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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 Joan Denoo on March 20, 2013 at 9:26pm
TFA, Oh yes! "a new salad dressing. Franch: a combination of French and Ranch." I missed the opportunity to claim a new recipe.
Propaganda has such a sinister way of kidnapping minds and distorting reality. That is why delusional thinking needs challenging!
Comment by Joan Denoo on March 20, 2013 at 9:04pm
Patricia, Interesting perspective! I told my doctor I didn't want any restorative work done, just to be cancer free with a nice clean scar is fine with me.
Comment by Lillie on March 20, 2013 at 8:48pm

The Carnival joke is hilarious. 

Comment by The Flying Atheist on March 20, 2013 at 8:03pm

Joan, [stepping back on my soapbox] I've spoken to people from countries who have universal health care and I don't need any further convincing that universal health care is the best system.  When we (the U.S) were having our health care debate four years ago, I was extremely excited with the possibility of finally making major positive changes to our broken and wasteful health care system.  We also had the added luxury of being able to study the various systems from other countries (U.K., Germany, Canada, Japan, Sweden, etc.) that were already in place and to see which aspects worked best.  With that information, I was hoping the U.S. would develop a hybrid of the best of the best.  Well......we all know how that turned out.  Such a disappointment that we missed a golden opportunity.  Who would of thought at the beginning that we'd be hearing cries of 'death panels,' 'rationed care' and 'socialism?'

Comment by The Flying Atheist on March 20, 2013 at 7:32pm

Joan, I think you just invented a new salad dressing.  Franch:  a combination of French and Ranch. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on March 20, 2013 at 7:09pm

oops, that should be France. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on March 20, 2013 at 7:08pm
It just makes sense for everyone to pay into a fund and it covers everything. Sure we would pay a lot over the years, but we pay a lot for health care whether we pay into a fund or not. Include percentages of wage earners, small businesses, stocks, bonds, corporate gains, every cent earned whether through investments or labor pays in and everyone has access to basic health care. I am not interested in having face lifts or fat removal or cosmetic surgery being covered, unless for health reasons, but everything humans are subject to is covered.
Talk to some people from Canada, or Franch, or Sweden.
Any of you from other countries want to chime in here?
Comment by Joan Denoo on March 20, 2013 at 6:59pm

TFA, please stay on your soapbox. Obviously we aren't getting adequate care, whether privately or through our employer. The evidence is all in and there is no doubt about it, our medical care system is broken. And no one knows that better than the wonderful doctors on my team. 

Comment by sk8eycat on March 20, 2013 at 6:48pm

PS: I have to take Hairy Jerry to the vet tomorrow, and I'm scared.   He has a large growth/lump on his jaw, he's old, frail, and I don't think I'm going to like what I'm going to hear. ("Nature Advocate" would probably be delighted.  I am so sorry I posted that article in Ailurophiles!  That one person's response was the most vicious, mean-spirited thing I've read since the buybull.)

Comment by sk8eycat on March 20, 2013 at 6:43pm

Ruth...1) the dog was "mooning" the camera  2) "Moondoggie" was the name of the character played by James Darren in the first "Gidget" movie. (1959)

(Or I could say that Moondoggie was the nickname of the boy Francie/Gidget falls for in the original novel.  I read the book before I saw the movie; I was 2,000 miles from home and terribly homesick for the ocean...loved them both!)

 

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