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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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Forest Fire

Started by Patricia. Last reply by Patricia Jul 21. 14 Replies

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change.org

Started by Patricia. Last reply by The Flying Atheist Jul 16. 6 Replies

There's a new petition taking off on Change.org, and we think you might be…Continue

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

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Comment by Joan Denoo on July 20, 2012 at 10:52am

 The Flying Atheist, a group hug indeed!

booklover, at 76, I claim to be an elder! New and better ideas emerge every day. I am really concerned about the number of people who believe there is a god, that Jesus saves, and heaven and hell awaits. Furthermore, people who believe these things fail to understand the importance of replacing faith with critical thinking. The amount of money used to propagandize politics is hard to match, but the growing numbers of young people trying to sort out fact from fiction is encouraging. 

Comment by Plinius on July 20, 2012 at 10:51am

I want to join the Group Hug, because you are people I love to read and would like to meet if it wasn't such a long walk. Have a wonderful weekend, all of you!

Comment by booklover on July 20, 2012 at 10:50am

Thank-you for those kind words Joan.  I do think I am intelligent,etc., but I am seriously in awe of some of the people on this forum!  Like I just said in a previous post, I have some work to do on myself, like not having a temper so much!

You are an inspiration, and I sincerely mean that.~ Melinda

Comment by booklover on July 20, 2012 at 10:44am

Thanks The Flying Atheist!  Yes, Big Group Hug!  You are a really neat person.  I aspire to be more like a lot of people on here.  I do have a bit of a temper ;), and I don't like that about myself.  I guess we are all always a work in progress? Some of you seem to have gotten it right already though!! ~ Melinda

Comment by Joan Denoo on July 20, 2012 at 10:44am

booklover, don't sell yourself short. I would include you in the list of intelligent, fun, wise ones. Silence kills! So, comment often and as powerfully as you feel like mustering. 

Several people called me "victim" and I declare just the opposite. I refuse to be silent to those who would dominate and oppress. If that makes me a victim in their eyes, they look in the wrong direction. 

The good news, there are a cloud of witnesses who know and want truth-telling, not sweet, passive, acquiescent, helpless sounds. 

Comment by The Flying Atheist on July 20, 2012 at 10:28am

@Melinda and Joan.  Humble thanks to both of you for the kind words.  I also enjoy your company here on A/N.  ***Big Group Hug*** 

Comment by booklover on July 20, 2012 at 9:48am

Yes Joan, I have learned a LOT about Atheism, and about other peoples' live in-general here on AN.  It's so interesting to hear how others were raised, esp. people who were raised in religious homes, since I wasn't.  I love the intelligent opinions, and I esp. love to hear the arguements against religion, so that when I debate someone, I have different resources to use.  Sometimes people are SO extremely  smart I seriously can't even contribute to the conversation, so I just enjoy reading and learning.~ Melinda

Comment by Joan Denoo on July 20, 2012 at 9:05am

booklover, you wrote, "There are so many intelligent people I love to hear about and hear their stories on here ... Loren too, Steph makes me smile she is SO nice to everyone, Idaho Spud, The Flying Atheist, I could go on and on."

I agree wholeheartedly and the ones you mention are special to me as well. Life is far richer for me because of them.  

Comment by booklover on July 20, 2012 at 8:32am

Idaho Spud, did you ever wonder, did Tammy Faye Baker REALLY think she looked good in all that make-up?  Did NO ONE ever tell her how horrendous it was?  Remember all the skits like on SNL where they'd impersonate her crying and all the black mascara running down her face? ha ha.

Just like no one must have ever told W how to pronounce nuclear.:)

Comment by booklover on July 20, 2012 at 8:29am

@ Joan, lol, I know, my 'kids' are 18 and 20 and are really neat people, and my daughter even cringes when she remembers how she was in middle-school (don't we all?!).  I was really taken aback when this 17-year old basically came here and knows more about anything than anyone.  He's not a bad kid, very polite, and even funny, but he will probably cringe when he's older remembering the way he was.  Maybe he won't though! lol

As for the feedback, I'm not going to let one odd person upset me.  I just don't have time for that anymore in my life.  There are so many intelligent people I love to hear about and hear their stories on here.  Thanks for saying I will laugh at the feedback too one day.  You are one of the people that is SO intelligent and interesting.  Loren too, Steph makes me smile she is SO nice to everyone, Idaho Spud, The Flying Atheist, I could go on and on. 

Have a Great weekend!~ Melinda

 

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