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The Most Hated Woman in America (The Thinking Atheist)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Gary S on Thursday. 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

God's Annual Performance Review (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner Mar 19. 6 Replies

I don't know about you guys, but there wasn't a performance review I had in 30 years of field service that I didn't LOATHE.  It seems as though Betty Bowers, America's Best Christian, is up for turning the tables on the person you would expect would…Continue

Tags: review, performance, god, American's Best Christian, Betty Bowers

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Comment by Loren Miller on November 20, 2015 at 8:17pm

I watched Svengoolie back in Winnetka when I wasn't watching The Ghoul in Cleveland.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on November 20, 2015 at 6:50pm

I grew up on Svengoolie.  I'm still a fan.

Comment by k.h. ky on November 20, 2015 at 6:41pm
Bertold, To Kill A Mockingbird is my all time favorite book and movie.
Comment by Pat on November 20, 2015 at 5:22pm

Comment by Loren Miller on November 20, 2015 at 5:18pm

BERWYN?!? [chuckle!]

Comment by Pat on November 20, 2015 at 3:56pm

Carl, I just recently saw The Ghost and Mr. Chicken on "Svengoolie." And, I wasn't even in Berwyn!

Comment by The Flying Atheist on November 20, 2015 at 8:34am
I really enjoyed Pleasantville as well. One of my favorite movies is The Ghost and Mr. Chicken, another Don Knotts film. It's a childhood favorite that I own on DVD.
Comment by Loren Miller on November 20, 2015 at 8:05am

I think Pleasantville has no small resonance for us as well, Bertold.  Making the transition from the "pleasant" (and frequently not so pleasant!) fiction of religion to a more satisfying if also more complicated real-world POV is very much what we are about and something Pleasantville gave powerful expression to.

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on November 20, 2015 at 7:56am

Pleasantville was an amazing film. The first time I saw it, I thought I was in for a lame piece of fluff, but it developed a hell of a bite real fast. The gradual intro of color and reprise of courtroom scenes from To Kill a Mockingbird were brilliant.

Comment by Loren Miller on November 20, 2015 at 7:53am

I did indeed see Don in Pleasantville, and his was a wonderful touch to a movie I enjoy a lot.  That story, though, to put it at its mildest, was disturbing.

 

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