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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 July 17, 2014 at 12:30pm

I would vote for Bernie Sanders in a skinny minute!  Mrs. Clinton lost me when she made an impassioned speech in the Senate (in Oct. 2002) favoring the despicable invasion of Iraq.  If she really believed the WMD lies, then she's too stupid to occupy the Oval Office; if she knew they were lies, but favored the rape of Iraq anyway....SHE is despicable.  (Plus she still has connections to the subversive Family Fellowship and their "prayer partners."  Gullible twit.)

Comment by Randall Smith on July 17, 2014 at 7:30am

Barton is only one of many really ignorant politicians. Mercy! I see that Bernie Sanders (I, VT) is considering running for pres. I like him.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on July 16, 2014 at 6:03pm

Mindy, you're correct, my birthday is today, the 16th.

Sk8eycat, I love the TED video.  Of course, I'm familiar with a clarinet being called a licorice stick, but a carrot clarinet?  That was new to me.  Cute and funny.

Thanks again to all of you for your wonderful birthday messages.  You've made today extra special for me. 

Comment by sk8eycat on July 16, 2014 at 12:36pm

I forgot to mention a classic SF short story by C. M. Kornbluth, titled "The Marching Morons," in which everything and everyone are being dumbed-down, and the few freethinkers left on Earth are wearing themselves out trying to keep the world working. 

I think it was written in the late 1940s....scary.

Comment by sk8eycat on July 16, 2014 at 12:31pm

I like the late Steve Allen's term, "DUMBTH"  As in "warmth."  It might be a finite resource...if we let the stupids take over, and their wacky policies kill the rest of us. 

Heartless Cheney, formerly semi-intelligent McCain, et al, want to get us re-involved in Iraq, again, and probably the rest of the Middle East. 

I just wish the media would stop referring to that part of the world as "the holy land."  There's nothing "holy" about any of it, unless living in a desert makes people delusional. 

Comment by sk8eycat on July 16, 2014 at 9:30am

Flying A, a Belated Happy Birthday to You!  And some silly music to start your next 50 years:

https://www.youtube.com/embed/BISrGwN-yH4

Comment by Loren Miller on July 16, 2014 at 9:28am

What is even scarier is that he's on the energy committee.  One would HOPE that means he knows and understands something about science in general and energy in particular, but apparently, all Barton knows about is who is lining his wallet with cash.

I can't laugh at that.  It's too important to be laughed at.  What I do hope is that whoever was being questioned by him came back at him HARD.  "Congressman, do you know the least bit about the principles that give rise to wind?  Can you define 'Coriolis effect' for me?" 

I'd bet a C-note he couldn't.

Comment by Loren Miller on July 16, 2014 at 8:42am

Oh, sure, wind is a finite resource.  When the sun burns out, there will be no more energy to create wind, and that's just a lousy four or five billion years from now, right around the corner in cosmic terms. [/sarcasm]

And while I'm at it:

Comment by Plinius on July 16, 2014 at 7:58am

Moving brother-in-law at last! Everything must be done in the next fortnight - care homes make you wait endlessly and then everything must be done within days. But we're rather well prepared so I think we'll manage.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on July 16, 2014 at 7:50am
Thank you, everyone, for all the birthday greetings. I wish I could share cake with all of you in person.
 

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