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Degrees of Doubt: The Claims and Credentials of Ravi Zacharias (The Thinking Atheist)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Chris May 17. 1 Reply

Anyone here ever run onto an apologist by the name of Ravi Zacharias?  I've seen his name dropped multiple times on YouTube as supposedly being THE ONE APOLOGIST that no atheist wants to cross swords with, because of his facility with christian…Continue

Tags: Ravi Zacharias, Steve Baughman, The Thinking Atheist, Seth Andrews

The Most Hated Woman in America (The Thinking Atheist)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Gary S Apr 19. 7 Replies

Before Aron Ra and Matt Dillahunty, before Dawkins or Dennett or Harris or even Hitchens, there was Madalyn Murray O'Hair.  In the midst of an America where Christianity was being flaunted as a defense against the godless communists of the Soviet…Continue

Tags: Frank Zindler, The Thinking Atheist, Seth Andrews, Madalyn Murray O'Hair

Proud Dad is REALLY Proud Now!

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Todd Williams Apr 12. 16 Replies

As some of you may or may not know, my daughter is a television news producer, currently working in Nashville, Tennessee.  Her assignment is the morning news, which means she blasts herself up at umpti-ump in the morning to organize and prepare a…Continue

Tags: Emmy, news, television, daughter, dad

attacking ideas (TheraminTrees)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Grinning Cat Apr 4. 1 Reply

Attacking ideas is a considerable portion of what we as atheists do.  Why attack ideas?  Ideas earn attack when they don't serve people, not just us but those who adopt said ideas, mistakenly thinking that they have value when they don't.  Our…Continue

Tags: ideas, Islam, TheraminTrees

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

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Grinning Cat Apr 4. 40 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

The Playboy Interview: Richard Dawkins

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Loren Miller Mar 28. 16 Replies

I suppose it was the news that Playboy magazine was returning nudes to its pages after a year's hiatus that sufficiently perked my curiosity to check them out again.  I hadn't looked at Playboy since perhaps 2008, when I began to recognize that I…Continue

Tags: Richard Dawkins, Playboy

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Comment by Chris Dodds on August 22, 2011 at 3:39pm
Anyone know where on the web I can score a quality Darwin Fish Necklace?
Comment by Natalie A Sera on August 22, 2011 at 6:49am

McCarthyism took place during my preschool and early elementary school years, and I vaguely remember being aware of it. I was a precocious child, and I loved to listen to the adults talking.

At this point, I am aware (MUST have learned later) that some innocent people were blacklisted, became unemployable, and basically had their lives and careers wrecked by McCarthyism. I'm not so sure that we're not headed into another horrible place like that -- different enemy, but the Fundies and pals seem to me to be even worse than the McCarthyites. Maybe it's because I understand it as it's happening.

I think we MADE progress during the 60' - 90's, but it seems obvious to me that there is a large movement trying to take it away from us. :-(

Comment by annet on August 22, 2011 at 1:21am

Agreed Natalie. Getting out the vote is going to be critical in 2012.  People who are supporters but annoyed with the current administration or who are complacent need to be talked into voting anyway!

To make myself feel better sometimes I consider the religious fanaticism of McCarthyism of the 50s, maybe we are making progress, glacially slow but still progress. 

Comment by Natalie A Sera on August 21, 2011 at 1:34pm
So, every single one of us needs to figure out what we can do to fight the movements that are aiming to take us back to the Dark Ages. We can't just sit back and let them do it. The Republicans are VERY good at scare literature and lying to get people to vote for them -- and no amount of sincere, non-hysterical fact-giving can counteract people who are preying on emotions. My tactic is to financially support groups that take the Constitution-deniers to court, because I'm not physically up to demonstrating on the street, but each of you, PLEASE find your own way!
Comment by alexa penzner on August 21, 2011 at 1:12pm
the real constitution, abe lincoln, and thomas jefferson among other americans, we ought not to have the gov't we do have - but we've always been teetering between the christian right and normalcy. right now they sure are sinning - i mean winning. (boy, that was a real freudian slip - honest.)
Comment by Ezra David Rose on August 20, 2011 at 7:52pm

It says in the First Amendment that we have the right to petition the government for a redress of grievances....

Comment by alexa penzner on August 15, 2011 at 10:36pm

We the people are the rightful masters of both Congress and the courts, not to overthrow the Constitution but to overthrow the men who pervert the Constitution. 


      Abraham Lincoln 

Comment by Steph S. on August 15, 2011 at 6:08pm
Alexa, that sounds wonderful.  Being in tune with nature is a good thing.
Comment by alexa penzner on August 15, 2011 at 5:58pm
hi tara, lary, chris and anyone else who is sympatico. i am a biology person as well as a spiritual earther. and i love celebrating special days - it gets in tune with, well, the earth. i grew up in the country. we had no religion at the time, and i made up my own - everything had spirits in them, as children will do, and a lot American Indian feeling went into it also. i am glad to hear that others feel the same way. sometimes these posts can be so dry and intellectual. alexa :]

i wanted to put up a beautiful eath pic, but i can't on this wall - argh!
Comment by Tara on August 15, 2011 at 10:10am
Great post, Lary9!

@Alexa - humans are social, celebratory critters. We celebrate achievements, success, new arrivals, etc, and much of that celebration has an underlying theme of thankfulness. Seasons are not something to be believed in, they are a fact. Same goes for Earth. Being thankful and having the need to share the joy in this by celebrating is not an irrational action when we consider what it is to be human and how we are hardwired.

I think you'll find there are many atheists who view nature in the same way(s) that you do. :)
 

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