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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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Seeing Things (TheraminTrees)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner Feb 25. 2 Replies

TheraminTrees doesn't release videos very often these days,  but when he does, they are positive GEMS.  Most recent of his works is the following, wherein he dismantles some of the common rebuttals atheist get from believers when we assert our…Continue

Tags: seeing things, YouTube, TheraminTrees

Let's not define ourselves or others by our worst behaviors

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner Feb 15. 4 Replies

My take on the recent melt down at Hang With Friends, of which I missed part, is that some of us were tripped up by a habit of thought. It's something we learn growing up, and use without realizing how much pain it can generate -  failing to…Continue

Tags: dispute at Hang With Friends

You'll NEVER Guess Who Just Showed Up on Mr. Deity!!!

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Loren Miller Feb 14. 11 Replies

I don't believe this one either, but ... well, here it is: And would you believe - Mr. D made me laugh!  RD, that is!Continue

Tags: Richard Dawkins, Mr. Deity

Seth Andrews' Rebuttal to "10 Women Christian Men Shouldn't Marry" (The Thinking Atheist)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Loren Miller Feb 6. 20 Replies

It seems as though some numb-nuts New York pastor by the name of Stephen Kim has written two marriage advice pieces for christian men and women.  Not surprisingly, his suggestions come straight out of his never-fail magic book.  Seth Andrews of The…Continue

Tags: advice, marriage, The Thinking Atheist, Seth Andrews, Stephen Kim

Seth Andrews' New Book, "Sacred Cows" (The Thinking Atheist)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Patricia Feb 6. 7 Replies

For the last few podcasts, Seth Andrews has been alluding to a new literary effort he's been working on.  Well, the cat is out of the bag ... or perhaps I should say, the cow is out of the barn!  Seth's new opus is entitled: Sacred Cows: a…Continue

Tags: book, Sacred Cows, The Thinking Atheist, Seth Andrews

Living in the Answers

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Patricia Jan 18. 13 Replies

I am weary of those who declare they understand all the answers to the creation of the universe and Earth. They claim they know the answers to the questions of life, meaning, death, and the afterlife. Those with all the answer speak with confidence,…Continue

Tags: confidence, education, government, family, afterlife

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Comment by Joan Denoo on May 3, 2014 at 12:35am

Ian, Yes, you have talked about Randolph before, but not this story, if I remember correctly. In any event, there is a lot of bunk remaining in your culture that needs de-bunking. 

I like the way you put it, "A 'stop, look, listen, breathe, enjoy' day is something we don't value enough."

Comment by Ian Mason on May 2, 2014 at 11:41pm

Lots of really good posts that make me smile. Thank you very much.

Joan, I might have mentioned this before but here goes: Randolph Churchill (Winny's son) once read the Bible for a bet. His reaction: "Isn't God a shit?!" Even as a child I wondered about that Egypt story. Why did God harden Pharao's heart? Wouldn't it have been easier to soften it and avoid all the deaths? While there might be some semi-pleasant platitudes scattered through That Damn Book there's f-all common sense most of the time, only generous amounts of malice.

I'm glad to hear that you enjoyed your Day of Reason, doing the things that give you pleasure and giving yourself the time to soak up the everyday beauty of your surroundings.A " stop, look, listen, breathe, enjoy" day is something we don't value enough.

Comment by Joan Denoo on May 2, 2014 at 10:12pm

Seeing pain and suffering is not an invitation to turn away, but to reach out and offer a hand of kindness.

~Joan Denoo

Comment by Joan Denoo on May 2, 2014 at 10:10pm

Now, on to the celebration of living with reason as a guiding force, an energy that resides within us, for our benefit, and for the health of civil society and public affirmation of a national day of reason. 

The National Day of Reason, a secular celebration for 

Agnostics, Atheists, Brights, Freethinkers, Humanists, Rationalists, Secular Humanists, Skeptics, Spiritual Humanis. 

Celebrated on the first Thursday in May of every year.

Activities include food drives, blood donations, call for an end to prayer invocations at government and public meetings, public schools meetings and graduations. 

I spent National Day of Reason in my garden clearing tiny little spots at a time, doing more sitting that clearing, listening to birds and watching them tend their nests. The squirrel has figured out how to eat from the birdfeeder and the good news, the feeder is still hanging from a blue spruce limb. He watched me secure it so he couldn't just lift the feeder off the hanger. He couldn't throw it to the ground to eat at his pleasure. He sat in the mugho pine and scolded me for stopping his theft from the birds. 

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on May 2, 2014 at 9:33pm

Ian mason, I love that quote from Arundhati Roy so much, I’m adding it to my pictures.

As for being judgmental, I think it’s critical to distinguish person from behavior. That’s jargon for respecting the person even though you judge a given behavior as wrong or harmful. You can put someone up and put down a bad behavior at the same time, since human beings aren’t perfect – none of us.

Sk8eycat, I love the cat version of Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel.

Great rant, Joan. I get into moods like that fairly often myself, usually over sexism and Climate Destabilization.

LOL, you infected me with a meme.

Comment by Joan Denoo on May 2, 2014 at 8:55pm

sk8eycat, I know you will create great lyrics to "Maria" from "West Side Story". Right now, I am sick of sheep who follow leaders with their heads in an ancient doctrine, who tell them how to think and act and feel. I am disgusted with those minions following sycophants who whimper when someone questions an obvious fallacy in their thinking.  

The thing that outrages me most is when some fawners to dogma accuse me or a non-believer of threatening them, when all we do is question their beliefs. Especially if they make assumptions about morals or principles of non-believers. 

Where do Palin's morals originate? Could it be that supernatural being who resides in some place unknown and unknowable, who killed or had killed by his direct orders. The list goes on and on and on. 

Exodus 11 (New International Version)

The Plague on the Firstborn

Loving? Compassionate? Caring? Kind? Merciful? Humane? Benevolent? 

Yes! Just like the Crusaders plundered the wealth, slaughtered the men and boys and raped the women!

Yes, Just like the Inquisition after 1252 Pope Innocent IV issued a papal bull entitled Ad exstirpanda, which authorized the use of torture by inquisitors. 

Yes, Just like Puritans in Massachusetts in the 1600s, created a religious police state where doctrinal deviation could lead to flogging, pillorying, hanging, cutting off ears, or boring through the tongue with a hot iron. Preaching Quaker beliefs was a capital offense. Those who defied this law and were hanged. In the 1690s fear of witches seized the colony. Twenty alleged witches were killed and 150 others imprisoned.

 

Comment by sk8eycat on May 2, 2014 at 8:47pm

Here's one I found while looking for something else... I think it's supposed to signify a helping hand, but it might also be Ceiling Cat sparking "Adam" into opening  a can of gushy fud.

Photo: Hi there!!!!! :) :) :) Serenity Acre is looking for Foster Families, to take care of our wonderful cats! or kitties! young or old! :) Could you reach out and help?? Have the time?? :) :) We need Foster People!! If you've considered having a cat, or would love to help out! ...or perhaps it's not in the budget, You could become a Foster!!<br /

Comment by sk8eycat on May 2, 2014 at 6:28pm

Oh, Mindy, that's GRRRRREAT!  But I'm ashamed to say that think it's slightly MORE than 50% of Americans who believe we were created standing upright on two feet (even though our bodies tell us differently), with crania toolarge to fit through the pelvic canal easily...etc & so forth.

"Denial, there's to many folks in denial!"

(Too the tune of "Maria" from "West Side Story."  I'll have to think up more lyrics now that it's stuck in whatever I use for a mind. Gah!)

Comment by sk8eycat on May 2, 2014 at 3:05am

Joan, the really awful thing is that the fear-teaching is inflicted on the very young; they rarely have the information or instinct to counter it.  Child abuse, IMO.

Ian, thank you for that post.  It's amazing/ironic that I have been fantasizing about 'sploding WalMart stores en masse lately. They are more obscene than porn shops.

Comment by Joan Denoo on May 1, 2014 at 7:49pm

"'Cramming for finals', old people who get religion and/or crave forgiveness towards the end."

Excellent name for the sudden conversions when near death. Fear reigns. What kind of life is that? Having the fear of damnation after death even as some willingly chose exploitation throughout their lifetimes. Or tried hard to live to the principles taught by preachers, teachers and priests who hung onto sheep and goat herder stories as a reasonable and rational way to live, never really sure they did all the right things. Fear! That seems immoral to me. 

 

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