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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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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

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Something we should all think about.....

Started by Patricia. Last reply by Patricia Jun 19. 2 Replies

Got this in my email today...........Patricia - There's a new petition taking off on Change.org, and we think you might be interested in signing it:Google Maps: Help people with mobility challenges. Make your maps accessible!By Randy…Continue

Religious Calling (Mrs. Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller Jun 17. 0 Replies

Very curious - a Betty Bowers video with NO Betty Bowers!  Yahweh IS here, though, and he's gotten all 21st century with his own cell phone!!!  Can't help but notice that he's a bit selective with just WHO he wants to talk to.  Meh ... got to keep…Continue

Tags: cell phone, Yahweh, Betty Bowers

Ontario Premier, Kathleen Wynne

Started by Patricia. Last reply by Randall Smith Jun 15. 1 Reply

Kathleen Wynne is Ontario’s 25th Premier. She was first elected to the Ontario legislature in 2003 as the MPP for Don Valley West, and she became the leader of the Ontario Liberal Party in January 2013.Kathleen is dedicated to building a better…Continue

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Comment by Ian Mason on April 29, 2013 at 3:41am

You light up my life.

Comment by Tom Sarbeck on April 29, 2013 at 3:22am

sk8eycat, who can hope to put words together better than you did with "...anybody with an IQ higher than their body temperature"?

Comment by Plinius on April 29, 2013 at 1:29am

I like your story very much, Felaine!

I dropped out of church when I could see the answer to a few questions like: xtians say that they've got all the solutions and that they're better and smarter and happier than other people - what is true about that?

When you've heard them screaming for fear that they'll go to hell you know enough. I kicked the xtian habit when about nineteen.  

 

Comment by sk8eycat on April 28, 2013 at 11:09pm

Brandi/Debra, you make a very good point; anything that keeps lgbt kids from being bullied by their own families, churches, classmates, and their own inner thoughts to the point of suicide is a good thing.

I didn't think much about variations of sexuality till I joined a large  ice show in 1957. I was fresh out of high school, and ignorant.  Most of the chorus guys, and a few of the principal skaters were gay, and I had a flash of insight that my skating teacher back home was also gay. My first thought was something on the order of, "So what? They're just people...some very talented, smart, fun, and some MUCH more likeable than many of my boyfriends."  I'm still in touch with the ones who are still alive, and I treasure their friendship.

One couple (NOT from the ice show...I met them when I worked for a local PBS station years later) has been together for more than 40 years, and early on in their relationship one of the partners was still under the influence of his strict religious upbringing...feeling much guilt, etc.  So they went church shopping, including the Metropolitan Church.  That was in its very early days, and my friends weren't impressed.  I think they are still searching, but they have found more sense of "community" in the smallish town in central Arizona where they've retired.  It's very conservative, but nobody seems to give a rat's patoot about who lives with who.

Turns out that ALL my other gay friends are atheists, and very happy about it.  Well....it's really the only thing that makes sense.

I was a church-going Bapnit till my middle 20s, but I was uncomfortable with many aspects. I stoped going to services when I first went on the road at 17, but I kept searching for something. I thought there was something wrong with me because my friends who were believers just accepted everything as fact.  I couldn't.  So I finally read the entire buybull from beginning to end to see if I had been missing or misunderstanding something; I was aware that our Sunday school lessons and buybull study classes were cherry-picked.  And guess what!  By the time I finished reading, and thinking about what I had read, I realized the whole thing was preposterous.  Folk tales, myths, and contradictory nonsense.  Fiction all the way through.  What a relief! (I had tried reading the Book of Mormon, too, but I had a much more difficult time wading through that one.)

I guess my point is that really reading the whole buybull, with an open mind, will make an atheist  out of just about anybody with an IQ higher than their body temperature.

And that's why Felaine doesn't buy that bull anymore.

;>)

Comment by Tom Sarbeck on April 28, 2013 at 10:02pm

Brandi, booklover and others,

"...about her atheist friend with the bisexual daughter...."

Those of us who are straight or gay might forget, bisexual folk are twice as likely as any of us to find someone to take home.

Comment by Tom Sarbeck on April 28, 2013 at 9:54pm

Lillie:

"It is so funny the way our pets let us know it is not OK to leave them...."

How they welcome us back is also funny, and sometimes wet.

On my way to work one day I left our (he was my wife's too) German shepherd pup at the vet. That afternoon he welcomed me by leaping from the vet's arms onto me and peeing.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on April 28, 2013 at 9:22pm

Felaine, I have a gay friend I've known for over thirty years who is an ordained minister for the Metropolitan Community Church.  Like most other religious people I'm sure he must cherry-pick the good from the bad parts from the bible.  It doesn't matter if a person is gay or straight, they all must utilize the same type of mental gymnastics to avoid excessive cognitive dissonance. 

Religious behavior is hard to change.  Years ago there weren't any churches that were openly welcoming to gays, so they said, "F.U." and started their own.  I really can't blame them.  I'm gay and grew up in a very liberal, progressive, gay friendly church.  There weren't any horrible fire and brimstone sermons condemning who I was.  The issue of homosexuality isn't what drove me away from religion.  It was just stepping back, looking hard, and realizing that EVERYTHING was a huge load of dung. 

If church attendance is declining overall, I'm sure it is for the gay Metropolitan Community Church as well. 

Comment by Megan S. M. on April 28, 2013 at 9:18pm

Haha Steph I love the coffee cat :) so cute

Comment by sk8eycat on April 28, 2013 at 8:28pm

Debra, I don't understand why any lgbt people still believe that book of myths that says there's a creator who made them, but hates them.  Not only do they attend services, they want to be priests, pastors, ministers in the very churches whose book of rules says they must be stoned to death.

They even founded their own church in 1968, and it's definitely xian protestant: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Metropolitan_Community_Church

The anonymous authors of the novel called the New Testament did have the Jesus character saying that he came to uphold ALL the old laws which did include the death penalty for same sex sex. (There is no historical evidence for the events or persons in the gospels...except for the names of kings and other high officials.  Not even any evidence that "Paul" wrote Acts or any of the epistles.)

Comment by Steph S. on April 28, 2013 at 8:11pm

 

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