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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 Idaho Spud on April 27, 2017 at 11:26am

Good one BB.

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on April 27, 2017 at 11:04am

The light turned yellow, just in front of him.
He did the right thing and stopped at the crosswalk, even though he could have beaten the red light by accelerating through the intersection.

The tailgating woman behind him was furious and honked her horn, screaming in frustration, as she missed her chance to get through the intersection.

As she was still in mid-rant, she heard a tap on her window and looked up into the face of a very serious police officer.

The officer ordered her to exit her car with her hands up.
He took her to the police station where she was searched, fingerprinted, photographed and placed in a holding cell.

After a couple of hours, a policeman approached the cell and opened the door. She was escorted back to the booking desk where the arresting officer was waiting with her personal effects.

He said, "I'm very sorry for this mistake. You see, I pulled up behind your car while you were blowing your horn, giving the guy in front of you the finger and cursing at him. I noticed the 'What Would Jesus Do' bumper sticker, the 'Choose Life' licence plate holder, the 'Follow Me to Sunday-School' bumper sticker, and the chrome-plated Christian Fish Emblem on the trunk, so naturally I assumed you had stolen the car."

Comment by Plinius on April 27, 2017 at 7:28am

You're too kind, Joan!

Comment by Plinius on April 27, 2017 at 6:56am

The Keukenhof is about an hour from here, but I've never been there. I think you don't see the sights either, where you live.

Comment by Ian Mason on April 27, 2017 at 1:47am

Thank you, Joan. And I benefit from your analyses, comments and wisdom. I agree with you about anger. It can be turned into something constructive. Bob Geldof is is a very good example. Bono has said that he saw Geldof grab the leader of the World Bank by the suit lapels and pin him against the wall of his own office while calling him every filthy name under the sun. Oh, to have been a fly on the wall!

Comment by Lilac on April 26, 2017 at 10:02pm

Such beautiful flowers!

Comment by Loren Miller on April 26, 2017 at 9:55pm

For us on the southeast side of Cleveland, it's Mr. T's Wonder Freeze, an old-fashioned ice cream place which does soft serve and most excellent chocolate malts!  They typically open in April, and my wife and I have been there once so far this year.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on April 26, 2017 at 9:52pm

The Memorial Day holiday in the U.S. this year is Monday, May 29.  It is often referred to as the unofficial start to summer.  But for me it started today as I saw the first sighting of an ice cream truck on my street like the one pictured here.

In other happy news, I thought I'd share the beautiful gardens of Keukenhof in the Netherlands.

Take a Tour of an Enchanting Bulb Garden in the Netherlands

www.houzz.com

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on April 26, 2017 at 9:42pm

Wisdom from Malcolm in the Middle--

Mom and daughter-in-law [formerly bitter enemies who just made friends] drunk and talking about their husbands:

DIL -You mean, no matter how low I set the bar, he'll still find a way to crawl under it??

Mom: You still think there's a bar. That's so cute.

Comment by Loren Miller on April 26, 2017 at 5:36pm

Boil it down, what god judges people for are things Pat Robertson doesn't like!

 

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