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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 on Monday. 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 Loren Miller on November 25, 2013 at 4:26pm

Joe, stating that you don't believe in anything supernatural is hardly what I would call an inflammatory statement.  Question: would you former girlfriend follow and join an atheists' group?  Is sauce for the goose a horse of a different color?

Have her try that shoe on the other foot - see how it feels to her.

Comment by Idaho Spud on November 25, 2013 at 4:23pm

Joseph, I'm more hardcore than you and would tell her that I'm sorry, but I'm certain religion does a lot more harm than good, so I can't support her.  That's basically what I've told my family.

Comment by Joseph Corder on November 25, 2013 at 4:10pm

Hey guys,  I have a problem.  I have been talking to an old girlfriend from 33 yrs. ago.  She is nice but she is a jesus freak but doesn't talk to me about it (she knows how I feel)  She runs a youth group and the other day she asked me to like and follow them.  It is helping kids but with a jesus component.  She has a list of things that she thinks are wrong with the kids today.  One is that the average kid in her area spends about 1 hour a week (this is to long for me!).  I find myself not wanting to do what she asked me to do because of the religious component!  I hate not supporting her youth group, but I can't do it with the religious slant!!  I surprised myself that I am that hardcore and its scary!  What would you guys do?  I have found a way to feel comfortable if asked about religion.  I just tell them that I DO NOT BELIEVE IN ANYTHING SUPERNATURAL.  Is this bitching out?  I don't want to hurt any feelings, so I ignore her invitations to follow her group.  I Need Help and this is the only place that I feel comfortable!!  What would you do?

Comment by booklover on November 25, 2013 at 3:39pm
Joan, I love that "Sorry I called you stupid, I thought you already knew" lol! I did put that on Facebook a while ago, no one " liked " it! I think the difference between you and I on Facebook is that I don't have a story to tell because I was raised without religion. So it's just me calling people stupid, although it's just more like me pointing out how ridiculous religion is, then they get mad. I also don't like people anymore. LOL. My daughter says to just post here on AN where the people I REALLY like are, and who accept me and my opinions. And my blood-pressure never goes up on here! Quite the opposite!
Your son-in-law sounds like an awesome person!!
I am also in the give me my books, animals, etc. group. I want coffee too though! :)
We are having breakfast-for-dinner tonight. I can't wait until my family comes home so I can find out what my son decided about his job, and if my daughter got the job!
Comment by Patricia on November 25, 2013 at 2:43pm

Joan, another of mine is..." I don't follow orders," but of course a medic's orders is a different kettle of fish.

I find Google is getting a little invasive so I got rid of the G+ as well, Idaho.

I am also checking out the macbooks for my next computer as windows is starting to drive me nuts.

Comment by Joan Denoo on November 25, 2013 at 2:25pm

Comment by Joan Denoo on November 25, 2013 at 2:03pm

Spud, I like Facebook because new information constantly arrives on my major interests, politics, economics and religion. I simply block anyone or thing in which I am not interested.

I want my story out there because I want people to understand family violence. Not being seen, and people having so many myths about it, I want rich/poor, educated/uneducated, dominant/submissives to know the harm that comes from socialized behaviors, and I want victims to know they don't have to be victims.

It seems even some brutes read my stuff and some get violent with me and others ask me questions. My skin is so tough, most bad stuff just bounces off and makes me more determined to tell my story!  

Comment by Idaho Spud on November 25, 2013 at 1:54pm

I think I will close my G+ page.  I never use it.

Comment by Idaho Spud on November 25, 2013 at 1:52pm

I've not had any bad comments on my facebook page, but have been thinking of closing it before it happens.  I don't have any personal things on it, and only keep it so I can see what a Private Salt Lake City ex-mormon group is doing.

I'm still thinking about it, but at the first comment I don't like, it will be history.

Comment by Joan Denoo on November 25, 2013 at 1:51pm

Patricia, you and I must be twins. "gimme my reading, music, pets, & leave me the hell alone, thanks" is my theme in many ways. "Don't tell me what to do" fits just a little better for me. 

Love your photo of the starfish. 

Steph: your kitty and bird look so cute. 

 

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