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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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The Most Hated Woman in America (The Thinking Atheist)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Gary S on Thursday. 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

God's Annual Performance Review (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner Mar 19. 6 Replies

I don't know about you guys, but there wasn't a performance review I had in 30 years of field service that I didn't LOATHE.  It seems as though Betty Bowers, America's Best Christian, is up for turning the tables on the person you would expect would…Continue

Tags: review, performance, god, American's Best Christian, Betty Bowers

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Comment by tom sarbeck on April 22, 2013 at 2:06am

Chris Brennan: "I'd still go for a mix of both opposites."

Chris, do you see a middle way in which businesses are employee-owned and -operated? In which Wall Street gambling addicts don't get the surplus value, the employees do?

A book on the subject published in 2007 says there are more than 11,000 such businesses in the US of A. Among them is a large southeastern USA supermarket chain: Publix Stores where I shopped when I lived in Florida.

Comment by Joan Denoo on April 22, 2013 at 1:52am

Tom Sarbeck, as far as I am concerned Hillary is not one for whom I would vote. I definitely would vote for Elizabeth Warren and Jill Stein. I have a Google Alert on both these women. 

Green Talks conference in Oslo

On Tuesday  April 16, 2013, "prominent Green politicians from USA, Germany and Sweden filled Oslo as Miljøpartiet De Grønne arranged the Green Talks conference."

In her speech, "Stein directed everyone’s attention to the Norwegian state oil company Statoil’s investments in Canadian tar sands. 'When you invest in tar sands, we all pay the price.' Internationally, Norway is associated with thriving oil and gas fields. But, it is rich in renewable energy sources too. According to Stein, Norway is an unlikely candidate to become a leading star in the fight against climate change."

Comment by Joan Denoo on April 22, 2013 at 1:42am

Brandi Amari Williams, I agree, don't teach kids what to think, teach them how to think. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on April 22, 2013 at 1:37am

I received a notice from some source I did not open that stated I had some derogatory statements made about me, politically, and I had to laugh. I am a little old lady who has learned a lot in my years and I like to share my ideas with others. If that makes me "an enemy of the people", then maybe the people need an enemy. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on April 22, 2013 at 1:34am

When I was in Berlin, just before the wall came down, I saw such profound contrast between two parts of the city, I knew they drank the same water, ate from the same soils, breathed the same air, and yet by just crossing through the gate, I knew politics underlaid the differences. One of the more deeply-felt learnings of my quest. 

Comment by Plinius on April 22, 2013 at 1:15am

@ Joan, I know you're not a communist, but you don't want to be a capitalist either. From the day the Iron Curtain fell, the capitalists thought they had a free hand to do whatever they thought of, and it worked out badly. The Curtain had kept them in check. Not that I envied the people who lived behind it - or the people who suffer capitalist rule. I'd still go for a mix of both opposites.

I see you, Ian! *waving*

Comment by tom sarbeck on April 21, 2013 at 11:55pm

Re The Family: Rachel Maddow did stories on them during the recent presidential campaign, in part for LGBT reasons. Their connected with the American fundies who are working in Kenya to get homosexuals executed. It's an ugly organization for several reasons, including those you identified.

Dems who voted for Bush 43's war in Iraq lost my support. I want Elizabeth Warren to run for president. But then, a Dem administration lied us into a war in Viet Nam and a Repub administration lied us into a war in Iraq. Is Jill Stein doing anything now to build the Greens into a competitive party, or was her run last year a personal thing?

Hillary and her prayer partners? With so many xian voters, candidates have to pander. Pay more attention to their votes on church and state issues. I do that and I contribute to several ch&st separation organizations. I've read most of the US Suprme Court rulings on ch&st; Scalia would happily impose his Catholicism on America.

Comment by Steph S. on April 21, 2013 at 11:33pm

Comment by Steph S. on April 21, 2013 at 11:32pm

Awwww, thanks so very much Melinda. Sounds like you had a wonderful weekend. I am getting caught up on all the posts here. Enjoy reading everything.

Comment by sk8eycat on April 21, 2013 at 8:00pm

@Tom Sarbeck: I think some of the early undergodding capitalists were the founders of what is now known as The Family Fellowship (aka The fellowship).  It started out as an anti-union organization. They are a secretive, almost underground organization that works under many other names, including Young Life (for high school and college students). I don't know if they have any direct connections with the dominionists at Oral Roberts University (where Michelle Bachmann went to law school), but it wouldn't surprise me if they do.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Fellowship_(Christian_organization)

They provide "prayer partners" and "prayer circles" for members of congress, and sponsor the "National Prayer Breakfast" (that would make me lose my apetite, if I had to attend)....and they are wealthy.  VERY. 

Hillary Clinton said her "prayer partners" helped her cope during the Monica Lewinsky scandal, and Bill Clinton's impeachment trial. That's one reason I will never vote for her.

I have Jeff Sharlett's book The Family: The Secret Fundamentalism at the Heart of American Power  ...  I've read it several times, and it scares the *bleep!* out of me.  It also depresses me.  IMO it's a very powerful cabal.

 

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