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

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Compelledunbeliever yesterday. 37 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

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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

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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

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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

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Comment by Joan Denoo on April 7, 2014 at 10:06am

Is it not interesting that a 12 year old boy is prepared for the priesthood and 12 year old girls have no such opportunity. 

When god was a woman

This is an old book (1978) and as valid today as when I read it all those years ago. 

My project with Marija Gimbutas and Riane Eisler in Turkey, Greece and Crete and in Ireland and Belgium provides ample evidence of the reality of a time when god was a woman. 

Comment by Idaho Spud on April 7, 2014 at 9:19am

Mindy, thanks for the info on the Jerk.

Comment by Idaho Spud on April 7, 2014 at 9:14am

G Cat is right.  

The mormon 'priesthood' seemed like no big deal to me.  All male members got it at age 12 and got promoted at regular intervals, just for showing-up at church once in a while.  I was a "High Priest" when I realized it was all Horse Pucky. 

Comment by Ian Mason on April 7, 2014 at 5:44am

Shallom and sallaam to all. Hope you are keeping well.

Got back from a holiday in Israel at 5 a.m. Most of me had a great time although it might be a few days before my feet, legs and the skin on my arms and neck forgive me for what I've put them through. A few pics will be posted when I get some energy back. A good holiday is when you're too tired to go back to work but too skint not to

Comment by Grinning Cat on April 7, 2014 at 12:02am

My understanding is that the priesthood in the Mormon church is unlike other religions' clergy; it's conferred on virtually all male LDS church members, and is a necessary condition to obtaining exaltation in their highest level of heaven. (It was denied to black men until a "convenient" divine revelation in 1978.)

Comment by Joan Denoo on April 6, 2014 at 6:32pm

Herald Poll: Women at the LDS Priesthood meeting

April 03, 2014 11:48 am  •  
Should women be allowed to attend the Priesthood session of the LDS General Conference?

"This weekend the LDS General Conference will kick off, bringing with it what has become a conference tradition -- protesters.

"One group, Ordain Women, will line up for tickets and hope that they will be admitted to the Saturday evening Priesthood session -- a meeting reserved by the church for males age 12 and older."

Well, well, I wonder how long it will take them to get equality, at least at being able to attend the General Conference?

Do the women believe the mythology? Are there any who ask questions and express doubt? I can't understand how women can stay in servitude generation after generation ... yet I know the women in my family were to submit to the men in my family, even if the submission was unhealthy. I just don't know they can stay!

Comment by The Flying Atheist on April 6, 2014 at 3:34pm

I know, Spud.  At some point you would think these people would just stop for a moment and say to themselves, Hey, this is total bullshit.

Comment by sk8eycat on April 6, 2014 at 3:33pm

When we played SLC 50+ years ago, I took the (limited) tour of Temple Square, and had a difficult time not LOLing at some of the nonsense the guide was spouting...such as the "miracle" of the seagulls, and the myth about American Indians being one of the "lost" tribes of Israel.  I'm glad that DNA tests finally proved that last one wrong.  The "lost tribes" if Israel were assimilated into other tribes, most likely.

I also tried to read the Book of Moron that was in my hotel room, and it was sillier than the buybull.  (But I stole it anyway, just so I could throw it off the train somewhere between SLC and Peoria (our next stop).

Comment by Idaho Spud on April 6, 2014 at 3:20pm

I can't understand why anyone that thinks "God's only true church" is doing anything wrong, are not questioning the whole thing.

Comment by Idaho Spud on April 6, 2014 at 3:12pm

I agree Felaine and Carl.  It's crazy.  I also don't get those that want the moron church to allow non-temple-worthy people to attend weddings in the temple.

 

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