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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 Bertold Brautigan on March 19, 2017 at 2:38pm

Thanks to my old college friend, I just found out about this  treasure trove of atheistic writing from The Secular Web. It's conveniently divided into a historical library [pre-1970] and a modern library. Did any of you guys know about this? Fabulous collection of thoughts from the likes of Ingersoll, Einistein and a host of others.

Comment by Plinius on March 17, 2017 at 2:58am

You're right, Ian, and it has been going on a long time. The socialist red bled colour until it was hardly pinkish and collapsed completely this time. How is the political balance in Denmark?

Comment by Chris on March 17, 2017 at 2:41am

Chet Baker and Paul Desmond are great musicians. My Uncle is a retired Trumpet Player for the U.S. Army Jazz band.  Chet Baker was one of his favorite Trumpeters.

My Uncles wife is Dutch. When they went to the Netherlands my Uncle made a pilgramige to the hotel Chet died which may have been a reason he wanted to go to the Netherlands.

Randall, could you have purchased the albums online and made your own CD for less than the cost of the CD's and shipping?

I saw that old telephone booths are being used as free book exchanges. Great idea.

Some Republicans in U.S. congress with Trumps proposed changes to health are are asking why men should pay for womens health and prenatal care under health insurance and Planned Parenthood. Apparently, some Republicans believe in Immaculate conseption and men play no part, or responsability in pregnancy.

 Mike Pence Will Be the Most Powerful Christian Supremacist in U.S. ...

Behind him is Paul Ryan.

The best hope is for Democrats become the majority in the House and Senate. Until that happens, or enough Republicans get tired of tRump it's unlikely he will be impeached. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on March 16, 2017 at 3:25pm

"Social-Democrats" collapsed?! Oh dear, they held out hope for me and my country. Do we abandon Democrats or Socialists? 

Comment by Joan Denoo on March 16, 2017 at 3:23pm

Ian, I am grateful to you for breaking me out of Trump/Pence Rat Hole! 

Beautiful photos, the sea, the shore, even Mother Nature have songs to sing. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on March 16, 2017 at 3:17pm

Tom, "Trump's sanity is in question. Pence's isn't."

No, Pence's character is in question. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on March 16, 2017 at 3:15pm

Pence:

* Pence positioned himself as a principled ideologue,

* supporter of the Tea Party movement; the movement

* opposes government-sponsored universal healthcare

* is a mixture of libertarian, populist, and conservative activism.

* The American Enterprise Institute, polls in 2013 estimate that slightly over 10 percent of Americans identify as part of the movement.

Pence:

* "a Christian, a conservative, and a Republican, in that order."

* initiated the largest tax cut in Indiana's history, 

* pushed for more funding for education initiatives, 

* continued to increase the state's budget surplus. 

* restrict abortions, including ones that prohibited abortions if the reason for the procedure was the fetus's race, gender, or disability. 

* signed Religious Freedom Restoration Act, for the U.S. state of Indiana, which allows individuals and companies to assert that their exercise of religion has been, or is likely to be, substantially burdened as a defense in legal proceedings. 

* encountered fierce resistance from moderate members of his party, the business community, and LGBTQ 

* signed an amendment intended to protect LGBT people.

I can support Pence's push for funding education initiative; a surplus in the budget is always nice. 

I cannot support an individual for public office who claims to be a "principled ideologue of his description, and who opposes government-sponsored universal healthcare, is a libertarian a conservative, and a christian who restricts abortions, or who interferes with an individual's religion. I oppose hiring limits because of race, gender, or religion. 

Let me be more specific, health care is a right of a citizen and not whether he or she has a job or not. Homemakers need protection, as do stay at home dads. Children, the elderly, and the disabled also need health care. UNIVERSAL health care for all citizens.   

The pool of members of health care needs to include those who need medical care and those who are healthy. OH! I can hear it now, the healthy yelping at having to pay for unhealthy people's health care. Access to health care is a right. 

Comment by Ian Mason on March 16, 2017 at 3:00pm

Mother Nature

Comment by Loren Miller on March 16, 2017 at 2:59pm

To a degree, Pence was the poison pill which may have been meant to insure Trump's position as president.  The obvious problem is that Trump may have outperformed his own "insurance policy" as it comes to that, and his incompetency may require his eventual removal from office.

Whereupon we're stuck with an apparent Dominionist.  And I'm perfectly happy to burn that bridge when I get to it.

Comment by Ian Mason on March 16, 2017 at 2:59pm

 

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