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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 Idaho Spud on August 14, 2015 at 6:13am

I imagine Felaine's cats miss her.  Probably searching the house for her.

Comment by Plinius on August 14, 2015 at 12:50am

Felaine died of poverty. She mentioned a few times that she had the choice between food and medicine. As far as I know she had diabetes, which can lead to gangrene if you don't treat it. 

I hope her Asperger sister and her cats can manage!

Comment by Hex5 on August 14, 2015 at 12:26am
You are right old superstitions do die hard really hard. Especially when they are indoctrinated into a chileds mind
Comment by Joan Denoo on August 14, 2015 at 12:07am

Old superstitions die hard, especially something as basic as left and right handedness. There are those who want to control others, and those who perceive others as fine, just the way they are. Oh! to live in a perfect world of eschewing control and valuing diversity. 

Comment by k.h. ky on August 13, 2015 at 11:56pm
My forty something year old niece is left handed. And only an old, fundie, g uncle said anything about breaking her of it.
One of my gdaughters is a lefty and now they sale left handed scissors for the little ones. And parents are strongly encouraged to get them.
Comment by k.h. ky on August 13, 2015 at 11:51pm
I've had Felaine on my mind. I remembered, at some point, that she wore a medic alert, DNA. Which I suppose explains, what seemed, her sudden death.
Thanks Carl for tracking her down.
And thanks Chris for letting us know why Patricia has been mia.
Comment by Plinius on August 13, 2015 at 2:28pm

My parents were protestant fundie, but they thought the devil was left-handed too.

When I was about 13 I hurt my left hand, they used it as an excuse to make me write right-handed. Was not a succes; I started to drop things, fall over and walk into walls, and when I switched to left again my handwriting was even more messed up. 

Don't do this to your children!

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on August 13, 2015 at 1:46pm

Not sure, but I've only ever heard of the Catholics doing it. They see the devil everywhere. 

Comment by The Flying Atheist on August 13, 2015 at 1:42pm

I always hate hearing those stories about left-handed kids being forced to write with their right hand.  That is just so f*cked up.  I think about all the unnecessary arguments, tears and punishments innocent kids had to endure.  My mother and my brother are both left-handed.  But none of us went to Catholic schools. 

Just curious, do/did other religious freaks besides the Catholics have that policy as well? 

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on August 13, 2015 at 12:45pm

I never knew of any problems that resulted.

 

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