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

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Loren Miller 21 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 Ruth Anthony-Gardner on October 17, 2013 at 9:54pm

Napoleon Bonaparte, your elephant trumpet startled me so I jumped in my chair.

I hope the sequester’s end turns out to be more than a band-aid. Yeah, Steph, sometimes I wanted to scream like that.

Comment by Joan Denoo on October 17, 2013 at 2:34pm

Pro-gress/Con-gress. Oh! I get it!

Comment by Grinning Cat on October 17, 2013 at 1:47pm

If "pro" is the opposite of "con"....

(the old joke is especially apropos now!)

Comment by Steph S. on October 17, 2013 at 1:17pm

Comment by Steph S. on October 17, 2013 at 1:10pm

Napoleon - that would be a great video for my Wildlife Group in the site. Very cool

Comment by Steph S. on October 17, 2013 at 1:10pm

Comment by Joan Denoo on October 16, 2013 at 9:48pm
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Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on October 16, 2013 at 8:30pm

Great Faux News cartoon, booklover!
Thanks Joan for the Neil deGrasse Tyson clip. He’s right, but audiences need faces to relate to aliens. It’s our primitive brains. If you want an alien who isn’t just a monster, it helps to have a face. There was Star Trek’s crystalline entity.
My week was OK, Steph. I’m doing much better on an IBS diet.
Tony, I always loved carl Sandburg’s Fog too.

Comment by Grinning Cat on October 16, 2013 at 6:58pm

Thanks, Steph, for that not-very-successful "catouflage". That cat should learn from the ones pictured in "Camo Cats"! (Solid-colored kitties welcome too!)

Comment by Idaho Spud on October 16, 2013 at 5:29pm

The hiding cat is funny Steph.

 

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