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

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Loren Miller 8 hours 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

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 Ian Mason on December 17, 2013 at 11:37pm

Agree with you there, Patricia. Outdoor lighting that's on all night? How wierd! These people's electric meters must be close to exploding. And yes, I think I've caught a few colds from being stuck in a metal tube with 200+ other people for a hours.

Got back yesterday from a long weekend in England. Saturday was my step-Mum's 90th birthday and a bunch of us went out for lunch. She was pleased to tears. I just plain relaxed with family the rest of the time. Very nice too :-)

Comment by sk8eycat on December 17, 2013 at 10:59pm

Xmas display, or epilepsy trigger?  (Bet this guy's neighbors wish he'd move somewhere else, even though he IS a computer genius)

 
 
 
Comment by The Flying Atheist on December 17, 2013 at 10:55pm

Ruth, glad to hear your medical issue was (relatively) minor.  I seem to be at that age where little medical issues seem to pop up more frequently.  I guess I'm "middle-aged."  I not in that mind-set, though (which I suppose is a good thing) but I know that I have more years behind me than ahead for me. 

Comment by The Flying Atheist on December 17, 2013 at 10:43pm

Patricia, actually I think I'm more susceptible to colds and flu from being in such close quarters with other people inside an airplane cabin and from picking up their trash than from changing climates.  I'm constantly washing my hands.  I also get a flu shot every year.  Just the other day a passenger came to the back of the plane to use the lavatory.  I could tell by looking at her that she wasn't feeling well.  I struck up a conversation with her as I thought she might be airsick, as I wanted to help her.  She readily admitted that she thought she had the flu.  It's just impossible to control what you're exposed to on an airplane. 

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on December 17, 2013 at 10:03pm

With Laminectomy stories and other serious illnesses, I feel as if I got off easy this week. One of my fingers snapped down and wouldn't straighten out. On medical advice I got it opened up an hour later, after soaking in hot water, and splinted it till I saw the orthopedist. By now the steroid injection has worked, and the ache from that is gone too. No more splint needed. Whew! One trigger finger is as nothing compared to what many of you went through.

Still, it was scary. I'm so lucky to live in an age where treatment is possible.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on December 17, 2013 at 9:54pm

Hi, Steph.  Trying to stay warm with these cold, cold temperatures and additional snow here in Illinois.  Had the pleasure of some warm weather the other night when I spent a night in Tampa.  72-degrees and swaying palm trees.  Nice!  Los Angeles was gorgeous as well.  That's one of the great perks of my job.  It goes both ways, though.  I've spent many miserably hot times in Miami and Washington DC in the sweltering August heat.  

Hope you are well, Steph.       

Comment by Steph S. on December 17, 2013 at 9:20pm

Good to know you are Felaine!!! Sorry to hear about your name mixups you had. How is everyone doing this week?

Comment by Steph S. on December 17, 2013 at 9:17pm

Comment by sk8eycat on December 17, 2013 at 5:39pm

Even though I've never been a gum-cherwr, I would tell people to avoid BuyBull Gum because amout of bacteria found in "holy" water fonts....

Heh!

Steph, I'm not exactly "Fe-line lucky," but I'm still FELAINE!

(Frances ELAINE...using my middle name all my life has caused me all kinds of mix-ups with our Holey Bureaucracy, but I like things this way...and it's what my parents called me.  Too late to ask anybody why they did that now.)

Comment by Steph S. on December 17, 2013 at 10:33am

 

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