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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 on Thursday. 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 Joseph Corder on November 25, 2013 at 4:46pm

Thanks guys!!  I will say nothing unless she wonders why.  I was more afraid of what to say than saying nothing at all!  She will no doubt wonder if I am avoiding her request.  If this happens I will tell her what I think and why.  I hope that she understands and doesn't try to push the issue unless she want to see Mr. Ugly rear his defiant head!!

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 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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