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

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Bertold Brautigan 2 hours ago. 34 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 sk8eycat on August 15, 2014 at 7:26pm

Chris, a hedge or a fence around our front and side yard would look awful in this old neighborhood; part of the attraction is the openness.

As for the trash that lands in the parkway (the lawn between the sidewalk and the street)...we are responsible for the upkeep, but it is actually City property.  View of hills from our front lawn....crabgrass.

Comment by Idaho Spud on August 15, 2014 at 4:19pm

Mindy, I was thinking you had more cats, but couldn't remember.

Comment by Plinius on August 15, 2014 at 2:27pm

Sk8eycat, can't you make a hedge of nettles, hogweed or other plants that keep people at a distance? Or find things that keep the dogs away? I'd hate such passers-by!

Comment by The Flying Atheist on August 15, 2014 at 2:12pm

Wow, Patricia.  That photo is very disturbing.  And you just know those adults think they are doing that poor little girl a favor by giving her a demonstration of the plight of Jesus. 

When I was in high school I attended Lutheran summer band camp.  One day during the church time we were all given large 5-inch nails just to press the tip against the palms of our hands.  Believe it or not, I still have that nail in my toolbox.  It's been too large for any project I've ever done.   

Comment by The Flying Atheist on August 15, 2014 at 12:37pm

It's amazing what desperate people will do in public.  Twenty years ago I lived in a neighborhood that was pretty "sketchy."  Right out on the sidewalk in broad afternoon daylight were prostitutes, pimps, drug dealers, and yes, condoms laying around in the grass, etc.  I know exactly what you're talking about, Felaine.   

Comment by Idaho Spud on August 15, 2014 at 12:21pm

Carl, I don't have much desire to go white water rafting either.  Almost drowning in the ocean when a couple of things went wrong while scuba-diving was enough for me.  I would still go scuba-diving if I had the chance, but would be much smarter, and take more precautions.

I went rafting down a river in California once, but it was quite calm water.  Very nice for enjoying the scenery.

Comment by Idaho Spud on August 15, 2014 at 12:15pm

Wow Felaine, you have worse slobs and theives than I do!

Comment by sk8eycat on August 15, 2014 at 12:06pm

Idaho: We don't do much gardening anymore, but our house in on a corner in a suburban neighborhood, and we often look out the windows and see people walking by helping themselves to oranges and avocados from our trees.  AND half of them are walking nasty little dogs that poop on our lawn, and leave it there.  The man we pay to mow the lawn (mostly crabgrass) gets very upset about these slobs, and so do we.

PS: Our side street is very dark at night, and people park there to smoke pot and have sex.  We also find used "roaches" and condoms tossed in the parkway in the morning....   Gah!

At least they've stopped tossing junk over the back fence into the pool....

Comment by The Flying Atheist on August 15, 2014 at 10:31am

Bertold, yes, I'm in total agreement with you about cigarette butts being trash as well. 

Comment by Idaho Spud on August 15, 2014 at 10:30am

Throwing cigarette butts out of the car is bad, but what frosts my tush the worst is throwing them in my garden.  I garden my front yard, and areas between the sidewalk and road, so I get some in my gardens every day.  It's like they don't even think.  Just toss them anywhere.

 

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