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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 Ian Mason on August 5, 2015 at 5:23am

There are times, Chris, when that's just what's needed. You've had a hectic year up until now and have taken responsibilty for others a lot of the time so a good rest is well-deserved. Glad to hear you enjoyed it.

Comment by Joan Denoo on August 5, 2015 at 1:34am

Very good news from you, Chris. I am happy to learn of your rest and renewal and readiness for new possibilities. 

Comment by Plinius on August 5, 2015 at 1:07am

It's so quiet in here, have you taken the week off? Partner and I are enjoying a three week holiday together, and we were so tired that we did absolutely nothing, apart from leaving the house to get some food. A very cheap holiday, but it works!  ´Back to work´ changes from a threat to a possibility, and it's a good thing or I wouldn't know how to attack the new school year...

Comment by Randall Smith on August 2, 2015 at 7:35am

A new A/N member, "Milton", passed on a tip about a new book for kids about evolution to be published this fall. I checked it out and bought one for my grandkids. They (I) need something to counter their prosyliltizing grandmother (my ex). See you you think.

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on August 1, 2015 at 9:00pm

I'm not happy Felaine is in the ICU, but at least she's finally getting proper medical attention. Thanks Flying Atheist for keeping in touch for all of us.

Comment by Idaho Spud on August 1, 2015 at 5:32am

Thanks Carl.  I'm glad to hear encouraging news about Felaine. 

I agree that her previous reports sounded like neglect from some medical people.

Comment by Ian Mason on August 1, 2015 at 1:11am

Glad to hear that Felaine is doing well. Thanks very much, Carl.

Gangrene can develop very quickly but in Felaine's case it does sound like neglect and/or incompetence by some so-called medical professionals.

Comment by Plinius on August 1, 2015 at 12:09am

I still try to figure how it's possible that Felaine got so far that she ended with gangrene, was NOT taken to hospital because she wasn't an emergency at all, and yet is in ICU within a week. Now she gets excellent help and I'm very glad of it, but WHY NOT BEFORE to prevent all the suffering? A little help at the right time can prevent enormous suffering and costs. Is this a one in thousand case or everyday USA practice?    

Comment by Joan Denoo on July 31, 2015 at 11:38pm

Carl, thank you for keeping Felaine in the loop! She finally is getting the medical care she needs.We can all sing praises for the care and attention she is getting and hope all goes well with her. Her symptoms blew horns and sirens that she needed care. I wonder how she got there? No matter! She is there and getting the care she needs. Gangrene means amputation to me. Please keep us informed. 

Comment by The Flying Atheist on July 31, 2015 at 9:18pm

Hello, again, friends.  Here's an update on Felaine.  I wasn't able to speak with her directly.  She's been transferred to ICU (Intensive Care Unit) and doesn't have a telephone.  When I called, I spoke with a very pleasant nurse who was within speaking distance of Felaine.  When the nurse told Felaine that Carl from Chicago was calling to check-up on her, I could hear Felaine call out "Hello!" and that she's doing well. 

When I called, she was in the middle of having some tests done in her room so she wasn't able to relay messages back and forth via the nurse at that time.  But the nurse will tell her that "Everybody" misses her, hopes she gets well soon, and that we are looking forward to seeing her again in our group.

It's not known how much longer she is expected to remain hospitalized, but the nurse told me Elaine is doing well and is getting important and needed medication. 

I'm assuming she's in good spirits, especially since she so robustly called out "Hello" to me.  The nurse spoke very kindly about Felaine.  I can just imagine the medical staff has gotten quite a few chuckles from Felaine.

 

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