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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 Plinius on April 16, 2017 at 4:17am

Don't forget that many people use it as pain medication. They don't want to be compelled to buy it illegally, without guarantee of what they're buying.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on April 16, 2017 at 3:03am

Yes, Chris, marijuana should be legalized.  Legislation has just begun here in the state of Illinois to legalize recreational use.  Let's hope our Republican governor can make a rational decision about signing such a bill.  

Our state is in a dire fiscal crisis.  Many people, including myself,  believe that the legal regulation of marijuana will make a huge improvement to our finances and will also lessen crime and significantly bring down the jail population.  It will also free up police resources so they can focus more on legitimate and serious crimes.  One only needs to look to Colorado to see how financially and socially successful their legalization has been.

Law enforcement agencies here are against legalization, at least right now.  In my opinion, the only valid point they have is that there is no current field test to confirm whether drivers are under the influence.  To be honest, I'm not sure how Colorado has handled this issue.  And of course marijuana can remain in your system for days or a week or more, so I'm not sure how a test would confirm the current "under the influence" condition for a driver.  

I've recently heard about shoddy and unreliable portable tests being used out in the field by police to test questionable substances to see if they are actually drugs (cocaine, meth, etc.)  It's my understanding that these tests may give a high percentage of false positives.  

So back to marijuana, I would want to see a reliable driver field test for police to use so we don't start wrongly locking up people 

Comment by Ian Mason on April 16, 2017 at 3:02am

Good ones, Carl.

Comment by Plinius on April 16, 2017 at 2:47am

Hahaha!

Comment by The Flying Atheist on April 16, 2017 at 2:19am

It's the Big Day, everyone!

Comment by Chris on April 15, 2017 at 2:05am

 To throw it into another direction.

Should Marajauna be legal?"

Methaphetaphine is a scourage which results in social problems.

Methaphetamine seems to me to be the worst illegal drug in the U.S.

How is the DEA going to stop it?

Comment by Plinius on April 15, 2017 at 12:10am

I love that Chicago woodpecker but I also think it behaves unusual because it doesn't feel well. Nice taxi driver!

Comment by Chris on April 14, 2017 at 11:46pm

Kind of funny that Xtians call the masacare of Jesus "Good Friday."

I wonder how religious people enjoy masachosim.

Comment by Ian Mason on April 14, 2017 at 11:22pm

That's very nice, Carl. Couldn't see any signs of an injury.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on April 14, 2017 at 7:24pm

Two people in the comments suggested the bird may have been injured.  I wonder if that was the case.  

 

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