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

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Compelledunbeliever yesterday. 37 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 December 13, 2012 at 10:31pm

I also had the nickname 'juice man' in high school because I hated drinking milk (still do) and for lunch I always washed down my food with a couple of these cheap, flavored juice drinks.

Comment by sk8eycat on December 13, 2012 at 5:41pm

Spud, I think my personal preference is Felaine..."feline" wth an "a" in the middle.  There are times when I think I'd really like to be a cat, even though their lives are so much shorter than our are.

Flying None (tee-hee!), a discussion/conversation about nicknames would be fun!  I've told you most of mine already; I don't think I want to talk about the one my best friend in elementary school gave me.  For some reason we went through a "baby-talk" phase in 2nd or 3rd grade, and I ended up stuck with that damned name through high school!  (People wrote it in my yearbooks!  Gah!)

I also get a giggle out of all three of  my initials: FEH.  Spelled "feh," it's a Yiddishism for "ugh!"  or "ick!"

Comment by Idaho Spud on December 13, 2012 at 4:38pm

Ice witch, I don't dislike any of your names.  I'm just trying to find one that I can remember and remember how to spell. lol.

Comment by sk8eycat on December 13, 2012 at 4:08pm

Ian: Lion 1 - xian 0.  Too bad there weren't more lions.

There is a certain type of person who needs to feel persecuted, whether they really are, or not.  If they're not being persecuted, they'll invent their own....and broadcast it.

When FFRF reminds people that putting any religious symbols and/or praying to their imaginary friend on publicly-owned property is unconstitutional, they immediately start wailing that we are trying to outlaw their particular fantasies altogether.  I think they enjoy it; it makes them feel important.

They scare me... willful ignorance scares me.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on December 13, 2012 at 4:07pm

I think this would be a fun topic to discuss......what nicknames have you had during the course of your lifetime?  My best friend from high school still calls me 'Mag' which is short for Maggot.  Ahhhh...only the best of friends could get away with that.  My two sisters endearingly call me 'The Creep.' 

Comment by sk8eycat on December 13, 2012 at 3:57pm

Dear Spud, you don't like "Felaine"?  When I first thought it up, about 12 years ago, I wondered WTF took me so long; I've been a cat fan all my life. 

When I was still skating, I used "La Bruja del Hielo;" I picked that one up when I scared the cojones off a porter on the company train trip to Mexico City.  He thought I really was a witch.  (Had my very long hair down over my face, cackling over a bowl of dry ice and water...we'd been partying for 2 days and nights, and it was more than a little drunk out.)

I've had a lot of crazy nicknames, and have enjoyed them all.

Comment by dr kellie on December 13, 2012 at 2:49pm

Flying atheist, I didn't know you were gay.  How awesome.

 

During my foray into rollerderby, my name was Sharon Needles.

Comment by Idaho Spud on December 13, 2012 at 2:45pm

Felaine, I'm still thinking about what to call you.

Comment by Ian Mason on December 13, 2012 at 2:33pm

"Let it be a Xtian! I asked Santa for a Xtian!"

Comment by The Flying Atheist on December 13, 2012 at 1:55pm

When I first joined A/N and was thinking of ideas for a username, my second choice after 'The Flying Atheist' was 'The Flying None' but I thought that sounded too feminine.  When I think back on it, why should I have cared?  I'm gay!  lol  I think it's a great name.   

 

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