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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 Jan 22. 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 Joan Denoo on November 18, 2013 at 9:42pm

Steph, that cat hair would make a wonderful hat for someone going bald from chemo! If they were not allergic, that is.

Comment by booklover on November 18, 2013 at 9:41pm
Lol Steph! That reminds me of my cat Dora!:)
Comment by Joan Denoo on November 18, 2013 at 9:41pm

Mindy, that is a bummer! Well, if that is your reality, let's look at some options.
Go to a xmas party, which you don't agree with in the first place, and say nothing.

Go to the party, carry on your normal conversation while avoiding any toxic topic. If someone begins a conversation you don't want to discuss with them, tell them you don't want to discuss that topic with them.

Go to the party, get smashed, and tell them all to fuck off. Deal with your husband when you get home, if you ever get home.

Discuss the dilemma with your husband and daughter and negotiate a solution with which you can all agree.

Go to the party, listen to all the banter, come home and get on line with AN and let it all out!

Oh Jeez, I've run out of options.

Let's go at it another way.
When you return home from the party, what do you want to leave behind, in yourself? How do you want to feel the next day?
Or, what do you want your daughter to learn from this experience, something that would make you feel good about yourself?

Comment by Steph S. on November 18, 2013 at 6:34pm

Comment by booklover on November 18, 2013 at 4:55pm
That's great Joan! Ha ha! I don't really care for many of my husbands relatives! Even my daughter would prefer not to go, but it would hurt my husbands feelings. I wish I could go, eat the good food, then go sit in the car and read! Lol. Maybe if I speak my mind, my husband won't say a word about going next year! ;)
Comment by Joan Denoo on November 18, 2013 at 3:07pm

Mindy If you go to the Xmas party and run into your in-law that causes you so much grief, just look at her and see this face. Give a big smile, a hearty chuckle, turn on your heel and find someone who you do like and have a circus-good time. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on November 18, 2013 at 2:53pm

Carl! That carrot lov'n video tops them all. Yup! gardening has its funny moments. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on November 18, 2013 at 2:47pm

Mindy, what are your options?

Go to the party and speak your mind, even if it costs you your reputation of being a freethinker. (Hooray, you say it girl!) 

Go to the party and remain silent, even if it costs you having to wire your mouth shut with barbed wire. 

Do not go to the party, feel alone, lonely, miserable and hate your husband for having a good time without you, even if it costs you hurt feelings and you feel miserable. 

Do not go to the party, pick out something you very much want to do, even if it costs you from having a good time with those whom you can communicate.  Then go visit your favorite in-laws with your husband and have a jolly good time. 

Just a thought, there are now 7,125,158,800+ human beings on this planet and you have the right/responsibility to choose with whom you spend your time. Remember you only have ... maybe 100 years to live and then you become atoms. How do you want to spend your time? Then do it. 

Comment by booklover on November 18, 2013 at 2:33pm

That's good Joan!  I just found it stresses me too much, and I look like a psycho friending and unfriending people as my mood suits.  Better for me to just leave!

Comment by Joan Denoo on November 18, 2013 at 2:30pm

I do understand why anyone leaves Facebook. My regret is that all of your fine writings do not get to an audience that hears what you all have to say. Yes, I get hate mail and sometimes phone calls. I get cold shoulders from family, neighbors and friends, and they are not going to read why and who are atheists and what they have to say.

They subscribe to religious stuff and send gobs of religious sob stories that makes one crumble into tears. The sob stories are chain letters and I very highly doubt that 99% are true. If they can believe made up stories from the Bronze Age, they surely will not care if modern fabrications get sent on their huge networks.

Anyway, I just block them, I tell them I am blocking and why, and then don't read any of their propaganda that does get through. Larry fixed it so that my blocked mail gets sent back to the sender. 

The really odd thing is when someone has a thorny problem, or troubled relationship, they seek out my thoughts. The neighbors who shun me all year come to my neighborhood parties and seem to have a good time. Their kids spend a huge bit of time in my garden with me, and the parents don't seem to object.  

 

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