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

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Compelledunbeliever yesterday. 37 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 sk8eycat on October 29, 2012 at 7:32pm

Flying Atheist:  LOL!  I love it!  My all-time fave is Robert G. Ingersoll's "Hands that help are better far than lips that pray." 

We need Ingersoll and George Carlin NOW! 

HillBilly Graham-Cracker is taking out full-page ads (even in the Wall Street Journal!) telling people, "I strongly urge you to vote for candidates who support the biblical definition of marriage between a man and woman, protect the sanctity of life and defend our religious freedoms. The Bible speaks clearly on these crucial issues."

I hope that costs his organization its tax-exempt status.

The buybull does NOT say anything about ...how many wives a man can have, civil unions, or same-sex marriage (it only says that if two men have sex together, they must be executed...nice)...nor does it say anything at all about abortion. 

Hosea 13:16 tells Hebrew soldiers to rip up pregnant women with their swords....and to kill infants and children because their parents worship the wrong god(s).  I would not say that it "speaks clearly" about anything.  It certainly doesn't promote "freedom of religion."  It only promotes one religion.

Arrogant hypocrites.

Comment by Joan Denoo on October 29, 2012 at 3:09pm

Silly! Prayer for rescue caused by faulty reasoning is just plain silly.
"Dear god, let me use up all the easy, cheap oil and make it possible to go for difficult and expensive oil!" "Dear god, do not cause us to suffer because of our foolishness!"

Comment by The Flying Atheist on October 29, 2012 at 3:05pm

Prayer:  when you care enough to do the very least. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on October 29, 2012 at 3:00pm

People who pray for storm relief pray the wrong prayer. They should be praying, "What causes these changes in weather?' "Do human have responsibility in their choices for these changes?" "Is there anything I/we can do to bring about positive change?" "Give me the power to think and reason from evidence and not rely on dogma!"

Comment by sk8eycat on October 29, 2012 at 2:51pm

Here's a collection of comments from Massachusetts residents about the robot's bait-and-switch governorship. http://massknowsmitt.com/

In the meantime, I'm busy worrying about friends on the Other Coast, and wondering why The Usual Gang of Idiots still don't get it about climate change.  They're leaving comments on Yahoo Gnus about praying for the people in the storm's path.

NOTHING FAILS LIKE PRAYER!

Comment by Joan Denoo on October 29, 2012 at 12:08pm

Steph & booklover, great photos. Here is a photo and article thanks to Jerry Coyne, physicist:

The never ending battle

Comment by Steph S. on October 29, 2012 at 12:06pm
Ruth said she will might not have power due to the storm - but she is doing OK. So not to worry if we don't hear from her in a few days.
Ruth is doing such a wonderful job educating us about climate change - I agree Joan!
Comment by Joan Denoo on October 29, 2012 at 11:55am

Ruth has done a Herculean job of keeping us informed of climate change. For those who do not believe in human caused climate change, she has brought us good science and evidence of what happens and why. 
I just came on line; has anyone heard from Ruth this morning or is she out of touch? 

Comment by Steph S. on October 29, 2012 at 6:21am

Comment by Steph S. on October 29, 2012 at 6:15am

booklover I am still laughing over that Tom and Jerry lolcat.

: )

How is everyone?

Everyone safe from the storm?

Love that Marmite cat Joan.

Heading out in a few minutes. But had to stop by to visit my friends.

 

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