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

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Grinning Cat Jan 22. 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 Joan Denoo on November 22, 2014 at 12:55pm

Ya, atheists come in all styles and so many of the really bright minds look like some leftover from an earlier degenerate era. The atheist men that dress like Sunday-go-to-meet'n church-men turn me off, too, until I read or listen to what they have to say. 

So much for pre-judgement. 

Comment by booklover on November 22, 2014 at 8:07am

Yeah, you're right, Randy.  I like this quote though.

Comment by Randall Smith on November 22, 2014 at 7:50am

I'm glad that Penn Jillette is an atheist, but from his books and personal appearances, he comes off (to me) as an obnoxious jerk/blowhard. He's so abrasive and foul mouthed--not a good representitive of who we are (in my humble opinion).

Comment by booklover on November 22, 2014 at 7:36am

Comment by booklover on November 22, 2014 at 7:35am

Belated Congratulations on your anniversary, Chris! 

You're right, Patricia!  We don't need toxic!  We have choices now!  That's why I choose to really limit my time seeing my MIL and SIL.

Have a good weekend, Friends! :)

Comment by Patricia on November 22, 2014 at 1:08am

That's great Plinius! We don't need toxic.

Comment by Plinius on November 22, 2014 at 1:06am

Same for me Patricia - my family considered me a waste of space and my in-laws were always happy to see me. At least we went from a bad situation to something much better! We celebrated 37 years together last week!  

Comment by booklover on November 21, 2014 at 3:15pm
Exactly. Mostly I just prefer my friends here on AN, my immediate family, and my cats!!!
Comment by Patricia on November 21, 2014 at 3:06pm

Good thing we can choose our friends, huh?

Comment by booklover on November 21, 2014 at 3:01pm
That's sad, Patricia! I'm sorry you had parents like that. It's great you got good in-laws though! I had a father who left when I was 5. He never could take care of himself even. We were very close to his parents, my grandparents. I had a wonderful mom-still do. My stepfather was a jerk. My sister and I were so glad when our mom divorced him! My father-in-law has always been a good guy. But my mother-in-law and sister-in-law, ugh!
 

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