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

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Loren Miller 8 hours ago. 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 August 19, 2015 at 11:09am

Is that usual for you, panic attacks? I'm not jealous.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on August 19, 2015 at 10:27am

In the past year I had a heart attack and didn't realize it at the time.  I thought it was just another panic attack.  It wasn't until tests were done months later that showed what really occurred.  

Comment by Plinius on August 19, 2015 at 10:13am

But she had a day when she couldn't move her legs, I think, and that looks like a stroke or a TIA.

Comment by Idaho Spud on August 19, 2015 at 10:02am

Thanks Chris.  I agree Carl.  I wonder if she had strokes in months or years before, because her posts on here didn't show it to me.  She was sharp through her last post.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on August 19, 2015 at 9:54am

Chris, thanks for that additional information about Felaine.  You are absolutely correct.  Her treatment came far too late to make a difference.  I also agree with you when you previously said that Elaine died of poverty.  Years of neglect in getting proper medical care was a result of having to make a choice between food or medicine.  No one should have to face that decision.  Such an infuriating situation.  I'm glad, also, that she was in a hospital and being properly cared for when she died. 

Comment by Plinius on August 19, 2015 at 2:01am

Patricia had a bit more news about Felaine:

Felaine's death was caused by several strokes so she didn't have a chance.
I still think her care came far too late, but she at least didn't have to become a vegetable, as she so feared.
We just have to be glad she was in the right place to die instead of at home, & looked after as best as possible under the circumstances.

Comment by Plinius on August 19, 2015 at 1:59am

I read a book about the Bermuda Triangle in the 80s - can't remember the author. The author believed in it, but the proof was non  existant. Full of vague threats, the Marie Celeste, other favourite mysteries and so on.  

Comment by Ian Mason on August 18, 2015 at 9:21pm

Ooops! "Their"  My only excuse is that I was tired.

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on August 18, 2015 at 6:41pm

Flying Atheist, that Photoshop fakewas a fantastic find.

Lloyds of London doesn't buy the Bermuda Triangle, Ian? That settles it.

Comment by Joan Denoo on August 18, 2015 at 5:39pm

Ian, I enjoyed "Classical Conspiracy Theorists" and it fits in with how the banality of a tightly buttoned, repressed middle-class family expresses their frustration through conflicts. 

I wish some people would take a conflict-resolution class or two.  

how a tightly-buttoned, repressed middle-class family express their frustrations through conflicts about something banal.

 

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