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Picture yourself spending some time with congenial friends, sharing your lives and pictures from your cell phones." They're curious about that cool game, song, movie, camping trip, art show, or other event that fascinated you. You talk about all kinds of stuff, poetry, styles, personal achievements, relationships, and bad days. You can share your inner child, and laugh together. They sympathetically listen to your feelings about serious topics like politics or climate change, even when they don't agree.

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 Idaho Spud on January 14, 2013 at 12:25pm

Thanks Steph and Atheist Cat.  That's one of my favorite sayings.

Babyfood cat made me smile.

Comment by Steph S. on January 14, 2013 at 5:48am

Good morning all.

Today it's sleeting and hailing outside this morning.

Stay warm everyone.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on January 13, 2013 at 11:46pm

Good night, sk8eycat.  Stay warm.  It's 15-degrees here in Chicago but I have my flannel sheets on the bed.  :)

Comment by sk8eycat on January 13, 2013 at 9:54pm

OH!  I love Atheist Cat!  That's so true!

g'nite. (I think.  It's bloody cold out, and our house isn't well-insulated.)

Thanks everyone...

Comment by Steph S. on January 13, 2013 at 8:20pm

Ian and bookkover those are great lols!

Thanks for all the laughs.

Comment by Steph S. on January 13, 2013 at 8:19pm

Comment by sk8eycat on January 13, 2013 at 4:43pm

Well, to get semi-serious for a bit, he IS supposed to have told his disciples to eat his body and drink his blood.  Erkle!

And...his only purpose was to be a human sacrifice to appease his father/self.  I have long thought that the figure in the manger should be a minature realistic, bloody crucufix.  Maybe that would make some people wonder about what they are really celebrating.  (The only other realistic figure in the manger should be a model of the sun.  Almost all of xian mythology was taken from various sun-god religions...12 disciples=12 signs of the Zodiac, etc.)

"Oh, shut up, Felane!  Get down off your hobby-horse."

PS: If anyone wants to see where our legal system and many xian rites and beliefs originated, I highly recommend Colleen McCullough's "Masters of Rome" series of novels.  They are fiction as far as the dialog and feelings of the characters are concerned, but she researched the history of the Roman Republic for 13 years (!!!) beforeshe began to write.  They are also very thick books, but once you begin reading, you can't put them down. (The books that come after the assassination of Julius Caesar didn't interest me as much as the first 5...or 6.  I've forgotten.  Heh!)  I re-read them about once a year because I always come across something I missed in earlier readings.

PPS: I hated The Thorn Birds

Who helped kill the Republic?  The hyper-conservatives...people who insisted that things should be done the way they always had been, even though Rome was no longer a small city-state.  I grind my teeth when I read certain parts of the books because I see the parallels to our time and predicaments.

Comment by sk8eycat on January 13, 2013 at 3:36pm

That's strange; the video played perfectly for me...on this old DELL that keeps hanging when I want to go to another web site, or Paste something in  here myself.

Anyway, I love it!  The spooky-sounding voice and sick drawings.  Heh!

I also love the dog who "Ate Baby Jesus."  Well, that's what communion IS, isn't it?  (I hope it wasn't plastic, or something else that had to be removed surgically.)

Comment by Ian Mason on January 13, 2013 at 11:38am

Comment by The Flying Atheist on January 13, 2013 at 10:11am

Melinda, does the video show up all black?  Sometimes videos on here are just blank, black boxes.  It gets corrected when I refresh the page.  Anybody else been having that problem?  I've been wondering if it's a problem I'm having with Mozillia, but perhaps it's this site? 

 

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