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

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Loren Miller 23 hours ago. 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 Grinning Cat on September 22, 2016 at 9:14am

Happy fall, everyone!

Here in Philly I'm enjoying the last couple of days in the 80s; it'll be 10-15 degrees cooler starting Saturday. I'll miss being comfortable throughout the day and evening in shorts and sandals.

(Even "worse", I'm heading north to Massachusetts for a few days. Gary Larson didn't speak for everyone: for some of us it's "Welcome to heaven; here's your accordion.")

Comment by Plinius on September 22, 2016 at 7:38am

Merry Equinox to all!

Have you tried light therapy, Randall?

Comment by Randall Smith on September 22, 2016 at 6:46am
So we welcome in the Autumnal Equinox today. It's the "Sunday" of my life--knowing Monday and back to work is coming. In this case, winter will inevitably follow. I'll try to enjoy Fall, but as the daylight hours shrink and the temperatures drop, my happiness graph line goes down. Not down to the depression mark, but less than average. But hey, I'm just happy to be alive! Merry Equinox, everybody.
Comment by Ian Mason on September 19, 2016 at 2:06pm

Randall, it was me who did it and I'm paying the price now. There isn't enough sugar in the world to satisfy my cravings. I was going to say that I'm getting too old but I've just read of an 80 year old woman who's run the Copenhagen ½ marathon ten minutes faster than me. That's really impressive.

Comment by Randall Smith on September 19, 2016 at 7:42am

Chris, spotted knapweed is an invasive species for the area. We have many different "invasives" around these parts.

Ian, was it you or your friend that did the half marathon? Congrats to whomever!! Impressive.

Comment by Plinius on September 19, 2016 at 7:12am

O, now I see! Haven't had any carbohydrates today, though...

Comment by Plinius on September 19, 2016 at 7:10am

Nappy? Napoleon, a diaper, or perhaps a brand name?

Comment by Loren Miller on September 19, 2016 at 6:46am

I wonder if "Nappy" is carb-ed out.  I can hardly look at carbohydrates these days, let alone eat them, without having to cop some ZZZs!

Comment by Plinius on September 19, 2016 at 12:50am

Lame dog lives long - that sounds much more elegant. And I like your seven dwarves!

Comment by Qiana-Maieev on September 18, 2016 at 2:50pm

I am 5 of those. I don't nap or rock.

 

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