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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 Joan Denoo on April 30, 2017 at 4:55pm

Plinius, I don't want to intrude, and I don't want you to share more than with which you feel comfortable.  

I am curious about the challenge you and your partner face and how you resolve them.

Comment by Joan Denoo on April 30, 2017 at 4:52pm

Chris, the trend toward private-for-profit-prisons provides the wrong incentives for management of prisons and for communities. We should be trying to get alternatives to prison, the shortest terms possible, and offer excellent education in the trades for those who want to learn a trade. We need to be strong advocates for prison reform.  

Comment by Joan Denoo on April 30, 2017 at 1:02pm

Chris, it has been years since I read "The Crucible" and it evoked a particular emotion in me. My paternal grandmother descended from accusers and judges at the Salem witch trials. I returned to the place of the trials, visited the spot where a warlock was crushed to death, houses, and rooms of accusers. It was the 300th anniversary of the trials and witches wandered everywhere. It was a strange experience. 

My paternal grandmother and my father had puritan beliefs. My uncle was a Superior Court Judge. My cousins and I often discussed the nature of our upbringing and the learnings we had to overcome in order to be healthy. 

Comment by Chris on April 30, 2017 at 3:59am

The play "The Crucibal," written by Author Miller is a great play.


WHY I WROTE “THE CRUCIBLE”


Comment by Chris on April 30, 2017 at 3:12am

As though gender Identity couldn't become any more complicated Facebook presents

What Each of Facebook’s 51 New Gender Options Means

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For ten years, the social network limited billions of people identifying as either male or female. Now there are dozens of terms to pick from. Here’s how to understand them all.

02.15.14 2:45 AM ET

Imagine you’re a man. You think everything about you looks like a man should look. You have short hair and a little scruff on your face. When you were born, the doctors said, “It’s a boy!” and that’s how your parents raised you. You’ve always shopped for guys’ clothes and no one has ever called you anything other than a boy, guy, dude, or man. Then one day at a restaurant, the waiter asks you, “Can I get you anything to drink, ma’am?”

If feeling like a man, but being called “ma’am”, would be uncomfortable, jarring, or at least surprising, perhaps you can imagine what it might feel like to be perceived as a gender other than your own.

Most of us never question or think much about our gender, but it’s an essential part of our identity. And given the endlessly diverse ways people experience their gender, their bodies, and their masculinity or femininity, it’s a wonder there are so few words to describe it. Except there are actually (at least) dozens of gender terms, and Facebook is now offering its users numerous options to present their gender identity to their Facebook friends in the same way they do in the real world (or a different way – because, hey, and it’s your gender identity and you can do what you want)...."

Comment by Plinius on April 30, 2017 at 1:34am

You have to do what works for you, the gender expectations become a cage before you know it. Now that partner and I are considering changes - see my blog - we're happy that we made our own choices.

I've been struggling with a new provider and many pc-settings that I understand only partly. It will take some days more and I'll be off-line.  

Comment by Ian Mason on April 30, 2017 at 12:09am

Anger can be a part of things, Joan but not always the best tactic. Geldof and Bono work as a double act with Geldof being the angry one and Bono the reasonable one. It  gets results.

I too felt uncomfortable with the world's gender expectations. It felt like family, friends and lovers wanted something I didn't have but were not interested in what I did have. I'm somewhat over that now but, like you get annoyed when I feel that pre-determined roles are being forced on me.

Comment by Chris on April 30, 2017 at 12:03am

I'm glad citizens are finally begining to speak their mind and become political activists.

A poll taking company called me on behalf of a ballot measure to build another 'Jail' in the city to catch overflows from state prisons.

I told the polster I wouldn't vote to build a newer bigger city jail to hold state offenders because so many of them are in prison for drug crimes and may not be violent.

The Article Prisons, Jails, and People Arrested for Drugs reports:

(Number Of People Serving Time For Drug, Violent, Property, and Other Offenses In US Prisons)
Federal Prisons:
"Almost 50% (92,000 prisoners) of sentenced federal prisoners on September 30, 2015 (the most recent date for which federal offense data are available) were serving time for drug offenses (table 10) (appendix table 6). An additional 36% of federal offenders (67,500 prisoners) were imprisoned for public order offenses, including 30,200 (16% of all federal prisoners) for weapons offenses and 14,900 (8%) for adjudicated immigration crimes. While 53% of sentenced state prisoners were serving time for violent offenses, 7% of federal prisoners (13,700 prisoners) were serving sentences for violent crimes.
"Among female federal prisoners, 59% were serving sentences for drug offenses, compared to 49% of males. A larger proportion of white prisoners in federal prison (42%) were serving time for public order offenses on September 30, 2015 than blacks (32%) or Hispanics (37%). More than half of black (51%) and Hispanic (58%) federal prisoners in 2015 were convicted of drug offenses."

State Prisons:
"More than half (53% or 696,900 prisoners) of all state prisoners sentenced to more than 1 year on December 31, 2014 (the most recent year for which state prison offense data are available) were serving sentences for violent offenses on their current term of imprisonment (table 9) (appendix table 5). At yearend 2014, 13% of sentenced prisoners (171,700 prisoners) were serving time in state prison for murder or nonnegligent manslaughter. An additional 162,800 state prisoners (12%) had been sentenced for rape or sexual assault. On December 31, 2015, 249,900 state prisoners (19%) were sentenced to at least 1 year for property offenses. Sixteen percent of state prisoners were serving sentences for drug-related offenses (206,300 prisoners).
"Violent offenders represented more than half (54%) of the sentenced male state prisoners. More than a third (36%) of female prisoners were violent offenders. Eighteen percent (223,700) of male state prisoners and 28% (26,000) of females were sentenced for property offenses. Twenty-five percent of female state prisoners (23,500 females) and 15% of male state prisoners (182,700 males) were sentenced for drug offenses."

- See more at: http://www.drugwarfacts.org/cms/Prisons_and_Drugs#sthash.7uLCEGU2.dpuf

The U.S. is still fighting a "War" on drugs.

(Number Of People Serving Time For Drug, Violent, Property, and Other Offenses In US Prisons)
Federal Prisons:
"Almost 50% (92,000 prisoners) of sentenced federal prisoners on September 30, 2015 (the most recent date for which federal offense data are available) were serving time for drug offenses (table 10) (appendix table 6)....

State Prisons:
"More than half (53% or 696,900 prisoners) of all state prisoners sentenced to more than 1 year on December 31, 2014...

Portugal seems to be doing okay after decriminalizing drugs.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on April 29, 2017 at 11:12pm

Despite the rainy, windy, and cold weather today is was great to see a large contingent out for The People's Climate March.

 

Comment by The Flying Atheist on April 28, 2017 at 2:53pm

Love this!!

101-year-old woman wins 100m dash at World Masters Games

http://www.thescore.com/general/news/1289287

 

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