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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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concealing abuse (TheraminTrees)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Loren Miller Sep 3. 2 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

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

CBS News Treats Uri Geller as Actual ESP Talent?

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Joan Denoo Aug 25. 1 Reply

CBS Sunday Morning is beginning to piss me off.  This morning they presented a story on the US governments foray into…Continue

Tags: espionage, fraud, ESP, Uri Geller, Sunday Morning

Is Christianity Persecuted? (The Thinking Atheist)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Patricia Aug 10. 7 Replies

Okay, gang ... when is the last time you saw Seth Andrews do an animated video on his YouTube channel?  Seems like donkey's years ago, don't it?  Well, apparently Jeff Sessions and his "religious liberty task force" got Seth's nelly up enough that…Continue

Tags: religious liberty task force, Donald Trump, Jeff Sessions, Seth Andrews, The Thinking Atheist

worshipping narcissists (qualiasoup & theramintrees)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner Aug 4. 2 Replies

They're all around us: people who perceive the world as revolving around them and will go to considerable lengths to make it so: narcissists.  Such beings have been with humanity, I suspect, since humanity emerged from the gene pool.  Even worse,…Continue

Tags: narcissist, QualiaSoup, TheraminTrees

11 "unanswerable" questions for atheists - answered (Aron Ra)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Tom Sarbeck Jun 6. 1 Reply

If you spend any time around YouTube and have any history of looking at atheist material (or even theist material!), you will inevitably run into: "XX Questions Atheists Can't Answer."  These are occasionally followed by: "XX Questions Atheists…Continue

Tags: apologist, answer, questions, unanswerable, Aron Ra

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Comment by The Flying Atheist on August 24, 2016 at 11:43am

Chris, you have a new immigrant arriving in the Netherlands today.  She's from our state of Montana, and flew out of Chicago yesterday.

Trix the Tyrannosaurus Rex is about to fly from Chicago to the Neth...

A T. Rex Is Flying From O'Hare To The Netherlands Today

Comment by Idaho Spud on August 24, 2016 at 11:39am

Carl, I can imagine the stress of dealing with the crazy public.  That's why I've never went for that kind of a job. 

Comment by The Flying Atheist on August 24, 2016 at 11:34am

Joan, thank you for the very heartfelt expressions toward me.  You know, you're a very special person at Atheist/Nexus, not only for me but I know for others here as well.  Personally, I highly regard you as the matriarch of A/N. 

I hope your recent surgery went well and that you will have positive results.  

Regarding my positive outlook, to be honest I feel quite happy and content at this time despite all the hurdles I've been through (or should I say 'over'?)  Now that I'm not working, I no longer have the incredible stresses of strict timetables, ever-looming security issues, and dealing with the crazy general public.  It was a fun job which I loved but it was indeed stressful.  I feel as if I can now relax and enjoy life much more. 

Comment by Idaho Spud on August 24, 2016 at 10:18am

Joan, I thought you might appreciate this article and videos.  It's about a female scientist that just died.  The was in a leadership position for a time and those she led had wonderful things to say about her.  Made me tear-up.

http://www.nist.gov/public_affairs/gebbie-physics-visionary-and-men...

Comment by Joan Denoo on August 24, 2016 at 12:25am

Loren, grand news about your wife's son's wedding. You must have enjoyed the secular nature of the ceremony. I feel encouraged that the celebrant reported more requests for godless ceremonies. 

Did the father "give" his daughter to her husband, or did she present herself as joining with him for life's journey? I hate that property stuff. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on August 24, 2016 at 12:12am

Randy, I am a curious little old lady that can't stand to have an unsolved question. Inquisitive is my nature, that is why I went on that round the world adventure and talked to women about their lives.

Comment by Joan Denoo on August 21, 2016 at 3:01pm

Carl, given that this is the best it is going to get for you, and because you have no control over the natural processes of your body, the only thing that can improve or get healthy is what you already have, a positive outlook on life and a celebration of what you do have. I support you in that, even as I acknowledge down times do occur, emotionally. We offer a place to unwind, to feel weak and strong, out of control and in control, discouraged and encouraged, alone and in a community. Whatever you feel, we stand with you. 

As for myself, I can say with full honesty I love you as I love my children. You are the age of my three children and my heartstrings reach to you. I know you have a strong family who supports you and you have the friends we share here. You are never alone.

Comment by Idaho Spud on August 21, 2016 at 8:31am

A lot more demand for godless weddings is good news.

Comment by Randall Smith on August 21, 2016 at 7:21am

Unitarian (Universalists) weddings are usually non-religious. At least my second one was. I wonder if that sect is declining in attendance like most of the rest. Look it up, Joan! (Our researcher)

Comment by Loren Miller on August 21, 2016 at 7:13am

One of my wife's sons got married yesterday in an outdoor ceremony.  As I listened to the celebrant, I couldn't escape the feeling that something was very different here, and I was in no ways mistaken.  He was a secular celebrant ... And an Atheist!!!

Talking with him afterward, he told me that he's seeing a LOT more demand for godless weddings of late.  He's done around 10 himself and expects to do many more.  I'd call that a cause for celebration!

 

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