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

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Loren Miller 18 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 September 7, 2013 at 2:03pm

Sorry, Patricia and Joan, I can't imagine viewing any tree that isn't poisonous or excessively invasive as ugly, even if branches die and it looks degraded. Wabi-Sabi. Fast growing trees absorb CO2 faster. Guess I'm a tree hugger at heart. However, planting Polars farther from your house only makes good sense.

Just sayin', "Boop!"

Comment by Joan Denoo on September 7, 2013 at 12:59pm

Patricia, the tree looks like it is poplar, notorious for growing fast, having brittle branches and turning incredibly ugly as branches die. By all means, do what you can to get rid of them. When they are young, they are so pretty and lush ... old age sets in very early and they become hazards. Many farmers of the Palouse plant them for wind breaks and very soon they become old hags. 

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on September 7, 2013 at 10:48am

Yes, he looks a lot like Pumpkin's baby picture, Patricia. I'm glad you're both doing better.

sk8eycat, loving a terrifying father is part of Dominator cutlure. To someone who is comfortable with mutual respect and unconditional love for children (Partnership Culture) it is illogical. Dominator parenting is explained by Riane Eisler in several of her books. It's the emotional foundation for people adoring the nasty dictators who oppress them. People raised by "strict fathers" are perfectly comfortable with this, and don't really get love or respect for leaders who don't act like Alpha Male primates. If you weren't raised with unconditional love and treated with respect for your feelings and intelligence as a child this makes perfect sense to you.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on September 7, 2013 at 3:15am

Pumpkin's picture makes me smile.  :)

Comment by sk8eycat on September 7, 2013 at 2:23am

Ruth, that kitten looks a bit like my Pumpkin did when he was a baby:

Pumpkin's Baby Picture - 1999

I must 'splain that is a very tiny TV he's perched on. The entire front of the "box" is less than 10".

Comment by sk8eycat on September 7, 2013 at 2:18am

Loren and Mindy, I've wondered for a long time why believers consider it a compliment to say someone is "ghod-fearing."  (Then they turn around and say "ghod is love;" are they afraid of love?)

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on September 6, 2013 at 8:10pm

Patricia, I'm sorry you and your husband had such a bad day. You describe it so vividly, I shudder. Maybe because I've had a wasp inside of my clothes and got stung multiple times. But I only needed Benadryl and a beer.

At least you were able to enjoy your take out.

Interesting video, Flying Atheist.

Comment by Luara on September 6, 2013 at 6:51pm

Never open the door to a strange man.

Comment by Lillie on September 6, 2013 at 4:16pm

Two really good ones, Loren and Mindy.

Comment by Loren Miller on September 6, 2013 at 10:19am

Mindy, under "irony" in the dictionary, it says, "SEE THAT KNOCK-KNOCK!"

 

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