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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 1, 2016 at 1:27am

Oh! Bertold, what a nice sentiment to hear. Thank you. 

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on June 1, 2016 at 1:17am

And you're one of mine.

Comment by Joan Denoo on June 1, 2016 at 1:08am

Krebs is one of my heroes. 

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on June 1, 2016 at 1:05am

Joan - As Maynard G. Krebs used to say, You're a real human being!

Comment by Joan Denoo on June 1, 2016 at 12:58am

Quiana, I know you knew! I just wanted to join the fun!

Comment by Joan Denoo on June 1, 2016 at 12:05am

Yes, I have moved back into my home and plan to stay here, happy, content, and proud of having created this peaceful place.
My daughter and her family took very good care of me and nursed me back to health. Some of the boxes remain at her home and safely put in a moving van that they own and keep on their property. My boxes contain books from my vast library that Craig wants. No one else in the family cares for books, so it is working out just fine. I brought my kitchen items back and gardening things. These are my two favorite places. They mostly remain in unpacked boxes, and that is just fine; I have another ten years, at least, to unpack them. I am happy beyond my ability to speak to be back home.
Oh my goodness, don't be depressed about my talking about my death and sorting things for my heirs. My life has been so full, the decisions I made all those years ago to leave my husband was the only choice I could make, and I am finally coming to terms with that. I was frightened that I had made a wrong choice. All I have to do is look at my children and know that if I had made any other decision, I would have subjected my kids to a childhood of fear and brutality. As it is, my legacy to them is a broken string of family violence. None of them use violence to solve problems or conflicts; they all learned interpersonal relationship skills ---- from me! Their dad went on to abuse another family; my father gave my mother a beating and weeks later she died. It stopped! Here! With my children and me!
Qiana that is not a photo of god, it is the Flying Spaghetti Monster. Even if it is a faux photo, it still is a good likeness to our great FSM.
Now, in the memory of the Great Giant Teapot, I dance with the stars under a clear sky, so very happy to be alive.

Comment by Ian Mason on May 31, 2016 at 11:18pm

Two lovely, cheerful videos Joan. Thanks. I too had missed that you've moved back. I'm glad that you're feeling good where ever you are.

The picture of that spaghetti thing is a fake. The true God is the Great Giant Teapot!

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on May 31, 2016 at 5:11pm

Impressive lighting effect, Daniel. I imagined much smaller, dimmer ceiling brightening.

Joan, you're not the only one annoyed by LOLspeak. I think it's because people need to feel superior, so they make the cats seem stupid. It's also like regression to a child ego state, a chance to talk like a kid in public, acceptably.

Our culture is loaded with this sort of thing. For example whenever a TV character is portrayed as a genius, he or she always has to either be socially inept in the extreme or have a major character flaw. In Buck Rogers, the genius robot had to be programmed as an arrogant a**hole. <sigh> Our cultural products reflect how flawed we are.

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I hear you Ian on, "Where there's a will there's a relative."

Joan, I've only kept up intermittently here, and missed something. You're not living with your daughter any more? Ah, it's depressing hearing you talk about dying and sorting your belongings for relatives. I'm not sorting anything. I've always loved Bobby McFerrin's performances. He looks extra nice dressed in white tux and bare feet, relaxing. Mostly funny, with a dark undercurrent. I found the floating out of shoes on the window ledge disturbing.

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on May 31, 2016 at 4:40pm

Joan-Harold and Maude is one of my favorite movies of all time. The direction was about as close to perfect as it could get. I don't think there's a minute in the film that doesn't further the story or the brilliant symbolism. The identical desks of the authority figures (priest, shrink, military officer) with portraits of their leaders (pope,  Freud, president) were priceless.

Comment by Joan Denoo on May 31, 2016 at 2:09pm

 

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