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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 Patricia on July 17, 2013 at 9:54pm

No FA......nothing more than the note saying she was under a doctor's care. None of the kids have ever answered any of my messages, & her sister isn't very diligent either. Her son is not listed in the phone book with a land line so I can't call that little town he lives in. Just a matter of waiting for someone to decide I should be told something I guess.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on July 17, 2013 at 9:47pm

BTW, where is sk8eycat?  She hasn't meowed around here in a while.  

Patricia, did you ever get a health update/status for your relative?   

Comment by The Flying Atheist on July 17, 2013 at 9:10pm

Big hug to you, Joan. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on July 17, 2013 at 8:38pm

Chemo day Support Team at Gordy's for lunch. The only food I can keep inside me for a day or two after chemo. 

front: Katelyn Dean 

back: Laurie, Michelle, and Old Baldy

Comment by Joseph Corder on July 17, 2013 at 7:22pm

Hey guys, my father always said that my mouth would get me into trouble.  That's why he was impressed!  It felt good to say what I did in the restaurant.  I got the impression that even though people profess to believe in a god, a lot do not but are afraid to admit it, for many different reasons!

Comment by Joseph Corder on July 17, 2013 at 7:11pm

The farting preacher is a scream!!  Was it my imagination that the only time he said excuse me was when he cleared his throat?!!

Comment by booklover on July 17, 2013 at 4:41pm

Thanks Carl.  That's my hairy husband on the right, lol.  She is begging for a piece of the steak he's eating.  Of course he gave her a bite. Or 2. :)

Comment by Joan Denoo on July 17, 2013 at 2:27pm

I taught adult and highschool kids Sunday school and always prepared by doing background reading, reading what others had to say, and even read the old and new testament. I got to know the bible pretty well. Some problems often came up after hearing a sermon or lesson led by the Dr. of religion at our local Presbyterian college/now university. I had a pretty regular meeting with the pastor or teacher because things didn't fit my understanding of what the bible said. On one event, we were all at church camp and Dr. of religion gave a lesson that was just outrageous. We sat on a log by a lake and discussed my objections. Things just started going down hill from there. One day I left in the middle of a sermon and never went back. 
My adult and highschool students didn't know what the old and new testament said. They knew what they heard in sermons and lessons. As years go by, I often question people who bring up religion and they don't know what it says either. Here is a Pew study about bible literacy:

When I ask non-believers why they left religion a large number of them state they read the bible. The best treatment! 

The "Success Gospel" seems to be the big draw for mega-churches. 

Comment by The Flying Atheist on July 17, 2013 at 1:39pm

Although religious, god-believing people are the majority in our population, I often times who the other non-believers are when I'm in public with other people in small or large groups.  I know I can't be the only one.  Religious people are often easily identified because they wear necklaces with crosses and they also speak openly in casual conversations about attending church.  I agree that we, as atheists, need to speak our mind openly in public without shame or fear of who may hear.

I've actually met two other atheists at work because they happened to see books that I was reading and it started a conversation.  The two books were:  The Believing Brain by Michael Shermer and The Demon-Haunted World by Carl Sagan.  I don't "evangelize" my atheism but I certainly speak up when appropriate.   

 

Comment by Joan Denoo on July 17, 2013 at 12:02pm

Joseph, The more people who doubt if god exists or ifthey wonder if god answers prayers, and who hear someone say what you did, perhaps they will begin to think. For those who are offended, they need to experience being challenged about their beliefs, even if it is only an overheard conversation. They may take offense and become defensive, and that is their right; I don't see that as a bad thing. I perceive that as a wedge in their confidence. Those who hang on for dear life to a delusion have the responsibility to deal with their discomfort. 

There is power in knowing evidence as opposed to superstition. Keep your words public, even if it risks conflicts. Non-believers don't knock on peoples' doors, or limit others' flourishing. Religion is and always has been a source of over-confidence and surety, even when confronted with evidence to the contrary. 

 

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