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

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Compelledunbeliever 2 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

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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

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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

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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

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Comment by sk8eycat on March 17, 2013 at 8:57pm

Glad you all enjoyed the garden.  So did I-for hours...tee-hee!

About the new Poop; I wish he'd chosen a diferent name...like Clyde, or something else boring.  NOT the masculine version of my first name!  (Where do y'all think I got the "F" in "Felaine," anyway?)  Grrrrrrrrrrrr, hisssssss, snarllllll!

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Comment by Lillie on March 17, 2013 at 8:43pm

Stay safe, Ian.

Comment by Lillie on March 17, 2013 at 8:39pm

My kind of flower garden.

Comment by Humble Pie on March 17, 2013 at 3:03pm

I don't think the Francis quote is real.  Although he has frequently spoken out against expansion of civil rights and public healthcare in Argentina, something no compassionate or reasonable person would do, I don't think he actually said this in particular.  Have a look at what Snoops found.

http://www.snopes.com/politics/quotes/francis.asp

Comment by Joan Denoo on March 17, 2013 at 2:02pm

While in Ireland I asked about their traditional foods, especially corned beef and cabbage. It seems that is not a traditional Irish menu, but lamb stew is. It seems when the Irish came to USA they had very limited resources. The cheapest meat was the brisket that makes into fine corned beef and so that became their staple and became their traditional meal.
Of course, I may be wrong and will gladly learn another's understanding. 

Comment by Idaho Spud on March 17, 2013 at 12:40pm

I also like the flower garden.

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on March 17, 2013 at 11:53am

Your flower garden is fun, sk8eycat!

Comment by The Flying Atheist on March 17, 2013 at 11:14am

Ian, a white Easter?  I would think that a red Easter would be more appropriate.  You know........bloody zombies, etc.  Anyway, stay warm and dry and remember....Spring is just around the corner. 

Comment by The Flying Atheist on March 17, 2013 at 10:41am

Joan, I've also been guilty of posting or repeating something from the internet that simply isn't true.  Even professional journalists have unwittingly done it.  Your pope post is a really good example of how believable an untrue quotation can be.  As you know, people of his ilk really do make truly outlandish statements such as that quite regularly, making it so easy to fall prey.  

I find the Catholic church to be quite credulous and irrelevant, but based on recent statements made by the new pope regarding humbleness and concern for the poor, I do admit to having a morbid curiosity (my own personal Schadenfreude) as to what path and what lengths this new pope will take his organization and whether he'll run into much opposition with those wanting to keep the status quo.     

Comment by Ian Mason on March 17, 2013 at 9:21am

Thank you very much for the flowers, Felaine and for the hug, TFA. The weather forcast here in Denmark is for the worst snow-storm in more than a decade. Looks like we might have a white Easter instead of a white Xmas.

 

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