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

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Loren Miller 34 minutes 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 The Flying Atheist on November 18, 2013 at 12:32pm

It was a rough ride for the first 20 minutes or so leaving Chicago but then it smoothed out with occasional bumps along the way.  Because the storms had moved east in the direction of our flight path, the captain had us remain seated the whole flight.  We weren't able to get up and do a service and I wasn't able to serve dinner to my first class passengers.  But they were happy just to get to their destination.  I've been in worse turbulence.  It doesn't frighten me, as long as I'm seated and buckled in.    

Comment by Joan Denoo on November 18, 2013 at 9:12am
Carl, your trip to Wash, DC sounds like a bumpy one. How are take offs and landings. I imagine people were happy to get to their destinations.

Mindy and Chris, I wouldn't go out in that weather either. I like being cuddled up in my blanket; weather is getting colder with forecasts of snow storms. Lots of wind and cold rain.

Anyone affected by storms/tornados?
Comment by The Flying Atheist on November 18, 2013 at 3:50am

Chris, congratulations on another trip around the sun with a loved one by your side.  That's great! 

Comment by Plinius on November 18, 2013 at 3:50am

If you can hardly walk in the streets because of the wind it must be scary to fly too, FA.  

Comment by The Flying Atheist on November 18, 2013 at 3:41am

All is good by me.  I was at home earlier today when the bad weather went through.  The wind was the worst part.  It actually sounded like an arctic blizzard, but it was pouring rain and 68 degrees outside.  Afterward, the rain subsided but the winds continued to howl.  My street was flooded curb to curb, but two thoughtful neighbors got their rakes and unclogged the sewer grates which were blocked with leaves.

As I was enjoying the last of my coffee in the cozy comfort of my abode, the phone rang.  It was work.  Ugh!!  I got called to fly to Washington DC and back.  Earlier flights were cancelled but this one was going (that was the plan) and they needed a crew.  Walking to the bus stop was difficult.  Winds were so strong I had to lean forward, head down and force myself forward. 

But in the end, a bunch of happy people made it to DC instead of getting stranded in Chicago, and a second group got to leave DC and come back with us to Chicago.  Home sweet home on a Sunday night. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on November 18, 2013 at 3:09am
Thanks Patricia. I don't remember her, but then, I am not a movie fan. She surely could expend a lot of energy dancing.
I hope to hear from those in tornado storms and they are doing well.
Comment by Plinius on November 18, 2013 at 12:38am

Thanks Patricia, I'm all right! Celebrated another completed circle around the sun with partner - I can't believe it's 36 years that I moved in with him - seems like yesterday.

Comment by Joan Denoo on November 18, 2013 at 12:14am

Tony, do you know who is the woman dancing with Jerry? 

WOW! what energy!

Comment by Tony Carroll on November 17, 2013 at 10:14pm

I know he's not everyone's cup of tea, but I do enjoy this video.

 

Comment by Steph S. on November 16, 2013 at 9:26pm

 

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