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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 sk8eycat on May 15, 2013 at 11:41pm

Re: wasting tomatoes. 

How many of you have read The Missionary Position; Mother Teresa in Theory and Practice by Christopher Hitchens?  He describes an incident in Rome one summer when everybody seemed to be having bumper crops of tomatoes, and many donated the extras to one of her convents there. They couldn't even give them away (because nobody needed them), so the nuns prudently canned them to save for winter. 

MT pitched a fit and fell in it, saying that preserving food demonstrated a lack of faith in the ability of their imaginary friend to provide for them.

The woman was nucking futz...even the most fanatic fundamentalist would figure that preserving the overabundance, to be used during a time of shortage, and giving thanks, was the proper thing to do with a gift from what's-his-name.

If you haven't read the book, DO!  And then whenever someone uses the old bitch's name as an example of caring for the poor in your presence, give them a good slap upside the head. And tell THEM to read the book.

Comment by Plinius on May 15, 2013 at 11:34pm

You're right FA, it's so strange to see people waste good food so senselessly. Here food is wasted too, but people start to come to their senses. I see more Transition Town ideas coming up now, but perhaps that is because I read a little about it. A very nice project is a vegetable garden where volunteers grow food for people on benefit. I regret that I cannot take part in it, my bad back won't allow it.

And finally I'm getting into a holiday mood! Next week we're off to Naples for a few days!

Comment by The Flying Atheist on May 15, 2013 at 5:21pm

I just don't get it.......

Wikipedia:  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/La_Tomatina

Of course we waste much food here in the US as well.  We live in an era when food has never been so plentiful or readily available, yet still, millions of people around the globe are starving.  (Sorry to bring down the mood.)   

Comment by Idaho Spud on May 15, 2013 at 4:26pm

I also hate seeing good food wasted.  Especially once I started putting a lot of time and resources into growing my own.  

The hardest for me to watch is watermelon being smashed because I love eating them so much, and can't grow many on my small property.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on May 15, 2013 at 4:09pm

Here I am, Melinda.  I've been busy working and doing this and that.  Thanks for thinking about me.....I'm humbled and flattered. 

Joan, something you said in an earlier post about not wasting lemons hit a nerve with me.  I hate seeing good food wasted.  I am deeply saddened every year when I see that tomato throwing festival that occurs, I think, in Spain.  What a waste of precious food!!!

I love cats in boxes...and I guess so do they. 

On an unrelated topic, a friend sent me this video.  I thought I'd share it with all of you.

Comment by Steph S. on May 15, 2013 at 11:14am

I pose cats for fun.

Nope - these are all Internet pictures Tom.

How's everyone today?

Comment by Steph S. on May 15, 2013 at 11:13am

Comment by Plinius on May 15, 2013 at 5:40am

I remembered I had this picture of Napoleon:

Comment by Ian Mason on May 15, 2013 at 1:38am

Pictures of living things, including the prophet Muhammed? Here's scores of them, produced by Muslim scribes and artists.

http://www.davidmus.dk/

Comment by Ian Mason on May 15, 2013 at 1:34am

No, that link doesn't work and I don't know why not. You can try pasting it in to a browser and the searching. The result should be "cats in boxes" by the hundred.

 

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