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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 Idaho Spud on May 15, 2015 at 8:51am

Chris, I'm glad to hear you don't have to have your knee replaced yet.

Comment by Randall Smith on May 15, 2015 at 7:44am
Ian, my daughter just informed me that she and her hysband were gong to Denmark (and Iceland) later this year. Naples and surrounding region is on my bucket list. Enjoy your trip.
Comment by Plinius on May 15, 2015 at 3:48am

A fantastic trip, Ian!

I've just been to the hospital and was told that a new knee is not immediately necessary. Injections and medicine first. I'm glad - I have other things to do than work at a long and painful revalidation.

Comment by Joan Denoo on May 14, 2015 at 6:03pm

What a magnificent journey you have planned! Herculaneum holds a real fascination for me. The haunting photos of the dog of Pompeii and human victims come to me from my childhood. The beauty of the area gives only a hint of the suffering of those days long ago.  

Comment by Ian Mason on May 14, 2015 at 2:47pm

A small correction: I'll be staying in a small town near Sorrento on the bay of Naples. There'll be outings to Paestum, Pompeii, Herculaneum, Vesuvius, Amalfi and Naples. Will return replete with history and pizza.

Comment by Joan Denoo on May 14, 2015 at 1:24pm

Ian,  Copenhagen and then on to Naples! I will be thinking of you!

 Copenhagen tomorrow and then on to Naples

Comment by Joan Denoo on May 14, 2015 at 1:23pm

I am also grateful I don't have a TV and exposure to all the attempts to be funny about non-belief. Frankly, I have come to enjoy the antics of AronRa, Seth Andrews and Matt Dillahunty

The Holy Trinity Down Under 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SBwv79WFqAc&list=PLPblR4bWCoxn6...

Matt DillahuntyAronRa, and Seth Andrews 

Comment by Plinius on May 14, 2015 at 1:09pm

Have fun in Naples, Ian! Don't forget to take a ride in the funiculare.

Comment by Joan Denoo on May 14, 2015 at 1:06pm

Let's hear it for Depends! One of the side effects of ageing, or chemo, or radiation, or broken ribs, or abstructed bowel is Depends! I don't know what the cause, but I am ever so grateful for those diapers for the aged. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on May 14, 2015 at 12:59pm

Ian, I am impressed, both of the marathon and sobriety. Good for you! 

 

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