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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 The Flying Atheist on August 14, 2014 at 2:38pm

Seems as if I'm totally outnumbered as to what Randy should do.  Oh, well.  All of you make me stronger to fight another battle on another day.  lol 

If I found that pizza box with the god stuff on it, I would just roll my eyes and deposit the trash into a proper receptacle.  No harm done to me other than to piss me off that someone has littered (which is a huge pet peeve of mine.)

Sk8eycat, I am aware that In-N-Out Burger has a bible verse printed on the underside of their soda cups.  That hasn't stopped me from eating there when I'm in Los Angeles because their burgers are good and their french fries are freshly cut on the spot.  I also understand that they treat their workers quite well compared to other fast-food chains, so I don't have a problem patronizing their business.

On the other hand, places like Chik-fil-A, Walmart, Cracker Barrel, Denny's, and others with not get any business from me because of they way they actively promote anti-gay polices via corporate donations and actions.  To me, these companies fall into the same category as Hobby Lobby in regards to equal rights.   

P.S.  Joan, thank you for respectfully disagreeing with me,  If anyone was to disagree with me, I'd couldn't pick a better person than you.   

Comment by Idaho Spud on August 14, 2014 at 12:09pm

I'm glad to see that those Canadian followers of Joseph Smith are being prosecuted for child sexual abuse.

Comment by Idaho Spud on August 14, 2014 at 12:08pm

Randy, I agree with Joan.

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on August 14, 2014 at 11:30am

@sk8eycat - One thing that definitely doesn't bother christians is contradiction. Their version of kindness is we're going to torture you to death to save your soul; you'll thank us in the end.

Comment by sk8eycat on August 14, 2014 at 11:19am

In-N-Out Burger prints buybull references on their cups and wrappers...Just the book, chapter & verse numbers.  And they hide it very cleverly.

I haven't flown on Alaska Airlines since 1985...there were no silly cards on the meal trays back then... 

It's ironic, the logo on the tail-fin is a smiling Eskimo face, and I can only think of all the damage that xian (especially Catholic) missionaries have done over the decades to those beautiful people.

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on August 14, 2014 at 11:01am

Good point, Ian. In fact, if their god was half as smart and powerful as they think, why didn't he make pizza have zero calories? I used to travel on Alaska Airlines a lot for work, and they always put a little card with an inspiring (not) Jesus message on the meal trays. I always ripped them up into little pieces.

Comment by k.h. ky on August 14, 2014 at 10:34am
I've gotta agree with Joan and Ian. But you knew l would. I'm sure you're not the only one who objects to their religion being brought out with the food.
Comment by Ian Mason on August 14, 2014 at 10:05am

Perhaps God should pay for the pizza, Randall if they trust in Him to meet their needs? You can tell them that they can have their beliefs but that you don't want them sent through your door. It's your threshold and your life; therefore your rules prevail

Comment by Joan Denoo on August 14, 2014 at 8:06am

Randy, this is an example of the Pinch Theory, something happens that causes one to feel a pinch, a discomfort, and he or she says, "Oh well" and lets it slide. Another pinch, another "Oh well", another pinch another "Oh well" until one day is the straw that breaks the camels's back and he or she blows up in an all too familiar temper tantrum. 

I respectfully disagree with Carl, I would send a message that because of their basic principles of faith in a superpower, I am boycotting their product. Just a few minutes of time, you expressed your opinion, they know not everyone shares their belief and they lost a customer. 

I do agree with Carl about picking one's battles, but when did blacks stop saying "Oh well"? or women stop saying, "Oh well", and GLBTQ stop saying "Oh well"?

Comment by The Flying Atheist on August 14, 2014 at 7:46am

Randall, in all honesty I would just let it slide.  Yes, it is obnoxious to me as well, but it is their prerogative to run their business under those principles.  It is also our prerogative not to purchase their products. 

We need to pick our battles, and I don't think this is one of them.  It would be different if the way they ran their company had a negative impact on their employees, such as with Hobby Lobby.  Just my 2-cents. 

 

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