priest, the souls. One lived on taxes collected by force, the other on alms collected by fear -- both robbers, both beggars.       These robbers and these beggars controlled two worlds. The king made laws, the priest made creeds. Both obtained their authority from God, both were the agents of the Infinite.       With bowed backs the people carried the burdens of one, and with wonder's open mouth received the dogmas of the other.       If the people aspired to be free, they were crushed by the king, and every priest was a Herod who slaughtered the children of the brain.

Robert Green Ingersoll - Voltaire

 

Comment by Joan Denoo on June 1, 2013 at 4:00am

"OK everybody, let's get together and make it happen"

~ Red bird 

Comment by Joan Denoo on June 1, 2013 at 3:57am

Is It Too Late To Start Again?

It is too late, only if we think it is too late. Humans clearly outlives our welcome on a sustainable planet.  "it is a difficult cognitive shift in attitude to move from the mindset of “Leave it alone or it will disappear” to the mindset of “If we leave it alone, it may disappear.”

Well, what are our options? Do nothing? Cry? Blame? Get angry? Wallow in fear?

Well, I think there are other options. Ones like stop crazy development of fossil fuels. Put an end to GMO foods. Plan for feeding people, along side making profits. Be intollerant of intolerable beliefs. 

Funny, how when I criticize economic or political issues, I don't get very many ugly responses. When I criticize religious beliefs that are crazy, I get real threats. That could be a good sign. 

As for me, I will do all I can to put a light footprint on my Mother Earth. 

OOPPSS that should read, Humans clearly outlive our welcome on a sustainable planet.

 

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