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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 - The Copycats: How Christianity Steals The Best Ideas

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Soren Sagan 10 hours ago. 9 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

Finding Your Roots

Started by Randall Smith. Last reply by Chris G on Tuesday. 9 Replies

I've been into genealogy for a long time. It's fun, especially with internet help, but increasingly frustrating. You see, I've hit "brick walls". And being a Smith doesn't make research any easier.Wouldn't you think I could find the death date and…Continue

Christmas: Behind the Curtain (The Thinking Atheist)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by sk8eycat on Friday. 11 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

Secular and Reclaimed Winter Holiday Songs

Started by Grinning Cat. Last reply by sk8eycat Nov 26. 41 Replies

This is an appropriate day of the year for this subject...What are some of your favorite winter holiday songs?It would be especially good to share powerful new secular lyrics to tunes that have become associated with Christmas.…Continue

Tags: singing, lyrics, reclaimed, reclaiming, HumanLight

Aljam

Started by Randall Smith. Last reply by Grinning Cat Nov 24. 4 Replies

I'm not a news hound by any stretch, but I do like to stay informed about what's going on in the world. (I despise "local" news with all the reports of murders, robberies, fires, etc.)The national "evening" news shows really irritate me. I hate…Continue

Surreal, I haz it

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner Nov 22. 79 Replies

Surreal, not just found in art.Continue

Tags: surreal

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Comment by booklover on July 26, 2012 at 8:00am

That is wonderful. A public-figure who ACTUALLY stands for what is right and lets the country know it!  Awesome.

Comment by Loren Miller on July 26, 2012 at 7:20am

Holy jumpin' kimono!!!  Mayor Menino kick ass and takes tickets!  BRAVO!!!!!

Comment by Tony Carroll on July 26, 2012 at 7:14am

Some politicians are willing to not only say it, but put it in writing! Way to go Mayor Menino!

Comment by Tony Carroll on July 26, 2012 at 3:29am

Thanks, Ian. I'm a firm believer in the K.I.S.S. principal, but when I get upset, I kinda go synonymous (don't even know if that'a a word, but you get my drift) on their asses. Confuses the hell outta them, and helps me to really get something off my chest.

Comment by Ian Mason on July 26, 2012 at 3:16am

Nicely put, Tony. If you're going to let rip, use a broad vocabulary.

Comment by Ian Mason on July 26, 2012 at 3:16am

Nicely put, Tony. If you're going to let rip, use a broad vocabulary.

Comment by Grinning Cat on July 26, 2012 at 1:58am

@Patricia and @booklover: great pics!

@sk8eycat: I've seen a T-shirt that looked like Hebrew lettering, but viewed upside down revealed the message "GO F*CK YOUR- SELF" (again spelled out in full).

And you're absolutely right that there are many forms of "biblical" marriage which today's Christian zealots would have a cow over!

@Tony: Nancy Lebovitz makes those buttons; her website, which unfortunately doesn't show her calligraphy, is www.nancybuttons.com . (I posted a few more samples of her work in "What's Up?", including one sk8eycat would approve of: "Books. Cats. Life is good.")

Comment by sk8eycat on July 25, 2012 at 9:27pm

@Grinning Cat - Oh! I used to collect buttons like a fiend.  My two favorites (aside from the ones celebrating the Voyager missions that a friend at JPL gave me) were, "Go, Lemmings, Go!" And one that looked like classical Hebrew writing till you turned it upside down...then it very clearly said: "F*CK YOU!"  Well, the F-word was spelled out in full...

I think I like "Secular Humorist" better.

Comment by sk8eycat on July 25, 2012 at 9:19pm

Tony, the "Command" about "bearing false witness" only applies to lying under oath. And the full version continues with, "against thy neighbor," which in Old Testicle Testament terms meant "thy fellow Hebrew."  You could tell all the lies you wanted to against a Canaanite or a Philistine, and make up tales about anyone as long as you were not under oath to tell the truth.

The xian church "fathers," especially after Constantine caved in to the political situation, saw nothing wrong with editing the gospels, "Paul's" letters, and even earlier secular historians' writings, if it furthered their cause.

Mr. Chatty Chicken Cathy doesn't seem to know that the buybull says very little about how many people, and of what gender, may marry... Remember the supposed Jesus parable about the seven foolish virgins who were all getting ready to marry the same man on the same night?  (Must have been some party!) Or Solomon's hundreds of wives and concubines?  The fundaMENTALists always conveniently forget those little details.

I think Chick-Fellow's First Commandment is "C.Y.A."

Comment by sk8eycat on July 25, 2012 at 8:06pm

Bark Beetles, N E 1?

 

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