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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

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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

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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

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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 Ian Mason on January 24, 2015 at 4:03pm

Some good laughs there, Patricia. Thanks.

Nice jazz, Joan. And I learned that drums are "batterie" in French.

Snow has reached Denmark and I've spent most of the day (after a little housework) eating , reading and dozing. These are good things.

How is everybody here enjoying their weekend?

Comment by sk8eycat on January 24, 2015 at 3:50pm

"Cheezes KEEE-RISPPPP!"

*:)) laughing

*whew!*  I dunno about Carl, but I really needed that laugh!

Comment by sk8eycat on January 24, 2015 at 3:46pm

*CACKLE!*   *SNORT!!* 

[FALLS OFF CHAIR AND....]

ROTFLMAO!

Comment by The Flying Atheist on January 24, 2015 at 3:25pm

I thought they were Tee Hee Hee's. 

Comment by sk8eycat on January 24, 2015 at 3:18pm

Those are NOT "chuckles"!  They are GUFFAWS! 

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on January 24, 2015 at 2:20pm

Carl, I'm so sorry to hear of your latest bad news. Your attitude toward all this adversity is incredible, and it will see you through. 

Comment by The Flying Atheist on January 24, 2015 at 2:06pm

Randy, I've never been a big sports fan, but one cannot escape  from admiring a true historic sports hero and gentleman like Ernie Banks.  There's a certain element of respect and honor of his natural talent that is sorely lacking from so many of the doped-up and hyper-physical athletes today.  

The Chicago Tribune has a very nice article about him which includes a short video. 

http://www.chicagotribune.com/sports/baseball/cubs/chi-ernie-banks-...

Comment by The Flying Atheist on January 24, 2015 at 1:42pm

Thank you everyone for the big hugs and support. 

Patricia, deep down I'm not really surprised I have heart problems.  My father had a heart attack when he was 54 (he'll be 80 this year!) and his father died of a massive heart attack when he was in his 50's.  My grandmother had a heart condition and TIA strokes.  Heart disease runs rampant in my family.  With proper care, I know that I have a lot of life left in me.  I've seen it with my father. 

Joan, thank for sharing the Branford Marsalis video.  That is some awesome swinging jazz!  Loved it. 

Chris, I am feeling calm.  I'm normally a calm and easy-going person.  It's my personality.  I'm not going to say that I haven't been stressed out by what's happening, but I'm not getting all worked up about something I can't avoid.  To be honest, I'm looking forward to getting these surgeries completed so I can start to heal, feel better, and get my life back. 

 

Comment by Idaho Spud on January 24, 2015 at 1:27pm

Carl, hope you will recover well from those operations.  

Comment by Randall Smith on January 24, 2015 at 8:19am

Thanks for sharing your health situation, Carl. Here I am complaining about the pre-colonoscopy prep I had to endure, and then read your story. Have courage and fight the bad draw as hard as you can. Keep us informed.

Another piece of sad news from Chicago: Ernie Banks, the greatest Cub of all, died. 

 

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