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Personal validation comes from paying attention to one another, giving more than you get. Everyone respects you and themselves, despite our amazing range of personal tastes and interests. They'll tell you they don't agree with an idea or behavior without implying you're a bad person or somehow deficient. It's an "I'm OK, You're OK" kind of fellowship, where nobody tries to make himself look better by picking on somebody else.

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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 Steph S. on October 2, 2012 at 7:48pm

Yes Ruth - I am not liking the new format much at all. I used to go to the site daily - but now I just go whenever I think about it. I feel lost there now.

I wonder if there is a place to complain about that image Ruth. Maybe we should send a message to the webmaster about that picture.

Comment by Steph S. on October 2, 2012 at 7:46pm

So behind on the posts here. But never fear - I'm getting caught up right now. I will make sure to look at everything.

Comment by sk8eycat on October 2, 2012 at 7:34pm

Ruth, years ago I practically lived on the Cheezburger web site, but they've made so many changes in the past 6 months or so that I hardly recognize the place, can't find anything, and I flat "DO NOT WANT!"  I particularly dislike all the FlakeBook connections that they've added.

It just doesn't feel like "home" anymore.  So I don't go there, unless someone tells me to.  My sister still spends a lot of time there...she specializes in Trek LOLz...

Live long and prosper!

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on October 2, 2012 at 7:16pm

Thanks for the great quotes Tony and Loren! And for the chuckle, Chris!

I'm upset because Cheezburger had a front page picture of a man smashing a woman's face, like it was something to cheer for. I always went there for cute cats, not to be virtually assaulted.

Is the cat with the really big bite yours, booklover?

Have a peaceful night, all.

Comment by sk8eycat on October 2, 2012 at 4:29pm

@booklover and Lille: I live in Southern California...I think most of my (English-speaking) neighbors would get the joke.  We know from experience that you can't "stop" it, but wish we could.  We're ALL sort of quietly biting our nails knowing "The Big One" is 25 - 50 years overdue.  1994 was bad enough.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1994_Northridge_earthquake

Comment by Lillie on October 2, 2012 at 3:49pm

Or they wouldn't know you couldn't stop it.  (plate tectonics, that is)

Comment by sk8eycat on October 2, 2012 at 1:21pm

Thought for the day....  (I recently bought a book about Anne McCaffrey, one of my favorite wriers, and there was one photograph of her wearing a sweatshirt with the following)

STOP
PLATE
TECTONICS

Comment by Chris Dodds on October 2, 2012 at 9:35am

From the Victoria's Secret Halloween Collection

Comment by Loren Miller on October 2, 2012 at 6:25am

And in congruence with your quote, Tony:

It is impossible to debate a person who will not handicap himself with a knowledge of the facts.
-- Anon.

Comment by Tony Carroll on October 2, 2012 at 6:07am

 

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