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

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Bertold Brautigan 1 hour ago. 34 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 Grinning Cat on April 10, 2013 at 12:04am

Steph, that's one of the best lolcats ever!

Neil DeGrasse Tyson on superstition:

"I'm not worried about kids. [...] They see a black cat cross their path, they say, 'Ooh, little kitty kitty!' They want to pet it, not run in the other direction. Children are not the problem here."

Comment by Steph S. on April 9, 2013 at 10:51pm

Thanks very much for your comment Pat. How very nice of you to say.

Well maybe next time I will be able to serve on the Jury. : )

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on April 9, 2013 at 10:47pm

Sorry I've been away so much, guys. I've been trying hard to get back in shape.

Booklover, your atheistblog saying is perfect. Would that one could “like” a comment. I can see the Illinois promotion billboard now, “Move to Illinois so you too can help to pay the Governor’s prison expenses.” Your weekend bit of heaven sounds perfect. Loved the flying cat, which looks like one of mine.

Steph, that’s the best LOLkitty yet. Black kitties are so maligned. I would want to "like" that too.

Ian your vacation in Crete and Greenland sounds like it'll be great. Good luck in the half marathon. We expect a pic or two, hint. Your Youtube Thatcher link didn’t work for me.

Flying Atheist, interesting story! I would only eat the sandwich if the filling and spread was stable for a day at room temperature. I’m extra cautious about food poisoning and spoilage.

Joan, the Paperless Future had me in stitches. That baby elephant looks so energetic and happy with the video speeded up with banjo music. Thanks for the Butterfly/Wordsworth moment.

Napoleon Bonaparte, obscenity is in the eye of the beholder, it seems. I feel much more comfortable with the protesting pseudo-nuns than the burka. But using nudity as a shock tactic that exploits sexist stereotypes and sexual taboos I dislike. I’m more of a naturist than into aggressive political nudity. It does say something about the safety European women feel in public to do this. Meanwhile in India even a male escort can’t always protect a woman from gang rape on a public bus.

It's been fun catching up!

Comment by Steph S. on April 9, 2013 at 8:54pm

Comment by The Flying Atheist on April 9, 2013 at 4:18pm

Yeah, we are 2nd to California in terms of financial ruin.  And yeah, I voted for Blago as well.  lol

Comment by The Flying Atheist on April 9, 2013 at 3:16pm

Luckily we have a moratorium on the death penalty here in Illinois.....thanks to our former Republican governor, George Ryan, who was convicted on corruption charges, served five years in prison and is now serving the balance of his sentence in home confinement.  Gotta love politics!  At least I can respect him for his views on the death penalty, gay rights, abortion, and other social issues.  He was quite a liberal Republican and one of the very few Republicans I have actually voted for. 

Comment by Ian Mason on April 9, 2013 at 3:00pm

Glad to hear that you avoided that grotesque dilema, Steph. Deciding if another person should live or die is an offence against humanity.

Pretty kitty-cuddles :-)

Comment by The Flying Atheist on April 9, 2013 at 1:33pm

Pat, I've had all positive experiences on jury duty and with dealing with my fellow jurors.  Always a varied group of ages, races, employment/non-employment, backgrounds, etc., etc.  If I were in legal trouble but innocent, I would definitely feel more assured having a trial by jury.  Yes, Steph, the legal system could always use more people like you, but I totally understand your obligation to your education and the money already spent for it.  Maybe next time!       

Comment by Pat on April 9, 2013 at 12:57pm

Steph, please don't take this the wrong way, but I'm not glad you got excused. I do a fair number of jury trials, and oftentimes, we are let with a selection of jurors who are retired and and don't mind doing something that simply gets them out of the house, are unemployed and have no intention of getting a job, or can't wait to find someone guilty because they perceive themselves as the "law and order" type.

Juries need people like you. Smart, logical, compassionate, and a willingness to listen to consider all points of view before you make up you mind.  In the "for what it's worth" category, and in the interest of getting a fair trial, I'd have kept you on.

Comment by Steph S. on April 9, 2013 at 12:09pm

Well I was excused from jury duty - I am glad because it was a Capitol Murder Trial seeking the Death penalty.

I just approached the bench and explained to the judge that I was enrolled and paid for summer classes.

Anyway, everything is back to normal.

 

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