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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 Ruth Anthony-Gardner on January 24, 2013 at 12:36am

"Take a Chance on Me" Fantastic adopt-a-pet video!

Comment by sk8eycat on January 24, 2013 at 12:23am

Comment by sk8eycat on January 23, 2013 at 11:25pm

SPCA & ABBA

If that link doesn't work, try: http://vimeo.com/40471435

Best video I've seen all day/night, and it just happened that I was working on this months Pet adoption calendar, and took a break to check my e-mail...and there it WAS.   VERY professionally done, and ab-so-effing-lutely CHARMING!

So is the Masseuse kitteh!

Comment by The Flying Atheist on January 23, 2013 at 7:24pm

Comment by Lillie on January 23, 2013 at 4:46pm

Yes, Molly Ivins was a very irreverent Texas Journalist who "told it like it is" with very colorful speech.  I really do miss her and know she would be having great fun with our political controversies today.

Comment by dr kellie on January 23, 2013 at 3:22pm

I agree.

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on January 23, 2013 at 2:11pm

While I agree that what Obama does obliterates whatever nice speech he gives (without following through), I did find the pro gay and feminist parts of his speech encouraging. I didn't think I'd live to see a president include Stonewall and Seneca Falls as part of our revered national heritage. I give him credit for saying those things in that setting. Doesn't mean I like his drone war, support of fossil fuels or erosion of rights.

Comment by sk8eycat on January 23, 2013 at 1:41pm

From the news: http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2013/jan/22/elderly-hurry-up-die-ja...

I have known for decades (whenever the conservatives start griping about Social Security and Medicare) that many people in our own (USA) government feel the same way, but they're just too cowardly to come right out and say it. 

I think one governor (Colorado) did say it was our duty to die at 65...back in the 1980s.  GOP, naturally.

Comment by sk8eycat on January 23, 2013 at 1:10pm

Joseph, The Door Into Summer was published in 1957 (Serialized in F&SF in 1956) Even though the "futuristic" technology is terribly dated (cold sleep, robotic servants in 2000CE), I think it's charming. If you can't find it in a bookstore, or the library, I highly recommend searching for a used copy at eBay's Half.com.  I have found many out of print treasures there...CHEAP!

PS: I don't think you insulted any dogs in a previous post. I often use a Sharpie pen to cross out the G-word on the back of any currency that comes into my hands, and substitue "DOG" (or "REASON") in its place. I wonder if anybody I pass the money along to ever notices...

Comment by Steph S. on January 23, 2013 at 11:17am

Love that lol Melinda!

I think Lulu is doing that right now. Better check : )

 

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