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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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Optical Illusions

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Idaho Spud Jul 3. 58 Replies

This one seems a bit creepy, like the middle one shouldn't be able to change rotation like that. from Cheezburger.comContinue

Saving Number 90 - From Seth Andrews (The Thinking Atheist)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Joan Denoo Jul 1. 9 Replies

Seth says himself that the following is a departure from the usual fare his YouTube channel features.  Personally, I think it's a positive and constructive move, because it demonstrates that no, we are NOT just about atheism.  We're also very much…Continue

Tags: abuse, animal, puppy mills, Henry, The Thinking Atheist

Human Rights for Atheists, Agnostics and Secularists

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Loren Miller Jun 27. 11 Replies

I just ran onto this YouTube video, promoting a change.org petition aimed at amending the United Nations charter supporting the abolition of all anti-blasphemy laws. The petition referenced by the video is…Continue

Tags: petition, anti-blasphemy laws, UN, United Nations

Something we should all think about.....

Started by Patricia. Last reply by Patricia Jun 19. 2 Replies

Got this in my email today...........Patricia - There's a new petition taking off on Change.org, and we think you might be interested in signing it:Google Maps: Help people with mobility challenges. Make your maps accessible!By Randy…Continue

Religious Calling (Mrs. Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller Jun 17. 0 Replies

Very curious - a Betty Bowers video with NO Betty Bowers!  Yahweh IS here, though, and he's gotten all 21st century with his own cell phone!!!  Can't help but notice that he's a bit selective with just WHO he wants to talk to.  Meh ... got to keep…Continue

Tags: cell phone, Yahweh, Betty Bowers

Ontario Premier, Kathleen Wynne

Started by Patricia. Last reply by Randall Smith Jun 15. 1 Reply

Kathleen Wynne is Ontario’s 25th Premier. She was first elected to the Ontario legislature in 2003 as the MPP for Don Valley West, and she became the leader of the Ontario Liberal Party in January 2013.Kathleen is dedicated to building a better…Continue

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Comment by booklover on April 28, 2013 at 5:40pm

Hi Brandi! Yes, you are right. They all cherry-pick the bible.  I did make a snide comment about what great "family values" jebus had when he told those men to leave their families and follow him.  I do get the feeling that she feels she is being benevolent by caring about an Atheist friend whose daughter is bi-sexual.  Yep.  Just made my decision that that was our last time out.

Thanks for all of your help and opinions everybody.~ Melinda

Comment by booklover on April 28, 2013 at 4:37pm
Nice picture Carl! Tom, I agree and I like your story. Steph, love the cat is pissed -off picture! Lol. Spud, you are welcome. Patricia, you are so right, and I like how you and your husband love your lives! Have a good Sunday evening everyone.~Melinda
Comment by Patricia on April 28, 2013 at 3:29pm

I don't call it ''breaking up''.....to me it's just our lives going in different directions with not enough in common to make things worth the time I have left on this side of the grass. When I have the choice of how to ''waste'' my time, it won't be with anyone or anything I don't enjoy. We don't socialize much, & don't make ''friends'' by choice, & we're just fine. My husband has his coffee pals at a restaurant every morning when he does his walk, & I chat with store clerks in town, & come here to AN for my ''fix''. We see family occasionally throughout the year but that's just fine as we don't all live in the same towns. We also have great neighbors & look after each other's property/pets when on vacations, but that's all they are. Most everyone knows we're atheists as we don't keep it secret, & we've never had any issues over it here despite lots of churches.

Comment by Lillie on April 28, 2013 at 2:34pm

It is so funny the way our pets let us know it is not OK to leave them.  They may not speak our language but they can certainly let us know how they are feeling by their actions.  We are going on a short trip next week and I know we will get the temporary cold shoulder when we return.  Of course, a neighbor will keep them fed with a friendly pat on the head but apparently that is not the same.

Comment by Steph S. on April 28, 2013 at 2:06pm

Comment by Plinius on April 28, 2013 at 1:48pm

Thanks Flying Atheist, and a good weekend to all of you. I could even work in my veg roof garden today, at last it's turning green!

Comment by Idaho Spud on April 28, 2013 at 12:23pm

Melinda, thanks for "Everybody gets a drumstick."

Comment by Tom Sarbeck on April 28, 2013 at 10:09am

booklover: "I agree with Steph about better to have no friends than the wrong ones."

Unless you live in a small, bigot-laden town, I doubt it's necessary to have no friends. Years ago when my work was about to take my wife and me from Florida to Texas, my brother's wife protested that we would be leaving our friends. Surprised, I told her we would go out and make new friends. We did.

One exception, I find myself unable to make friends of ministers, priests, etc. I consider them swindlers.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on April 28, 2013 at 9:40am

I hope you're all having a good weekend.  It's finally warm and sunny here!!

Comment by booklover on April 28, 2013 at 8:20am

Thanks Steph, and Ian.

Lillie, thanks for your response, and yes, the more I read and discuss on AN, the more I can't take listening to religious crap!  I have become much more militant about it, and, as a result, have lost more "real life" friends.  I agree with Steph about better to have no friends than the wrong ones.  Luckily I do have an Athiest friend, and one I guess I would call Agnostic.  I can say what I want in front of her with no offense taken, and she agrees with what I say.  Her son, who is an Atheist, is my sons best friend.  I am tired of "breaking-up" with people, so I am going to do this slowly and gently.

 

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