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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 Tony Carroll on July 25, 2012 at 10:16am

Change of subject, my friends. Sorry, but I'm about to go on a little tear, a tirade. But some things just torque me off, chaps my ass, eats my lunch.

Dan Cathy, high and mighty potentate of Chick-Fil-A, had the following signs posted in his stores, after the Jim Henson group cut ties with Chick-Fil-A. Remember they cut the ties, not Chick-fil-A.

Do the terms liar, hypocrite, perjurer, malingerer, prevaricator, fabricator, equivicator, crock 'o shit, duplicitous dissimalator of a canard come to mind? This swaggering, tin plated, demagogue with delusions of granduer, defender of the faith that says to tell no lie, or bear falsr witness seems to have no difficulty with the concept of the slippery truth, or lack thereof.

Thanks for letting me bloviate, guys.

Comment by Plinius on July 25, 2012 at 5:48am

Sk8eycat: I think you're right, being a parent must be hell. People often warned me that I'd be lonely when I was old and nobody visited me. I think of those warnings when I visit a demented childless aunt who lives in an old peoples home: the inmates (is that the right word?) who have got children are always complaining that their children never come and the childless ones are more or less happily interacting with everyone who stands still for a moment. I've never been lonely from the day I left my parents' church and house, I expect I'll manage when I grow older.

Comment by sk8eycat on July 25, 2012 at 2:47am

Tony, pissing some people off is FUN!  Especially when Moron Mormon missionaries come to the door, and I say or do nothing but laugh in their faces.

I need a banner that says, "I respect your right to believe whatever you choose to believe, but I don't have to respect what you believe."

Of course, that would piss off my JW sister and her friends. Tee-hee.

Comment by sk8eycat on July 25, 2012 at 2:39am

Chris: I'm 72, a couple of months shy of 73, and I have never regretted not having kids; many of my friends and relatives have gone through all kinds of adolescent stuff with their kids, from know-it-allism to drugs...and worse. 

When I was a teen, a lot of the current problems didn't even exist, or we didn't know about them.  Cigarettes and beer were the worst "drugs" I ever encountered at parties, and since I saw both of those at home, they just made me uncomfortable when I saw kids my age indulging.  (And I usually dropped guys after one date if they drank at a party. I was a dreadful little prig.)

Being a parent must be hell these days.

Comment by sk8eycat on July 25, 2012 at 2:29am

Patricia: It's a sign-board that says:

TEENAGERS:

Tired of being harrassed by your stupid parents?

ACT NOW!!!

Move out. Get a job.

Pay you bills while you still know everything.

Comment by Joan Denoo on July 25, 2012 at 12:12am

Chris Breman &  sk8eycat, I believe so strongly that every child should be a wanted child and if one of the parents does not want a child, that one's wish should be honored. I worked with too many troubled kids who felt unwanted, unloved, and unplanned and they carry those scars for a long time unless they find a healthy way to deal with it. Some never do. Life is too precious to do something because someone else thinks you should. That is one reason I am pro-choice. Each woman has the right to bear or not bear children. 

Comment by Plinius on July 24, 2012 at 11:26pm

Same for me Sk8eycat, and I never regretted that I held on to that idea, although a lot of people told me I'd be sorry. I never had the heart to say something similar when their children hurt them to the bone... 

Comment by Steph S. on July 24, 2012 at 9:06pm

That saying you posted Tony is so true. Pleasing everyone is impossible. It is easy to piss people off though.

Comment by Tony Carroll on July 24, 2012 at 9:03pm

Love the jumping cat, Steph.

Comment by Tony Carroll on July 24, 2012 at 9:03pm

 

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