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

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Loren Miller 23 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 k.h. ky on August 15, 2014 at 9:52am
Carl, littering is a major pet peeve of mine too. I'm always picking up garbage in parking lots and putting it in the trash can. Which is never far away.
What's with these lazy slobs that they can't be bothered to walk three feet instead of throwing garbage on the ground?
I just don't understand some people.
Comment by The Flying Atheist on August 15, 2014 at 9:38am

Mindy, I hope moving day goes smoothly for you today. 

Comment by Idaho Spud on August 15, 2014 at 7:55am

Mindy, does that leave you with no cats?

Comment by Randall Smith on August 15, 2014 at 7:28am

I've decided to compromise: I am going to write, but only say I won't be buying their products because of their inane "guiding principles". I won't berate their beliefs. That's never been one of my own g.p's. Thanks for the input.

Mindy, good luck to your daughter--and you! A cat? I love my "pound dog"!

Comment by Plinius on August 15, 2014 at 1:43am

I'm glad she's doing so well, Mindy!

Comment by Joan Denoo on August 14, 2014 at 8:01pm

Has it been a year Mindy? Time goes so quickly. Glad to learn she is motivated to complete here Bachelor's Degree. Sound like she is ready to do that task. Hope the move isn't too hard on your skeleton and muscles. 

Comment by Brent Feeney on August 14, 2014 at 3:44pm

What's been going on the last several days in the northern St. Louis suburb of Ferguson, MO - I live in deep south STL city, if that helps - has been almost a crime. Militarized police are basically throwing tear gas canisters, arresting people left and right (one was a St. Louis city alderman and friend of mine) and basically showing the world what martial law may well be like in this nation if it keeps up.

A very popular blog called Shit Saint Louis Says (he's a self-described conservative and has served several tours in the Middle East) said something about it today; the guy has been calling out regulars on local message boards for, shall we say, some continually idiotic statements (or, as my buddy David 2 says, Following The Script).

Here's his entry for today (after previously saying on Facebook, "I'm not touching it.": http://www.saintlouiscomments.com/2014/08/ferguson-riots-and-why-ev...

Comment by Idaho Spud on August 14, 2014 at 2:50pm

Carl, I didn't know WalMart had anti-gay policies.  Another good reason to stay away.  Oh, and littering is a large pet peeve of mine also.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on August 14, 2014 at 2:38pm

Seems as if I'm totally outnumbered as to what Randy should do.  Oh, well.  All of you make me stronger to fight another battle on another day.  lol 

If I found that pizza box with the god stuff on it, I would just roll my eyes and deposit the trash into a proper receptacle.  No harm done to me other than to piss me off that someone has littered (which is a huge pet peeve of mine.)

Sk8eycat, I am aware that In-N-Out Burger has a bible verse printed on the underside of their soda cups.  That hasn't stopped me from eating there when I'm in Los Angeles because their burgers are good and their french fries are freshly cut on the spot.  I also understand that they treat their workers quite well compared to other fast-food chains, so I don't have a problem patronizing their business.

On the other hand, places like Chik-fil-A, Walmart, Cracker Barrel, Denny's, and others with not get any business from me because of they way they actively promote anti-gay polices via corporate donations and actions.  To me, these companies fall into the same category as Hobby Lobby in regards to equal rights.   

P.S.  Joan, thank you for respectfully disagreeing with me,  If anyone was to disagree with me, I'd couldn't pick a better person than you.   

Comment by Idaho Spud on August 14, 2014 at 12:09pm

I'm glad to see that those Canadian followers of Joseph Smith are being prosecuted for child sexual abuse.

 

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