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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 April 6, 2014 at 3:07pm

Here's a link to a blog by a guy in SLC...I believe he's an ex-Moron...certainly an atheist:

http://sldailyissue.com/2014/04/05/disruptive-activities-cloud-atmo...

Scroll down for the billboards, they're GREAT!

Comment by The Flying Atheist on April 6, 2014 at 3:04pm

Yes, sk8eycat, and those women were denied entrance to the meeting (surprise, surprise.)

http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/04/06/us-usa-mormon-women-idUSB...

All people, women and men, need to quit these back-assed organizations.  I just don't understand the allure, other than the non-religious social aspect of it. 

Comment by sk8eycat on April 6, 2014 at 2:55pm

There's some kind of big semi-annual meeting in SLC this weekend, and one aspect puzzles the hell out of me.  a group of Moron women are agitating to be admitted to the all-male priesthood.  WHY?

Why do women want to have anything to do with any organization that has kept them in perpetual childhood, and as property for more than 2000 years?  There are female rabbis, ministers, evangelists, everything but Craplick and Moron priests (the worst offenders), and women want to join both those priesthoods.   I just don't get it.

If they feel they must worship that old fiend and his crazy "son," why don't they just start an all-women church, and bar men from the leadership?

Comment by Idaho Spud on April 6, 2014 at 2:39pm

Yes, "JERK" seems like the best explanation.

Comment by Joan Denoo on April 6, 2014 at 12:15pm

Felaine, I'll be watching! 

Comment by sk8eycat on April 6, 2014 at 12:07pm

Just for fun: Total Lunar Eclipse next week:
http://www.skyandtelescope.com/community/skyblog/observingblog/Apri...

Clear skies, everyone!

Comment by Joan Denoo on April 6, 2014 at 12:00pm

Returning from atheism to moronism is like the old fallacy, "No True Scotsman". 

My hunch, he got cold feet. Happily before any legal entanglement occurred. 

Comment by The Flying Atheist on April 6, 2014 at 11:48am

Spud, the way I see it, people don't come to atheism through some kind of epiphany.  It's via an intellectually honest and well-reasoned process.  Either that Mormon kid wasn't an atheist like he said he was, or he is an atheist but is being pressured by family to conform.

The third option is that he is an atheist but is having second thoughts about getting married and moving to Arizona with this girl.  Claiming now that he's religious may be his cowardly way of slithering out of the situation.

Comment by Idaho Spud on April 6, 2014 at 11:20am

Wow Mindy.  First atheist to go back to religion that I know of.  

It could never happen to me.  Mormonism has hundreds of things, any one of which proves it false.  Lots of people obviously have a different kind of brain than I have.

Comment by Plinius on April 6, 2014 at 1:43am

What a boyfriend - to to turn religious and flee! Good riddance!

We're still working in brother-in-law's house, sorting the usable things from rubbish and packing. It takes a long time, but we have our limitations and cannot work more than three or four hours in one day - and of course we have some other things to do on weekdays. b-i-l is still in revalidation but will move to a care home sometime in summer.

 

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