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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 October 23, 2016 at 8:56pm

Randy, one more thought. Yes! grandparents exist "to work on table manners, however. That's what grandparents do!"

Comment by BenGee on October 23, 2016 at 8:52pm

Joan, I've always thought that adoption was the best way to go. Passing on my mind, my memories, my life and sharing that is more important than passing on my genes, and it doesn't matter if you're sharing that with someone who has your gene's its precious.

Now I kinda wanna have a child, mostly though because my family taught me that I was inferior that my genes weren't worth passing on, which may be partially to blame for why I think adoption is so awesome (they tried to say I was mentally disabled my entire life). So my desire to have a kid if I can now is just a big fuck you to  everyone who tried to tell me I was genetic garbage. Though lol first i'll have to find a girl who likes me enough to make a kid with me and start a family. Even if I have a child with a girl I'd also adopt without hesitation. NO child EVER deserves to feel unwanted, you don't have to be an orphan to learn that, and EVERY child with a loving parent biological or otherwise I think is quite affected by that love.

Comment by Joan Denoo on October 23, 2016 at 8:46pm

Carl, as always, I feel your friendship as tho we had met in person. Thank you. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on October 23, 2016 at 8:44pm

Bertold, some say that an adopted child is not as precious as a genetically born child. NONSENSE. Cary was as loved by all family members and we all grieve his death and value our memories of him. This pain is so deep because of him, not because of his genetics.

The sweetness of his care for me is priceless to me and to our family, the ideas and times we shared, the joys and sorrows were as real to us those who have the same blood lines. 

Yes, "outliving a child" is the hardest thing I ever experienced. 

Thank you for your comments, they comfort and empower me. 

Comment by The Flying Atheist on October 23, 2016 at 7:53pm

Joan, I wept when I read your message about Cary, so please know that I am grieving with you and your family. Although we are not close in distance, we are close in friendship. I send you my love, hugs and support.

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on October 23, 2016 at 7:13pm

Joan, outliving a child must in some ways be one of the hardest things this life could ever demand. You did it with incredible grace and power. As ever, you're an inspiration.

Comment by Joan Denoo on October 23, 2016 at 6:28pm

Thank you all, your words give me strength. That is the magic that Christians claim they own and don't understand that the miracle of healing is to relieve those who life in constant pain after doing everything possible to restore quality of life. Cary shares the responsibility by not catching the cancer early. 

Take heed and have regular examinations and act when symptoms appear. 

I felt as though I had a cloud of friends who thought about Cary and me as we faced this demon-cancer. We were not alone. 

Comment by BenGee on October 23, 2016 at 6:27pm

Joan, this is sad news, I wouldn't even begin to know how to help comfort you, but I agree with everyone here who also cares about you and supports you. 

Comment by k.h. ky on October 23, 2016 at 6:21pm
Joan, rest dear friend. You are in our hearts.
Comment by Joan Denoo on October 23, 2016 at 6:21pm

Thank you, Daniel. The only ones with whom I wanted to have conversation I was blocked. We didn't talk to each other in the room about the events emerging and chose to stay with Cary and let discussion occur elsewhere. 

Last night, as the family gathered with the doctor we had the discussion in Cary's room. All the facts were laid out and we all heard the options for quality of life. Cary heard us even though he was heavily sedated. He was still communicating with his hands. We asked if option one was a tracheotomy  and two was to take him off all medication and remove his breathing tubes which meant  there was a probability he could not breath on his own and his heart support would stop. Cary chose #2. We all agreed and the process began. He died in a very few minutes, peacefully. 

 

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