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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 Grinning Cat on April 12, 2013 at 8:05pm

Felaine, sorry to hear about Hairy Jerry! Please accept some hugs for both of you. He certainly couldn't ask for a better human to help him through a difficult end of life.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on April 12, 2013 at 7:12pm

Hi, Elaine.


I also wanted to express my sadness about Hairy Jerry's health news.  He is very lucky to have such a loving house companion such as you.  He'll be under great care. 

It's dinner time here in Chicago, and I have to admit that chopped white meat chicken sounds good to me as well.  --Carl

Comment by sk8eycat on April 12, 2013 at 6:48pm

Thank you all.  I had a fairly accurate idea about that lump on Jerry's neck was before I took him to the vet, and I knew it wasn't good.  I've taken cae of so many cats and dogs over the past 40 years that I can tell whether a lump is a fattty tumor, an abcess, or something malignant just by feeling it, and seeing the animal's reaction.

Right now Jerry is in no pain, wants chopped  chicken white meat ALL the time, and still wants to bonk heads with me, so.....

I'm waiting for the pharmacy to deliver his prednisone, and we'll see how he reacts to that.

Comment by Loren Miller on April 12, 2013 at 5:04pm


It's a risk I take gladly, especially with Hitch for an example.

Comment by Idaho Spud on April 12, 2013 at 4:53pm

Felaine, sorry about Hairy Jerry.

Comment by Joan Denoo on April 12, 2013 at 3:55pm
My computer is running dreadfully slowly, so I leave you with a little sight and sound candy.
Symphony of Science - The Poetry of Reality (An Anthem for Science)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=9Cd36WJ79z4
Comment by Joan Denoo on April 12, 2013 at 3:55pm
My computer is running dreadfully slowly, so I leave you with a little sight and sound candy.
Symphony of Science - The Poetry of Reality (An Anthem for Science)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=9Cd36WJ79z4
Comment by Joan Denoo on April 12, 2013 at 3:00pm
Felaine, I am very sorry to learn Hairy Jerry has a thyroid cancer. Hopefully, you will have good books to read while you are gone; not very satisfying to watch distractions on TV. I will be thinking of you.
Comment by sk8eycat on April 12, 2013 at 2:29pm

Announcement: I haven't been around much because my brayne has fallen out.  I was finally able to get Hairy Jerry to the vet yesterday, and she confirmed my uneducated fears...he has thyroid cancer, and palliative care is the only humane way to go.  (The biopsy results aren't back yet, but his condition is obvious, even to me.)

So....I'm getting prednisone mixed with a trans-derm gel for him...you just rub a dab inside the ear, which is a helluva lot better than trying to force a pill down his throat at regular intervals.

But Felaine is NOT a happy camper right now, and I have about 10,000 chores to take care of before I leave for Sue's to house-sit till the 25th or 26th. No computer there, so I'll be raiding her library, watching TV (something I rarely do at home), and worrying.  My JW sister takes care of the cats when I'm not home.

I'll pop back in here to wave bye-bye before I leave on sunday.

Comment by Steph S. on April 12, 2013 at 10:57am

I love Grumpy Cat!

He is so adorable.

He is all over the Internet too.

 

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