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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

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

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Joan Denoo Sep 2. 28 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

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 1, 2015 at 1:24am

I've been struggling with bad health all my life and I was very lucky that I was born here. I have had healthcare and an allowance I could live on. With help from my partner I could even complete my education and make myself useful to others. I never managed to get to the point where I was no longer dependant on my allowance, but it wasn't from trying. It hurts me very much that the "haves" waste money on weapons, religion and other stupid things and look down on the "not haves". The government in this country is breaking down our social security system (US influence?), as if 100 % of the population should be able to take care of themselves at all times. Ha!

Comment by Joan Denoo on July 1, 2015 at 12:51am

Chris, I agree! That is the big fight now. I do not perceive our President and certainly not our Congress doing the right things to keep a safety net under those who need it. I also agree that each one needs to do the best he or she can and also contribute to society through volunteer work and taxes. 

Comment by Plinius on July 1, 2015 at 12:44am

By which I do not mean that the government should nanny everyone. It is right and honourable for everyone to do as much as possible - not just paid work but voluntary jobs too. But when people are at the end of their tether they should have a right to help - no charity - but healthcare, housing and enough money to live. For me it's shameful that your country won't take care of you!

Comment by Joan Denoo on July 1, 2015 at 12:23am

Ian, glad you safely returned to Dublin with all those fine memories added to your Memory Mind. They will serve you well when you are too old and feeble to make the trip. 

Comment by Plinius on July 1, 2015 at 12:14am

Felaine, we know how difficult your life is! Your poverty is not your humiliation, but it all belongs to a government that refuses to take care of people! We are honoured to have you with us!

Comment by Joan Denoo on June 30, 2015 at 11:43pm

Felaine, I can't pay, either, so we will both be without a badge. We will have our own little club of too old to work, too poor to pay club. There is no shame in our situation. We continue to have something to offer, even if it comes in the form of ideas. If you feel humiliated, then I will have to feel humiliated. So, do us both a favor and read the incoming Atheist Nexus with pride and contribute attitudes with pride. 

Comment by sk8eycat on June 30, 2015 at 11:40pm

GGC: Same back atcha!

Comment by Grinning Cat on June 30, 2015 at 11:17pm

Hang in there! (Hugs, scritches, and a sincere head butt and slow blink.)

Comment by sk8eycat on June 30, 2015 at 10:21pm

I've been thinking that being the only member in here without a badge is less humiliating than quitting altogether. Slightly.
In the meantime, I MUST get medical help that doesn't cost an arm and a leg in co-pays, or have for-profit insurance companies deciding which meds they will subsidize no matter what my doctor says I need.

The first step is going to the local (Catholic) ER, and staring at the gruesome scarecrows on the walls while waiting to talk to a social worker.

I have always been proud of the fact that I was able to support myself while doing exactly what I wanted to do, even if I had to work two jobs, but those days are over.  Forever.  And I have a difficult time accepting "charity," especially from friends.

In the meantime, all I can do is what Jackson Galaxy calls "the slow blink."  A cat's way of saying "I appreciate you."

Comment by Richard Haynes on June 30, 2015 at 8:57pm

sk8eycat: Then please do not feel pressured to do anything. What you experience here will not change at all, it will only get better. Or, if it really matters, I'm sure we can find someone willing to make a donation in your name. Either way, you are supported.

 

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