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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

God's Annual Performance Review (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner Mar 19. 6 Replies

I don't know about you guys, but there wasn't a performance review I had in 30 years of field service that I didn't LOATHE.  It seems as though Betty Bowers, America's Best Christian, is up for turning the tables on the person you would expect would…Continue

Tags: review, performance, god, American's Best Christian, Betty Bowers

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Comment by The Flying Atheist on March 8, 2014 at 11:12pm

I'm embarrassed at the over-zealous patriotism that pervades in the U.S.  I never refer to my country as "America."  There's a North America, a Central America and a South America.  I think it's presumptuous and elitist to hi-jack the words "America" or "American" as our own or as an identity.  I refer to my country as the United States and to myself as a U.S. citizen. 

I can understand how we linguistically morphed to the simpler and shorter "America" from the "United States of America," but I still think it's improper.  One of the problems is the fact that the use of the word "America" has been reinforced in our culture in songs we all grew up with and continue to hear over and over:  God Bless America, America the Beautiful, America (My Country 'Tis of Thee.)  And to be fair, I guess I can't leave out Leonard Bernstein's "America" from West Side Story. 

I always do get a chuckle when our patriotism is made fun of. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on March 8, 2014 at 11:10pm

I object t the use of the word "American" when meaning USA. Travelling in Europe, they referred to us as U.S. and that made good sense. We all knew what we were talking about. If we referred to other countries of the Americas, we used their country names, not "America". 

There is an arrogance and a sense of self-importance in using the whole hemisphere as our country. 

Comment by sk8eycat on March 8, 2014 at 9:46pm

"We've got loads of jingo-jingo-jingoism!"

I honestly don't remember this kind of sh*t when I was in high school 57 years ago.  Yeah, we played the "Banner" before every football game, but we played it as fast as we could to get the damn thing over with so the game could get under way.  (I was the bass drummer, so the head majorette...one of my very best friends...and I set the tempo.) I don't recall playing anything before any other sports events.  Certainly not before track meets and swim meets....

Of course, I grew up, and still live in Southern California...we never needed to prove our patriotism to the rest of the country.  Or our faith, if any.  We just wanted to beat the other schools, if we could.  and if we couldn't, that's show biz.

Comment by sk8eycat on March 8, 2014 at 8:32pm

Patricia, thanks.  I thought so; it's embarrassing to me...so arrogant, ostentatious...whatever.

Comment by sk8eycat on March 8, 2014 at 6:06pm

I wish our musicians would play "the Star-Mangled Spanner" with that kind of brio instead of like a dirge...and I also wish there was a law against the warblers who add extra notes and drag them out when singing it at a sports event.  GAGS me!

Do other countries play their national anthems at every effing little game?  Little league soccer, or whatever?

Comment by sk8eycat on March 8, 2014 at 12:11am

Oh, that's WILD!  Almost a "Depends Moment""!

Comment by sk8eycat on March 7, 2014 at 10:43pm

Okayyyy...this is from "Steam Bath" produced by Hollywood Television Theatre, at KCET, my alma mater.  (Or one of them.)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ESDwlXua9dU

They ran this every night for a week, and I watched each broadcast.  (Wasn't Bill Bixby handsome?)

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on March 7, 2014 at 9:57pm

An amusing bit, excepting for the tinge of homophobia and nudity taboo.

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on March 7, 2014 at 9:51pm

Jazz envy, I haz it. Happy weekend, everyone!

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Comment by Joan Denoo on March 6, 2014 at 11:37pm

As you realize, Napoleon, I have problems with you and sometimes you make no sense to me at all. When you do ring my bells, they are as clear as crystal and make good sense. Kind of like wake-up call to some truth. 

 

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