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

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Joan Denoo 5 minutes ago. 31 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 Ian Mason on October 22, 2014 at 12:55pm

Sorry to hear you're not feeling well, Mindy. Hope the outing and lunch cheer you up.

Piano moving.http://https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r5XX9LX2es4

Comment by Idaho Spud on October 22, 2014 at 11:27am

Carl, that space cat video is the funniest thing I've seen in a long time!

How can I get a copy of it?  I found a longer version on Youtube, but I like yours better.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on October 22, 2014 at 10:16am

Randy, I agree with Grinning Cat.  You should consider using professional piano movers.  That's precious cargo!  I have an upright piano that I promised to give my niece when her and her husband bought a house.  Well.....now they have a house.  I have other pressing issues at the moment, but eventually I need to ship that piano from Chicago to Pittsburgh. 

Mindy, I'm sorry to hear your not feeling well at this time.  I hope your visit with your daughter brightens your day!  

 

Comment by Grinning Cat on October 22, 2014 at 9:50am

And I hope you feel better quickly, Mindy!

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Comment by Grinning Cat on October 22, 2014 at 9:45am

Randall, that's a great find! Piano movers are worth considering -- they have strength and experience.

Mindy, that picture is a keeper! Teaching about hypothetical skyfathers with less power than a jug of milk (the milk can provide some physical nutrition!) is as valid as insisting on the existence of a tea tray in the sky. ("Twinkle, twinkle, little bat!...")

Or a teapot orbiting the sun....

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Comment by Plinius on October 22, 2014 at 8:24am

Take care of your back, Randall!

Comment by Randall Smith on October 22, 2014 at 7:59am

Moving day--a baby grand piano, that is. My sister (a musician) came across a 1927 piano for sale for $300. She says it's worth $4000! She already has 3 pianos, including a Steinway grand. I have one baby grand. So we're giving it to my daughter who has an old upright. She plays and her kids (now 2 and 5) will some day use it, hopefully. But first, we have to move it! Wish us luck.

Comment by Grinning Cat on October 21, 2014 at 11:12pm

Geronimeoooooow!

Comment by The Flying Atheist on October 21, 2014 at 11:10pm

Yes, it appears so, Sk8eycat.  Some kind of space craft.  

Comment by sk8eycat on October 21, 2014 at 9:38pm

I'm a little slow tonight; is that cat leaping from a space capsule?

 

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