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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 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

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 Joan Denoo on April 22, 2013 at 4:30pm
Sorry for the duplicates. My computer won't "Add Comment, so I re-post ... and get duplicates. Now my computer won't delete one. I really am trying to figure out what the problem is.
I have plenty of room in memory,
I emptied my cache,
I turned the computer off and let it rest for a while,
I deleted some files that I no longer want,

Any other suggestions. The poor old lady needs a rest, perhaps. She is so slow, I can go to the kitchen for a cup and return and she tries to send or receive.
Comment by Joan Denoo on April 22, 2013 at 4:30pm
Sorry for the duplicates. My computer won't "Add Comment, so I re-post ... and get duplicates. Now my computer won't delete one. I really am trying to figure out what the problem is.
I have plenty of room in memory,
I emptied my cache,
I turned the computer off and let it rest for a while,
I deleted some files that I no longer want,

Any other suggestions. The poor old lady needs a rest, perhaps. She is so slow, I can go to the kitchen for a cup and return and she tries to send or receive.
Comment by sk8eycat on April 22, 2013 at 3:20pm

I'm still catching up here.  There were some posts a few pages back about The Family (or The Fellowship) and "family values."  The Family claims to be a Jesus-centered organization, and they follow "his orders" (IF there ever was such a person) to his followers (ditto) to abandon their families completely.

Luke 14:26 (KJV)- If any man come to me, and hate not his father, and mother, and wife, and children, and brethren, and sisters, yea, and his own life also, he cannot be my disciple.

Matt 10:36-37 -36 and ‘a man’s enemies will be those of his own household.’[a] 37 He who loves father or mother more than Me is not worthy of Me. And he who loves son or daughter more than Me is not worthy of Me.

NOT someone I would want teaching my kids, if I had any...or anybody else.

Comment by Joan Denoo on April 22, 2013 at 3:16pm
Inventions, discoveries, introductions during this period:
• Harappan civilisation, at its peak, covered an area of around 480,000 km² (298 258.172 mi²). Its heartland lay in the Indus river valley in Pakistan, but settlements spread as far as the Makran coast, Baluchistan, Afghanistan, eastern Punjab, Kutch and Saurashtra. They included cities likeHarappa, Mohenjo-daro, Kalibangan, Dholavira, ports like Lothal, Sutkagen-dor and Sotka-koh and numerous villages as well. They used irrigation to farm and constructed cities. The two main cities had sewage systems, bronze, trade tokens (early coins), and hieroglyphs. There were even baths at one of the villages, besides the great baths of brick in each city. Geometry of shrines and altars tends to identify these with the cities of the Yajur Veda: they might easily be a thousand years older than this conservative date.
• Cycladic marble figures depict the use of both the musical pipe and the kithara form of lyre. (Archaeology of the Olympics 1988)
• Earliest surviving ski is left in a peat bog at Hoting, Sweden, about this time. (Encyc. Americana)
• Sumerians use domestic asses on war chariots (Standard of Ur), not onagers as early interpreters claimed. (Clutton-Brock)
• Agriculture at Prieta Huaca includes cotton and bottle-gourds. (Bailey 1973)
• Statue of Ebih-Il, at Mari
Comment by Joan Denoo on April 22, 2013 at 2:57pm

Dr. Terence Meaden photo

Stonehenge rock face built about 2450 BC

The 25th century BC is a century which lasted from the year 2500 BCE to 2401 BCE.

  • c. 2450 BCE: End of the Early Dynastic IIIa Period and beginning of the Early Dynastic IIIb Period in Sumer.
  • c. 2450 BCEKish is lost to Khamazi tribesmen of the Kurdistan mountains; Elamites from Awanoccupy parts of Sumer. (Roux 1980)
  • c. 2410 BCE: By this time, kings in Sumer have ceased to be automatically high priests of the city deity. (Roux 1980) Semitic infiltration and conquest of Mesopotamia begins. (1968 RD Almanac)
  • c. 2400 BCE–2200 BCE: Construction of Stonehenge

Significant persons during that period:

Comment by Joan Denoo on April 22, 2013 at 2:56pm

Dr. Terence Meaden photo

Stonehenge rock face built about 2450 BC

The 25th century BC is a century which lasted from the year 2500 BCE to 2401 BCE.

  • c. 2450 BCE: End of the Early Dynastic IIIa Period and beginning of the Early Dynastic IIIb Period in Sumer.
  • c. 2450 BCEKish is lost to Khamazi tribesmen of the Kurdistan mountains; Elamites from Awanoccupy parts of Sumer. (Roux 1980)
  • c. 2410 BCE: By this time, kings in Sumer have ceased to be automatically high priests of the city deity. (Roux 1980) Semitic infiltration and conquest of Mesopotamia begins. (1968 RD Almanac)
  • c. 2400 BCE–2200 BCE: Construction of Stonehenge

Significant persons during that period:

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on April 22, 2013 at 12:52pm

Honors, Ian, for participating in the Greenpeace Human Banner.

I can’t see a face in the Stonehenge stone, Joan. While the Earth Mother may be a myth, I find it useful for communication. Anthropomorphism is a tool of communication.  That whimsical Parade painting is creepycute.

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. 

ROFL Right On!

The Give Earth A Hand video is great! Thanks.

The UG addition to the Pledge as a business inspired plot to connect religion to capitalism., that’s plausible Tom.

I hope your daughter finishes her senior year, Melinda. Nice uplifting LOLcat, to brighten my afternoon.

Loren, that "If God Were A Car” was a hoot!

The Family gives me the creeps, sk8eycat. That Hillary belongs is a black mark against her. Yes, Tom, they “have to pander” but I don’t think she needs to sink to that level.

Comment by Joan Denoo on April 22, 2013 at 12:25pm

“Just as we loudly proclaim our atheistic world view, we can look at the religious with pity as they humble themselves and grovel before their imaginary gods that exist nowhere but inside their heads.”

Dr. Terence Meaden

Comment by Ian Mason on April 22, 2013 at 11:51am

Glad you had a good weekend, Melinda and I hope things get better for your daughter. Depression is an evil bastard that love to kick those who are already half-way down.

Comment by Steph S. on April 22, 2013 at 11:46am

That is really funny booklover!!

 

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