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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

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

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Joan Denoo Sep 2. 28 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

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 August 5, 2014 at 7:10pm

Interesting article, Sk8eycat.  Thanks for the info.

BTW, Patricia, I wouldn't mind having a black cat that sparkles!  lol

Comment by sk8eycat on August 5, 2014 at 7:03pm
Comment by The Flying Atheist on August 5, 2014 at 6:23pm

Love the photos, Patricia.  That horse is gorgeous. 

These photos reminded me of a song from my childhood.  I used to listen to my copy of this Captain Kangaroo record over and over. 

Comment by The Flying Atheist on August 5, 2014 at 4:30pm

That is a bit surprising to me, Mindy.  I guess there's no end to the fascinating behavior of humans.  It never once occurred to me that dogs -- dogs! -- could be subjected to prejudices of color.  I am aware that some people have unfounded fears against certain breeds but having an adverse reaction to a dog's color never crossed my mind.

Comment by Joan Denoo on August 5, 2014 at 2:01pm

Randy, what a fine specimen of a dog you chose. Beautiful, looks like she is in charge of keeping you and yours safe, can give and take love and attention. 

Comment by The Flying Atheist on August 5, 2014 at 12:14pm

Beautiful dog, Randy! 

K.H., seriously?  Is there a study that shows actual prejudices against black dogs?

Comment by k.h. ky on August 5, 2014 at 8:07am
She's beautiful Randall. I'm glad you got a black one. Have you read the study on the prejudice against black dogs? Interesting.
Comment by Plinius on August 5, 2014 at 7:25am

She looks like good company, Randall!

Comment by Randall Smith on August 5, 2014 at 6:34am

Dot's "selfie"! All tongue and slobbers.

Comment by Plinius on August 5, 2014 at 2:03am

Thanks, Joan! I've lost all my relatives but I've learnt to find my family in people I happened to meet, and they have taught me a lot of things I needed and they brought happiness! Part of my family is here on AN. ;-)

I love the ice sculptures, Carl!

 

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