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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 Grinning Cat on June 29, 2015 at 6:27pm

I'll also "vote" to do without the badges.

Comment by Randall Smith on June 29, 2015 at 8:02am

Carl, well stated. I know we can't give to every hand thrust in our face. I continue to support about 15 "causes", averaging $30 per. Fortunately, I can afford it. And it makes me feel good.

However, I wish to remain "anonymous" about who and how much. One can't help but notice the who and how much here at A/N. I say to myself, "I wonder why he/she hasn't supported this site". I say to "Brother Richard", please remove the insignia.

Comment by Idaho Spud on June 28, 2015 at 2:07pm

Carl, special rooms and special privileges does not sound like a good thing to me either.

There is probably no perfect answer to supporting Atheist Nexus, but I wonder if drawing for a prize is legal.  That might be better than special people.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on June 28, 2015 at 1:29pm

Randy, I tend to agree with your sentiment about donation recognition.  I didn't donate to get a badge. 

Last year, prior to being approved for federal disability insurance, my financial future was quite precarious.  Without even asking, members here on AtheistNexus began pledging financial support if I needed it.  I was humbled and very moved by those offers.

Luckily, my federal assistance came through, so obtaining financial help from individuals here was not necessary.  When Brother Richard sent out his recent request for donations, I strongly felt the need to support a community that was so supportive of me.  AtheistNexus is a very important community for me, and I wish to see it continue.  Making a $30 yearly pledge seemed very reasonable to me.

I totally understand that even $30 may not be available in the budgets of many of our members.  I know.  I've been in that situation more times than I ever expected.  If I was able, I would donate for everyone on their behalf.  

I guess this brings me to my final point.  Brother Richard has alluded to idea of having special rooms and special privileges for paying members.  To be honest, I am against any type of tiered system for members based on anything financial.  Everyone here is too important for the cohesion of our community to be dismissed from participation.

I understand that running this website costs money, and I agree that Brother Richard should not have to pay for it solely.  If additional monies are needed, a general fundraising call should go out with a requested goal.  It's been two years since the last donation request.  Although I'm not privy to all the financial details which Brother Richard is dealing with, the fundraising method used two years ago seemed to work, without the badges of recognition. 

Comment by The Flying Atheist on June 28, 2015 at 12:25pm

Comment by Randall Smith on June 28, 2015 at 7:31am

Ian, nothing like getting away to restore the "soul" (or whatever).

I don't like that star on my avatar. I didn't ask for recognition. Besides, it's obstructive.

Comment by Ian Mason on June 28, 2015 at 1:23am

How it's done.

Comment by Ian Mason on June 28, 2015 at 1:22am

Glad you're feeling so well, Carl.

Hello all. I'm back from Dublin's fair city. There were rainbow flags everywhere as a run-up to Saturday's Pride Parade. Pride was very much in the air as Ireland is the only country to vote for marriage equality in a referendum.

It was a good few days. The Who were superlative, rocking a storm and I saw 3 plays at 2 different theatres. Add to that copious amounts of tea and cake and I'm in heaven.

Comment by Joan Denoo on June 27, 2015 at 8:29am

You guys have me laughing so hard I am having trouble posting my appreciation for your rousing wake-up! Thank you Carl, Felaine, Chris, and Grinning Cat!

The sun just rose in the far north, the earliest, farthest north it will be for a year. I'm in my garden in Spokane.

Comment by Joan Denoo on June 27, 2015 at 7:50am
 

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