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Picture yourself spending some time with congenial friends, sharing your lives and pictures from your cell phones." They're curious about that cool game, song, movie, camping trip, art show, or other event that fascinated you. You talk about all kinds of stuff, poetry, styles, personal achievements, relationships, and bad days. You can share your inner child, and laugh together. They sympathetically listen to your feelings about serious topics like politics or climate change, even when they don't agree.

Personal validation comes from paying attention to one another, giving more than you get. Everyone respects you and themselves, despite our amazing range of personal tastes and interests. They'll tell you they don't agree with an idea or behavior without implying you're a bad person or somehow deficient. It's an "I'm OK, You're OK" kind of fellowship, where nobody tries to make himself look better by picking on somebody else.

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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 Daniel W on Monday

Wow Carl!  That sounds like an adventure!

Comment by Joan Denoo on Sunday

Carl, what an interesting experience. What kinds of feelings did it evoke in you? 

Comment by The Flying Atheist on Sunday

Last weekend I was with my family.  We drove to Indianapolis for a family wedding.  It was a very fun time.  The wedding reception was in an old 1928 vaudeville/movie theater.  Lots of character. Very neat venue.  Fountain Square Theatre  

The wedding, itself, was one for the ages....the Dark Ages!  It was in an Orthodox Church of America.  Basically, it's Russian Orthodox but in English.  I've been to Catholic weddings before, but not like this one.  This was truly old school.  Ninth Century old school.  Hardly anything was spoken, it was all sung or chanted by three priests and a choir.  There wasn't an organ.  Thank goodness the choir was really excellent.  We all sat there in a cloud of incense while everything was repeated three times (because the Trinity, you know.)  And it was firmly stated that the man is the head of the household and the woman is subservient, and the purpose of the union is to prosper with children.  

I have to say it was a very visually stunning church, with all the painted panels of icons and murals, but quite ridiculous and bizarre.  But that was only one hour out of all our time together. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on Sunday

Fathers, I wish each one of you a day full of wonder, a day that you feel the love and appreciation of all those whom you fathered and raised! Being a father has the responsibility to "husband" his little family, and takes on a mighty task. A lot depends on you for the health and happiness of your unit! I extend my gratitude to you for all the time and effort required to do the job well. 

A healthy child needs a father who happily takes on the challenges of raising sons and daughters. I acknowledge and recognize the value of fathers in a child's life. 

Comment by The Flying Atheist on Sunday

Yes, Happy Father's Day to all parties involved!

Randall, that sounds like a fun time coming up with your family.

Comment by Daniel W on Sunday

Happy Fathers Day Randy Loren and everyone else.

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on Sunday

Did someone or some group of people plan these events? 

Joan, there's some evidence that fossil fuel money is behind the Republican party's change toward science denial and fossil fuel/oligarchy embrace. Of course there are always lots of other factors that likely were unplanned.

Comment by Randall Smith on Sunday

To all you Dads out there,  Happy Fathers Day!

I have 4 children (3 girls, 1 boy, ages 34-44) and 6 grandchildren (no wife). To my knowledge, nothing special is planned to celebrate "my day". That's okay. In two weeks all four kids (and theirs) will be "back home in Indiana". We'll celebrate then!

Comment by Joan Denoo on June 16, 2017 at 5:00pm

Colonization of Africa, Asia, and S. America resulted in unspeakable atrocities committed by European and US powers. The heart-wrenching stories often tell of such awful ways of domination, and it is hard for me to realize that my ancestors committed some of those crimes against humanity. 

I understand that attitudes of superiority allowed crimes against others, even in this century, i.e. crimes against blacks, Native Americans, and now with the way we treat immigrants. We hold no one accountable and we become part of the offense. If people with moral and ethical bearings stood up, then such insanity would be addressed. 

Being an active participant in the Civil Rights struggle 50 years ago, I thought our efforts would result in better conditions for all races and classes in today's world. The situation is much worse now than it was in the 1960s. The differences are that all those years ago minorities and women struggled to have the rights of access to opportunities for a better life. Today's challenges are that men and women, people of all races and nationalities, as well as believers in superhuman powers and those who lack such beliefs fall farther behind the standards of living of those many years ago. The middle class grows smaller as those living at or below the poverty rate increases. Wealth abandons those who work for a living even as money increases for those who have unearned income.  

How did this happen? How did the working class get shoved out of access to opportunities for growth in wealth? Did a few take away the rights of working people or did working people give away their rights?  

Was our nation rendered weak because of globalization, or did the instrument of our status occur because of the machinations of Russia?  

I know exactly when the decline of the middle class began; it was in the late 1970s when labor started to lose power. The belief systems represented by the Republican Party began to tear down the access to opportunities for the poor and working class, and the beginning of the destruction of the safety net.

We now have to face the challenges presented not only by a dysfunctional Executive but by a dysfunction of the Legislative and Judicial Branches of government. These problems did not start with Trump; they began those long years ago dismantling of representative government. 

How did this happen? Did someone or some group of people plan these events? When did we fail to provide the kinds of education needed for a participatory government? 

Comment by k.h. ky on June 16, 2017 at 3:52pm
I just realized you had answered the question I have just asked :)
 

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