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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 June 16, 2016 at 8:18am

Randy, very good news, indeed! Thankfully, the farmer was sensible and compassionate. He was kind. Laura's neighbor shoots dogs that come onto his place. Thankfully, Dominic does not roam. 

Comment by Randall Smith on June 16, 2016 at 6:11am

Joan, dog Dot was found by me safely caged up by some farmer. My phone number on her collar was undecipherable, so he went on Facebook and the Humane Society website to put out the word. I didn't think to look there. But all's well that ends well. Dot's doing fine, despite the heat. Thanks for asking.

Comment by Plinius on June 15, 2016 at 8:56am

Thanks Randall!

Comment by Joan Denoo on June 15, 2016 at 6:48am

Randy, I don't see any report from you that your dog returned. Can you give me an update?

Comment by Randall Smith on June 15, 2016 at 6:36am

oops: "so prominently..."

Comment by Randall Smith on June 15, 2016 at 6:34am

I had to look it up, Chris. Flag Day commemorates the adoption of our flag in 1777 on June 14th. It was officially recognized in 1916, so this year was the 100th anniverary. I never heard or read a thing about it being special or anything. Like I said, the day is ignored. We Americans seem to have a thing about flags. It might stem from the Civil War and the Confederate flag to prominently displayed in the southern states (and even in Indiana). People like me hang out the "stars and stripes" in a show of force--in a way, protesting those that display the hateful, racist (in my opinion) Confederate flag.

Unlike many people who keep their flags out all the time, I hang mine only on special days, like July 4th, Memorial Day, etc.

Comment by Plinius on June 14, 2016 at 1:29pm

What is "Flag Day", Randall? As far as I can see the people of the USA hang their flags everywhere, always. I don't understand why, we never do such things here, apart from some royalty nuts and football hooligans. So please explain!

Comment by Donald L. Engel on June 14, 2016 at 11:38am

Happy Flag Day, Randall !!  It's raining in the Pacific northwest, so I don't have to work in the yard.  That's beginning to be a good thing.  LOL

 

Comment by Randall Smith on June 14, 2016 at 7:10am

How's everybody doing? Just hung my flag up as it's "Flag Day" in the U.S.--an ignored holiday for the most part. Nothing else special to report.

Comment by Ian Mason on June 10, 2016 at 1:45pm

It's sad about Bernie. It looked for a while as if the U.S. was going to get a progressive in the White House.

Balconia is a good place for a holiday, Chris. Mine's going to be Sofastan.

I've been busy trying to learn to drive fork-lifts. It's not going well and I don't expect to pass the test. I'm so strongly right-handed/left-eyed that I have almost no spacial/depth perception and can't see if two surfaces are aligned or not. That's not good when trying to lift and stack goods on pallets or in crates using a 2-ton machine. Oh, well: the sun is shining, my balcony plants are thriving and it's the weekend. Good things are all around us.

A pleasant weeekend to you all.

 

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