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

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Compelledunbeliever 20 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 Ruth Anthony-Gardner on January 26, 2013 at 11:26pm

I just watched the SPCA pet adoption video again before bed. It's uplifting. Thanks again, Joan. Sweet dreams all.

Comment by Joan Denoo on January 26, 2013 at 11:23pm

Ruth, that is funny!

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on January 26, 2013 at 10:56pm

We finally got the C-Max we ordered in Nov, by settling for a slightly used one (driven for test drives). Had we waited for the car to be built as planned, it would have been delivered by late Feb or even March. We rushed out to the dealer so fast I forgot to do the litter box.

Comment by Grinning Cat on January 26, 2013 at 5:46pm

Joseph, congratulations on your new feline family member!

sk8eycat, I hardly drink, but wonder if anyone has tried blind tastings of shaken vs. stirred martinis, just to set that myth to rest. (As if the gin wouldn't be plenty "bruised" in transport to the liquor stores!)

Speaking of liquid myths, if homeopathy worked, plain drinking water would be the most effective drug of all, since it would "remember" all kinds of things it had been in contact with.

Comment by Idaho Spud on January 26, 2013 at 5:44pm

Penn & Teller get 2 thumbs up from me also.

Comment by Steph S. on January 26, 2013 at 5:42pm

I love Penn and Teller too sk8eycat. Oh sorry about getting the glass wrong I must have missed the title. I am a member of Alley Cat Allies. I gladly give them my money. : )

Comment by sk8eycat on January 26, 2013 at 4:21pm

I LOVE Penn Jillette...AND Penn & Teller, AND their short "Bullsh*t!" videos about the buybull.  I would like to be as effectively outspoken about the ridiculous aspects of ALL religions, but I'm not nearly as clever.

Steph...Ummmm....I think that's a Martini glass...the caption was "I like them shaken, not stirred," which is the opposite of the way James Bond (and my father) always ordered his Martinis. They were supposed to be gently stirred so as not to "bruise" the gin.  As IF!

I thought of a drink name for cat charity (Alley Cat Allies or the Stray Cat Club...both local feral cat caretaker orgs) fundraisers... "Alley Brandexander." A bass-ackward Brandy Alexander...useta be one of my faves.   A cat couldn't drink it 'cause it has Creme de Cacao in it...AND brandy.  But I would still like a small sip...more than a tbsp of anything stronger than wine gives me a migraine...

 

Comment by Steph S. on January 26, 2013 at 10:52am

Congrats for your new kitty Joseph. Sounds like a beautiful cat - maybe you can share a picture of your new kitty. sk8eycat I love the kitty drinking from the wine glass.

Comment by Steph S. on January 26, 2013 at 10:37am

Comment by Idaho Spud on January 25, 2013 at 1:18pm

Wormhole cat made me laugh, Steph.

 

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