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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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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 Ruth Anthony-Gardner on February 18, 2013 at 6:35pm

Guess I prefer different music than you do, Napoleon. I found Iggy Pop new values lyrics too Dominator for my taste.

Tea and telly sounds cozy for a cold Denmark evening, Ian.

I used to enjoy veggie burgers, Chris. Then Is read that they were processed in a way to possibly have neurotoxic hexane residue. Now I'm afraid to eat them.

My brain is on holiday this evening. Bye all.

Comment by Ian Mason on February 18, 2013 at 10:55am

Thanks, TFA. It's a cold evening in Denmark so tea and telly is on the agenda. Hope the beans and burger taste good Chris.

Have a really nice whatever-the-time-is all.

Comment by Plinius on February 18, 2013 at 10:44am

Well timed, Flying Atheist, I'm cooking the evening meal (beans and veggieburger). Thanks and have a nice day to all of you!

Comment by The Flying Atheist on February 18, 2013 at 10:10am

Good Day and Happy Monday to you all.  I've been working like a dog (sorry, not like a cat) and finally have a nice stretch of days off.  

Melinda, have a GREAT trip to The Keys.  There are some wonderful sunsets there.  I know you'll have a very nice and relaxing time with your family.  You all sound like so much fun when you get together.  (How's that for good English?)  

Nice to see you back Felaine.  You're missed tremendously when you're away on your little jaunts.  What a time to be away!  So much happening in the news.  BTW, this past weekend I was just in your neck of the woods.  The hotel I was staying at by LAX was hosting a Doctor Who convention.  Major geeks, nerds and costumes all over the hotel.  What fun!  I'm not a Doctor Who fan, but I somehow felt that I fit in with that crowd.  LOL

Joan, thanks for the posting the NASA photo.  I'm continually amazed at how beautiful and awe-inspiring the depths of space can be.  It's such a paradox.....so beautiful, yet so hostile.

I wish all of you a great day.  And to all our European and international friends.....a great evening.  

     

Comment by sk8eycat on February 18, 2013 at 2:23am

I really missed you all...there was so much going on in the gnus, and I needed many kindred "spirits" to discuss it all with!  ("with whom to discuss it all"?)

Anybody else planning to watch "Hubris" on MSNBC Monday evening?  It's on at 9PM ET, 6PM PST....Check their web site for your time zone.

Ian!  I absodamnlutely LOVE ragtime!  Actually, I love watching a good pianist's hands playing any style music....very secksy!  (I just sent that link to a friend, who is an amazing pianist, as a belated Valentine.) Heh!

Fangkew.

Comment by Ian Mason on February 18, 2013 at 1:07am

Welcome back, Felaine. Glad you had a good time.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m2IHWPhRnXc

Comment by Grinning Cat on February 18, 2013 at 12:47am

Speaking of cats on keyboards, yes, it's a trend, which I'll gladly add to. Here's an intent mewsician...

Good night, everyone!

Comment by Joan Denoo on February 17, 2013 at 11:57pm

Steph, cat on keyboard looks as I feel. Cat for pope; he could not do any worse. 

Grinning Cat, cat on a keyboard; am I seeing a trend here? Ah Ha! I was right, there is a trend of cats on keyboards. 

Tony Carroll, "Truth" sign is what we need right now! and a lion with courage. Oh! How we need courageous leaders. 

sk8eycat, welcome back; looking forward to some good conversations. 

Well, dear friends, that's all for today. Nice to end the day with your fun and funny contributions. 

Dust Sculptures in the Rosette Nebula - http://apod.nasa.gov/apod/ap070606.html

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on February 17, 2013 at 11:22pm

Thanks for your update sk8eycat. Cute LOLcats everyone. I'm bushed tonight so just a quick "Good night, All."

Comment by Steph S. on February 17, 2013 at 10:24pm

 

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