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

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Compelledunbeliever 12 hours ago. 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 Jessica on April 28, 2012 at 2:50pm

Thank you, I am feeling better finally.  It was a nasty virus and I won!  My mother is agnostic but she does not like me telling people i'm an atheist.  She is 58 I am sure the whole communism time really affected her as well. However, she is not afraid to tell people she is agnostic, double-standard. I'm going to print that out and give it to her.  I've been working on helping her become an atheist so I send her links to the different atheist sites if I see something that might make her go "hmmm."

Comment by sk8eycat on April 28, 2012 at 1:23pm

Ask them, or whoever shows up next, if they believe in Santa Claus (or Zeus, or Oberon, or any fictional character you can think of), and when they say, "no," tell them they are a-Santa-ists.  They are theists, and you are an a-theist.  It's really a simple little word, with no sinister connotations.  They probably won't accept that, but maybe, just maybe, you'll give them something to think about later on.

Go to the FFRF web site, and look up their non-tracts; I think there's one about "Myths About Atheism," or something like that.  You can print out a copy or three, and hand it to the next buybull-pusher that annoys you.  And give a copy to your mother, too. 

My mother was a bit of a fundie (raised in Oklahoma), and was mildly upset when I told her Genesis was wrong about everything, but she also was too curious about the natual world to not read popular articles about geology, anthropology, archaeology, and other sciences.  She never gave up on god altogether, but I remember how she was glued to the TV with the rest of us when Neil Armstrong first stepped onto the surface of the Moon.  She couldn't help having a mind, and using it.

I miss her.

PS: I hope you're feeling better.

Comment by Jessica on April 28, 2012 at 12:45pm

After those ladies left all I could do for the rest of  the day was think up new things I should have said.  Now I wish they come back, hehe...

Comment by sk8eycat on April 28, 2012 at 12:31pm

I NEED TO BRAG!

In about 2 hours, I'm leaving to go see "Billy Elliot - The Musical" with some friends.  I haven't been to a live show in about 30 or 40 years, and I'm so excited that I'm jumping out of my skin.  I love musicals, always have, and this one has received wonderful reviews from even the most cynical critics.....  Cheering, laughing and crying all at the same time.

I'll let y'all know if I survive the experience.

Comment by sk8eycat on April 28, 2012 at 12:25pm

Jessica: "Atheist" was not a "dirty" word until the 1950s when the USA was overwhelmed with McCarthyism and paranoid fear of the Soviet Union.  The loud-mouthed conservatives equated a lack of religious faith with communism (even though the earliest xians lived in communes and shared everything...monks and nuns still do) and the "godless communist" shibboleth stuck.

I like to mess with doorbell-ringers, too, but it's kinds difficult to do that when my sister is home because she's one of them.  A JW, I mean.  We have a silent truce...we don't discuss religion.  Ever.

The people at the Freedom From Religion Foundation (and other non-believers like Richard Dawkins) have been trying to take the stigma off the word for years, but I have a feeling that people won't let go of the "devil-worshipping, godless commies" idea unthil those of us who were raised during the Cold War are long gone.

Buy a "This is What an Atheist Looks Like" T-shirt, and wear it proudly!  (I haven't bought one yet because when I look at my 72-year-old face in a mirror, I shudder.)

Comment by Jessica on April 25, 2012 at 11:10am

I was just visited by bible pushers at my door.  I told them "no thank you I am an Atheist, have a nice day."  If I wasn't sick I would have messed with them a bit but I have a fever and a headache so I wanted it to end quickly.  My mom is here since I am sick to help me with my son and she overheard me. "You shouldn't have told them that, you should have just told them you were unaffiliated."  I said "why? I am an Atheist it is the truth."  her "now they will keep bugging you" me "well, then I will keep telling them the same thing."  When I said it the xtian lady said "Oh really!"  Like it was blasphemous.  Atheist should not be treated as a "bad" word. 

Comment by sk8eycat on April 22, 2012 at 5:04pm

Dear Flying A...(Did you know that was the brand name of a major oil company when I was a kid?  Srsly.)  If you want to read more about what great company we are in, read The Good Atheist by Dan Barker. The first part of the book is a rebuttal to Rick Warren's The Purpose-Driven Life, (another silly screed about "gawd's plan" for each of us...Eye.  Emm.  Sewww.  Shurrrre!). 

The major part of Dan's book is a list of famous atheists and agnostics with short bios of each one.  You'll be surprised at some of them, and delighted with all of them.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on April 22, 2012 at 1:18pm

@ sk8eycat   Thanks for the bit of history about Yip Harburg.  You prompted me to read his Wikipedia page.  A very interesting person, indeed.  We atheists sure are in great company. 

Comment by sk8eycat on April 22, 2012 at 12:56pm

PS: Happy Urth Day to ALL!

 

And check out the Google logo for today...wait for it to move...

Comment by sk8eycat on April 22, 2012 at 12:52pm

O, wow!  How purrfect!

Did you know that all the lyrics and a great deal of the dialog for "The Wizard..." was written by Yip Harburg, a lifelong atheist?  (He wrote that classic scene where Toto exposes the god-like wizard as a fraud. Among other things.)

 

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