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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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Surreal, I haz it

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by booklover on Monday. 75 Replies

Surreal, not just found in art.Continue

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Poem - "Oh, Wait..."

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Luara on Saturday. 7 Replies

Before you ask, no, I didn't write this.  I discovered it in a comment on a Discovermagazine.com piece which…Continue

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Curious: Has anyone read the novel "Christian Nation"?

Started by Brent Feeney. Last reply by Plinius Apr 10. 11 Replies

So I've been thinking about this some lately, and I wanted to see what your thoughts were:I read a novel last fall that was making the rounds of Atheist blogs and what not called "Christian Nation", which is part alternative history and part…Continue

Stop the Religious Right. Four Steps You Can Take, Sean Faircloth.

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Joan Denoo Apr 9. 2 Replies

Thanks to Grinning Cat via Loren Miller led me to this additional video by Sean Faircloth. He provides positive and powerful examples of thinking and acting. Continue

Science, Atheism & the Joyful Life -- by Sean Faircloth, Richard Dawkins Foundation

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Joan Denoo Apr 9. 6 Replies

Some speeches by atheists are factual and practical, dealing with the nuts and bolts of reality.  Some are diatribes against the superstitions we seek to overcome, pointing out the man behind the curtain and the fallacies and snake oil he tries to…Continue

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Bedtime Bible Stories (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller Apr 8. 0 Replies

Uh, oh!  America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers, is at it again, THIS time with bedtime stories!  Somehow with her retelling of some of the classics, I'm dubious that her versions would go over with the Brothers Grimm or Hans Christian Anderson,…Continue

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Comment by Joan Denoo on April 23, 2013 at 7:25pm

The Flying Atheist, SPLENDID RESPONSE! 

Comment by The Flying Atheist on April 23, 2013 at 7:09pm

Melinda, If I were your daughter I would definitely appeal that crazy internship decision.  Her adviser is expecting her to take a vow of poverty?!  She's in college trying to make ends meet, dammit!!  That adviser should instead be thrilled that your daughter was able to procure an internship (whether paid or not) with a company that wasn't even interested in taking on an intern UNTIL they met her.  That says a lot about your daughter and her talents.  The adviser should also see this as a positive reflection upon the college and their students.  Perhaps a personal conversation can take place between the boss at the newspaper office and the adviser at the college to discuss your daughter's performance.  The fact that the position was paid should be irrelevant.  If the adviser doesn't give in, perhaps you can snidely ask him/her to please make a monetary donation to your daughter's college fund.  Just my 2 cents.  Good luck to her.   

Comment by Megan S. M. on April 23, 2013 at 4:30pm

Ian, that is the BEST picture ever! lolz

Tom, I suppose we have to 'see' irony to get it ;)

Comment by Idaho Spud on April 23, 2013 at 4:22pm

Patricia, thanks for the G. Graffin quote about non-believing countries.

Loren, what a great saying about empathy & religion, and “If god were a car” is excellent.

Melinda, I love the “Before you jump” cat.  Made me laugh.

Comment by booklover on April 23, 2013 at 2:07pm

That picture is great Ian! lol

Comment by Ian Mason on April 23, 2013 at 11:54am

Comment by Tom Sarbeck on April 23, 2013 at 2:03am

Ian, no thank you. I like where I am.

Comment by Ian Mason on April 23, 2013 at 1:54am

Tom, that bosom is obviously the bosom of Our Lady of the Bountiful Breasts. Return to her embrace and the Mother Church!

Comment by sk8eycat on April 23, 2013 at 1:51am

Ian, I know that illogic is a "given" when it comes to believers.  What alarms me is that The Family is so secretive, and they have so much access and influence with our lawmakers...even members of the Supreme Court.  They focus on what they call "the elite." That's just NOT right.  (I wish our elected officials had enough brains and guts to tell them to just bugger off.)

Women cannot be full members, ever; they are sort of an auxiliary, like women are in most churches...cook, serve, clean...and pray when they aren't working.  Maybe they pray while they are working.

Sick. Sick. Sick.

Comment by Tom Sarbeck on April 23, 2013 at 12:36am

This is too much of a most delicious irony for me to ignore.

First, most of us know Catholicism has a problem with sex, and especially with women.

Second, a post by Joan told us Terrence Meaden's words of a visit to about Stonehenge: "I just happened to be there at the right time of day because only when the light is right can you see it properly. During the summer months it is only obvious for about a hour each day around 1400."

Third, get that each day around 1400 hours. That's 2:00 pm.

Fourth, in San Francisco on a sunny February day at 2:00 pm, this survivor of twelve years in Catholic schools is near the foot of Starr King Drive, a few feet away from the Unitarian Church, looking up the hill at the huge Catholic St. Mary's Cathedral, and if you've ever seen the building you know its top is not the usual steeple.

Fifth, on the street before me is a shadow of the Cathedral. It looks exactly like the profile of the chest of an exceptionally well-endowed woman.

Thirty years earlier in English classes in Catholic schools I hear of irony. At last I understand it.

 

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