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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 The Flying Atheist on December 17, 2012 at 9:03pm

Melinda, that last cat pic you posted......oh, boy.  I can just tell they'll be out of control.....running all over the place, up and down and across wood planks.  Better than television.  lol

Comment by Tony Carroll on December 17, 2012 at 7:15pm

Comment by sk8eycat on December 17, 2012 at 7:14pm

I had some "issues" with my dad when I was in my teens, but when he sobered up I quit skating and went to work in his bookkeeping and escrow office.  I learned a LOT, and got to know him better, but always felt that I'd let him down because I never went to college, never got married, etc. 

But the week after he died, I had to call ALL his clients to tell them that I wasn't qualified do their taxes and stuff (I was working in advertising by then).  Anyway, every single one of them told me "He was so proud of you."  I fell apart....and I have always wondered why he never told me that.

Oh, and we had a row with Dad's sister and her husband (son of a preacher-man) because Dad had been adamant about no services... he just wanted his ashes scattered in the ocean without any fuss, so that's what we did.  (I've already made arrangements for the same thing for myself. Phish Phood.)

Families....there's always someone who has to complicate things. Or feel offended, or whatever.

Comment by sk8eycat on December 17, 2012 at 6:42pm

Just got this as part of an e-mail from FFRF...I think it's clever

FoundingFathersWinterSolstice

Comment by sk8eycat on December 17, 2012 at 6:34pm

Dear Grinning Cat, when my father died (in 1985, right before my 46th birthday), some twit did say "He's in a better place now," and I screamed back, "WELL, I'M NOT!!!"  Idiots.

This is not a comforting thing to say, but I have to tell the truth...I still miss him.

Comment by Grinning Cat on December 17, 2012 at 4:14pm

Thanks for all of your support and good thoughts! (And refreshingly, without having to deal with well-meaning theistic talk about a better place, etc.)

Felaine, the hugging cat is perfect!

Comment by sk8eycat on December 17, 2012 at 3:20pm

"I bought this at Macy's Cyber Monday Re-tail Sale!"

(I don't know if this is a PhotoShop-type job or not, and I don't really care...'tis beautiful!)

 

Comment by sk8eycat on December 17, 2012 at 2:54pm

Flying "A"...OH! YESS!  I always wanted to skate to that, but I was never good enough. (couldn't jump.)

Comment by The Flying Atheist on December 17, 2012 at 2:09pm

Yes, sk8eycat, Blood, Sweat and Tears is another great group, as well.  So is The Association.  They had a lot of great hits.  In my opinion, Chuck Mangione is the guy who introduced and popularized the flugelhorn for the masses.  He had some big hits in the 70's and 80's playing it.   

Comment by sk8eycat on December 17, 2012 at 12:33pm

Good morning, Flying A.....Blood, Sweat & Tears has amazing brass, too.  I get chills (of happiness) when I hear the intro to "Spinning Wheel."

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kK62tfoCmuQ

The Association (the original group) had a couple of horns, too.  One of the guys played a strange looking thing called a Flugelhorn.

 

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