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

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Loren Miller 1 hour 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

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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

Tags: patriot, America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers

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Comment by The Flying Atheist on February 11, 2014 at 8:07pm

The video I posted below doesn't seem to want to play.  But you can watch it at this link:  http://vimeo.com/69225705#at=0 

Comment by The Flying Atheist on February 11, 2014 at 7:56pm

Looking forward to Spring......

Comment by sk8eycat on February 11, 2014 at 4:02pm

The photo was so many kb that it cut off part of what I wrote...Duncan's "lanai" is a lot longer than it looks from that angle, and he has his own cat door cut into the house wall so that he can come and go as he chooses.  One of the perches gives him a good view of the hummingbird feeder AND the gas grill.

I don't think it would work half so well if my friend's patio wasn't a semi-jungle...she has always been mad for gardening, and some of those hanging plants have been there for more than 30 years...through drought, earthquake(s), everything. 

I could not do that, and the two cats we have now are afraid of the outdoors, anyway. 

Comment by Idaho Spud on February 11, 2014 at 3:54pm

Funny FA!   But personally, I never bitch about the heat, only about the cold.  I so much want to move to a warmer climate.

Comment by Idaho Spud on February 11, 2014 at 3:53pm

I like that idea Felaine.

Comment by sk8eycat on February 11, 2014 at 3:46pm

A friend of mine has an all chain link covered outdoor "lanai" for her cat, with built-in wooden perches, a renewable pot of "cat grass," and litter box.  The cat has his own cat door cut in a wall of the house; the sides are 3 times as long as the width you see here, and he does spend a lot of time here.  , and there's a people-gate at the opposite end.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on February 11, 2014 at 3:43pm

Comment by Idaho Spud on February 11, 2014 at 2:39pm

Suicide bombers blowing-up is worth a smile Ian.

Comment by Grinning Cat on February 11, 2014 at 12:28pm

I like the enclosed outdoor walkway as well! Some of the ideas reminded me of "The Cats' House" in California, and one in Japan.

Have a great trip, Ian!

Comment by The Flying Atheist on February 11, 2014 at 12:27pm

In this weather, I wouldn't mind having a bed attached to a radiator.  The perfect compliment to my flannel sheets. 

Ian, that sounds like a wonderful trip.  The history!  There must be something interesting to see everywhere you look.  (I imagine Jerusalem must be filled with hoards of religiously fanatical tourists as well.)  You sure know how to plan a holiday.  I'm glad you're able to travel and explore. 

 

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