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

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Loren Miller 10 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 The Flying Atheist on August 12, 2015 at 9:36am

Yes, Felaine very often spoke about wanting to die.  She had chronic pain and health issues that were never properly addressed.  And she had such a damn difficult financial situation that made her choose between getting medicine or having food.  I can't help but think that if we had a proper health care system in this country that had provided her with the opportunity to get care, she would have had a much better quality of life and might have thought very differently about wanting to "exit the building."  Her situation is a very sad commentary on our broken system and our policies, both financially and ethically.  

I admired her very much and have shed many tears over her death.  We all loved her caustic sense of humor and her brash personality.  Which is why the one time I actually spoke with her I was so completely surprised that she had the most sweet, charming and pleasant voice.  I'm privileged to have had the chance to know her.

Comment by Gerald Payne on August 12, 2015 at 7:53am

I shall most certainly miss Felaine and her caustic posts. She livened up any discussion she commented on.

Comment by Idaho Spud on August 12, 2015 at 7:42am

Patricia emailed me about Felaine's death as well.  Thank you Carl, for going the extra mile to find out.

It sounds like help came too late.  It may be that some medical people were too callous.


It's very sad.  It was my privilege to know her and I shed many tears at the news.  However, If she was as miserable with life as she sometimes sounded, I'm glad she's out of her misery.  The same way I felt about my dad dying.

Comment by Randall Smith on August 12, 2015 at 7:16am

Yes, Patricia emailed me about the death of Felaine. I am stunned. What an ascerbic sense of humor. She had quite an amazing life. I felt priviledged to know her via A/N. I'll miss her presence.  Thanks, Carl, for reaching out to her.

Comment by Hex5 on August 12, 2015 at 2:03am
Im new here and relativly new to atheism. I was formerly a christian who could no longer suppress the out right intellectual insanity of my religion i went into theology and the more i studied the more illogical it became. Finally one day i read romans chapter 9 which pretty much said god saves who god wants to save and god dambes to hell everyone he wishes to and humans have no choice in the matter either your destined for heaven or hell and dont you dare question god. I thought well if god made me destined for hell and eternal torment and he was merciful wouldent he just not make me. Finally i came to the conclusion that god is unjust unfaire bias and maybe even evil and i wanted nothing to do with him. I do dare to question god i challenge his morals and find them lacking. Years later long story short inch by inch i found myself an atheist
Comment by Plinius on August 12, 2015 at 12:38am

Thanks Carl! We'll miss Felaine - I do hope her last days were easy.

Ian, I hope you'll get the preferred option! 

Comment by Ian Mason on August 11, 2015 at 11:11pm

There was a meeting at work yesterday. There are cuts to be made and I'm one of them. I'll either be re-assigned to another position, re-trained or made redundant completely. I'm fed up anyway so the last option is my prefered.

Comment by Ian Mason on August 11, 2015 at 11:07pm

That's very sad. We've all been glad to know her and will miss her very much. She had an amazing life-story to tell and a unique perspective on our world today.

Comment by Richard Haynes on August 11, 2015 at 8:32pm

Very sad indeed. Please let us know if we can do anything as a group.

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on August 11, 2015 at 8:29pm

Just heard about sk8eycat (Felaine).

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