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

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Compelledunbeliever on Tuesday. 37 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 July 4, 2015 at 2:27pm

A NEW picture? Really Carl! I thought you used an old pic from the time you were young and healthy!

Today I went to the museum where my husband works. It reopens in a new (old) building at the end of the week with three new exhibitions. You can imagine the last minute stress and there are loads of work still to be done. So I spent a day in a cool sousterrain mounting pictures and brushing the museum cat.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on July 4, 2015 at 10:24am

Joan, thanks for the compliment about my new picture.  I took that photo last week.  I thought it was time for an update.

Chris and Joan, I hope you are managing the heat OK.  Believe it or not, the other evening I went out to meet a friend for coffee and had to wear a jacket.....on July 1st!!  It was 59 degrees F / 15 Celsius.  Unbelievable for the Summer season. 

Joan, the photos of the fires in Washington are overwhelming and heartbreaking.  Such horrible destruction.  With all that said, the photos are "beautiful" though.  Did your Cary took those?

Hello, Ian, welcome back from your excursion.  Sounded like great fun. 

Comment by The Flying Atheist on July 4, 2015 at 10:11am

I'm a little late in responding:

If it is indeed true, as Ruth says, that displaying a donation badge will encourage others to donate, then I guess they should be visible in some manner.  I sincerely want AtheistNexus to continue and prosper.  

I've made a donation to this website but I have no intention of using it any differently than before.  I'm not interested in any additional "exclusive perks" for donors only.   

I really like Grinning Cat's suggestion and artwork for the redesign. 

I also like Sk8eycat's idea of putting the badge next to the name instead of on the avatar.  

And speaking of YOU, Sk8eycat.....don't you ever leave here!  That's an order on behalf of all your adoring fans here. 

Comment by Ian Mason on July 4, 2015 at 10:06am

I remember that song, Felaine. Pleasant and relaxing, just like the title.

Comment by Ian Mason on July 4, 2015 at 10:04am

Something topical for American buddies.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on July 4, 2015 at 9:40am

My neighborhood has been flooded with bangs and booms for the past week already.  People can't even wait until the actual holiday to light their fireworks.  And....by the way......fireworks are illegal in Chicago.  But it's so prevalent, you would never know it.  One only needs to drive across the state border into the state of Indiana to legally buy fireworks.  My upstairs neighbors were out in the alley this past Thursday setting off fireworks at 11:00 pm.  

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on July 4, 2015 at 9:06am

I agree, Randy. This is my least favorite holiday because the poor dogs get terrified at all the noise. I had to get them sedatives from my vet.

Comment by Randall Smith on July 4, 2015 at 7:11am

4th of July, Independence Day, although one doesn't hear the latter much. That means fireworks. I'm rather over watching displays-- same ol', same ol'.  Guess I'm getting old. And I certainly don't like the noise. Oh well, it's only once a year. And did anybody watch the PBS special on the National Mall (Wash. D.C.)? Very educational.

Comment by sk8eycat on July 3, 2015 at 1:13am

A really good country/rock tune by The Eagles

https://search.yahoo.com/yhs/search?p=lyrics+take+it+easy+eagles&am...

Enjoy!

Comment by Ian Mason on July 2, 2015 at 11:11pm

That's a stunner, Felaine. What is it celebrating/refering to?

 

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