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

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Loren Miller yesterday. 39 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 Plinius on November 29, 2015 at 12:49am

And I really hate Dutch songs - how did we do that, Ian?

Comment by Ian Mason on November 28, 2015 at 10:47pm

Ella has a great voice but so has Adele, in my ears.

Ruth, exposure has a great influence. When I lived in England I couldn't bear the Xmas music that I couln't escape. Now I enjoy a good choir singing carols. It's the Danish songs that blare from every radio and shop that I can't stand.

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on November 28, 2015 at 10:03pm

Great collage, Plinus. I like "I think, therefore I'm dangerous" the best.

Sorry, Joan. I avoid Holiday-themed music. Even secular stuff. Too many years of it. Think I'm allergic now.

Comment by Randall Smith on November 28, 2015 at 9:04am

I'm with you, Joan!!  No contemporary female vocalists can measure up to the queen of scat. And, of course, today's pop(ular) singers make me cringe. Adele? Ugh.

Comment by Plinius on November 27, 2015 at 11:24pm

Of course you can use it, Ian! I made it from internet images.

Comment by Joan Denoo on November 27, 2015 at 4:22pm

Here is one of my favorite performers!

Comment by Ian Mason on November 27, 2015 at 3:22pm

Great videos, Joan and Bertold. Both reach a truth in very different ways.

Love the collage, Chris. Stealing it. Hope you don't mind.

Have a happy day, American buddies in whatever way you choose.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on November 26, 2015 at 7:38pm
Chris, that's a wonderful collage!
Comment by Plinius on November 26, 2015 at 6:36am

I'm old enough to fill in questionnaires about growing old. They asked me to do a collage and this is what I made:

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on November 25, 2015 at 10:33pm

While you guys are getting snow, we expect a high of 61°F tomorrow and 66°F Friday. Those roses are still OK. It was down to 28°F last night here in the burbs, but there they were. I think the south side of that building, facing a parking lot, is a micro-environment that saves up heat from the day.

Happy Turkey Day to all!

The honest political ad was cute.

Thanks for the Jimmy Cliff song, Joan. Bergen appreciated it. He's always liked the song. "Thank her for me", he says.

 

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