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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 March 21, 2015 at 1:48am

You're too kind, Joan! In one of the pics from Spokane I saw such a beautiful park with many flowers.

Comment by Plinius on March 21, 2015 at 1:45am

Best wishes for you and husband with the new knee, Ruth!

Katy, I missed most of my family's stories because of broken contacts. But I heard all the stories from my in-laws and after that I began to ask others for their stories - in the end we're all family and all part of the same history, so every story is important. Tell us your stories!

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on March 20, 2015 at 11:16pm

Thanks for the Happy Spring wish, Joan. My snowdrops got buried under 6 inches of snow today. <sigh> Birds which sang for a week fell silent. I worried about them going hungry.

Interesting story about your family's division as a result of a one letter change, k.h. ky.

My husband will go in for a knee replacement April 23rd. I'll likely be too busy to visit here often during his 6 week recovery. We learned details at a 2 hour class yesterday. We're lucky to be 30 minutes drive from world class joint specialists.

Happy Spring to all you Northern Hemisphere folk, and Happy Autumn to you in the Southern Hemisphere.

Comment by Joan Denoo on March 20, 2015 at 10:36pm

I'm sorry if I misled anyone. The tulip bed is from Keukenhof, Lisse, Netherlands and I chose it to honor Chris. 

Comment by k.h. ky on March 20, 2015 at 12:41pm
It's a dreary, cloudy, first day of spring. Dog has to go to vet to see if we can determine exactly what's going on with her ears. It's been a year of this. Now she hides under the sofa if she sees a bottle of ear wash or drops.
Comment by k.h. ky on March 20, 2015 at 12:36pm
@Chris, I wish I had listened more to family lineage. And the history my gparents lived through. I only learned last year that the spelling of my family name was changed by one letter to please my,then future, gmother. So people l thought we're of no relation are often cousins, uncles, etc.
Comment by k.h. ky on March 20, 2015 at 12:30pm
My auto correct can makessome grammatical errors that are often funny. Sometimes senseless.
Comment by Joan Denoo on March 20, 2015 at 11:19am

Randy, I am so glad you like me enough to want me to speak like an intelligent, educated woman. Of course, I meant geography. I of all people should have known better because my minor in college was geology. Thank you, my dear and steadfast friend, I admire your staunch support. 

Ian, I had asked several times before on different sites and on this one, that I want correction, especially since I don't get the who and whom difference. Oh, I know! Everyone with any intelligence can figure it out, but I just don't get it. I do the "...

"...substituting he/him or they/them to see which makes sense. He or they would mean you should use who, and him or them would indicate that whom is the correct choice."

"Hint to remember: both him and them end in m, like whom, so that would therefore be the logical choice". 

Ruth recently posted a piece on poor grammar, and I agree! If we, as people who do not believe in a superhuman power speak with power, confidence, competence and correct spelling and grammar, we might influence those who have a modicum of intelligence about our claims. The deliberately unwilling become unable to think. 

Fear and hope are powerful underpinnings for believing in superstitions. We see it also in Daniel's piece about superstitions in medicine. 

Thanks, Ian, for your loving care. 

Comment by Ian Mason on March 20, 2015 at 8:25am

Comment by Ian Mason on March 20, 2015 at 8:23am

Sorry if I gave the wrong impression, Chris. I don't have the same problem as you. It's just that I'm reaching that age when things in my body creak and crackle. Fair wear and tear in general.

 

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