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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 Randall Smith on August 3, 2014 at 7:57am

Felaine, I'd be on the lookout for "bad thing #3", as my grandmother's adage that "things happen in threes". Just kidding--I don't believe such things.

Well, I saved a dog from the animal shelter two days ago. It's a two yr old boxer-lab mix. She's (Dot) a strong, energetic, extremely friendly dog. I'm trying to get her used to her new surrounding, but on a leash for now. It is very therapeutic to have a quick replacement for Molly. Thanks again for all your kind words.

Comment by sk8eycat on August 3, 2014 at 3:40am

I have always tried to do business with independent neighborhood stores and services, partly because it's friendly, and partly because I detest chains.  (I would like to see Walmart and Walgreens go bankrupt  in some mighty catastrophe.)

I am old enough to remember when even grocery stores were mostly independent....now we have a choice of two...Von's, which is owned by Safeway; and Ralphs, which is part of the Kroger conglomerate.  Eff them both!

(Although Vons/Safeway began home delivery about 10 years ago; just about the time that I could no longer carry bags of groceries from my car into the house without excruciating pain.  I shop on line now, and they have electronic coupons, and other specials...fresh baked goods, etc.  I also buy a few things from Schwan's home delivery service now and then when they are on sale. And the drivers are nice.....) 

I sold my 1979 Pontiwreck 2 years ago.  Too big to park anywhere, and the upkeep was killing me.  (Have you noticed that parking spaces are skinnier than they used to be?  Gotta get more cars on all those acres of asphalt!)

Comment by Plinius on August 3, 2014 at 1:07am

I'm so glad about that neighbour helping you, sk8eycat! We need people like that!

Comment by The Flying Atheist on August 2, 2014 at 11:48pm

Sk8eycat, what a great neighbor you have.  How nice of him to reward you with his kindness and generosity.  From the stories you tell, you certainly can use a break like that.  I'm glad for you.  :) 

Yes, Mindy, I like the Philosophy/Religion quote as well. 

Comment by sk8eycat on August 2, 2014 at 11:19pm

The Kindness of Friends

Our A/C started quitting on us just as the weather got really nasty, and before I could do anything about it, our water heated died completely, and had to be replaced.

My sister finally called a neighbor who owns his own Heating & A/C business, and has for years (and we have always done business with him). He came over this morning and fixed things...the filter just needed cleaning (it's removable, he just takes it outside and hoses off the cat hair and dust, and then replaces it...I am not strong enough to remove the metal panel to get at the filter)., Then he gave the compressor a couple of blasts of freon....or whatever the coolant is.  And now it's running nicely, and I am no longer sweating.

When my sister started to write him a check, he just smiled, and said, "No charge."

I am flabbergasted.

I just wish the damn plumber was as understanding...he is not even giving me the advertized "Senior Discount" for the gahdam water heater.  And I had to borrow the money for the down payment on the thing before he would even let his men start work...

Two entirely different businessmen...I just wish I could find a different plumber.  This guy is an asshat, and I have paid him thousands of dollars over the past 10 years....never got the bloody discount.

Comment by k.h. ky on August 2, 2014 at 11:08pm
I like the puzzle.
Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on August 2, 2014 at 11:00pm

Your philosophy/religion quote is fantastic, booklover!

Comment by The Flying Atheist on August 2, 2014 at 8:18pm

Comment by Joan Denoo on August 2, 2014 at 3:17pm

@Loren Miller, do you have a good stress management tape in TM that you can recommend. I am not finding secular ones that I like. 

Comment by Idaho Spud on August 2, 2014 at 2:50pm

Has this one been posted on AN before?  Faith explained:

 

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