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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 sk8eycat on March 24, 2013 at 3:51am

TFA...that candle holder is WONderful!  I even showed th photo to my JWitless sisther, and she wanted to know who made it, and where she could get one. 

Witlesses HATE Halloween...they claim it's satanic, or something.  During Trick-or-Treat time in our neighborhood, my sister "has to" sit in the back yard, as far as she can get from the street, to keep the evil from touching her "soul."

None of them have ever been able to  explain to me what's evil about little kids dressed up as spacemen, fairy princesses, clowns, whatever.

(One of her friends refused to come in the house one day because I'd just printed a photo poster of several owls on a perch, and it was titled "Hogwarts Post Office," or something like that.)

But my sister loves that candle holder.  Go figure.  (I think she also regrets the fact that since our parents died, we don't "do" xmas in this house anymore, either.  The OT has an an injunction against bringing trees inside and decorating them.  Pagan, yanno.  They're effing weird.)

Some of my happiest memories are of the wild Halloween parties we put on when I was in HOI. 

The "nun" in the upper right is a guy I took skating lessons with when we were both in high school. We joined the show together, too. When I walked into the party room, he was sitting quietly on the sidelines, prim and proper.  I didn't recognize him at first; I just wondered, "What's a NUN doing here?" Then I saw the big belly (a pillow), and realized she/he was supposed to be pregnant, realized it was Tim, and laughed till my face hurt.

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I'm sitting on the floor, in a white blouse, pleated skirt, laughing.

Most of the boys came in drag, even the str8 ones.

 

Comment by Joan Denoo on March 24, 2013 at 3:00am

OK, does this pass the "Poo" test?

Comment by Plinius on March 24, 2013 at 1:49am

You're a wonderful aunt to Abby, Melinda! She'll have a bad life as long as she stays with her family, so she keeps comforting herself with unnecessary things. It's not easy to divorce yourself from your family, but it looks like the best option for her.

Comment by Ian Mason on March 24, 2013 at 12:44am

Melinda, if your friend suffers from bipolar disorder then Abby has, in some ways, grown up without a mother. If you can be the "sensible aunt" for her you will be doing her a service that could last a life-time.

Glad to know someone with such a kind heart.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on March 23, 2013 at 10:12pm

Melinda, if I may publicly state.........you are a real Gem.  Anyone who knows you is indeed very lucky.  You not only have a big, welcoming heart but you have obviously proven that you are an individual who can be relied upon in so many circumstances. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on March 23, 2013 at 5:13pm

A colleague once told me she had to divorce her family because they were toxic. She said she had to pay a price for getting out, and in the long run it was worth it. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on March 23, 2013 at 5:10pm
Sounds like all you can do, Melinda. It is really too bad. Life can be so incredibly fine and it is not hard to do. Love oneself, love one's work, love family and community, love being able to think and solve problems and participate in living with people you love and who love you.
Well, that is kind of a big order. And all it takes is thinking and acting wisely and paying attention when dreams and nightmares try to alert one to some unsolved problem or conflict, or sometime illness is a body trying to get in touch with oneself, or recurring problems that don't seem to get fixed. These and other things are our wonderful bodies and minds calling attention to something that needs attention.
Comment by Joan Denoo on March 23, 2013 at 3:32pm

Great find for you and Halloween TFA. That implies chocolate to me! Lots of it, every size, shape and texture. 

Ian, there is a Beckett directs Beckett - Endgame on the internet. I wonder if it is the same as what you saw? "the master is more a prisoner than the servant" sounds familiar. I'm  thinking about you; hope all goes well for your family and that you find strength and encouragement from each other. 

A lot of feelings expressed here today.

I do hope Lula is OK Melinda and recovers quickly. She is so pretty and must be good company. You have an incredibly sensitive ear and your friend certainly needs one now. Is she a good critical thinker? She may be putting others before her own health as many of us tend to do. Having alcohol and drugs in loved ones is a terrible burdon, especially for one so young. I hope she can find a way to get out. 

Steph, I like the style, swagger, haughtiness of James Bond Kittez. 

 

Comment by Ian Mason on March 23, 2013 at 3:18pm

That's a fun item, TFA.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on March 23, 2013 at 2:46pm

Ok.....so I was perusing eBay just the other day and stumbled upon this item that I just HAD to get as soon as I saw it.  After all, it's never too early to start thinking about Halloween.  I'm so proud of my purchase that I had to share it with you.  So cute.....

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