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

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Grinning Cat Sep 17. 5 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 Lary9 on May 18, 2011 at 3:15pm
Comment by Lary9 on May 18, 2011 at 12:58pm
@El Solo Lobo~
Ironically, I too have pretensions of becoming one of the truly great practitioners of doing nothing. We are fortunate because many unnotable Zen masters have laid the non-extraordinary ground work for our avoidance of self-discipline. I've been trying to merge "sofas, sloth and sarcasm" into a new philosophical paradigm with much success over the long, unproductive years of my adult life. So it is with regret that I report, you are not without competition (though I hesitate to use that term since even the sound of it gives me the willies). Good luck. Let me know what you're not doing. I'll do the same.
Comment by Grace Fitzpatrick on May 18, 2011 at 12:04pm
Sail Roz, if I didn't get so sea sick, you're trip sounds absolutely heavenly.
Comment by Vanessa Smith on May 18, 2011 at 9:02am
I'm new to being an active participant of an internet community.  So used to holding back commenting in other groups due to the herd mentality.  I'm happy to be part of a circle where such hang-ups doesn't exist.  Where we're free to just...be.
Comment by Worrall Travel Rs - Roz and Russ on May 18, 2011 at 3:48am

Thanks for the invite to join.  My husband and I are pretty new to social networking via the computer.  We don't always have a good connection so our attendance here may be sporadic.  As I write this comment, I'm pretty sure most of you are sound asleep.

We live on our sailboat and are cruising around the world.  Right now we are in Fiji.  We are meeting all types of wonderful people, many of our cruising friends are non-theists. Here in Fiji, about 86% of the population are Christians, the rest Hindus and Muslims. 

 

It's become quite an art, "feeling our way" to non-theistic friendships.  It's so much easier when you know you're on a similar wave length.  Thanks for the opportunity.

Comment by El Solo Lobo on May 18, 2011 at 12:54am
Let's see if I can do a (semi-) proper intro. I'm 53, a diasbled truck driver with an implanted defibrillator, on disability. Was first a jehovah's Witness as a child, then mainstream Protestant for several years. Been atheist over 20 years. Am on second wife (not at the moment) but third marriage, no kids except for Tucker the Wonder Dog. I work extremely hard at being lazy and am quite proud of my accomplishments in this field. Loathe all sports, would rather watch paint dry or grass grow. Used to call myself (and be) an evangelical gnostic atheist, but when I realized being a religious believer had nothing to do with intelligence level, or looking at evidence or choice, I gave up the evangelical part...especially since it conflicted with my lazy aspects.
Comment by Pamela on May 17, 2011 at 7:33pm

Hi everyone!  I'm Pamela.  I'm vegan (yes, vegan atheist, imagine the tiny fraction of the population that is!)  I'm 40 years old, happily married and child-free by choice.  I've been atheist since my early twenties.  I became interested in fitness last year and enjoy lifting weights.  I'm also a health nut when it comes to nutrition.  I had to learn to cook when I became vegan three years ago and now I love it!  I have quite the vegan cookbook collection and like creating new dishes.

I spent 14 years in college and have way too many degrees.  But I am a cytotechnologist by trade.  I look at cells in a microscope looking for cancer.  It's like "Where's Waldo"....but with cancer cells!

Comment by Pansy on May 17, 2011 at 6:59pm

hello group, i'm pansy ( not my real name)...... i'm 40, married, with 3 kids. my oldest will be 21 in two weeks!  my 14 yr. old will be 15 in less than a month, and my daughter recently turned 11.     

i've  been an atheist for well over 20 years, but didn't verbalize to family until about 6 years ago.  as far as i know, no one cares, except my VERY xian sister. that's another  story.

i'm a stay at home mom, but need to find a job. i want to go back to school, but can't afford it right now.

i have two cats, which i love dearly, and a dog.......

my kids- which if you're ever in chat, you'll know i talk about constantly- are awesome!

i'm a detroit tiger, wings, and lions fan.

i love pizza and dr. pepper.

i have M.S. and get severe migraine headaches.

i drink two cups of coffee every morning and read at least an hour a day.

if you'd like to know anything else, ask!

glad to be here.

Comment by linda wagner on May 17, 2011 at 4:53pm

OK I will do an intro. I'm old(57). I have 5 grandkids. two daughter.32 & 23. I don't believe in god. I am also think that religion ruins EVERYTHING. I could be very militant if I was a better debater. I could go on and on. Do we all really want that.  Linda

 

Comment by dr kellie on May 17, 2011 at 1:52pm
Hey Solo Lobo.  Nice to see you again.
 

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