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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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Seeing Things (TheraminTrees)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner Feb 25. 2 Replies

TheraminTrees doesn't release videos very often these days,  but when he does, they are positive GEMS.  Most recent of his works is the following, wherein he dismantles some of the common rebuttals atheist get from believers when we assert our…Continue

Tags: seeing things, YouTube, TheraminTrees

Let's not define ourselves or others by our worst behaviors

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner Feb 15. 4 Replies

My take on the recent melt down at Hang With Friends, of which I missed part, is that some of us were tripped up by a habit of thought. It's something we learn growing up, and use without realizing how much pain it can generate -  failing to…Continue

Tags: dispute at Hang With Friends

You'll NEVER Guess Who Just Showed Up on Mr. Deity!!!

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Loren Miller Feb 14. 11 Replies

I don't believe this one either, but ... well, here it is: And would you believe - Mr. D made me laugh!  RD, that is!Continue

Tags: Richard Dawkins, Mr. Deity

Seth Andrews' Rebuttal to "10 Women Christian Men Shouldn't Marry" (The Thinking Atheist)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Loren Miller Feb 6. 20 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

Seth Andrews' New Book, "Sacred Cows" (The Thinking Atheist)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Patricia Feb 6. 7 Replies

For the last few podcasts, Seth Andrews has been alluding to a new literary effort he's been working on.  Well, the cat is out of the bag ... or perhaps I should say, the cow is out of the barn!  Seth's new opus is entitled: Sacred Cows: a…Continue

Tags: book, Sacred Cows, The Thinking Atheist, Seth Andrews

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

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Comment by Joan Denoo on January 28, 2013 at 8:48pm

Grinning Cat, you are a good sleuth; I've gone north and south and east and west around that corner and I can't get a good view of the sign. If the sign is a fake, I owe that church an apology for accusing them of something they did not do; however, I went to the church site and challenge their basic premise. 
I sent them an email and look forward to their response. 

Comment by sk8eycat on January 28, 2013 at 8:12pm

Dear Grinning Cat, the sign's frame looks genuine, but the removable lettering and spacing look somewhat different from the sign in the Google Maps photo.  Of course, Google Maps and Google Earth only update images a couple of times a year. If that often.

I just checked my own address on Garble Earth, and it still shows the car I sold last summer sitting in the driveway....

Comment by Grinning Cat on January 28, 2013 at 6:01pm

That "logical/theological" church sign looks real to me -- more detailed than the usual church sign generator output. In any case, that particular Baptist church is real and shows up on Google Street View. They also have a website.

Comment by Loren Miller on January 28, 2013 at 1:48pm

Logical thinking may encourage or discourage you, depending on your own personal bent and capacity for understanding data you're presented with.  Theological thinking is MAGICAL THINKING, which can do anything it wants and doesn't answer to fact or reality ... so sure it can be encouraging, as certainly as it can be utterly and absolutely DELUSIONAL.

Comment by Joan Denoo on January 28, 2013 at 1:01pm

Tony Carroll, that sign says it all; even if religious people can think, many choose not to. Yes, reasoning requires effort, math takes work, science overwhelms because of the diversity; that is exactly why religion may be necessary to make people feel good, but life involves far more than feelings.  

Comment by Idaho Spud on January 28, 2013 at 12:32pm

Tony, that sign, and others like it are incredibly stupid.  Almost beyond belief.  In fact, I still do have a slight doubt that they are real.  

I see quite a few on atheist websites, and they appear to be real, but there is still that lingering thought in the back of my mind that says no one can be that stupid can they?

Comment by Steph S. on January 28, 2013 at 6:38am
Tony that sign does boggle the imagination. That's their problem - religious people cannot and will not think logically.
Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on January 28, 2013 at 12:13am

ROFL Thanks Tony Carroll for the bellylaugh. Cute endearing kitty, Steph, but that couch would give me a crick in the back. Who has a couch with wood trim where your butt goes?

Good night, Friends.

Comment by Tony Carroll on January 28, 2013 at 12:03am

No matter how many times I see this, it still boggles the imagination.

Comment by sk8eycat on January 27, 2013 at 7:22pm

Steph, thank you forsupporting Alley Cat Allies!  I wish I could afford to support ALL the feral cat caretakers and rescue organizations, but I can't.  so I do my little monthly bit by typing up the fundraising events calendar for my friend who writes, edits, and publishes The Pet Press.

She started out in 1999 with a print run of 10,000 copies (and 20 pages), and just grew and grew and grew.  There is NO other publication in the Los Angeles area like it...it's free (she makes her money from the ads), and it HAS raised people's awareness concerning the need for them to adopt shelter pets instead of buying cute little puppy-mill dogs from pet stores, and the need to have those little sweeties spayed/neutered as soon as possible.

She used to be a writer for "Jeopardy," but she became passionate about the plight of animals in city shelters ...had an idea, and just ran with it.

I'm very proud to be a small part of her mission. (She refers to me as her "Calendar Czarina...) 

 

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