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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 sk8eycat on June 9, 2014 at 12:16am

The little bit that I got to hear (the very end) was a recap of Carl Sagan's philosophy that we alone are responsible for the fate of our Pale Blue Dot in space.

Finest kind.

Comment by Ian Mason on June 8, 2014 at 11:45pm

Sorry, Joan: no magic cure, just stretch and rest plus some well-deserved calories.

Comment by Joan Denoo on June 8, 2014 at 10:25pm

I was in the garden at 7:00 AM, came inside at 7:00 PM, with a nice lunch and two hour nap during the heat of the day. Pure joy. Slowly, the Garden of Weeds is becoming the Garden of Eatin'! 

Carl, loved the kitty commercial! Has your visitor remained for a lengthy visit?

Ian, do you have a quick remedy for muscle pain? I can use some magic elixir today, as well.

WHAT! COSMOS IS OVER?!!! I could watch those programs forever. In fact, I do watch and rewatch them to pick up little details that add to my library of rebuttal for creationism. I will see it tomorrow. Last week, it was late Monday before it became available on my computer.

I am anxious to see if there is going to be a spike in people thinking climate change, caused by humans, is a fact  

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on June 8, 2014 at 10:10pm

Thanks for the commercial, Flying Atheist. It's good to know that curtains of invisibility work to hide from Vacoom.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on June 8, 2014 at 10:00pm

Mindy, I wasn't able to watch COSMOS tonight so I'll view it on my laptop tomorrow.  In the meantime, don't tell me how it ends.  I want to be surprised just in case it turns out that God "did it."

Comment by Ian Mason on June 8, 2014 at 8:34pm

Glad you  had a good day, Mindy. I've no idea what Philppine food is like.

Sweet cat and kitten, Carl. I wonder if cats are a  more effective selling ploy than sex?

Good to hear that you're enjoying your garden and wildlife, Joan.

Sunday was a pleasant day for me: a local ½ marathon followed by eating with my daughter and her bloke. Enjoyed both very much even though my middle-aged legs are complaining now. Happy holiday weekend to all.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on June 8, 2014 at 7:11pm

A cute commercial:

Comment by Joan Denoo on June 8, 2014 at 1:30pm

Good Sunday mornin' to ye all! Just came in from 3 hours in the garden. A crow has found our peanut feeder emptied it right out. So, now I have crows, sparrows and chickadees. Oh! I wish a goldfinch would visit 

I signed the petition and hope it has a negative effect on the homophobes. It is past time for grown-ups to grow up.

Mindy, your trip to  Rolling Meadow sounds like great fun. Have a great meal always appeals to me. Did cook Philippine style food. 

A Philippine friend, Jose Valerico, taught me how to make Adobo. It was delicious. Red Chile Adobo Sauce.The way he taught me was to fry chicken parts and pork chops, pour the sauce over them, simmer about 20 minutes to blend flavors, then serve over rice. A very nice sweet and sour sauce .

Carl, do you now have a cat house mate?

Comment by The Flying Atheist on June 8, 2014 at 12:46pm

Hello and Happy Sunday to everyone.  I like the changing cat and the artist horse, Mindy and Ian. 

There was a cat standing right outside my front window yesterday evening that was so adorable.  He/She was white with caramel brown spots.  Just like a tiny miniature cow.  I immediately thought if that was my cat, I'd call him/her "Moo Moo."  

Comment by Ian Mason on June 8, 2014 at 10:50am

Sunday pun

 

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