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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

Tags: indoctrination, truth, manipulation, TheraminTrees

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 Joan Denoo on August 28, 2014 at 7:23pm

Mindy, you have no idea how happy I am to learn that your tests came back benign ... I was very concerned. I know, I am the one who says worry is of no use, and I was waiting for your test results.

Now, surely there is some relief to be had from your stomach condition. I will keep looking.  

Comment by Larry on August 28, 2014 at 7:07pm

Hi Everyone;  I joined this group in hopes of meeting others interested in history, (European/British), gardening, books in general, genealogy, friendly chat, learning more about others in different parts of the US/world, without being grilled about my religious/political beliefs!  I’m 71, male, retired US Postal Worker, married to same wonderful woman over 50 years, semi-housebound because of 9 years medical conditions.  I help my wife with yard work, house work, and have a few small raised vegetable beds.  I practice some light meditation from time to time to deal with my physical discomfort.  I enjoy live chat and would be interested in a regular Google + or Skype video hangout (perhaps with morning coffee, Central Daylight Time in the US) if anyone were interested in chatting with up to 10 participates on G+.   Looking forward to meeting others in this room having similar interests.  Until later………..

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on August 28, 2014 at 4:01pm

Booklover - so glad to hear that you got good news!

Comment by The Flying Atheist on August 28, 2014 at 3:36pm
Wonderful news, Mindy! Yay! Hugs.
Comment by sk8eycat on August 28, 2014 at 3:33pm

Mindy: cheers and applause!

Comment by Grinning Cat on August 28, 2014 at 3:22pm

Glad to hear there was no cancer!!

Comment by Idaho Spud on August 28, 2014 at 3:14pm

Glad to hear that Mindy.

Comment by Idaho Spud on August 28, 2014 at 1:54pm

Joan, I usually ride on the road with my recumbent trike for several reasons.  One, there's less snow and ice on the road.  Two, the road is less bumpy than the sidewalks.  

Three, when riding on the sidewalk, I don't like stopping at each intersection, and waiting for all traffic to disappear before I go again.  When riding on the road, I actually feel safer, because cars can see me better.

My ride to work was uphill but was at 6AM, so not much traffic.  My ride home was downhill, so I could keep up with traffic, and rode fully in the roadway just like a car.  Again, I was more visible that way.  I increase my visibility by having a multicolored twirling windsock type of thing on a pole.

My trike does well on ice as long as I didn't push too hard, and it does well with snow, which is usually less than an inch.

With a trike, the 3 wheels means you won't fall over if you slip on ice or snow (or gravel).  

I've only fallen over twice.  Both times were when I was learning and turned corners too sharp and fast.  It happened on dry pavement when there was enough friction to keep my tires from skidding.

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on August 28, 2014 at 7:40am

GC - you reminded me of Woody Allen's crack that if there is a god, he must be an underachiever.

Comment by Plinius on August 28, 2014 at 7:14am

It's our BS-detector, Randall.  "innocent" also irritates me - should I be overjoyed when someone dies who is not innocent? Innocent of what?

 

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