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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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A Prayer for Our Nation (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Patricia 13 hours ago. 1 Reply

I'm going to keep this one short and sweet.  Mrs. Betty Bowers, America's Best Christian, has seen what is going on with the current occupant of the Oval Office, and my impression is that she is not at all happy with it.  True to her citizenship,…Continue

Tags: prayer, Donald Trump, Oval Office, America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers

Any Babymetal Fans Here?

Started by Bruce Carroll. Last reply by Idaho Spud Sep 12. 5 Replies

Any Babymetal fans here besides me? I have to ask because 1) I really like Babymetal and 2) Babymetal unknowingly played a role in my journey out of religion.For those who are unfamiliar with Babymetal, here is a link to one of their most popular…Continue

Tags: Japanese Idol, Babymetal

If you could rid the world of one thing, what would it be?

Started by Idaho Spud. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner Sep 11. 30 Replies

Today, I heard Seth Andrews talk about the question, "If you could rid the world of one thing, what would it be?"  My first thought was religion, but after a few seconds I decided it would be irrational or anti-scientific thinking.  That would take…Continue

Tags: anti-scientific, irrational

Ignorance is Bliss: Why Religious People Seem Happier Than the 'Nones'”.

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Idaho Spud Sep 11. 16 Replies

“Highly Religious Volunteer More, Lie Less, and Claim to Be Happier”~ Houston Chronicle; “Strongly Religious People are Happier than Non-Religious”  ~ Christian Daily."The study determined that 40 percent of highly religious adults—defined as those…Continue

Tags: Nones, happiness, non-religiosity, religiosity, bliss

Eating Our Own: How You Can Save the Movement (David Smalley | The Thinking Atheist)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Daniel W Aug 27. 11 Replies

While I've been peripherally aware of him for a while, David Smalley has not spent much time in the center of my focus when it came to scoping out atheist material on YouTube or elsewhere ... at least up until now.  His talk – Eating Our Own – came…Continue

Tags: Seth Andrews, The Thinking Atheist, Eating Our Own, David Smalley

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Comment by Bertold Brautigan on April 27, 2017 at 3:32pm

I agree on the video and the Guiness.

Comment by Loren Miller on April 27, 2017 at 3:24pm

Genuinely GREAT video, Carl ... but make mine a Guinness, please!

Comment by Joan Denoo on April 27, 2017 at 3:17pm

Bertold, an outstanding story! I like the way the police character took action, gave the woman time to sit in a cell to hopefully think, and then powerfully confronted the hypocrisy of the offensive driver.

I wish I could be as gentle and effective as his strategy. Perhaps my anger has its place in the scheme of things, however, I realize my anger gets in the way of being effective.

Laura scolds me frequently for being angry. Perhaps she has a point. Perhaps my anger is useful in the long run. I don't know! 

Comment by Joan Denoo on April 27, 2017 at 3:09pm

Carl, a powerful video! It gave me goosebumps to see alienation turn into understanding. Each speaking his or her truth, hearing the other's point of view, seeing individuals as each exists without prejudging them!

Being born female, living for 37 years struggling to fit into my assigned role, I come to the conclusion that I have human rights and so do other women. Becoming a radical feminist came from the cognitive dissonance that resulted from trying to fit in. How will others know about what I learned if I do not speak. 

I am certain, Carl, that you had your experiences that came from the role to which you were assigned and developed cognitive dinnonance as a result. I can know you when you speak your "truth". Finding who you are, claiming yourself as good, makes it possible to build community. 

Females and males benefit by giving up assigned roles. Loren shares so many great films that help us get over our individual and collective challenges. I am grateful for each one of our little group as we share and develop into our potential.   

Comment by Joan Denoo on April 27, 2017 at 2:46pm

Ian, Bob Geldof is a new name, so I read articles about and by him. He is quite a maverick, seeming to ruffle feathers frequently. Good! He calls attention to hunger, homelessness, diseases, poverty, and to hopeless people.  

In the black movement, real changes didn't occur until a few of the black community used anger. Standing with them were the more moderate movers who worked at changing laws by writing them. People of privilege who write laws tend to create them to benefit their status. We see it today, the tRump gang giving the startling advantages to the wealthy class while shredding the safety net for people who cannot find work.

Let's get real, robots take away jobs currently held by humans or computers, leaving people out of the paid labor market. What are these people to do? Let them starve to death or die of preventable, treatable diseases?  Or worse, let them turn to crime to get their basic needs met? 

If we don't want to have a large population of poor people we have to write laws, policies, and programs that sustain them. 

I see more people moving to growing their food, creating their work, bartering with others. The "Homesteaders," "Live Off the Griders,"  and "Simplified Life Stylers" culture spreads. 

Hopefully, people discover Permaculture, a moral and ethical way to meet modern challenges

Comment by Ian Mason on April 27, 2017 at 2:20pm

Good ones, Bertold and Carl.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on April 27, 2017 at 1:34pm

Comment by Loren Miller on April 27, 2017 at 11:45am

Bertold, that's one that a few Christians could probably stand to have read to them, I suspect!

Comment by Idaho Spud on April 27, 2017 at 11:26am

Good one BB.

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on April 27, 2017 at 11:04am

The light turned yellow, just in front of him.
He did the right thing and stopped at the crosswalk, even though he could have beaten the red light by accelerating through the intersection.

The tailgating woman behind him was furious and honked her horn, screaming in frustration, as she missed her chance to get through the intersection.

As she was still in mid-rant, she heard a tap on her window and looked up into the face of a very serious police officer.

The officer ordered her to exit her car with her hands up.
He took her to the police station where she was searched, fingerprinted, photographed and placed in a holding cell.

After a couple of hours, a policeman approached the cell and opened the door. She was escorted back to the booking desk where the arresting officer was waiting with her personal effects.

He said, "I'm very sorry for this mistake. You see, I pulled up behind your car while you were blowing your horn, giving the guy in front of you the finger and cursing at him. I noticed the 'What Would Jesus Do' bumper sticker, the 'Choose Life' licence plate holder, the 'Follow Me to Sunday-School' bumper sticker, and the chrome-plated Christian Fish Emblem on the trunk, so naturally I assumed you had stolen the car."

 

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