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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 yesterday. 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 Steph S. on February 26, 2013 at 4:38pm

Love the Garfield cartoon Ian.

How's everyone today?

It's nice and sunny here. Yesterday we had wind gusts up to 30mph and higher. Lots of roofs need repairs now.

Comment by Steph S. on February 26, 2013 at 4:37pm

I want that shirt Melinda!!

Comment by Steph S. on February 26, 2013 at 4:36pm

Comment by Ian Mason on February 26, 2013 at 3:37pm

Nice one Melinda.

Comment by Idaho Spud on February 26, 2013 at 3:23pm

Good one Melinda.

Comment by Ian Mason on February 26, 2013 at 2:24pm

Comment by Ian Mason on February 26, 2013 at 2:23pm

Sorry, but I haven't been paying attention the last couple of days. I've been absorbed in Hilary Mantel's "Bring up the Bodies", the follow-up to "Wolf Hall". Thomas Cromwell continues his ascent to the heights of power, this time by organising the downfall of Anne Boleyn and her family. In the first book it was possible to have some sympathy for him in his journey from son of a drunken, violent blacksmith to secretary to Cardinal Wolsey and subsequently a favourite of Henry VIII. In the new novel he's really turned into a nasty shit, ready to destroy anyone who crosses him and to take revenge on those responsible for Wolsey's fall from favour.

Will have to wait a year or two for the final volume of the three :(

Comment by sk8eycat on February 26, 2013 at 1:47pm

Melinda, I love the "higher power" comment.  I tried going to a 12-Step group (Adult Children of Alcoholics) for a couple of years, and knowing that I wasn't alone, and listening to other people's stories, did help me get over myself, but all the "god-talk" and higher power stuff (I never could say the first word of the "serenity prayer" out loud) finally got on my last nerve, so I quit.  Now I laugh about the whole experience.

Also, by the time I did quit, a couple of my closest friends in the group had decided they couldn't believe in supernatural powers, either.  I don't know if I can take credit for that, but I was rather outspoken about my lack of belief at times. 

Comment by Idaho Spud on February 26, 2013 at 12:43pm

Carl, your video brings back memories.  I never saw the show or movie, but those songs were on the radio when I was dating.  I liked The Age of Aquarius and especially Good Morning Starshine.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on February 26, 2013 at 11:20am

Chris, that's a mind-boggling video from NASA.  When the earth-size representation was shown on the screen I said to myself out loud, "Wow....."   The size of our universe and everything in it is overwhelming.  Thanks for sharing.

Melinda, LOVE the quote.  So true.  Consider it stolen and now in my possession.  :)

 

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