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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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Betty Explains Religious Freedom (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Randall Smith May 27. 9 Replies

Well, considering all the RFRA bills popping up all over the United States, plus all the fun and games ISIS is bringing to the good folks in Syria and Iraq, Betty Bowers, the epitome of well-dressed christianity, has decided to clarify the true…Continue

Tags: persecution, ISIS, Religious Freedom, America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers

Surreal, I haz it

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner May 6. 82 Replies

Surreal, not just found in art.Continue

Tags: surreal

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

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Dominique Lutz Apr 16. 6 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

The FLDS Cult Is Unraveling

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Idaho Spud Mar 29. 3 Replies

The FLDS Cult Is Unraveling"the internet is a lifeline for people trapped in the most restrictive and stifling forms of…Continue

Tags: Warren Jeff, internet, FLDS

Ode to Yahweh (Non Stamp Collector & 43alley)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Joan Denoo Mar 24. 1 Reply

Ages ago (five or six years, I guess it is) when I first started recognizing my own atheism, one of the first atheist YouTubers I ran onto was Non Stamp Collector.  His handiwork wasn't up to Disney's standards, nor even Hanna-Barbera, but his wit…Continue

Tags: Yahweh, YouTube, 43alley, Non Stamp Collector

Oregon Field Guide - Lamprey Decline

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner Mar 15. 3 Replies

Oregon Field Guide - Lamprey Decline"Populations of Eel-like lamprey have suddenly plummeted since the year 2000 in the Columbia Basin, surprising…Continue

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Comment by Steph S. on January 28, 2013 at 10:11pm

love those lolcats bookklover - how was everyone's Monday?

Comment by Joan Denoo on January 28, 2013 at 9:37pm
Tony Carroll, Thanks; that church sign illustrates the problem, some religious people can think and choose not to. Yes, thinking requires work, mathematics needs concentration, science requires an open mind to take in all diversity and infinite time, life depend upon thought plus action. Dogma does not stand up to any of these. Litany provides no answers. Yes, religion may provide comfort, but does not provide answers worthy of attention. I find no truth in any one of the following sentences: 
The Nicene Creed
Traditional Version (From the Book of Common Prayer)
I believe in one God, the Father Almighty 
Maker of heaven and earth, and of all things visible and invisible:
And in one Lord Jesus Christ, the only-begotten Son of God, begotten of the Father before all worlds; 
God of God, Light of Light, very God of very God; 
begotten, not made, being of one substance with the Father,
by Whom all things were made: 
Who for us men and for our salvation came down from Heaven, 
and was incarnate by the Holy Ghost of the Virgin Mary, and was made man: 
And was crucified also for us under Pontius Pilate; he suffered and was buried: 
And the third day he rose again according to the Scriptures: 
And ascended into Heaven, and sitteth on the right hand of the Father: 
And he shall come again, with glory, to judge both the quick and the dead: 
Whose Kingdom will have no end:
And I believe in the Holy Ghost the Lord, and Giver of Life, 
Who proceedeth from the Father and the Son 
Who with the Father and the Son together is worshipped and glorified, 
Who spake by the Prophets. 
And I believe in One Holy, Catholic, and Apostolic Church, 
I acknowledge one Baptism for the remission of sins. 
And I look for the Resurrection of the Dead: 
And the Life of the world to come. Amen.
Comment by Joan Denoo on January 28, 2013 at 9:17pm

sk8eycat, your comments offer pearls of great price! I'll keep you informed. 

Comment by sk8eycat on January 28, 2013 at 9:04pm

Joan, pease let us all know when/if you get a reply.  I keep looking at that sign, and whether the photo is real or fake, it's typical xian arrogance.

"Jesus loves me (but not you)." 

Hah!  But I love me; I don't need an imaginary friend to make me feel worthwhile.

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?

 

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