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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 Grinning Cat on February 13, 2013 at 1:22pm

That is a good message, Melinda; quite a few accepting churches would agree. (People who are against equal marriage tend to think "religious freedom" only goes their way.)

Loren showed us a do-it-yourself church sign site which "will take any text you want, blasphemous or not, and create a believable looking church sign for it!" (It's based on photos of real signs.)

Ethical Culture folks might agree with this thought:

Comment by Steph S. on February 13, 2013 at 5:50am

That's really cool Ruth!

Good morning everyone!

Comment by Ian Mason on February 12, 2013 at 3:14pm

A fine collage Ruth :)

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on February 12, 2013 at 2:31pm

Happy Darwin Day, all!

Comment by Steph S. on February 12, 2013 at 11:09am

Oh Chris - love the Darwin Day poster!

Celebrate!!

Comment by Steph S. on February 12, 2013 at 11:09am

Ok - went back and I just love all the posts and pictures. Ruth your napkin cat, Ian your happy animal : ), Grinning cat and the cat lick, booklover and the lolcat, Loren "A boy and a girl", and I hope I didn't miss anyone. Love everything here and so glad to reconnected to you all. Missed you all.

Comment by Steph S. on February 12, 2013 at 11:02am

So now I am even further behind.

But trying to get caught up as I can.

Hope everyone has a great Darwin's Day celebration.

So - how do you celebrate the day?

Comment by Chris Dodds on February 12, 2013 at 10:45am

Comment by Idaho Spud on February 12, 2013 at 10:23am

Carl and Melinda, I like your posts about the pope having no god given strength, and I love Dawkins protesting the pope.

Ian, I like your comparison of the postal worker and the pope, and love Darwin's great quote about wonderful endless forms evolving.  First time I've seen it.

Comment by Ian Mason on February 12, 2013 at 8:46am

Happy Darwin Day.

 

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