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

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Compelledunbeliever 22 hours ago. 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 sk8eycat on January 24, 2013 at 12:23am

Comment by sk8eycat on January 23, 2013 at 11:25pm

SPCA & ABBA

If that link doesn't work, try: http://vimeo.com/40471435

Best video I've seen all day/night, and it just happened that I was working on this months Pet adoption calendar, and took a break to check my e-mail...and there it WAS.   VERY professionally done, and ab-so-effing-lutely CHARMING!

So is the Masseuse kitteh!

Comment by The Flying Atheist on January 23, 2013 at 7:24pm

Comment by Lillie on January 23, 2013 at 4:46pm

Yes, Molly Ivins was a very irreverent Texas Journalist who "told it like it is" with very colorful speech.  I really do miss her and know she would be having great fun with our political controversies today.

Comment by dr kellie on January 23, 2013 at 3:22pm

I agree.

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on January 23, 2013 at 2:11pm

While I agree that what Obama does obliterates whatever nice speech he gives (without following through), I did find the pro gay and feminist parts of his speech encouraging. I didn't think I'd live to see a president include Stonewall and Seneca Falls as part of our revered national heritage. I give him credit for saying those things in that setting. Doesn't mean I like his drone war, support of fossil fuels or erosion of rights.

Comment by sk8eycat on January 23, 2013 at 1:41pm

From the news: http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2013/jan/22/elderly-hurry-up-die-ja...

I have known for decades (whenever the conservatives start griping about Social Security and Medicare) that many people in our own (USA) government feel the same way, but they're just too cowardly to come right out and say it. 

I think one governor (Colorado) did say it was our duty to die at 65...back in the 1980s.  GOP, naturally.

Comment by sk8eycat on January 23, 2013 at 1:10pm

Joseph, The Door Into Summer was published in 1957 (Serialized in F&SF in 1956) Even though the "futuristic" technology is terribly dated (cold sleep, robotic servants in 2000CE), I think it's charming. If you can't find it in a bookstore, or the library, I highly recommend searching for a used copy at eBay's Half.com.  I have found many out of print treasures there...CHEAP!

PS: I don't think you insulted any dogs in a previous post. I often use a Sharpie pen to cross out the G-word on the back of any currency that comes into my hands, and substitue "DOG" (or "REASON") in its place. I wonder if anybody I pass the money along to ever notices...

Comment by Steph S. on January 23, 2013 at 11:17am

Love that lol Melinda!

I think Lulu is doing that right now. Better check : )

Comment by Steph S. on January 22, 2013 at 11:08pm

I was a fan Molly Ivans - thanks Joan.

Love the pics too Joan.

Hope everyone is doing good.

 

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