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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 Megan S. M. on April 23, 2013 at 4:30pm

Ian, that is the BEST picture ever! lolz

Tom, I suppose we have to 'see' irony to get it ;)

Comment by Idaho Spud on April 23, 2013 at 4:22pm

Patricia, thanks for the G. Graffin quote about non-believing countries.

Loren, what a great saying about empathy & religion, and “If god were a car” is excellent.

Melinda, I love the “Before you jump” cat.  Made me laugh.

Comment by Ian Mason on April 23, 2013 at 11:54am

Comment by tom sarbeck on April 23, 2013 at 2:03am

Ian, no thank you. I like where I am.

Comment by Ian Mason on April 23, 2013 at 1:54am

Tom, that bosom is obviously the bosom of Our Lady of the Bountiful Breasts. Return to her embrace and the Mother Church!

Comment by sk8eycat on April 23, 2013 at 1:51am

Ian, I know that illogic is a "given" when it comes to believers.  What alarms me is that The Family is so secretive, and they have so much access and influence with our lawmakers...even members of the Supreme Court.  They focus on what they call "the elite." That's just NOT right.  (I wish our elected officials had enough brains and guts to tell them to just bugger off.)

Women cannot be full members, ever; they are sort of an auxiliary, like women are in most churches...cook, serve, clean...and pray when they aren't working.  Maybe they pray while they are working.

Sick. Sick. Sick.

Comment by tom sarbeck on April 23, 2013 at 12:36am

This is too much of a most delicious irony for me to ignore.

First, most of us know Catholicism has a problem with sex, and especially with women.

Second, a post by Joan told us Terrence Meaden's words of a visit to about Stonehenge: "I just happened to be there at the right time of day because only when the light is right can you see it properly. During the summer months it is only obvious for about a hour each day around 1400."

Third, get that each day around 1400 hours. That's 2:00 pm.

Fourth, in San Francisco on a sunny February day at 2:00 pm, this survivor of twelve years in Catholic schools is near the foot of Starr King Drive, a few feet away from the Unitarian Church, looking up the hill at the huge Catholic St. Mary's Cathedral, and if you've ever seen the building you know its top is not the usual steeple.

Fifth, on the street before me is a shadow of the Cathedral. It looks exactly like the profile of the chest of an exceptionally well-endowed woman.

Thirty years earlier in English classes in Catholic schools I hear of irony. At last I understand it.

Comment by Ian Mason on April 22, 2013 at 10:44pm

I think the face looks like "grumpy cat". Perhaps it stowed away on the Tardis and became a deity to my ancestors.

Can't expect logic and consistency from Believers, Felaine.

Lilie and Joan: I too experience technology and machinery as malign. As far as computers go, what can we expect from devices assembled by people working 15 hours a day on a shitty assembly-line in China? The problem might be with the mouse, Joan especially if it's a lap-top.

Melinda, that is unjust treatment of your daughter. Is there no way of appealing that decision? "Doesn't count because it's paid" is ridiculous. 

Comment by Lillie on April 22, 2013 at 4:59pm

These computers are mean.  I think they are out to get us.

Comment by Joan Denoo on April 22, 2013 at 4:41pm

My computer did it again, duplicates. So ... I shall "Add Comment" once and check back later if it arrived on the Comment Wall. 

 

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