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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 The Flying Atheist on September 15, 2014 at 6:21am

Joan, have you been to the Riverwalk?  It's quite nice.  Even in the intense heat of the Summer, it must be 10 to 15 degrees cooler than at the higher street level sidewalk surrounding it.  It's lush with green trees, foliage and water.   

Comment by Joan Denoo on September 15, 2014 at 2:19am

Carl, your photos of San Antonio bring back lovely memories. 

Comment by Plinius on September 15, 2014 at 2:13am

That's quite another view of Texas, Carl!

Comment by The Flying Atheist on September 14, 2014 at 11:07pm

If anyone here has the chance to watch the documentary "The Fabulous Ice Age" that Sk8eycat and I have been discussing, you really should.  It's well made and was very enjoyable to watch.  It has lots of interesting tid-bits, stories and colorful film footage of a truly lost icon of Americana entertainment.

Comment by Joan Denoo on September 14, 2014 at 11:04pm

Felaine, I had forgotten about crickets! When we lived in Texas we used a snow shovel to get to the car during certain times of the year. When we stepped on a pile of crickets there was an eerie crunch, crunch, crunch. The crows loved the dead feast. 

Comment by The Flying Atheist on September 14, 2014 at 10:59pm

I don't wish to insult our good friends here from Texas, but the only redeeming quality I enjoy about Texas is sipping margarita's along the Riverwalk in San Antonio.  It's a beautiful setting with some great restaurants.     

Comment by Joan Denoo on September 14, 2014 at 10:56pm

sk8eycatMatthew 6:5-15 makes sense to me. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on September 14, 2014 at 10:45pm

Felaine, I enjoyed reading of the artificial ice. I had no idea it existed. It seems the problem of skates getting "dirty" and essentially been solved, but I wonder if the surface allows those incredible spins, jumps and maneuvers that ice water allows? The article did say the artificial ice performed 90% as well as ice. Is that good enough. The hot feet is interesting. Are the falls any different that falls on ice? Other than not being cold? 

Comment by Joan Denoo on September 14, 2014 at 10:38pm

Today, I saw a woman walking a cat on a leash. Now, that is an idea and perhaps a way to meet nice young men. 

Comment by sk8eycat on September 14, 2014 at 10:38pm

Augggggh!  I have played Dallas, Amarillo, Lubbock, Austin, and Port Arthur TX...aside from the general attitude of the 2nd Amendment defenders, the place was too humid for me!  (We played a brand new arena in Dallas; as soon as the doors were opened, thousands of crickets invaded the place.  I think they liked the coolth.)

 

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