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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 Ian Mason on March 30, 2016 at 10:04pm

Nothing wild in the Danish weather either. One night with strong wind and rain and that's it.

I'm very sorry to hear that, Carl. You've been through enough already. I'm sure that we all hope, along with you, that the research will proceed fast enough to be of benefit.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on March 30, 2016 at 7:47pm

I've mentioned that I've been having a problem with weak legs and buckling knees.  I've seen a neurologist and was advised to have a muscle biopsy.  I recently had that procedure and a muscle sample was sent to a pathologist for testing.  I now have the results and unfortunately I don't have good news.  I have been diagnosed with a very rare muscle disease called Inclusion Body Myositis.  This is a condition where the immune system attacks the muscles and breaks them down over time. 

As of now there is no cure and no clear understanding why it happens.  It appears to be a genetic disorder but is not hereditary.  It's a disease that progresses very slowly and does not shorten normal life span.  Right now the biggest risk to me is breaking bones or getting injured from the increased chances of falling.  In addition to the weak legs and arms, balance problems are present, which I also experience.  At some point later on, a wheelchair may be necessary.  For some persons late into the progression, the disease can affect throat muscles causing trouble eating, swallowing and breathing. 

The only thing recommended right now is light resistance weight training to maintain strength.  However, a rigorous workout is not recommended as that would only speed up the muscle degeneration.

Apparently there are some promising stem cell research trials being done right now.  In addition, a new drug has been recently developed that has been presented to the FDA to be approved for testing.  For now there is no treatment available but perhaps some good news is on the horizon.  I can only hope.

So that's my latest news. 

Comment by Plinius on March 27, 2016 at 12:55pm

Calm over here, some gusts of wind and rain but nothing out of the ordinary. Tomorrow perhaps stormy weather.

Comment by Joan Denoo on March 27, 2016 at 12:45pm

Our North European friends have heavy winds today. I am interested in how winds felt to the individuals.

Comment by Plinius on March 27, 2016 at 9:19am

Here we had 'god zij met ons' on the rim of coins, but the Euros show no gods, only markings for the blind. Much better!

Comment by Randall Smith on March 27, 2016 at 7:15am

I often take a black marker to cross out "In God We Trust" on dollar bills. I'd like to do it to Indiana license plates, too, but I'm afraid I'll get caught. 

Comment by Ian Mason on March 26, 2016 at 3:14pm

Quite right, Bertold.

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on March 26, 2016 at 1:10pm

From Atheists Against Pseudoscientific Nonsense:

The reason why scientists and intellectuals don’t respect religion is because religion disrespects human intelligence, that is why we ridicule it. Religion is currently in its death throes and should be allowed to fade away so we as humanity can move on to bigger and better things.

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on March 26, 2016 at 12:48pm

For any fans of Walker, Texas Ranger:

Another lover of dumbocracy and freedumb! You gotta love the implication that besides being godless rabble, atheists are unpatriotic as well.

Comment by Ian Mason on March 25, 2016 at 10:57pm

A good quote. Bertold. Odd that it somes from someone that was such a strict Xtian.

 

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