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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 The Flying Atheist on September 22, 2015 at 9:55pm

Ian, I don't have Facebook, but I looked up the #1 song for the day I was born.  It was "Rag Doll" by the Four Seasons.

The week before and the week after I was born the songs were, respectively, "I Get Around" by the Beach Boys and "A Hard Day's Night" by the Beatles. 

I think it would be fun if everyone here looked up the #1 song for the day they were born and posted it here.

Ian, here's yours.  It was introduced in the 1956 Alfred Hitchcock film "The Man Who Knew Too Much."

Comment by The Flying Atheist on September 22, 2015 at 9:41pm

There's one good thing I hope comes as a result of the pope's visit.  The pope has been on a mission lately against income inequality and uncontrolled capitalism. 

Right now between Donald Trump's racist Hispanic comments and the Republican Party's dismissive policies on immigration reform, hopefully the pope will energizes the Hispanic community and get them even more politically involved.  This would mostly benefit a Democratic or progressive presidential candidate.  Right now, Hispanics are countering Donald Trump's remarks by registering voters. 

While the pope is in the US, fourteen of his scheduled eighteen speaking engagements will be delivered in Spanish. 

Comment by Ian Mason on September 22, 2015 at 8:42pm
Comment by Ian Mason on September 22, 2015 at 8:28pm

Carl, I did one of these Facebook things about 'what was the big hit on the day you were born.' Funnily enough, "Que Sera Sera"

Comment by Ian Mason on September 22, 2015 at 8:25pm

Personally, I think the present pontiff is just a liberal-seeming PR man for the same old right-wing Vatican establishment. It says something about the US that he's regarded as a 'goddam leftie'. Interestingly, when the KKK was at its peak in the 20s, they marched in Washington, protesting against Catholic immigration. Even FDR said that "this is a protestant country. Catholics and Jews have to understand that they're here on sufferance."

Comment by The Flying Atheist on September 22, 2015 at 6:59pm

RICO - Wikipedia

It's interesting.  RICO laws have been used in a very wide variety of cases and situations.  According to Wikipedia, RICO has been used, unsuccessfully in the past, against the Catholic Church. 

I see it has also been used successfully against the Latin Kings gang in Florida.  It's also been used against gang members here in Chicago in recent years.  There has also been talk of classifying gangs as domestic terrorists, thereby providing (in theory) stiffer prison sentences.  But I digress on a whole other topic....

Comment by Joan Denoo on September 22, 2015 at 6:24pm
Loren, "Passed in 1970, the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act (RICO) is a federal law designed to combat organized crime in the United States. It allows prosecution and civil penalties for racketeering activity performed as part of an ongoing criminal enterprise."

Now, that is an interesting thought, and one that could hold water ... except for the cops, judges, attorneys, politicians, and active members of RCC who would stand in the way.
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.

 

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