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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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Alexa for Evangelicals! (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Patricia Oct 9. 1 Reply

Never let it be said that Mrs. Betty Bowers, America's Best Christian, is anything less than up to date with the state of the art as it comes to the modern household.  However, as a discriminating conservative Christian, Betty would never tolerate…Continue

Tags: digital assistant, America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers

New Rule: Church and Destroy (Real Time with Bill Maher - HBO)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Loren Miller Sep 30. 6 Replies

Bill Maher is an atheist [whoa, shock and amazement!].  He is also a dedicated opponent of Donald Trump and anyone who would support the man or his goals ... and that includes ol' Yahweh, himself!  As it turns out, there is a substantial correlation…Continue

Tags: Stalin, Mao, Hitler, New Rules, Donald Trump

concealing abuse (TheraminTrees)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner Sep 23. 3 Replies

We think of institutionalized child abuse and for many of us, the natural reaction is to think of the Catholic Church. Certainly, their guilt is beyond question, even as the headlines of the Boston Globe early in 2002 and the more recent news…Continue

Tags: Children of God, Jehovah's Witnesses, David Berg, child abuse, TheraminTrees

Liberal Redneck - Climate Change the Game (Trae Crowder)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner Sep 20. 2 Replies

Trae Crowder isn't just about atheism.  He has a deep and abiding concern about what's going on with this planet's climate and the all-too-probable catastrophe we face from a fundamental change in weather patterns.  That said, Trae is thinking about…Continue

Tags: climate change, Al Gore, Trae Crowder

Men who challenge men to stop violence

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Grinning Cat Aug 27. 20 Replies

Many men join in the effort to reduce violence against women and children and other men. He speaks of the need to place responsibility on men instead of focusing on women to stop violence. He offers a breath of fresh air, as do so many of the men on…Continue

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Comment by Plinius on August 28, 2016 at 1:49am

Glad your surgery went so well, Joan! And great that it helps!

Good for you, Randall, with your running success! I'm a bit jealous, now that I can't even run to catch a bus.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on August 28, 2016 at 12:08am

Kathy, you can be any part of the family here that feels right for you.  We embrace you with open arms. 

I was always the "odd" one in my family.  I still am. Not for being an atheist, but for my particular sense of humor and my likes and dislikes.  I've always marched proudly to the beat of a different drummer and pursued my interests all the while exhibiting a seemingly conventional appearance.  Still waters run deep, as they say.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on August 27, 2016 at 11:44pm

Ruth, my best regards to your husband.  Glad to hear he's doing well.  I'm continually amazed hearing about so many people having major surgeries who mend and recuperate so well afterward.  It seems we are living in a time of unprecedented accelerations in medical advancements just within the past ten to fifteen years.

Comment by kathy: ky on August 27, 2016 at 10:17pm
Ruth, you got it. Glad your husband is doing well.

Joan, it was meant as a joke. An atheist in a fundie family, in the bible belt, is by default a problem child. Different from the rest. Odd is the word.
Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on August 27, 2016 at 8:59pm

Congrats on the run, Randall. It’s a relief you’re OK.

Congrats on successful carpel tunnel surgery on your left hand, Joan. I hope my memory stays as sharp as yours. I constantly forget the names of characters and actors on TV. Being considered a matriarch is an honor.

k.h. ky, you made me laugh. You want to be the AN problem child? You realize we’re all the ones who couldn’t fit into fundie families here, right?

Sorry I haven't been around much. My husband got his left shoulder replaced about 10 days ago, and I've been busy. He's doing great.

Comment by Joan Denoo on August 27, 2016 at 8:46pm

Kathy, ouch! That must be painful, automatically being a problem child in a fundie family! How do you handle that stress? 

Comment by kathy: ky on August 27, 2016 at 7:38pm
Another notice for jury duty.
Comment by kathy: ky on August 27, 2016 at 7:37pm
Joan being atheist in a family full of fundies automatically makes me the problem child :)
Comment by Joan Denoo on August 27, 2016 at 7:16pm

Kathy, that is funny, asking to be the problem child! Do you realize I will be out there, giving you lectures and trying to reason with you? My kids hate it! They tell me if it is lecture # 101.12 or lecture #299.99.

Comment by kathy: ky on August 27, 2016 at 7:03pm
Carl, they (med staff ) always pull a sheet between me and whatever they're working on. I must look like a fainter : )
Joan, happy the surgery worked for you. That's wonderful.
Randall, congrats on the run.

Carl, if Joan and Ruth are the matriarchs can I be the problem child?? The sister that is troubled because she believes in the flying spaghetti monster.
 

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