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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 Loren Miller on April 10, 2013 at 9:31am

Melinda, that graphic post about "no worth without god" is CLASSIC!  [right-mouse-click / Save As...!]  Thanks!  The box-cat is great too; our cats LOVE boxes!

Comment by Plinius on April 10, 2013 at 9:10am

How I wish I had a cardboard box! ;-) I have been owned by black cats for over twenty years, but they always brought me good luck. Even when I trip over a fat black cat when I go to the toilet in the night - then he purrs to me, so that can't be bad luck.

Comment by Grinning Cat on April 10, 2013 at 12:04am

Steph, that's one of the best lolcats ever!

Neil DeGrasse Tyson on superstition:

"I'm not worried about kids. [...] They see a black cat cross their path, they say, 'Ooh, little kitty kitty!' They want to pet it, not run in the other direction. Children are not the problem here."

Comment by Steph S. on April 9, 2013 at 10:51pm

Thanks very much for your comment Pat. How very nice of you to say.

Well maybe next time I will be able to serve on the Jury. : )

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on April 9, 2013 at 10:47pm

Sorry I've been away so much, guys. I've been trying hard to get back in shape.

Booklover, your atheistblog saying is perfect. Would that one could “like” a comment. I can see the Illinois promotion billboard now, “Move to Illinois so you too can help to pay the Governor’s prison expenses.” Your weekend bit of heaven sounds perfect. Loved the flying cat, which looks like one of mine.

Steph, that’s the best LOLkitty yet. Black kitties are so maligned. I would want to "like" that too.

Ian your vacation in Crete and Greenland sounds like it'll be great. Good luck in the half marathon. We expect a pic or two, hint. Your Youtube Thatcher link didn’t work for me.

Flying Atheist, interesting story! I would only eat the sandwich if the filling and spread was stable for a day at room temperature. I’m extra cautious about food poisoning and spoilage.

Joan, the Paperless Future had me in stitches. That baby elephant looks so energetic and happy with the video speeded up with banjo music. Thanks for the Butterfly/Wordsworth moment.

Napoleon Bonaparte, obscenity is in the eye of the beholder, it seems. I feel much more comfortable with the protesting pseudo-nuns than the burka. But using nudity as a shock tactic that exploits sexist stereotypes and sexual taboos I dislike. I’m more of a naturist than into aggressive political nudity. It does say something about the safety European women feel in public to do this. Meanwhile in India even a male escort can’t always protect a woman from gang rape on a public bus.

It's been fun catching up!

Comment by Steph S. on April 9, 2013 at 8:54pm

Comment by The Flying Atheist on April 9, 2013 at 4:18pm

Yeah, we are 2nd to California in terms of financial ruin.  And yeah, I voted for Blago as well.  lol

Comment by The Flying Atheist on April 9, 2013 at 3:16pm

Luckily we have a moratorium on the death penalty here in Illinois.....thanks to our former Republican governor, George Ryan, who was convicted on corruption charges, served five years in prison and is now serving the balance of his sentence in home confinement.  Gotta love politics!  At least I can respect him for his views on the death penalty, gay rights, abortion, and other social issues.  He was quite a liberal Republican and one of the very few Republicans I have actually voted for. 

Comment by Ian Mason on April 9, 2013 at 3:00pm

Glad to hear that you avoided that grotesque dilema, Steph. Deciding if another person should live or die is an offence against humanity.

Pretty kitty-cuddles :-)

Comment by The Flying Atheist on April 9, 2013 at 1:33pm

Pat, I've had all positive experiences on jury duty and with dealing with my fellow jurors.  Always a varied group of ages, races, employment/non-employment, backgrounds, etc., etc.  If I were in legal trouble but innocent, I would definitely feel more assured having a trial by jury.  Yes, Steph, the legal system could always use more people like you, but I totally understand your obligation to your education and the money already spent for it.  Maybe next time!       

 

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