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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 on Wednesday. 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 Grinning Cat on March 5, 2015 at 1:01pm

Randy and Ruth, I have no patience for TV news. Not only for the sen­sation­al­ized trivia in lieu of things that pro­foundly affect the world -- my #1 pet peeve is "celeb­rity non-news" that we wouldn't care less about if a random person had the same drunk-driving arrest or fight with their spouse -- and cheap, lazy reporting and reacting to tweets instead of actually reporting news....

I've long preferred newspapers and the web for reading articles in my own order, at my own pace. In the car, I find public radio -- NPR, BBC World Service late at night -- to be an oasis of thoughtfulness and calm.

Kathy, I hope you feel better soon!

And Chris, thanks for the petition link urging the UN Security Council to refer ISIS to the International Criminal Court for kidnapping people into slavery. http://www.walkfree.org/iraq-slavery-icc/

Comment by Emma Lennon on March 5, 2015 at 12:54pm

Funny thing about "The Dress." Just the other day, I commented on Twitter that I'm so sick of the dress that I actually miss the "Team Edward/Team Jacob" arguments. (That is a reference to a book and film series called  Twilight, which I actually despise with a passion.)

Comment by Plinius on March 5, 2015 at 8:14am
Comment by Randall Smith on March 5, 2015 at 7:37am

Ruth, your cartoon is soooo true. When the nightly news kept running that dress story, I hollered " Who the f*** cares?!!" For the life of me, I don't know why I continue watching it--usually only the first 15 minutes.

Kathy, I'm so sorry about both your eye and the weather. Hopefully, both will recover.

Carl, I saw that another great Chicago baseballer died--Minnie Minoso of the White Sox. I grew up with him in the 50's. Once, when I went to a game, we had seats about 5 rows up in left field. He came over and chatted with the fans--sort of. He was Cuban, and his English was limited. But I still remember!

Comment by Plinius on March 5, 2015 at 12:51am

Get well soon, Kathy!

Comment by k.h. ky on March 4, 2015 at 11:42pm
Nine inches of snow and still coming down. I think I'll hibernate the rest of the week. Not that I have a choice in the matter.
Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on March 4, 2015 at 10:11pm

Yeah, I hear you k.h.ky. We're getting snow here too. Never fully dug out my car from from the last two storms.

Sorry about the wisteria face whip. I fell Monday over a week ago, and my cane pivoted up to smack me on the chin. Still have an ugly bruise. Scratched corneas are painful. A microscopic piece of grit flew up as I crossed a street when I was in my 20's. The cornea actually sagged from the cut, but I was close to an eye hospital. My husband had cornea cuts from a yucca, and from a brand new $20 bill.

What a colorful description of your house, Joan, "moves with seasons and sings as she dances."

That CATastropohic storm gif is scary-creepy.

Comment by Idaho Spud on March 4, 2015 at 5:46pm

That's interesting Kathy.  I've never heard of a bandaid contact.  Many years ago, I tried contact lenses for a year, but could never get used to them.  They bothered me the whole year.

Comment by k.h. ky on March 4, 2015 at 4:32pm
Freezing rain started about thirty minutes ago. Snow should be coming anytime now. Sad face.
Comment by k.h. ky on March 4, 2015 at 4:30pm
I pruned wisteria yesterday and managed to have one of the small vines whip back and slap me across the face. And frozen snow fell from the roof and hit me in the face. Sometime during that something scratched my cornea. I didn't know until I woke during the night with my eye tearing and in pain. So managed to beat icesstorm and see the optometrist. Or she saw me. I wasn't seeing to well. She used a 'bandaid contact'. Which is just a nonprescription, extended wear lens to protect my eye from the eyelid rubbing it. Plus drops to be used every three hours and ointment for ten nights after l remove the lens. I've never heard of a bandaid contact. And I'm curious how much the insurance company will be charged for it. I'm sure this treatment isn't used on people who haven't used lenses before. Those of you who have worn them know they take some time to get used to. But once you haveyyour eyelids are tough forever.
 

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