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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.

Nobody here is into mind games. A discussion started with a loaded guilt-throwing question will be deleted.

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Seeing Things (TheraminTrees)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on Thursday. 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 Pat on December 10, 2012 at 7:27pm

I agree sk8eycat. Santa is more credible. I posted this somewhere else. During the Council of Nicea, where Emperor Constantine made Christianity the official religion of the Roman Empire, one of those that voted on it was Bishop Nicholas of Myra (present day Turkey). Nicholas, who was later morphed into St. Nicholas, then Sinterklaas, and now Santa Clause, voted to make Jesus a god. To me, that seems to be the perfect comment on Christianity. Santa Clause voted for Jesus being god.

Comment by sk8eycat on December 10, 2012 at 6:01pm

I forgot to say that I had seen an article a few years ago about the Dutchman's smaller version of "Noah's Fictional Ark," and it mentioned that he was building a "full-size" version.  Hah!  Looks like he missed a few pertinent details; the buybull specifies ONE window, and ONE door.

The Hebrew storytellers didn't know Jack Schidt about boat-building OR animal care; if there was no way to keep everything clean, ALL of the "passengers" would have been sick before less than half the "40 days and 40 nights" were over.

So, is the guy now going to go all over the world collecting the specified number of animals?  Will he include saltwater and freshwater fish?  How will he keep them alive?  How about insects?  (Why save things like fleas and mosquitos?  And tse-tse flies?)

The Flood is one of the most childish stories in the entire book, and yet educated adults keep funding expeditions to "find" the ark...that never existed. 

I'd rather believe in Santa Claus.

Comment by sk8eycat on December 10, 2012 at 5:42pm

I'm not really as irritated by punctuation errors as I am by things such as "your" for "you're," "flare" for "flair," and similar malapropisms. Makes me wonder what's being taught in our schools.

Right now I'm making typos all over the place because my right hand is almost useless.  I do try to proof my posts, but sometimes I just miss things.  (Makes logging in to web sites where I'm already registered a hassle some days.) Having a small orange cat standing on my lap doesn't help either.

I think I'll go to Schwan's and order some comfort food...the cats like to snack on their diced chicken breast, and so do I. Nom, nom, nom!

Comment by Idaho Spud on December 10, 2012 at 5:40pm

Sorry you have to put-up with another Aaaarrgghhh! day Melinda.

Comment by Idaho Spud on December 10, 2012 at 4:03pm

Grammar and spelling is sometimes a problem for me, mainly because I get in a hurry and don't spend enough time proofreading.  I think it was yesterday that I posted something on AN, and used the word "too" instead of "to".  It was embarrassing because I almost never make that mistake, but I left it because I didn't want my post showing-up in people's mail-boxes more than once.  I don't know which is worse.

Joan, you said "what are friends for" and changed it to "for what are friends".  I use the first phrasing all the time and it seems every one does.  I didn't even know it was technically incorrect.  The second phrase sounds strange to me.

Comment by Joan Denoo on December 10, 2012 at 3:37pm

The Flying Atheist, my son-in-law puts nothing on Facebook that is true . I don't know if that works, or not.
I am on Facebook because my children and grandchildren use it. I have a wee bit of a problem because they like to play games, which I do not; they put in stuff like "I got up." and I just fly by those kinds of comments. Every once in a while they write something of substance or of importance to them and I feel honored to be a part of their lives.   

I don't care for idle chatter, but everybody on this site has something to say or share or questions or answers to something. I leave my keyboard feeling enriched and enlightened. Mostly, I like everyone here. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on December 10, 2012 at 3:28pm

sk8eycat, you accentuate a problem I am having and on which I am working. Grammar! I lose track of my verbs and fail to see them when I proof read. I find it only after I press "ADD Comment" or a few days later. Dang!. I will not be offended if anyone wants to take the time to correct me. I know, it is my job to do. But what are friends for. 0000ppppsss. But for what are friends? 

Comment by Idaho Spud on December 10, 2012 at 2:16pm

That Dutchman definitely put his money where his idiocy was.

Comment by sk8eycat on December 10, 2012 at 2:08pm

Steph: I forgot to tell you I yelled "AWWWW!" at the kittehs you posted.  How dull life would be without them.

Chris: I'm among the group who never would have known that English was not your native language if you hadn't told us.  (It's embarassing to me that so many native English-speakers who post on forums and comment on news sites can't spell, punctuate, or use correct grammar....unless they are using rude 4-letter words. They never have any problems spelling those.)

I wanted to add that some terms for friends are cultural...or started out that way.  "Bro" (for "brother") is used by males who want to indicate a close friend, but still appear "cool." 

Between women, "Girl-FRIEND!" is a joyful shout, with the "friend" part pitched a little higher than "girl."  Or just "girrrrrrl!"  Usually meaning agreement, or endearment. And "sister-girl" has sort of the same meaning of close friendship.  All these originated in the black communities, but I hear them elsewhere now.  I like the warmth that they imply, but you have to be careful who you say them to....you need know you've have been accepted as a very close friend.  Actually, somebody has to call you "Girl-FRIEND" or "Sister-girl" first.

"Bro" is usually only spoken between males.

Comment by Joan Denoo on December 10, 2012 at 1:57pm

Chris, I looked up Geert Wilders and read a bit about him. Your description of the people with whom you work I assume some are Muslim. You wrote, "most people just want to be good neighbours, meet good neighbours and lead a quiet life." has been my experience as well. Radical fundamentalism and proselytizing by any group creates distortions while living at peace as good neighbors doesn't get the press.  

The risks of standing against Islam's practices and principles can be deadly; The murder of Theo van Gogh and threats to Ayaan Hirsi Ali because of their film criticizing treatment of women in Islam, and Salman Rushdie's Satic Verses, for example. 

I wonder if it is possible to gather together Atheists, Christians, Jews, and Palestinians, Hindus, Buddhists, Humanists, etc. in an attempt to find common ground, identify our differences, and figure out if we can live together in peace and justice? 

 

 

 

 

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