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bending truth, or "We Can All Be Manipulated" (TheraminTrees)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Loren Miller 14 hours ago. 39 Replies

The following is one of TheraminTrees' most thorough-going pieces, wherein he looks at the process and techniques whereby a "religious" organization (which will sound VERY familiar to most of us, once introductions are made!) takes a person who…Continue

Tags: indoctrination, truth, manipulation, TheraminTrees

punishing doubt (TheraminTrees)

Started by Loren Miller Sep 6. 0 Replies

If you are associated with religion and especially a fundamentalist religion, doubt is intolerable.  Certainty, however it may be achieved or imposed, becomes a necessary element, especially considering the utter dearth of any form of evidence or…Continue

Tags: religion, TheraminTrees, punish, doubt

We Don't Want Your (Atheist) Money! (The Thinking Atheist)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Idaho Spud Sep 2. 17 Replies

I suppose I've heard stories like this before:Conscientious atheist donates money to worthy cause.Worthy cause initially accepts money.Worthy cause discovers source of donation.Worthy cause rejects donation.Swell, eh?  Well Matt Willbourne of…Continue

Tags: American Baptist Churches Association, Murrow Indian Children's Home, The Thinking Atheist, Seth Andrews

The Whole Bible in 30 Seconds (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Randy Hatly Sep 2. 3 Replies

Ever decide that you wanted to read the whole bible, cover to cover, only to realize half-way through Deuteronomy that the darn thing is industrial-strength BORING?!?  Well, never fear!  America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers, has done the Cliff's…Continue

Tags: bible, America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers

Are You a Patriot? (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Chris G Aug 29. 22 Replies

You might think that Betty Bowers, America's Best Christian, would be stepping outside of her comfort zone in tackling the concept of patriotism.  As it turns out, not only does she have a proper handle on the term and its implications, she also…Continue

Tags: patriot, America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers

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Comment by The Flying Atheist on November 16, 2012 at 9:06pm

Must be going over the river and through the woods to fuckin' Grandmothers house!

Comment by The Flying Atheist on November 16, 2012 at 8:55pm

Geeeez, Melinda!  What's going on over at your place?!  Is your house built on an old Indian burial ground?  Sounds like your home could use a good ole exorcism and purification.  I'll take out my crystals and try to send a positive aura your way. 

I have back troubles myself, so I know what you're going through.  The slightest movement can cause sharp pains or sometimes even cause my lower back to completely go 'out'.  That's when I'm walking around like Egor (if I can walk) and moaning like Frankenstein.  Good to know you have family with you in your time of need.  Once again, hugs to you.....but not too tight.  I don't want to hurt your back.  Get well soon! 

Comment by The Flying Atheist on November 16, 2012 at 7:26pm

Here's something to perk everybody up.  Try, just try, to keep your feet and legs still. 

Comment by The Flying Atheist on November 16, 2012 at 2:38pm

Good afternoon Folks.  Just checking in.  Been quite absent from here lately, but I've been able to catch up on all the posts.  I was out of town for one week.  Spent a wonderful week on the road and back for a family wedding in Maryland.  My parents, brother, two sisters, their wife/husbands and all of their kids (my seven nieces and nephews) all together again for the first time in eleven years.  We really had a lot of fun together.  Maryland was beautiful.  Warm:  in the 60's and gorgeous fall colors still around on the trees, unlike cold, grey Illinois.  Spent an afternoon touring Mount Vernon (hadn't been there since 1972 when I was 8 years old.)

Melinda, sounds like Life really took a turn for the worse for you and your family.  I'm terribly sorry to hear about all the misfortune your kids are having to endure.   Hugs to you all. 

Comment by Ian Mason on November 16, 2012 at 1:50pm

I've been wrapped up in a good book: "Fludd" by Hilary Mantel. Bleak moors, dark satanic mills and Catholicism in the north of England. Very funny.

Comment by Steph S. on November 16, 2012 at 11:26am

That's a funny LOL booklover.

Where did everyone go?

Comment by Steph S. on November 16, 2012 at 11:26am

Comment by Steph S. on November 15, 2012 at 5:57pm

Tony I like Steve Martin too - thanks for the song.

That license plate is funny.

I liked the comic about cats Ian.

You have such a sweet mom booklover (Melinda). How nice of her.

I like the cat photo you posted Melinda. It's very funny.

I just love the face on that kitty.

Comment by Steph S. on November 15, 2012 at 5:55pm

Comment by Tony Carroll on November 15, 2012 at 4:26pm

Great mom, Melinda. Here's one for ya'. :)

LMAO!!!

 

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