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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 on Wednesday. 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 sk8eycat on January 22, 2013 at 9:02pm

She was one helluva journalist:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Molly_Ivins

Comment by Ian Mason on January 22, 2013 at 8:14pm

I've no idea who Molly Ivins was but I love the quote.

Comment by sk8eycat on January 22, 2013 at 8:06pm

Alan, Re:

Worse, though, and by a lot, was the closing benediction. I don't know anything about the minister who gave it, but even if he's the most lefty of lefties his rhetoric was all about without god we can't even recognize our own goodness, dignity, worthy neighbors, etc. Hearing that just flat burned my toast. I couldn't turn the damn TV off fast enough.

I didn't hear the closing benediction; I'd already left the room...looking for the bottle of TUMS after the President claimed he'd sworn an oath to a fictional monster.

Do they really believe that childish nonsense?  Or do they think we're stupid?

(I'm still growling...) 

Comment by sk8eycat on January 22, 2013 at 7:19pm

Joan, I loved Molly Ivins; I have a stack of her books by my bed to read when I'm fed up with everything else.  What I really loved was when she and Ann Richards would get together on a panel discussion or something...they were a fantastic ad lib comedy team.

I miss them both.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on January 22, 2013 at 5:34pm

Joan, the Edward Current video, "What If God Disappeared?" is parody, poe, sarcasm, comedy, etc.  Mr. Current is a semi-well known YouTube video maker who mocks religion in a very dry and sarcastic tone while playing the character of a chrstian.  What can I say?  You've been duped. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on January 22, 2013 at 5:00pm

Comment by Joan Denoo on January 22, 2013 at 4:48pm

"No great idea in its beginning can ever be within the law. How can it be within the law? The law is stationary. The law is fixed. The law is a chariot wheel which binds us all regardless of conditions or place or time."

Emma Goldman 
http://www.brainyquote.com/quotes/authors/e/emma_goldman.html#9Ctqz...

Comment by Joan Denoo on January 22, 2013 at 4:43pm

"What you need is sustained outrage...there's far too much unthinking respect given to authority."

~ Molly Ivins, 1944-2007

Comment by Ian Mason on January 22, 2013 at 3:11pm

Well said, Joan. Spot on. "A hit. A very palpable hit."

Comment by Joan Denoo on January 22, 2013 at 3:11pm

OK, it is confession time. I did not watch the inaugural speech of President Obama because he always says exactly the correct words that I want to hear, except he has avoided climate change and getting off fossil fuels far too long. 

The day of his first inaugural, he named his cabinet, all Wall Streeters. 

Just last month he named another Wall Streeter to replace Geithner. If he were going to change his philosophy, he would have named someone who included the needs of the working class as his advisors. 

I will watch closely what he does. 

 

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