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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 16, 2013 at 11:13pm

Thanks for sharing so much of your personal life, sk8eycat.

And that's a great kitty gif, Patricia. Well worth sharing.

Have a good night, everyone.

Comment by sk8eycat on January 16, 2013 at 9:51pm

Ooooooh, Patricia!  I feel better already!

Joseph, it's not the whole world that is sick...it's the USA that needs a high colonic every time the fundies get one of their buybull-based restrictions added to the law books.  They THINK that the stiff-necked, bigoted puritans who settled Massachusetts in the 17th century were the people who wrote the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution.  They know NOTHING about what happened on this continent between 1620 and 1776. And anyone who thinks the buybull is a history book will believe anything.  No wonder we call a congregation a "flock."  They'll let anybody herd them.

http://www.dogwork.com/buhr9

(You kind of have to wait for the video to load, but it's worth it.)

Comment by sk8eycat on January 16, 2013 at 12:25pm

Joseph, my Social InSecurity Increased by exactly $19 per month, and my MedicareLess Part B premium increased by exactly $5.  Last year I only went to my regular doctor 3 times, so I didn't even use up my deductible until the 3rd visit in November.

I am one of Mitt the Twit's useless, lazy 47%.  I'd like to see him, and the rest of the Tea Party leadership try to maintain a house, a 68-year-old Aspie sister, 2 elderly kittehs, and be able to sleep at night on my budget.  (I know that Ann Romney has...what?...Lou Gherig's Disease, ot something like that, BUT they can afford state of the art treatments and meds AND support a horse [NOT cheap!] and trainer. Plus more than one residence. And a collection of cars. I had to sell my car last summer...couldn't afford gas, smog checks, other maintenance...and the $300 I got from the wrecker helped pay the pool man.)

My sister gets about $600 a month SSI because she's never had a job which paid into Social Security and Medicare, but she blows most of it on mail order crap...scented candles and stuff from Crate & Barrel. There's no use talking to her about helping with the household expenses because her form of autism makes her deaf to anything that contradicts her world-view. She's also a JeeHoover's Witless...has been since she was 20 or so...because they are the only people who will put up with her.

Well, I have to put up with her because Mother's trust left the house to both of us, and she does help with the chores that I'm physically unable to do.  I just make sure to thank her (she has never learned to thank anybody for anything...nor has she ever had the impulse to give anybody a gift in her entire life).....and when she starts babbling about trivia, I just nod and say "Uh-huh," once in a while.

She knows better than to try to proselytize around me.

Actually, some of JWs attitudes are close to atheism than fundy ideas.  They know that most xian holidays are really pagan celebrations in drag, for one thing.  but they are in a close tie with Mormons for ringing doorbells and annoying people.

Oh, dear.  I'm bitching again.

Whoever it was who really said, "Old age is not for sissies," was spot on.  But I AM a sissy.  I just have no place left to run to.

Comment by Joan Denoo on January 16, 2013 at 11:12am
Comment by Joan Denoo on January 16, 2013 at 11:06am

Gee, I think it is a  "GORGEOUS black leopard", let me look it up. 

Black Leopard

Yes, and other photos are labelled Black Panther. I don't know the difference. Either name, the cat is stunning. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on January 16, 2013 at 10:54am
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Comment by Joan Denoo on January 15, 2013 at 10:19pm

Comment by Ian Mason on January 15, 2013 at 10:15pm

That was a very reasonable rant, Felaine. I wish you well in your battle for decent and fair treatment. Joan has a point when she says find others and unite with them.

Love the pics. What big eyes that cat has 8-)

Comment by Joan Denoo on January 15, 2013 at 7:15pm

Ahhh Prairie Dog Romance LOL
♥ For it was not into my ear you whispered, but into my heart. It was not my lips you kissed, but my soul. ♥ ~ Judy Garland

 

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