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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 The Flying Atheist on September 22, 2015 at 3:57pm

Ian, sorry you are facing such uncertainty with your future plans.  I hope all works out well for you.  You do, however, seem to have a good attitude about the situation.  Que será, será. 

Comment by The Flying Atheist on September 22, 2015 at 3:42pm

I'm so sick of hearing about the pope.  And now that he's in the US it's going to get even worse.  I just love how the right-wing in this country are complaining that the pope just isn't conservative enough.  How bat-shit crazy do you need to be to think the pope is too liberal?  And some of them are "serious" candidates for the presidential office.  Unbelievable!  Loren, I would love for your scenario to play out.  Too bad it's just a wet dream.  [rant over]

Comment by Loren Miller on September 22, 2015 at 3:31pm

How many of us would pay money to see a uniformed police officer step up to Frankie and say, "You are under arrest for multiple violations of the RICO act.  You have the right to remain silent..."

It'll never actually happen ... but I'd pay to see it happen.

Comment by Pat on September 22, 2015 at 3:23pm

Emma, I hear your frustration. "The leader of the greatest organized criminal conspiracy for child rape and torture on the planet earth just came to our country. Hurray!!!! Let's roll out the red carpet!" While they're at it, why don't they give him the keys to the orphanage rather than the key to the city.

Comment by Emma Lennon on September 22, 2015 at 3:09pm

The Pope has just arrived in DC, and it's on every channel, including ABC This is making me mad, because the Pope is preempting Ellen! (Her talk show airs on my local ABC affiliate, and I watch her every day.)

Comment by Ian Mason on September 22, 2015 at 12:23pm

Chris, the place I worked at for 13 years is now looking for temps, so I hope I can get a foot in the door there. (It was closed 4½ years ago so it could be privatised). If not, any other work I can get 'on the side' particularly in the period 1/1 - 31/3 where I can earn extra on top of my usual pay. After that, who knows? I don't really care at the moment. A Summer of idleness on unemployment benefit wouldn't hurt.

Comment by Plinius on September 22, 2015 at 5:55am

I'm glad you've got a deal! What are your plans?

Comment by Ian Mason on September 21, 2015 at 11:33am

So, my redundancy deal is in place after some negotiation. I get 6 months' notice per 1/10. Stop working 1/1 2016 but get paid until 31/3. Don't get redundancy compensation - which would have been 3 months' pay - because my redundancy isn't compulsory. It's something I've opted for. My remaining holidays, days in lieu etc. are placed in the 3 months after 1/1 16. Not the best deal in the world but could be worse.

Comment by Ian Mason on September 21, 2015 at 11:10am

Glad the day went well, Randy. Hard work, yes but a lot of people wanted to pay their tribute to your father. They must have cared about him. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on September 21, 2015 at 12:37am

I like reading about your Celebration of your fathr's life. You sound as though you met the grieving process with healthy expression of your gratitude for him in your life. Sorry the ""we've been praying for you" raised its ugly head and that you can move on with your life. 

The mother of your children is part of their heritage and it is a tribute to your family that your former wife wants to participate in your family heritage. 

Nate and Emily carry on a fine tradition of family farming. This month's newsletter tells their story beautifully. 

Silverthorn Farms, Bringing in the harvest,

http://us10.campaign-archive1.com/?u=272febf3e272cbc9d4196ad2c&... 

"we've been praying for you"

 

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