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

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Loren Miller 19 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 February 10, 2016 at 4:26pm

Your Crazyhorse article on the Overton Window is correct, but I think far too "rational", in the sense of avoiding passion.

The way ideas are shifted within the Window is via discussion and discourse.  The more something is proposed, talked about, discussed, debated, and presented the more likely it is to be shifted from one end of the spectrum to the other.

It's as if "We on the Left tamp down the fringe within our various movements out of fear that Progressives as a whole will be painted as "loonies." is self-referential for the article's style. The right wing doesn't just use noise and shouting, they employ a vast army of professional propagandists. Tools such as hatred and insanity are wielded like scalpels and jackhammers on the public's grey matter. While we on the left use proposals, talk, discussion and debate to try and present ideas, they use psychic bulldozers to multiply humanity's basest impulses. That makes me angry, but I don't hear anger or outrage in the article. We need to communicate our outrage at being played, at being used, at being warped.

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on February 10, 2016 at 4:07pm

Right On! Ian. I had to look up Man Ray. The Salvador Dali panel gave me a laugh.

Comment by Ian Mason on February 10, 2016 at 2:16pm

Comment by Randall Smith on February 10, 2016 at 7:33am

How about ol' Bernie?!!  I guess I'm not the only one that senses something wrong with Hillary. Disingenuous?

How you doing, Carl?

Comment by Grinning Cat on February 9, 2016 at 10:37pm

Randall, hopefully you'll meet someone who's both!

Comment by The Flying Atheist on February 9, 2016 at 10:12pm

That's great, Kathy!

Comment by Randall Smith on February 9, 2016 at 7:44am
I don't know which would surprise me more, meeting a nice woman (to date) or a fellow atheist!
Comment by k.h. ky on February 8, 2016 at 11:51pm
I met a live atheist today. A very nice young man, that I became acquainted with here, on atheist nexus. He also lives in this small area and told me to stop by and say hello if I saw his business vehicle at one of the stores he serves around here.
It was a pleasure to meet him.
Comment by Joan Denoo on February 8, 2016 at 10:40pm

Today's winds 

DATE 2016 02 08 1900 Local Time

Comment by Joan Denoo on February 8, 2016 at 12:54am

OK, how do we shift the Overton Window to the Left? 

The Overton Window and the New Right

Social Reform or Social Revolution?

Well, I have some reading to do. 

 

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