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Come on in, pull up a chair!

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.

This group is not intended to compete with other groups on topics they cover but to "fill in the cracks." Whenever a discussion dwells at length on a topic for which there's an existing group, we urge you to provide members a link to that group to continue along their tangent.

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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 Plinius on September 11, 2012 at 12:07am

Thanks Ruth! And here's a good morning hug for you all!

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on September 10, 2012 at 9:13pm

Aah. Here's a hug. Great LOLcat!

Comment by Tony Carroll on September 10, 2012 at 9:10pm

When doing missionary work, one must have ones priorities straight.

Comment by Steph S. on September 10, 2012 at 8:53pm

It's been a very long and stressful day.

SO now I come here to spend time with the wonderful people here.

It's so nice to read the posts and interact with you all.

Thanks for all of you - my friends!

Comment by Lillie on September 10, 2012 at 8:40pm

Especially great pics today.  Thanks to all.

Comment by Lillie on September 10, 2012 at 8:31pm

When teachers are paid according to test scores, then they just teach the test.  Why wouldn't they?  One of the poorest counties in Florida had the highest test scores.  Wonder why?

Comment by Joan Denoo on September 10, 2012 at 8:28pm

Melinda, the notion of "ownership" that comes from the bible refers to this:
"King James Bible (Cambridge Ed.)
"And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth."

This is what is called dominionism. It is the notion of entitlement; that "every living thing" includes, humanity. A corrupting piece of scripture if I ever read one. From the very beginning, according to Dominionism, God has commanded the creation of totalitarian government. It is, in effect, a global Manifest Destiny theology. Christians,  commanded by God to dominate and subdue the world under a faithful and biblical government, use any means necessary to achieve those goals. 

This notion is what made it possible to destroy native cultures, forcing them off ancestral lands, stealing their resources; it made possible the buying and selling of human bodies and treating them savagely. It enabled them to dominate women, treating them as property. Not a very pretty picture; not a belief system that inspires ethical and moral behavior; not a policy to which I can give my allegiance. 

Comment by Steph S. on September 10, 2012 at 7:32pm

Sounds good Tony - and I agree.

Comment by Tony Carroll on September 10, 2012 at 7:28pm

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on September 10, 2012 at 5:09pm

Great gif Patricia!

 

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