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

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Compelledunbeliever 13 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 July 25, 2012 at 9:27pm

@Grinning Cat - Oh! I used to collect buttons like a fiend.  My two favorites (aside from the ones celebrating the Voyager missions that a friend at JPL gave me) were, "Go, Lemmings, Go!" And one that looked like classical Hebrew writing till you turned it upside down...then it very clearly said: "F*CK YOU!"  Well, the F-word was spelled out in full...

I think I like "Secular Humorist" better.

Comment by sk8eycat on July 25, 2012 at 9:19pm

Tony, the "Command" about "bearing false witness" only applies to lying under oath. And the full version continues with, "against thy neighbor," which in Old Testicle Testament terms meant "thy fellow Hebrew."  You could tell all the lies you wanted to against a Canaanite or a Philistine, and make up tales about anyone as long as you were not under oath to tell the truth.

The xian church "fathers," especially after Constantine caved in to the political situation, saw nothing wrong with editing the gospels, "Paul's" letters, and even earlier secular historians' writings, if it furthered their cause.

Mr. Chatty Chicken Cathy doesn't seem to know that the buybull says very little about how many people, and of what gender, may marry... Remember the supposed Jesus parable about the seven foolish virgins who were all getting ready to marry the same man on the same night?  (Must have been some party!) Or Solomon's hundreds of wives and concubines?  The fundaMENTALists always conveniently forget those little details.

I think Chick-Fellow's First Commandment is "C.Y.A."

Comment by sk8eycat on July 25, 2012 at 8:06pm

Bark Beetles, N E 1?

Comment by Steph S. on July 25, 2012 at 6:08pm

That was great stuff Tony! Thanks!

I enjoy reading all the posts here.

Thank you all.

Hope your day is going well.

Comment by Tony Carroll on July 25, 2012 at 6:00pm

Wow! these are great. Where do you find them, and whom do you have to 'buttonhole' to get one?

And now, for something completely different.

                                       The Larch

Comment by Grinning Cat on July 25, 2012 at 5:46pm

Secular HumoristSome of us, especially Tony, could use one of these:

 

Or, "Incorrigible Punster - please do not incorrige"

Or, "Invertebrate Punster - spinelessly unable to resist a pun - so slug me!"

 

(I used to have all three of those buttons, until I passed them along to even more deserving and "pungent" people.)

 

Comment by Idaho Spud on July 25, 2012 at 5:45pm

Love the advice to know-it-all teenagers sk8eycat & Patricia.

Comment by Idaho Spud on July 25, 2012 at 5:35pm

Smiled at your puns Tony and your "Very Punny.." booklover.

Comment by Tony Carroll on July 25, 2012 at 5:29pm

Puns. Yeah, I know. But I just couldn't "shade' the truth, had to call it as I saw it. (Please forgive me, for I know exactly what I do).

Comment by Grinning Cat on July 25, 2012 at 5:29pm

Tony, a good pun is its own reword!

 

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