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Betty Bowers Reviews "When Christians Break Bad" by Bonnie Weinstein

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Grinning Cat Sep 17. 5 Replies

This is new!  Betty Bowers, America's Best Christian, reading a book other than the bible???  True enough!  Seems as though some shiksa by the name of Bonnie Weinstein has recently penned a tome with the title: When Christians Break Bad: Letters…Continue

Tags: MRFF, When Christians Break Bad, Military Religious Freedom Foundation, Bonnie Weinstein, America's Best Christian

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

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Grinning Cat Jul 30. 42 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


Started by Patricia. Last reply by Patricia Jul 13. 9 Replies

Hilarious Must Read Letter To The Citizens Of The United States Of America From Her Sovereign Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.Published by BhaviniA MESSAGE FROM THE QUEENTo all the citizens of the United States of America from Her Sovereign Majesty Queen…Continue

Consumers do not see this coming

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Meri Weathers Jul 11. 5 Replies

GRAIN & FOOD PRICES TO SOAR! China Trade, Farmers, Weather, and GSMWhat can I do to be more self-sufficient? 1. grow more of my food,2. eat lower on the food chain,3. find simple, less expensive pleasures, 4. build support community, 5. prepare…Continue

Tags: community, farmers, poverty

Evangelicals Breaking Up with Jesus (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Grinning Cat May 28. 10 Replies

Has evangelical Christianity lost sight of Christ?  Seems to me that there are a whole lot of evangelical Christians who are presuming to represent Jesus by not representing him or misrepresenting him or – let's be honest here – talking out of their…Continue

Tags: Franklin, Graham, Trump, Jesus, America's Best Christian

How would you respond?

Started by Christina Scribner. Last reply by Tom Sarbeck May 27. 15 Replies

So, this morning, I was at my local coffee shop as I am most weekdays between bus runs. I do the editing on my husband's books so I had my laptop with me. My wallpaper is a picture I found online sometime back of a double helix with the word atheist…Continue

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Comment by Joan Denoo on September 14, 2019 at 6:51pm
Ian, thank you for the outstanding article by Wendy Mitchell in the Guardian. Sat 14 Sep 2019, on dementia. Her approach to this development in life-change refreshes and inspires me. Too many maudlin stories of the condition, although her symptoms matched mine and were difficult to experience. My family can fill in my lost words and their words usually outshine the one I would have chosen. My falls occur so often that family members know to take my arm on my weak side, elbow to elbow, hand to hand, or as close to matching as possible, It is a procedure that offers me safety, security, and stability. Michelle taught us this technique.
Comment by Patricia on September 14, 2019 at 3:13pm

A good read.

Comment by Ian Mason on September 14, 2019 at 2:57pm
Comment by Randall Smith on September 14, 2019 at 6:58am

Nothin' special to report. It's been hot and dry here in Indiana. Corn and soybeans are beginning to "turn". At least I don't have to mow my yard.

Our farm hemp crop has begun to be harvested and dried. The odor is overwhelming, wafting all over the countryside--the smell of money! The word is out that we have some of the best hemp in the midwest, so we'll no problem selling it. By "best", I mean pure, clean, and strong (CBD %). Other than that, I can't tell you much more in detail. You can find a few photos on Facebook: Nate Parks, Silverthorn Farm. (search).

Comment by Tom Sarbeck on September 9, 2019 at 12:56am

I read all of AH’s attempt at a tour de force in the 1980s when I was researching political power.

Considering the economic disaster Germany was when he came to power, I saw why people could say that if he had died in 1937 he would have been one of the nation’s great leaders. But he didn’t die in 1937 and led Germany to so awful a disaster that its survivors quit autocracy for democracy.

WW2 inspired much research into authoritarianism, and in today’s America Donald Trump can count on the support of about one third of the American people. Who are those people?

Comment by Plinius on September 8, 2019 at 11:14pm

Thanks for the Mein Kampf notes, Ian. I couldn't find it except at neonazi sites where I don't want to buy anything.

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on September 8, 2019 at 8:19pm

Thanks for the summary, Ian. "a constant harping on 'power', 'force' and 'terror' as the only means of gaining political ends".

Never saw Lazarus, so I can't comment on that.

Comment by Ian Mason on September 8, 2019 at 2:18pm

Yesterday at the theatre to see 'Lazarus', the David Bowie musical. Oh dear. Not good at all. No identifiable plot and I couldn't work out who some of the characters were. It just didn't work as theatre. The songs were well played although I missed Robert Fripp's guitar and Tony Visconti's bass. To be fair, I was probably alone in my opinion this evening. There was thunderous applause from everybody else in the auditorium. I have checked reviews from around the world and there I'm in the majority. Most give thumbs down.

Comment by Ian Mason on September 8, 2019 at 2:17pm
After many attempts over the years I've finally finished reading 'Mein Kampf'. It's a good cure for insomnia but in the current political climate with nationalism on the rise I thought I would look at a primary source. Some points:
1) As the editor points out, the childhood parts are full of spin. AH was a poor student at secondary school (asked to leave twice) and mediocre at art there.
2) There are absurd claims. International finance and capitalism, democracy, parliamentarism etc are parts of a Marxist plot! Germany can only survive by expanding and that means eastward.
3) Religion. A deity is sworn by and called upon ('by the living God'), Teutons are God's true image, 'Lord bless our arms, God bless our battles' is the true prayer. There's great admiration for the Roman Catholic church for sticking to dogma in the face of science.
4) There are only claims and assertions and not one attempt to produce evidence or a rational argument in support of any of them.
5) The most disturbing and nauseating is a constant harping on 'power', 'force' and 'terror' as the only means of gaining political ends. The NSDAP had to destroy many other Nationalist groupings to come out on top. 'Rule the streets, rule the state.'
In the main, it's a boring, rambling book. The English translator's notes say that a great effort is needed to sort out the long, convoluted sentences and terrible grammar.
Now I've done it so perhaps you don't have to.
Comment by Ian Mason on August 28, 2019 at 10:07am

Good-looking, intelligent and cultured. Everything the Tump is not. Who could blame her?


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