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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

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

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Joan Denoo Sep 2. 28 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

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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 Ian Mason on September 14, 2014 at 9:51pm

That's it, Felaine.

And when thou prayest, thou shalt not be as the hypocritesare: for they love to pray standing in the synagogues andin the corners of the streets, that they may be seen of men.

Comment by sk8eycat on September 14, 2014 at 9:44pm

Matthew 6:5-15, I think.  Scathingly brilliant.

Comment by Ian Mason on September 14, 2014 at 9:25pm

I can't remember chapter and verse but there is a Bible quote where Jesus condemns public prayer. I'll try to find it.

Comment by sk8eycat on September 14, 2014 at 5:32pm

Nick, to me it's one thing when someone always says "grace" in their own home, and quite another when they make a big public to-do of it in a restaurant.  Especially if it's crowded...that's when I stare into space, or the parking lot, or the inside of my head.  Or pray that nobody I know is there, and sees me sitting with the babbler and his wife.

IMO praying out loud in a restaurant is just a wee bit arrogant... show-off-y.  Yanno? 

Comment by sk8eycat on September 14, 2014 at 3:30pm

I think I've mentioned an excellent book titled Dining By Rail; all about the extraordinary service on passenger trains in the USA ....pre-Amtrak.

One thing the author mentions is that a few railroads would have a card on each table with (sometimes) three types (Jewish, Catholic, Protestant) of "blessings" to help the diner  get into the proper mood for the meal.

I get SO embarrassed when I go out to eat with some friends from high school, and the husband (a Baptist minister) delivers a prayer longer than most sermons.  I just look out the window till he's finished.  (He never "blesses" the servers, cooks, farmers, etc., but he does tip.  He's done extraordinarily well in the god biz.))

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on September 14, 2014 at 2:18pm

I'll second that, Ian. My favorite pre-meal prayer is "Grab it and growl."

Comment by Ian Mason on September 14, 2014 at 11:13am

Pre-meal prayer? God help anyone who gets between me and my nosh.

Comment by Idaho Spud on September 14, 2014 at 10:32am

Carl, pre-meal prayers grates on my nerves also.  Same for prayers anytime anywhere.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on September 14, 2014 at 8:27am

Ah yes, the compulsory pre-meal prayer.  Gag me.  That's one of those little activities that just grates on my nerves.  I sometimes wonder if these people would be able to live with themselves if they happened to skip the prayer.  Has it come to the point of being a compulsive activity disorder?  

Thanks, Randy, about the post cards.  I'm very proud of the extensiveness of my collection.  I have well over 1,200 cards, all Chicago related and ranging from 1898 through the 1940's.....considered the "Golden Age" of postcards. 

Comment by Randall Smith on September 14, 2014 at 7:39am

I joined some fellow high school classmates yesterday for a mini-reunion picnic. Had a good time and the food was good. But--I was forced to listen to an inane pre-meal prayer. I hate when that happens. I slipped over to a window and turned my back on the group. I wondered if I was the only atheist in a group of about 30.

Great post cards, Carl!

 

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