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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

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Comment by Lillie on June 30, 2012 at 8:48pm

Have been watching the Olympic trials all of this week and god is very popular among the athletes.  Some even do a Tim Tebow.  (I am so sick of Tim Tebow.  I am hoping New York will take the wind out of his sails.)

Comment by Lillie on June 30, 2012 at 8:39pm

Apparently, Scientology begins indoctrinating kids at age 5 so this must have motivated Katie to make the break at this time.  She was raised Catholic so it is a wonder she joined Scientology in the first place.  Of course, they are both big on fantasy.

Comment by sk8eycat on June 30, 2012 at 1:47pm

booklover, The friend who sent that Canadian flag-thing to me picked it up from FB (I don't "do" FB...tried it several years ago, heard from so many people...classmates...that I never liked, that I unsubscribed after the first week.). One characteristic of Canadians that isn't mentioned on that goodie is that they are sincerely polite. 

For instance, when two lanes of traffic have to merge into one lane, they actually take turns...one at a time.  They don't try to cut other drivers off, and there's no bird-flipping at the driver who needs to merge in front of them.  They just quietly let them in instead of crowding them over to the shoulder.  I don't think the arrogant, self-involved GOP me-firsters could tolerate that.

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As for fireworks shows, I wish I could invite everyone in here who has been sufferiing from the unseasonable heat to my home (in Burbank, CA) for the 4th of July. The days have been a tad too warm, but the evenings and nights are still cool, and the Chamber of Commerce puts on a great show from a park in the hills directly above us.  Some of our neighbors bring folding chars and snacks (and beer...and soft drinks), and we party on the front lawn, because our house is on a corner, and we have the best line-of-sight on the block.  Don't even really need chairs; I usually sprawl on the crabgrass.  (No porta-potties, tho.  You'd better take care of that before you leave home.  The show only lasts half an hour, anyway.)  We all Ohhhh and Ahhhh, and applaud, and just have fun.

The people who actually drive (or take a bus) up to the park can also enjoy a concert and other festivities, but I like being with my neighbors.  We've all lived here for decades.

 

Comment by sk8eycat on June 30, 2012 at 12:02am

Anyone who knows anything about the ElRonners, and still stays with it has to be blind.

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As for our nasty whites-only tea party idiots:

 

 

Comment by Lillie on June 29, 2012 at 9:09pm

Patricia, I say what took her so long.

Comment by sk8eycat on June 28, 2012 at 6:11pm

Patricia...Wonderful collection!  I've gotta copy it and send it to my friends.  IF I remember to do it.

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Now...some of you won't be able to identify with the following...yet, but I sure do:

Comment by sk8eycat on June 28, 2012 at 11:53am

Thanks, Steph.  I'm going to see Dr. BadJokes, and I don't think I'm gonna like what he has to say.

Comment by Ian Mason on June 28, 2012 at 11:15am

A side-splitter, Steph.

Comment by Steph S. on June 28, 2012 at 10:53am

Hey everyone!

Have a great day!

Comment by Ian Mason on June 28, 2012 at 3:18am

Another goodie, Ruth.

 

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