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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 Ruth Anthony-Gardner on August 1, 2013 at 11:37pm

Femara’s side effects sound terrible, Patricia. I had no idea you were coping will all of that. The humidifier sounds like a good idea, but why not run one downstairs during the day too? What, you’re an indoor cat too? That’s an amazing deer video!

Joan, I don’t have an excuse for low energy from chemo, but just age related lack of get up and go. I identify with your weeds growing into giants and dust accumulating. I’ve been staring at a duct tape smudge on the window by my recliner for a couple of months, but never seem to get around to it. My back garden is really overgrown, but I’m too afraid of ticks to deal with it till after a hard frost. We’ve had a mild winter and tons of rain the past month. I had a tick ride in on my shoes just from walking across the grass from the parking lot to our front sidewalk (a few feet). I pulled it off one of my cats who likes to snuggle with the shoes in our foyer. Did I mention I especially loathe disease-carrying blood sucking insects, since childhood. So I watch my weeds grow every day.

If the weeds start watching you back, call a landscaper.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on August 1, 2013 at 7:55pm

LOL  That's a belly laugh, Patricia.  Thanks!

Comment by Joan Denoo on August 1, 2013 at 12:30pm

Patricia, I am very sorry to learn of your continued side effects of extremely dry skin & mucous membranes, terrible insomnia and others. Developing coping strategies for these must be frustrating. 

Being so low on energy is a new things for me. So far, my best coping comes from filling my awake time with reading interesting articles, listening to debates and critiquing so-called intelligent design. The hours pass quickly and I am absorbed in it, forgetting that my weeds grow to giants and star dust gets thicker all over my house. 
Thankfully, I have such great support from my family, they pick up all the loose ends for me. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on August 1, 2013 at 12:20pm

O enjoy reading the greetings from each one of you and know I have a "cloud of support" from many places. Thanks. 

Carl, I very much appreciate your thinking of me and your gift of Monet's Water Lilies! It evokes a real refreshing and restoring feeling in me. Thank you. 

Comment by The Flying Atheist on August 1, 2013 at 12:02pm

Cute squirrel, Ruth.  They're so much fun to watch. 

Mindy, I also wanted to chime in on board games.  I've always been a big fan of board games.  So has my family.  We still get together for "game nights" and enjoy a meal followed by a rousing board game, dominoes, or cards at the dinning room table.    

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on July 31, 2013 at 11:38pm

Joan, I appreciate your sharing your backyard nature enjoyment with us. It’s good to hear your share the bad days as well as the good. We’re here for you.

Good to hear from you dr kellie. I hope you introduced them to AN.

Sorry to hear about the side effects of Femara, Patricia. *sigh* That’s no picnic.

Thanks for the helpful lion LOL, bookover. I didn’t know anybody still played board games till past midnight. More power to you.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on July 31, 2013 at 11:21pm

Hi, Dr Kellie.  Long time, no see.  Good to have you check in.

Chris, those snowy pictures were from 2011,  I didn't take the photos, though.  But you can see, after a big storm there can be a lot of work shoveling out a car.

Joan, thinking of you and spreading some cheer your way visually with Monet's Water Lilies.

 

Comment by Ian Mason on July 31, 2013 at 10:06pm

Nice one, Mindy.

There's a lot of us out there, Dr. Kellie but most keep quiet.

Cheering you on, Joan. How about having David Attenborough make a documentary about the view from your window? It sounds very entertaining.

Comment by dr kellie on July 31, 2013 at 3:48pm

Good point about editing, and that actually came up this morning.  The boys are college age roommates and one of them said fuck and then apologized for it.  I smiled and said, "What the fuck are you apologizing for?"  It was cute.

I'm looking forward to seeing them again.

Comment by dr kellie on July 31, 2013 at 11:14am

Greetings to everyone!  I wanted to report that I just met two new darling young (and atheist) clients through an atheist referral.  Absolutely refreshing.  Doesn't happen every day, but I do rejoice when it does.

 

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