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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 The Flying Atheist on October 4, 2016 at 11:27am

Sounds like a fun weekend, Randy.  So, in gym class did you split into two teams?  Skins and skinless?

Comment by Randall Smith on October 4, 2016 at 7:33am

I'm attending my 55th high school reunion this coming weekend. We were the Frankfort (IN) Hot Dogs! Yes, we've been the butt of many jokes over the years. There were 180 seniors in our graduating class (1961).

Friday, I'm golfing with some old buddies, then going to an informal campfire gathering. Saturday is the main get-together at a fancy motel. I usually attend reunions, not only to see old friends, but because the organizers put in a lot of work to see them happening.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on October 1, 2016 at 10:20am

Woke up to this news and it tickled my funny bone.....

Man charged with wearing clear plastic wrap bikini on beach

BEACH HAVEN, N.J. (AP) — Police say a 59-year-old man who wore a bikini fashioned out of see-through plastic wrap on a New Jersey beach is facing a criminal charge.

They say Stephen Wojciehowski spent two days on a Long Beach Island beach wearing a homemade bikini in which his genitals were clearly exposed and was charged with lewdness.

NJ.com reports the Stafford Township man was arrested Monday and was released pending further court proceedings.

A woman who answered the phone at his house said "nobody's here" and hung up. It's unclear if he has an attorney who could comment on his behalf.

Comment by Randall Smith on October 1, 2016 at 7:32am

I happened on to C-Span last night (Sept 30) and watched the entirety of the opening ceremonies of Smithsonian's National Museum of African-American History and Culture on the National Mall. The Bushes and Obama sat together (and spoke--even Laura). All speeches were inspirational. The museum sounds fantastic.  Too bad it wasn't open when Loren and Daniel were in D.C. recently.

As a sidebar, in flipping channels, I noticed ne'er a word was mentioned about the museum's opening on any of the so-called news channels. It was nothing but Trump, Trump, Trump (and a little Hillary). Gag me.

Comment by Loren Miller on October 1, 2016 at 6:46am

Grinning Cat, I made the Exact Same Observation.  Signed out of A|N, just about any public page could be pulled up with no problem.  Signed in, it was a crap shoot.  Some pages would intermittently come up; some would generate Error 500.

I STILL say that Ning has some explaining to do!

Comment by Joan Denoo on October 1, 2016 at 1:16am
Comment by Joan Denoo on October 1, 2016 at 12:28am

Measles Has Been Eliminated in the Americas, WHO Says

"Smallpox was eliminated from the Americas in 1971; polio was eliminated in 1994 and rubella, also known as German measles, was eliminated in 2015."

Comment by Plinius on September 30, 2016 at 11:34pm

Beautiful songs, Daniel and Carl!

Comment by The Flying Atheist on September 30, 2016 at 11:17pm

Good song, Daniel.  While we're in the mood here's another one.  This is about Love, not Health, but the sentiment still applies.

Wishing you well, Ruth, and everyone else here.

Sometimes we just need a shoulder to rest on.

Comment by Daniel W on September 30, 2016 at 9:46pm

Ruth, so sorry  you're having medical problems.   What I used to tell people is "If it ain't one thing, it's another."

 

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