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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

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 Joan Denoo on March 24, 2016 at 8:17am

Happy Birthday, Randy! I hope you get some nice spring weather to help you celebrate. Apricots, fresh off the tree, makes a splendid treat. Let's hope no late spring frosts interfere with their growth. 

Comment by Randall Smith on March 24, 2016 at 7:44am

Spring here usually arrives right around my birthday (today, as a matter of fact). My apricot trees are in full pink bloom. Maybe, for once, I'll have some.

Comment by Ian Mason on March 23, 2016 at 3:38pm

I couldn't resist this.

Comment by Ian Mason on March 23, 2016 at 3:37pm

The Nederlands are far enough south of DK to make a difference. Usually about 3 weeks.

Comment by Plinius on March 23, 2016 at 2:32pm

Such a difference, Ian? Here the willows are tuening green.

Comment by Ian Mason on March 23, 2016 at 1:57pm

A funny video, Ruth.

I've been running in the woods today. Nothing green yet at these latitudes but the sun was shining nicely.

Comment by Joan Denoo on March 23, 2016 at 1:10pm

Ian, thanks for the reminder that Spring has Sprung. I'm anxious to see what all comes up in the forest. 

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on March 23, 2016 at 10:57am

Good afternoon, all. You might enjoy this musical video about Steampunk.

It's 70°F here, and our heat's off again. Horray!

Comment by Randall Smith on March 23, 2016 at 7:36am

I still have another willow-- not all is lost. You're right, Carl, about the root system. I won't miss the catalpa with it's caterpillars every other summer.

Looks like Bernie did alright in Tuesday's primary/caucus.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on March 22, 2016 at 10:27am

Willow trees have always been one of my favorites.  Their beautiful, billowing branches portray the perfect summer tree, swaying and dancing in the summer breezes.  There was one across the street from my childhood home and it was fun to watch during windy thunderstorms.  They need a lot of ground to grow in because of their extensive root system.  They can cause lots of problems with sewage pipes and building foundations in crowded urban areas.

 

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