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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

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

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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

Tags: patriot, America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers

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Comment by Ian Mason on September 14, 2013 at 11:10pm

Great pic, Ruth. Stealing it.

That's what I think too. Do things while you can. There's an Irish toast that says something like "enjoy life while you can because you're a long time dead". BTW, the oldest member of the group I was travelling with was 87! She didn't walk the gorge (only one other of the bunch did) but kept up with the rest in every other activity, including drinking and smoking!

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on September 14, 2013 at 9:50pm

Patricia, the wife fed his hamster of course. Probably grumbling under her breath too.

Thanks everyone for the entertaining LOLcats and gifs.

Sorry, Flying Atheist, couldn't bring myself to listen to the Osmonds. That green light building in Chicago is interesting, as well as the fountains and sculptures. How can it be so clean-looking? Where's the air pollution?

I didn't know that story about the cat hotel, sk8eycat.

Hope you enjoy the new restaurants, booklover.

Ian, thanks for the picture of you in Crete. You give me travel envy, but that's partly youth envy. I couldn't walk a 10 mile gorge any more. I'm glad you can and you get out there. Carpe Diem!

Comment by Ian Mason on September 14, 2013 at 9:50am

That's a dangerous kitty!

Back again from my 2nd tour to Crete. Won't even try to catch up.

Walked Samaria gorge (16km/10 m) saw Knossos and the Museum of Archeology in Iraklio plus a few other sites I didn't see the first time round. Have put on a few pounds but am now back to a diet that isn't 50% fat.

Hope you're all well.

Comment by Plinius on September 14, 2013 at 1:08am

I love those videos, Carl! Very beautiful, and there's something from Koyaanisqatsi in it. Here it's Saturday 8 AM, rainy and very quiet:

Comment by The Flying Atheist on September 13, 2013 at 7:46pm

Here are two really cool time lapse videos of Chicago.  I do admit, I love the hustle, bustle and beauty of a large city. 

Places in Time: Chicago from Chris Pritchard on Vimeo.

Cityscape Chicago from Eric Hines on Vimeo.

Comment by sk8eycat on September 13, 2013 at 1:04pm

I hope that woman tossing kibble to a roomful of cats is just somebody's idea of a joke, and not a real hoarder.  The room looks clean, and the cats look healthy, but just thinking about hoarders makes me shudder.

It was two hoarders that ruined the elegant Cat Hotel; the city had to get a haz-mat team in there to clean it up, and the place still smells after being vacant for 2 years.

Breaks my heart because we worked so hard for more than 10 years to keep it clean, and attractive enough to appeal to people like Jay Leno, Stephanie Edwards, and Loretta Swit....and other members of Actors & Others for Animals.  (Word of mouth advertising is the best kind.)

Damn.  Damn.  Damn.  Damn.

sorry  8>(

Comment by The Flying Atheist on September 13, 2013 at 2:57am

OK, folks.  I hope this makes up for the Donny & Marie clip.....

Comment by The Flying Atheist on September 12, 2013 at 11:07pm

Ever since Mitt Romney lost the presidential election, it's been awhile since we've heard from the Mormon's.........

Comment by sk8eycat on September 12, 2013 at 7:06pm

I think I have the job; it all depends on when or whether Sharon's surgery is scheduled. I hate to say this, but I think she needs some serious liposuction or something first, or the new hip joint won't help her much.  Oh, hell...what do I know?

In the meantime, this my wish for all of us RIGHT NOW!

Comment by The Flying Atheist on September 12, 2013 at 5:31pm
 

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