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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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Degrees of Doubt: The Claims and Credentials of Ravi Zacharias (The Thinking Atheist)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Chris on Wednesday. 1 Reply

Anyone here ever run onto an apologist by the name of Ravi Zacharias?  I've seen his name dropped multiple times on YouTube as supposedly being THE ONE APOLOGIST that no atheist wants to cross swords with, because of his facility with christian…Continue

Tags: Ravi Zacharias, Steve Baughman, The Thinking Atheist, Seth Andrews

The Most Hated Woman in America (The Thinking Atheist)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Gary S Apr 19. 7 Replies

Before Aron Ra and Matt Dillahunty, before Dawkins or Dennett or Harris or even Hitchens, there was Madalyn Murray O'Hair.  In the midst of an America where Christianity was being flaunted as a defense against the godless communists of the Soviet…Continue

Tags: Frank Zindler, The Thinking Atheist, Seth Andrews, Madalyn Murray O'Hair

Proud Dad is REALLY Proud Now!

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Todd Williams Apr 12. 16 Replies

As some of you may or may not know, my daughter is a television news producer, currently working in Nashville, Tennessee.  Her assignment is the morning news, which means she blasts herself up at umpti-ump in the morning to organize and prepare a…Continue

Tags: Emmy, news, television, daughter, dad

attacking ideas (TheraminTrees)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Grinning Cat Apr 4. 1 Reply

Attacking ideas is a considerable portion of what we as atheists do.  Why attack ideas?  Ideas earn attack when they don't serve people, not just us but those who adopt said ideas, mistakenly thinking that they have value when they don't.  Our…Continue

Tags: ideas, Islam, TheraminTrees

bending truth, or "We Can All Be Manipulated" (TheraminTrees)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Grinning Cat Apr 4. 40 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

The Playboy Interview: Richard Dawkins

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Loren Miller Mar 28. 16 Replies

I suppose it was the news that Playboy magazine was returning nudes to its pages after a year's hiatus that sufficiently perked my curiosity to check them out again.  I hadn't looked at Playboy since perhaps 2008, when I began to recognize that I…Continue

Tags: Richard Dawkins, Playboy

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Comment by Grinning Cat on April 29, 2013 at 12:06pm

Thanks for the morning thoughts and smiles! (Especially Be Happy cat, lamp cat, and IQ higher than body temperature! :)

The Jewish practice is to actually read the entire Torah in synagogue over a three-year cycle, not a cherry-picked lectionary. (It's chanted from a scroll in Hebrew, but congregants often follow along from books that include a translation.) Of course it gets interpreted and spun appropriately, in varying ways depending on how orthodox or liberal the group is. No different from Christians or other believers trying to keep some value in their scriptures in the face of conscience and reality.

At LGBT pride festivals I've seen ministers and priests handing out stickers that say "GAY BY GOD". Wrong for me on both points, but I see those religious leaders as simply doing their best to include and help people, using the "cognitive toolbox" they have.

Those of us who are straight or gay might forget, bisexual folk are twice as likely as any of us to find someone to take home.

<grin> Most folks around us are straight, though, so it doesn't increase the dating pool that much. And there's the common prejudice that a bi person will cheat with, or leave you for, someone of another gender. That idea is ably deconstructed in the paper "Bisexuals and the Slut Myth", as based on two widespread false assumptions that reinforce sexism, heterosexism, and compulsory monogamy.

(Many people know they want or need a monogamous relationship -- that's a valid reason, as opposed to "god said so". Quite a few others are happily, honestly, responsibly nonmonogamous.)

Comment by Joan Denoo on April 29, 2013 at 11:56am

Comment by Joan Denoo on April 29, 2013 at 11:54am

It is 9:30, just got up and am having breakfast with "hang with friends". I can't think of a better way to get started!

Steph, the bunny looks so furtive, she brings out the protective in me. 

Curmudgeon Cat has life figured out! I wonder if some creative person could put a smile on his face. Attitude change won't help any. 

Ian, Oh! that such a creature could have a sense of community. Just seeing him reminds me of the banking and financial institution people and the congress they bought. 

Your Lamp-Cat with Compassionate Cat is a treasure. 

Melinda, love your cat-man! Now, how about that for a smile!

Now, on to my day, all fired up. Thanks dear friends. 

 

Comment by sk8eycat on April 29, 2013 at 11:12am

I stole that line about IQ and body temp from an SF writer so long ago that I've forgotten who I stole it from. (Coulda been Harlan Ellison; he used to write an opinion column for a Los Angeles progressive newspaper.)

Comment by Steph S. on April 29, 2013 at 10:50am

Comment by Ian Mason on April 29, 2013 at 10:31am

Having a nice afternoon/early evening in this time zone Steph. How about you?

Comment by Steph S. on April 29, 2013 at 9:56am

booklover and Ian those are great lolcats. Love them.

So how is everyone this morning?

Comment by Steph S. on April 29, 2013 at 9:55am

Comment by Ian Mason on April 29, 2013 at 3:41am

You light up my life.

Comment by tom sarbeck on April 29, 2013 at 3:22am

sk8eycat, who can hope to put words together better than you did with "...anybody with an IQ higher than their body temperature"?

 

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