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

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Donald R Barbera 2 hours ago. 35 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 Steph S. on April 18, 2013 at 12:07pm

Comment by Steph S. on April 18, 2013 at 12:06pm

That's cute booklover!

Thanks Ian for the you Tube link.

It's been raining here all day.

Comment by Ian Mason on April 18, 2013 at 10:11am

I think i might have missed something. Have you had an operations, Joan? It sounds like it went well.

Hope you have drier times soon, Melinda.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9fpbCLNyPUA

Comment by Joan Denoo on April 18, 2013 at 9:48am

sk8eycat, that is an interesting idea! Anything to calm people during the hub-bub of travelling will be useful. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on April 18, 2013 at 9:31am

I like that lizard photo with cats. Funny!

Comment by Joan Denoo on April 18, 2013 at 8:58am
Melinda, what an awful event! I know you were expecting it and were not caught unaware. But still, the chores to protect and dry out stuff! Is the rain continuing?

I feel wonderful! Just a tiny bit of pain and I have a heck of a time finding words. I finally gave up yesterday and just read my mail and offered just a few simple comments. I feel muzzled by my locked brain. That will pass as soon as the chemicals clear out.

My granddaughter, Laurie, who just passed her home-health care course, is coming over today to remove part of the bandages. Just think, that dear little baby has all grown up and now giving me care. When she was a baby, she didn't crawl at first, she just rolled around until she got to where she wanted to go.
I hope today goes well for you and your husband!
Comment by Grinning Cat on April 17, 2013 at 9:44pm

I hope that cat likes Cheez-Its (only distantly related to cheezburgers)!

Comment by Joan Denoo on April 17, 2013 at 6:09pm
Ian! That's the spirit!
Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on April 17, 2013 at 12:18am

Thanks, Ian for participating in the I Love the Arctic Rally.

Restraining order cat is cute, Steph.

Happy Wednesday, everyone. (It's 1:16AM here)

Comment by Ian Mason on April 16, 2013 at 3:56pm

As an enthusiastic jogger/runner, I'm saddened deeply by what's happened in Boston. For me such events are a celebration of life and it is a tragedy to have one marred by sadistic violence. I wish there was something I could do.

Something I can do (Joan, take note) is to attend the "I love the Arctic" rally in Copenhagen on Sunday, the "Human Banner". It's an attempt to keep the oil companies away from the Arctic. I've been to Greenland once and would hate to see that beautiful, rugged nature murdered.

 

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