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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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Bible Belt Atheist (New York Times)

Started by Loren Miller Apr 19. 0 Replies

The following showed up in my YouTube feed this morning, and I decided to have a look.  Turns out, the New York Times has given us a reasonably even-handed look at a good friend of ours, being one Jerry DeWitt, former bible-thumper and now a pretty…Continue

Tags: Bible Belt, atheist, Jerry DeWitt

How would you respond?

Started by Christina Scribner. Last reply by Christina Scribner Apr 10. 5 Replies

So, this morning, I was at my local coffee shop as I am most weekdays between bus runs. I do the editing on my husband's books so I had my laptop with me. My wallpaper is a picture I found online sometime back of a double helix with the word atheist…Continue

The Fake Christian Busybody Show (Andrew Bradley)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Plinius Apr 9. 1 Reply

It seems as though there was a Gay Pride parade in some town somewhere and a Christian commentator, herein known as The Activist Mommy, apparently got her panties so in a bunch about it that she had to fire up her video camera and record a…Continue

Tags: gay, pride, The Activist Mommy, Andrew Bradley, America's Best Christian

America Held Hostage: Day 436 (MisterDeity)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner Apr 9. 1 Reply

Now that Sinclair Broadcasting has stated their position regarding fake news and its threat to our democracy, Mister Deity's Brian Dalton has decided to throw his $0.02 worth in as well ... though I don't quite think his presentation was really what…Continue

Tags: fake news, Deity, Mister, Broadcasting, Sinclair

Guns: Both Sides Now (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Christina Scribner Apr 3. 3 Replies

Oh, NO!  The gun debate has gotten so heated that it has Betty Bowers, America's Best Christian, TALKING TO HERSELF!  Apparently, one of her has had a stroke or a serious breakdown in cognitive skills, as she does little more than parrot the NRA's…Continue

Tags: NRA, guns, America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers

how dogma pollutes discourse (qualiasoup & theramintrees)

Started by Loren Miller Apr 3. 0 Replies

"The Lord is our God; the Lord is One." "I am the Way, the Truth, and the Life; no one comes to the Father, but by Me." "There is no god but Allah, and Mohamed is his prophet." Assertions, taught as fact, but without any form of corroborative…Continue

Tags: dogma, QualiaSoup, TheraminTrees

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Comment by sk8eycat on January 22, 2014 at 1:00pm

I'm in the chorus numbers somewhere...I hated this show....or actually some of the snotty girls in the dressing room....

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TZehwmLuvH0

I was out for 6 months...came down with appendicitis while we were playing Los Angeles (glad that it happened while I was at home, if it had to happen at all.)  The next summer I sprained my ankle during rehearsals in Madison, WI. It was so bad that they sent me home, and I said "F**k it."  And started looking for bookkeeping work.

An' dats de trooooof.

Comment by Tony Carroll on January 22, 2014 at 9:46am

Dear Joan,

     I know it was yesterday, but wanted to wish you a happy birthday. May your life continue to be filled with love, joy, and happiness. May kindness, understanding, and empathy continue to be your companions along the road. You are truly a unique person whom it is my privilege to know.

     Your friend,

     Tony

Comment by sk8eycat on January 21, 2014 at 1:46am

Patricia, my dad never came to my dance recitals, or even my high school graduation...he was usually too drunk.  Mother was always there for me...even flew to Salt Lake City when we played the State Fair there.  I embarrassed the *bleep!* out of her during my ad lib number in the bear costume.  I knelt on the footlights, pointed at her in the front row, and yelled, "THAT'S my MOMMY!"

Comment by Ian Mason on January 20, 2014 at 11:31pm

A sweet friendly-hug pic for all of you.

Comment by Ian Mason on January 20, 2014 at 10:57pm

Great photos. You must have had a lot of strength to keep going with your interests despite the lack of support, Patricia. Hats off to you.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on January 20, 2014 at 5:41pm

Patricia, what an adorable photo!  :)

Comment by The Flying Atheist on January 20, 2014 at 3:59pm

While web surfing the other day, I surprisingly stumbled upon a Facebook page that had two photos of me from my college days.  I thought I'd share them with you.  The first photo was taken in May of 1983.  My 19th birthday would be two months later.  The second photo was taken in February 1985.  I'm second from the left.  

  

Comment by Steph S. on January 20, 2014 at 11:47am

I know the band - thank you Napoleon.

Comment by sk8eycat on January 19, 2014 at 11:07pm

OMNERRRVZ!  I love punz!  Whoopie!

That Guard Cat looks like a Spotted Bengal.....If I could afford another Fur-friend, I'd like a Maine Coon...or a Ragdoll. Or an Egyptian Mau.  There are several people in Cairo and Alexandria who rescue feral Maus from the streets, get them healthy and people-friendly, and then adopt them out all over the world. This is just one org: http://www.emaurescue.org/

I can't believe that these cats, who used to be worshiped by the ancient Egyptians, are now neglected, abandoned, poisoned, etc. by the current population of a land that used to have one of the greatest civilizations of the ancient world.  (During the time of Cleopatra, and earlier, it was a capital offense to harm one of these cats....even accidentally.)

Oh, I also love the "We All Live Without God" painting, too.  I've always wanted to change it so that a large ORNJ kitty is sniffing Adam's finger. Or maybe with Adam holding out a fish to the cat. The old man with the beard in the original painting doesn't do anything for me, but I doubt the Vatican would appreciate any alterations...

Pity.

Comment by Ian Mason on January 19, 2014 at 3:21pm

A plethora of puns.

 

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