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Betty Bowers Reviews "When Christians Break Bad" by Bonnie Weinstein

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Plinius 21 hours ago. 4 Replies

This is new!  Betty Bowers, America's Best Christian, reading a book other than the bible???  True enough!  Seems as though some shiksa by the name of Bonnie Weinstein has recently penned a tome with the title: When Christians Break Bad: Letters…Continue

Tags: MRFF, When Christians Break Bad, Military Religious Freedom Foundation, Bonnie Weinstein, America's Best Christian

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

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Grinning Cat Jul 30. 42 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

A MESSAGE FROM THE QUEEN

Started by Patricia. Last reply by Patricia Jul 13. 9 Replies

Hilarious Must Read Letter To The Citizens Of The United States Of America From Her Sovereign Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.Published by BhaviniA MESSAGE FROM THE QUEENTo all the citizens of the United States of America from Her Sovereign Majesty Queen…Continue

Consumers do not see this coming

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Meri Weathers Jul 11. 5 Replies

GRAIN & FOOD PRICES TO SOAR! China Trade, Farmers, Weather, and GSMWhat can I do to be more self-sufficient? 1. grow more of my food,2. eat lower on the food chain,3. find simple, less expensive pleasures, 4. build support community, 5. prepare…Continue

Tags: community, farmers, poverty

Evangelicals Breaking Up with Jesus (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Grinning Cat May 28. 10 Replies

Has evangelical Christianity lost sight of Christ?  Seems to me that there are a whole lot of evangelical Christians who are presuming to represent Jesus by not representing him or misrepresenting him or – let's be honest here – talking out of their…Continue

Tags: Franklin, Graham, Trump, Jesus, America's Best Christian

How would you respond?

Started by Christina Scribner. Last reply by Tom Sarbeck May 27. 15 Replies

So, this morning, I was at my local coffee shop as I am most weekdays between bus runs. I do the editing on my husband's books so I had my laptop with me. My wallpaper is a picture I found online sometime back of a double helix with the word atheist…Continue

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Comment by Aaron Wiitanen on September 16, 2011 at 12:03am
Wow! I figured it out der..Sorry super slow right now.. Been watching my future stepson all day and I'm pooped..
Comment by alexa penzner on September 15, 2011 at 11:43pm
you know, us, the ones who replaced the neanderthals - they really can't be sure yet that we intermixed at all - it's still being researched.  but i said hoo and you said hoO - you're confusing me no end :))
Comment by Aaron Wiitanen on September 15, 2011 at 11:36pm
What's hoOmon beans?
Comment by alexa penzner on September 15, 2011 at 11:29pm

aaron -  there's all kinds of ways to say it - but we're all saying the same thing with nuances. that's what hoomon beans do :]

 

Comment by Aaron Wiitanen on September 15, 2011 at 11:22pm
Oh, and I can respect someone who has enOugh respect for themselves and others to think logically and not practice/preach intolerance and hate...
Comment by Aaron Wiitanen on September 15, 2011 at 11:17pm
Lmao @ sk8eycat "sorry. But in not a very nice person."
Comment by alexa penzner on September 15, 2011 at 10:50pm
sk8eycat   -  i guess that's what i mean by respecting the person not the religion.  the people who aren't good people and expect you to follow them and not deviate are not nice people. you are a nice person (not to overuse the word). look how you care about your sister. (by the way, my experience with the jw'ers is totally different, (except for one person dumb person). but maybe that's cause they were Italian, too.  italians are a whole other story :]
Comment by sk8eycat on September 15, 2011 at 10:09pm

I respect a person's right to believe whatever fantasy makes them feel good, but I don't have to respect what they believe.

 

I respect individuals according to their behavior...nothing else.

 

Sorry.  But I'm not a very nice person.

 

BTW my sister has been a JW for something like 40 years, and they do believe in absolute separation of church and state because they don't believe in "earthly" governments at all.  She lives with me...Mother left the house to both of us in a Living Trust...and she knows better than to try to get me to read one of her silly magazines.  But I feel sorry for her; she has no other friends outside of the congregation, and none of them act like real friends.  They don't call just to chat, or go out to eat, or anything like that...

 

And I have to laugh (to myself) at the feudal language of almost all religions: "Lord, Master, King - Kingdom" etc. 

Comment by alexa penzner on September 15, 2011 at 2:10pm
p.s i didn't say i respected the 'religion', i said i respect the person.  a big difference :]
Comment by alexa penzner on September 15, 2011 at 2:06pm
dear humble brian -  belief is in the head.  flat earth is science.  2 completely different things.  if a person is a humanist and cares about other people and the earth, why should i disrespect her/him. this includes pagans, by the way.  belief is totally emotional and in the mind.  i have no respect for muslims who stone children to death, i have no respect for religionists who force you to think their way or your a disgusting person and will go to hell, i do not respect catholics who hide the priests who abuse boys, i do not respect trying to force intelligent design on the school system.  amazingly, i have know a few jehovah's witnesses who were friendly, very intelligent, and truly believed that one shouldn't celebrate a birthday, but give a present because it was a feeling good thing to do.  they did not proselytize. i even respect some republicans - oh my!!!!!
 

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