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Personal validation comes from paying attention to one another, giving more than you get. Everyone respects you and themselves, despite our amazing range of personal tastes and interests. They'll tell you they don't agree with an idea or behavior without implying you're a bad person or somehow deficient. It's an "I'm OK, You're OK" kind of fellowship, where nobody tries to make himself look better by picking on somebody else.

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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 Ian Mason on November 8, 2016 at 3:29pm

Good luck, USA. I hope you escape the Orange Monster.

Comment by Joan Denoo on November 7, 2016 at 10:56pm

Besides, I don't trust people to do what they say they are going to do. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on November 7, 2016 at 10:56pm

It sounds like those schemes some use to avoid paying bills on time; sending an empty envelope and then claiming to have sent the check; or check kiting to falsely inflate the balance of a checking account in order to allow written checks to clear that would otherwise bounce; or credit card kiting; or ...

I am too lazy to pull any of these shenanigans. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on November 7, 2016 at 10:44pm

Sunsets seem to be remarkable this year. Thanks to all who shared your scenes with us; We live on a beautiful Earth!

Comment by Daniel W on November 7, 2016 at 8:13pm

Interesting idea, vote trading.  Let's say, you live in WA state and you feel absolutely certain your candidate, Ms. Clinton will win your state.  You feel concerned, however, that Ms Clinton could lose national election due to a close loss in a swing state, say, Florida.  You think that taking a vote from Stein in Florida, and giving it to Clinton, will help your cause.

Meanwhile, that Green Floridian  knows a vote for Stein could help Trump, which they don't want.  But they do want the Greens to have a national presence.

So you agree you will vote for Stein, and the Green Floridian will vote for Clinton.   That helps Clinton where it matters more, and yet Stein gets the same popular vote that she would have before.

You could even strategize for the biggest impact, looking for someone in a swing state with a small population, so one vote has more effect; or trade vote with someone in the state where you think it's most likely to make a difference.

I think this involves a degree of trust that I don't feel.

Comment by Daniel W on November 7, 2016 at 7:48pm

With the impeding election, I'm all wired.  I feel as nervous as a cat in a rocking chair convention.  Doubt I will sleep much.  Can't beleive the nation put itself and all of its citizens through this mess.  Now we're about to enter the new era.  Whereever that leads.

Comment by Grinning Cat on November 7, 2016 at 4:25pm

In time for Election Day tomorrow, Hemant Mehta writes at Friendly  Atheist ("'My Vote Doesn't Count' is a bigger myth than God"):

"Not voting is the very antithesis of atheism just like making god your co-pilot is the very antithesis of atheism. There’s no point in refusing to rely on a deity to govern the course of your life if you leave it to other people (such as Evangelical Christians) to determine the circumstances of your government."

Comment by The Flying Atheist on November 7, 2016 at 2:02pm

Loren, I love Cleveland. I've been there more times than I can count. There's great history and architecture there.

In fact I always noted the many similarities it has with Chicago:  a great location on the Great Lakes, a major river running through it, an airport on the lake downtown (that was until our Mayor Daley infamously destroyed our Meigs Field runway with bulldozers in a secret overnight mission), and several downtown museums and venues.

I always got a smile on my face when I saw the old May Company building, as I was reminded of Jack Benny and Mary Livingston. 

Comment by Daniel W on November 7, 2016 at 1:23pm

Atlantic magazine has a recent article about Portland, OR being the whitest major city in America, and the racist history of the city,  which includes KKK.  I can't link to it due to my ad blocker.

From Salon..."Growing up black in the whitest city in America"

Hipsterification of Portland doesn't seem to have helped in recent years.  Increased population and gentrification are taking a tool on the racial makeup of the town.

I was disappointed years back when the voters of Oregon overturned marriage equality in a ballot measure, while legalizing medical marijuana.  Oregon voters did not legalize marriage equality - it came via court decision overturning California's Measure 8.

Washington Post also chimed in.  about Portland.

I lived in Portland in the early 90s.  It was scruffier then, but I liked it much better.  Now it feels like a trendy traffic hell.

But - as far as elections go, Portland does look sure to go Democrat. 

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on November 7, 2016 at 12:54pm

Oregon has a similar dynamic, GC. It has quite a liberal reputation, but that's almost entirely due to two counties, Multnomah (Portland) ajd Lane (Eugene, home of U of O.) 30 miles outside of Portland you can see KKK literature in some of the high schools.

 

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