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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 Randall Smith on February 12, 2016 at 7:26am

I keep waiting for attacks on Bernie's Jewishness, albeit an unpracticed "faith". I reckon the Republicans are holding that ace up their sleeve. I thought Bernie did quite well in last night's debate. Same old talking points, but effective.

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on February 11, 2016 at 6:37pm

Here's Catholic Vote's (unsurprising) take on Bernie Sanders:

[Bolding is mine.)

Bernie Sanders: If Sanders can cut into Hillary’s support with black voters, he may very well unravel her campaign. Sanders’ candidacy is growing in intensity and must be taken seriously. The likelihood of a long and protracted Democratic primary appears inevitable. Of greatest concern are the ideas driving his campaign (race/class/sex warfare, attacks on business, massive taxation and redistribution pledges along with promises for total government takeover of healthcare and college education and more). There are already voices arguing that Catholic social teaching and socialism are compatible. Whether Sanders succeeds or not, the ‘political revolution’ is real and will not go away. Catholic voters may be especially vulnerable to certain aspects of this appeal. We think this revolution must be vigorously opposed. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on February 11, 2016 at 1:04pm

I'm packing the books from my bedroom bookshelf. These are the books I refer to most when trying to make a decision on an issue. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on February 11, 2016 at 1:02pm

Ian, I like your "God will make a way" poster. I responded to when posted on Facebooks because I do not believe God knows the way because he doesn't exist, or something in that order. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on February 11, 2016 at 12:59pm

For those interest in gardening, especially "Allium Family Perennial Vegetables", check Daniel's Blog Growing Greener in the Pacific Northwest

Allium Family Perennial Vegetables

Comment by Randall Smith on February 11, 2016 at 7:41am

Oh, Carl. I would hate having weak legs, especially since I walk between 5 and 10 miles a day. Hopefully, they'll find out what's wrong.

Enjoy your humor, Ian.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on February 11, 2016 at 1:16am

Good one, Ian.  Yes, it's all about the money!

Comment by Ian Mason on February 11, 2016 at 1:12am

Comment by The Flying Atheist on February 11, 2016 at 1:12am

Kathy, I have AdBlocker installed, so no annoying ads for me.  That and the addition of Pop-Up Blocker makes my internet experience much more enjoyable.    

Ian, I like that cartoon.  That's the kind of "odd" humor I enjoy.

Randy, about one or two weeks ago I made a financial contribution to Bernie Sanders.  It's the first time EVER in my life I have financially supported a candidate in a presidential campaign.  I so want him to win, yet he is up against the moss-less rolling stone force that is Hillary Clinton.  I felt I needed to do my part.

I saw a neurologist the other day to look into the issue of my very weak legs and buckling knees.  I had a slew of blood tests done and also have two upcoming tests.  One is a standard MRI and the other is a EMG (Electromyography.)  Wikipedia: EMG  

The EMG sounds like Dr. Frankenstein's version of acupuncture.  A needle/probe inserted into the muscle followed by a small electrical shock.

 

Comment by k.h. ky on February 11, 2016 at 12:29am
Is anyone else getting the ads on the right with someone wanting to pray for us?? That is too funny.
 

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