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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 Plinius on November 28, 2014 at 2:27am

Could a notice board at the base of the tree help? THIS TREE CARRIES FLESH EATING BACTERIA! DON'T TOUCH IT!

Comment by sk8eycat on November 28, 2014 at 2:10am

Patricia, I don't know their exact address or name. The house is near the other end of the block above our corner.

I think my sister has a roll of yellow "police tape"...I just have to figure out how to put it around the base of the tree.  Or maybe from the tree and across the bottom of the driveway to the backyard fence....  The tree is right next to the driveway, so any idiot can just walk up to it and take what they want.  We have security (motion detector) lights, but they only work at night.

Damn.  We just got rid of the buttheads who used to park on our side street and smoke pot, and....errr...entertain their sluts.  Now this.  Aaaaarrrrgh!

Comment by Plinius on November 28, 2014 at 1:10am

That can't be true, Patricia, but very funny!

Comment by sk8eycat on November 27, 2014 at 5:36pm

Oh, Patricia!  That made me laugh!  I wish I could have done something like that to the two Armenian thieves who helped themselves to our avocados today!  I know they live on our street, because it's only 2 blocks long, and we hear weird music from up the hill when they have one of their loud parties. 

I should have grabbed my camera, and caught them in the act, but I just can't move fast enough.  I did call the police, but they said trespassing and stealing a bushel of avocados is a  misdemeanor....not worth pressing charges.

I'm still pissed off.  I wonder if they steal fruit from the rest of the neighbors....

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on November 27, 2014 at 3:37pm

@ Patricia - wow, I bet that mastodon was almost 9000 years old!

Comment by Joan Denoo on November 27, 2014 at 3:15pm

Chris, Just a little celebration with you for your new-found freedom. I hope all goes well for you and your family. I know we are 3/4 the way through autumn, and let the celebrations begin. We are a month from the shortest day of the year. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on November 27, 2014 at 3:00pm

Ruth, sorry about the failed attempt to get a turkey. What did you choose for dinner? 

Patricia, great story about the thief. It takes intelligence to survive, whether in the wild or in a community. I wonder what he told his friends when he got out?

 

Comment by Joan Denoo on November 27, 2014 at 2:36pm

Chris, what good news. It sounds like a very nice day out to the museum. I would very much like to go to Leiden because that is the city from which my widowed ancestor and her son left for the Colonies in 1632. I didn't know about that town when I visited relatives in Brugge, Belgium.

 museum Naturalis in Leiden - a museum about life on earth.

My goodness, look at those antlers!

 

Comment by Idaho Spud on November 27, 2014 at 2:15pm

I'm glad to hear you got one monkey off your back Chris.

Comment by Idaho Spud on November 27, 2014 at 2:14pm

That made me smile Patricia.  I love the stories of incredibly stupid criminals.

 

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