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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

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

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Joan Denoo Sep 2. 28 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

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 The Flying Atheist on March 17, 2013 at 11:14am

Ian, a white Easter?  I would think that a red Easter would be more appropriate.  You know........bloody zombies, etc.  Anyway, stay warm and dry and remember....Spring is just around the corner. 

Comment by The Flying Atheist on March 17, 2013 at 10:41am

Joan, I've also been guilty of posting or repeating something from the internet that simply isn't true.  Even professional journalists have unwittingly done it.  Your pope post is a really good example of how believable an untrue quotation can be.  As you know, people of his ilk really do make truly outlandish statements such as that quite regularly, making it so easy to fall prey.  

I find the Catholic church to be quite credulous and irrelevant, but based on recent statements made by the new pope regarding humbleness and concern for the poor, I do admit to having a morbid curiosity (my own personal Schadenfreude) as to what path and what lengths this new pope will take his organization and whether he'll run into much opposition with those wanting to keep the status quo.     

Comment by Ian Mason on March 17, 2013 at 9:21am

Thank you very much for the flowers, Felaine and for the hug, TFA. The weather forcast here in Denmark is for the worst snow-storm in more than a decade. Looks like we might have a white Easter instead of a white Xmas.

Comment by Joan Denoo on March 17, 2013 at 3:16am

Whenever I make a mistake during a presentation, I always get called on it, and gratefully so. If I repeat false data, I lose my credibility.

Unfortunately, Pope Francis I allegedly said, "Women are naturally unfit for political office ...".

What does Snopes have to say?  "FALSE"
Did Pope Francis I state "Women are naturally unfit for ...?"

"No documentation or reference ..."

He appears to have a more compassionate philosophy than predecessors, but I do not find evidence of a god upon which he builds his thinking.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on March 17, 2013 at 12:30am

Thanks, sk8eycat!  We sure could use a little bit of Spring here in the mid-west.  It's been a bit chilly lately. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on March 17, 2013 at 12:15am
sk8eycat, that is so cool!
Comment by sk8eycat on March 16, 2013 at 11:03pm

OREO Speedwagon?  Oh mah NERRRRRVES!  (I love it!  Thanks, Loren!)

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Now try this one...if the snowman link works:

This only takes a second and it feels so good!

 
I think we all need a little spring today!
I'm sending you some Spring!!!!

Click on the snowman.   You will get a black page.  
Click your mouse anywhere (& everywhere) on the page & see what happens!
Better yet, click (hold down) & drag your mouse over the black page...


Enjoy!!
 
http://www.procreo.jp/labo/flower_garden.swf
 
 
Comment by The Flying Atheist on March 16, 2013 at 9:00pm

Loren, now that's a 'groaner.'  lol  :)

Comment by Joan Denoo on March 16, 2013 at 3:47pm

Dan Pallotta: The way we think about charity is dead wrong

"Activist and fundraiser Dan Pallotta calls out the double standard that drives our broken relationship to charities. Too many nonprofits, he says, are rewarded for how little they spend -- not for what they get done. Instead of equating frugality with morality, he asks us to start rewarding charities for their big goals and big accomplishments (even if that comes with big expenses). In this bold talk, he says: Let's change the way we think about changing the world.

"Everything the donating public has been taught about giving is dysfunctional, says AIDS Ride founder Dan Pallotta. He aims to transform the way society thinks about charity and giving and change."

Comment by Ian Mason on March 16, 2013 at 3:38pm

A great video, Ruth but what a world we live in when we are so moved by truth and honesty.

 

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