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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 November 4, 2014 at 11:20am

Oh, Mindy, kiss her little nose for me!  I love torties!  (And orange tabbies, black cats, and every other color of cat....)

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on November 4, 2014 at 11:03am

Nice, GC. That is pure, unadulterated truth.

Comment by Grinning Cat on November 4, 2014 at 10:57am

The Republicans are indeed masters of convincing people to vote against their own best interests! VOTING REPUBLICAN - Working man: "I vote Republican to keep Foreigners, Minorities, Women, Socialist, Gays, and Liberals from ruining my life." Fat cat, pointing and laughing at him: "I vote Republican to keep this moron from realizing I'm the only one ruining his life."

Comment by The Flying Atheist on November 4, 2014 at 10:11am

Mindy, I LOVE Charlie.  What a cutie.  She's a very fortunate kitty to be moving into such a loving home. 

I'm going to finish my coffee, take a shower and then go vote.  I'm prepared for the worst of outcomes (Republican victories) but there have been some glimmers of hope in the past week that upsets may occur in several national races.  I can only wait and see. 

What really gets under my skin is that so many of these far-right candidates are so divorced from reality, yet so many dumb-ass people vote for them and put them in office. 

Comment by sk8eycat on November 4, 2014 at 10:05am

Postscript: I also got tired of SUVs full of kids from other neighborhoods coming around for more goodies....and I noticed this year that more than half of our neighbors  also don't turn on their porch lights..

Comment by sk8eycat on November 4, 2014 at 10:01am

I stoped handing out Trick-or-treat candy about 10 years ago, when very few children (or even grandchildren) lived in our neighborhood, and my back would not tolerate bending over to drop stuff in pillowcases and plastic pumpkins.  Once I stopped doing that, my JW sister decided it was "safe" for her to stay in the house on Oct. 31, instead of sitting in the farthest corner of the back yard and freezing her ass off.

Witlesses are so weird....what's the harm of little kids dressing up like ballerinas, cowboys, or even sheet-covered "ghosts"?

I used to love Halloween, but the people who started the rumors and fears about "tainted treats" ruined it for everyone.  Before I stopped handing out treats altogether, I went from homemade cookies (which people stopped accepting) to wrapped candies without chocolate just because everything chocolate gets boring after a while.

Comment by Grinning Cat on November 4, 2014 at 8:56am

Also, it's far from a sure thing that Republicans might take the Senate:

Expect the Unexpected: 5 U.S. Senate Races Where the National Media Is Probably Misreading Polls

If you live in [Iowa, Colorado, Georgia, Louisiana, or North Carolina], your vote really counts.

http://www.alternet.org/election-2014/expect-unexpected-5-us-senate...

(h/t Bertold Brautigan)

Comment by Grinning Cat on November 4, 2014 at 8:51am

For folks in the US today:

Make sure this is at the TOP of your to-do list on November 4: VOTE (NARAL Pro-Choice America)Your Vote Matters. Elections can be won or lost by narrow margins. Your vote can make all the difference. (Examples of elections decided by 291, 312, 567, and 2,371 votes) (NARAL Pro-Choice America)

Comment by Grinning Cat on November 4, 2014 at 8:48am

Mindy, the "two sides to an argument" graphic is a keeper; thanks! And it's great that Charlie is getting a wonderful home!

Comment by Idaho Spud on November 4, 2014 at 8:24am

Cute kitten.  She looks wary, but I'm sure you'll give her a good home.

 

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