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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.

Nobody here is into mind games. A discussion started with a loaded guilt-throwing question will be deleted.

This group is not intended to compete with other groups on topics they cover but to "fill in the cracks." Whenever a discussion dwells at length on a topic for which there's an existing group, we urge you to provide members a link to that group to continue along their tangent.

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

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Grinning Cat on Thursday. 13 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

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

Twin terrorists caught

Started by Patricia. Last reply by Patricia Jan 11. 7 Replies

Canada: twin terrorists caught before going to Mideast Saturday, January 10, 2015 By Martin Barillas L-R: Carlos and Ashton Larmond The Royal Canadian Mounted Police arrested and charged a pair of 24-year-old identical twin brothers on…Continue

Betty Bowers Best of 2014

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Loren Miller Jan 4. 33 Replies

Happy New Year, everyone!  Now that we're off on another 365-day stint of sniping at believers, leave it to America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers, to sum up the year past from her holier-than-EVERYBODY point of view! Have You had YOUR Betty today?!?Continue

Tags: 2014, America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers

Christmas: Behind the Curtain (The Thinking Atheist)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by booklover Dec 28, 2014. 23 Replies

Well, it's that time of year again.  Time to gird our loins, put on our battle armor and join the (dah-dah DAAAAAH!) WAR AGAINST CHRISTMAS!!! [groan!] Yeah, most of us have heard that crap before, probably too many times, in fact, how atheists are…Continue

Tags: Christmas, The Thinking Atheist, Seth Andrews

Seth Andrews - The Copycats: How Christianity Steals The Best Ideas

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Loren Miller Dec 24, 2014. 11 Replies

Many of us have observed or learned how christianity shamelessly borrows from other sources to bolster its position and show off its supposed wonderfulness.  Well, Seth Andrews of The Thinking Atheist podcast has compiled some of the more modern-day…Continue

Tags: steal, borrow, copycat, The Thinking Atheist, Seth Andrews

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Comment by The Flying Atheist on November 7, 2013 at 2:51am

Joan, we are all living as part of one global community that has endless diversity and issues.  As far as I'm concerned, any topic of discussion affects all of us either directly or indirectly in some manner, however small or large.  With that in mind, I say to you, keep posting just as you have been.  A variety of topics is an important part of human discourse.  Let the information flow! 

Comment by Plinius on November 7, 2013 at 2:18am

Joan, I enjoy your posts! I read the different issues you bring up and it gives me food for thought. I don't follow everything, and I often feel too uneducated to join in the discussion but I never feel that the discussions divide us.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on November 7, 2013 at 1:46am

Mindy, as you know, you're always welcome to rant and rave here and let off some steam.  We've all been there and totally understand. 

Comment by The Flying Atheist on November 7, 2013 at 1:23am

Patricia, we're living in a wonderful era.  I suspect that prior to about 20 or 25 years ago a purple walker wasn't even available for purchase.  Glad you're able to accessorize with your own personal style. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on November 7, 2013 at 12:15am
Chris, I agree, wholeheartedly! So many people eagerly intrude on one's time and space proselytizing, and if one objects, some just can't seem to handle it. I figure if they can tell their story, I have an obligation to tell mine.
Comment by Joan Denoo on November 7, 2013 at 12:09am

To my dear friends here, I have a question for you. A very fine and decent friend cautioned me to focus on atheism because of all the different issues I bring up may pull the Atheist Nexus group into factions. I see his point, and it is valid. 

Please advise me how you fell about my posts. If my topic has to do with economics, politics or religion I post it on my site. There are not many members, and I have no interest in numbers, just that people who want that kind of information can access it. 

So, advise me what you would like me to do, stop posting social issues or continue. I post all this material on Twitter and Facebook. 

I do like his suggestion that I could move away from the problem statements and provide more options exploration. I can do that. Just let me know if you have an opinion.  

Thanks ... we are a team of people trying to sort out some complex concepts and I welcome comments. 

Comment by Plinius on November 7, 2013 at 12:09am

Let go, Mindy! When people try their utmost NOT to agree with you and NOT to understand you, let them go, even if they're family. I did the same and I was never happy about it, but I was and still am convinced that there was no other option.

Comment by Joan Denoo on November 7, 2013 at 12:01am

Patricia, love your purple walker! It looks really cool and just right for you!. Walk on dear one. 

Also like your migrating birds!

Comment by Joan Denoo on November 6, 2013 at 11:59pm
Mindy, that fellow follows the old trick of making someone feel bad for telling the truth. You have choices:
*Pay attention to what he says and feel guilty or bad.
*Try to appease him with compromise.
*Tell your truth, stand on principle, and know a bigot when you see one. Be competent, confident, and clear!
I think you made the best choice that could be made.
Comment by booklover on November 6, 2013 at 11:35pm
Aaaaarrrgggh! So that jerk friend of my sister's who friended me on FB made a comment about how it's sad when someone resorts to name- calling when they don't agree with someone else's "opinion." What he was referring to was me calling a politician who is going to be speaking at an anti- gay rally, and yes, I referred to him as a SOB. Then I told my sister's friend that being a bigot was not just an opinion, it's WRONG to be a bigot. This guy is dumb. I unfriended him. What pisses me off is that my sister then defended him (and she is strongly for equal rights for all) because she said he was raised that way, etc. I told her that was no excuse. Then she said she didn't want to hear about it. Whatever! This is why I need to be a hermit. Thanks for listening to my rant, my open-minded, sensible, extremely intelligent, and caring friends! So glad to have AN to come to and know there are people in the world like all of you! Otherwise I might lose my mind!
 

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