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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 on Wednesday. 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 Kit Blumenstein on July 15, 2011 at 1:40pm

If anyone is interested there is a petition/letter of thanks for Sargent First Class Leroy A Petry (Medal of Honor Recipient) and all signatures will be sent to him as a thanks from Americans for his personal scarfices.

http://www.thepetitionsite.com/1/son-father-husband-hero-santa-fe-n...

Comment by Kit Blumenstein on July 15, 2011 at 1:36pm
@Candace - well now darling' even with our extreme amount of crazy christians and fully unscrupulous politicos - the country is beautiful, from the hill country to the Davis mountains in far west Texas to Padre Island, Texas has so much physical beauty.  Now if we could just ship off a large part of the population.
Comment by Kit Blumenstein on July 14, 2011 at 5:45pm

Lary9, There is truth in that.  Texas however, is more just an independent state of mind - or was.

Comment by Lary9 on July 14, 2011 at 4:07am
It occurs to me that the regional differences that arise out what is loosely termed "the culture wars" isn't really to be found on a map. The reason that Texas and other places, particularly in the south, are so consistently contrarian may have its roots in unresolved issues dating back to the war between the states but it is opportunistically fueled today by only one festering, toxic institution---religion. It's as lethal as small pox and as potentially evil as Nazi work camps. Religion is a guaranteed right and there's no challenging that. But 'religion' often needs to be reined in by the people and the government when it "crosses the line" and begins suborns the Constitution. Unfortunately, 'religion' does this periodically and always will as long as it is with us.
Comment by Kit Blumenstein on July 13, 2011 at 12:55pm

Wow!  Once that stuff is flushed it does have an AFFECT.

Oh, now I get it the whole eat, pray concept...thanks Susan.

Comment by Susan Stanko on July 13, 2011 at 8:04am
Alyson, may I suggest praying to his noodliness by having a pasta dinner?
Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on July 12, 2011 at 11:07pm

Akron, in reply to your Vermont pic

Comment by Kit Blumenstein on July 12, 2011 at 10:14pm

Ahh shucks! 

Alysn may the FSM be with you in your search for a new place to land. I wonder if sending messages to the noodles does any good?  Probably not. I wish you well.

 I am fully and completely a Texan - with all of the craziness, I love this land. It sort of becomes a part of your blood and skin.  The heat we love to complain about and the vastness is true beauty.

Comment by Kit Blumenstein on July 12, 2011 at 7:42pm

Thanks Chris and from some other things I have read, this too may lack accuracy.  It seems people like talking about praying and going to church far more then the doing.

 

@Alysn Ford - not sure what currently from Texas means.  We kinda think of ourselves as Texans and them others.  And we do culture our very own special brand of crazy.  Most particularly crazy right wing christians.

Comment by Chris on July 12, 2011 at 5:36pm

@ Kit,

You might be surprised how religiously devoted Americans are.

Here's a PEW Report showing how much Americans pray. The PEW Forum on Religion & Public Life is casually interesting.

 

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