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

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Compelledunbeliever 11 hours ago. 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 Ruth Anthony-Gardner on April 7, 2013 at 6:03pm

Thanks for the cute otter LOL, booklover.

Joan, you introduced me to a new kind of eye candy, body painting. Thanks.

Comment by Joan Denoo on April 7, 2013 at 6:01pm
A tragedy, turned to a partial victory. A beautiful sight that sends shivers up my spine. Now, what will they do to prevent another such occurrence?
The Great Netherlands Horse Rescue
http://ponymansdaughter.wordpress.com/2013/04/07/the-great-netherla...
Comment by Idaho Spud on April 7, 2013 at 4:57pm

Kind of funny Whorehouse vs church story.  Also, a very interesting dilemma for the judge.

If I were the judge, and thought I could get away with it, I would say there is no evidence that god exists or that prayers are answered, so, in spite of my conclusion that religion is a net evil, in this case I'm sadly going to have to rule in favor of the defendant.

Comment by sk8eycat on April 7, 2013 at 3:56pm

MT. VERNON, TEXAS … WHOREHOUSE SUES LOCAL CHURCH OVER LIGHTNING STRIKE!

 
Diamond D's brothel began construction on an expansion of their building to increase their ever-growing business. In response, the local Baptist Church started a campaign to block the business from expanding -- with morning, afternoon, and evening prayer sessions at their church. Work on Diamond D's progressed right up until the week before the grand reopening when lightning struck the whorehouse and burned it to the ground!
After the cat-house was burned to the ground by the lightning strike, the church folks were rather smug in their outlook, bragging about "the power of prayer."
 
But late last week 'Big Jugs' Jill Diamond, the owner/madam, sued the church, the preacher and the entire congregation on the grounds that the church ... "was ultimately responsible for the demise of her building and her business -- either through direct or indirect divine actions or means."
 
In its reply to the court, the church vehemently and voraciously denied any and all responsibility or any connection to the building's demise.
 
The crusty old judge read through the plaintiff's complaint and the defendant's reply, and at the opening hearing he commented, "I don't know how the hell I'm going to decide this case, but it appears from the paperwork, that we now have a whorehouse owner who staunchly believes in the power of prayer, and an entire church congregation that thinks it's all bullshit!"
Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on April 7, 2013 at 3:55pm

I'll be thinking of you on April 16th, Joan. Good luck.

Thanks for introducing me to IZ. One thing that struck me, as the wife of someone with emphysema, was IZ wearing an oxygen cannula. Sharing this with your fans is coming out, for an entertainment celebrity, as bold as declaring oneself atheist or gay.

I try to avoid looking at needles going into my body. I did read that people report less pain when they don't look.

Comment by Joan Denoo on April 7, 2013 at 1:01pm

“Justice is the only worship.

Love is the only priest.

Ignorance is the only slavery.

Happiness is the only good.

The time to be happy is now,

The place to be happy is here,

The way to be happy is to make others so.

Wisdom is the science of happiness.”

~ Robert G. Ingersoll, As quoted in Familiar Quotations (1937) edited by Christopher Morley, p. 603

Comment by Joan Denoo on April 7, 2013 at 1:00pm

"The Declaration of Independence announces the sublime truth, that all power comes from the people. This was a denial, and the first denial of a nation, of the infamous dogma that God confers the right upon one man to govern others.

"It was the first grand assertion of the dignity of the human race. It declared the governed to be the source of power, and in fact denied the authorityof any and all gods. Through the ages of slavery — through the weary centuries of the lash and chain, God was the acknowledged ruler of the world. To enthrone man, was to dethrone God."

Robert G. IngersollIndividuality (1873).

 

Comment by Joan Denoo on April 7, 2013 at 1:00pm

A very interesting discussion takes place that I want to share with you. 

"Dr. Allan H. Clark

"It has always seemed to me that Epicurus's riddle is the simplest way to raise the main problem of theodicy—how do you justify the belief in a good and just god in the presence of manifest evil? The standard Christian answer is that this world is a test and that the balance toward good is restored in the promised afterlife. To answer that there is Ingersoll's little verse:

 

Happiness is the only good.

The place to be happy is here.

The time to be happy is now.

The way to be happy is to make others so."

~ Robert G. Ingersoll, Variant, as it appears on a manuscript copy he jotted down for a fan (26 March 1897)"

 

Comment by Idaho Spud on April 7, 2013 at 10:10am

Felaine, can't see an injection in your rear?  Take a mirror. : )

I've watched many injections now, and I seem to feel more pain when I watch than when I don't.  But even then it's just a small prick.  No big deal.

I love the "Imagine no Religion" story.

Comment by Joan Denoo on April 6, 2013 at 10:56pm

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