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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 Brent Feeney on July 30, 2014 at 2:42pm

Mindy and Randy, sending you all good thoughts and wishes on the loss of your dogs. I'm a dog lover myself (though i do have plenty of room in my heart for cats too) and I hate to hear what's happened to your dogs.

Comment by Joan Denoo on July 30, 2014 at 8:40am

Randy, your wrote, "The Ray Rice case is a good example."

I had to look up his name to figure out what you meant. 

February 15, 2014, domestic violence arrest, with an unconscious woman with Ray Rice coming out of an elevator. The article didn't say what caused the unconscious state, but by deduction from he arrest, I assume it was a domestic violence incident. 

March 28, 2014, marriage of Ray Rice and his girlfriend!  

Alarm bells, sirens ringing, whistles blowing. This is not the end of any domestic violence, it is merely the first of many incidents until the girlfriend/wife wakes up from her denial and delusions and realizes she is being treated as an object, a thing, a non-person. I do hope she and Rice get some powerful counseling ... not the mamby pamby kind of feel good therapy, but the deeply rooted exploration of the thinking minds of each one. 

Comment by Randall Smith on July 30, 2014 at 7:22am

Thank you all from the bottom of my heart for your notes of sympathy. Your words bring tears to my eyes. I am going to the humane society today to see what they have. 

Comment by Plinius on July 30, 2014 at 6:18am

Another Molly who leaves an empty place! I'm sorry for your loss!

Comment by Idaho Spud on July 30, 2014 at 5:26am

Mindy and Randy, I'm sorry for your loss.

Comment by Plinius on July 30, 2014 at 1:50am

http://www.atheistnexus.org/profiles/blogs/project-brother-in-law

I put this story in a blog, but I get the feeling that today my English is not what it should be. Feel free to correct.

Comment by Plinius on July 29, 2014 at 11:54pm

That's horrible, Randall! I do hope Molly didn't suffer long.

Comment by sk8eycat on July 29, 2014 at 1:41pm

Oh, Randy! That is the WORST!  I don't know what else to say, except please adopt another dog....just not right away.  YOU need time to heal a little bit first.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on July 29, 2014 at 12:40pm

Randy, that's a terrible way to loose a pet.  I'm really sorry to hear your news.  Now what to do?  I would imagine there are a large number of adoptable dogs just waiting for a loving home to keep you company and to continue their role as man's best friend.    

Comment by Loren Miller on July 29, 2014 at 8:11am

That just stinks, Randall; I'm terribly sorry to hear it.  I realize there ain't much I can do, but I'm here if you wanna talk or whatever...

 

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