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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

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 Ian Mason on February 22, 2015 at 11:17pm

Perhaps that's the negative side of adaptability, Joan. At first there's shock but then a tendency to "get used to" things, internalising the outrage. There should have been a large-scale, popular revolt against the banks a few years ago but most people took the Homer Simpson route: "I know, but what can you do?". In a lot of cases what people did do was start blaming immigrants and others further down the economic ladder.

Comment by Ian Mason on February 22, 2015 at 11:08pm

Glad to hear you're feeling better, Carl. Hope the treatment keeps you on an even keel while the medical team sorts out the other issues.

Comment by k.h. ky on February 22, 2015 at 6:08pm
Joan, I enjoyed the photos. I bookmarked it to show my gdaughters. But the comments that followed from religious nuts were, well,.. nutty. Lol
Comment by k.h. ky on February 22, 2015 at 4:42pm
Good news Carl.. Glad you are feeling better.
Comment by Joan Denoo on February 22, 2015 at 4:41pm

Why Do Good People Become Silent—or Worse—About 9/11?

Learned helplessness is associated with subsequent depression, anxiety, phobias, shyness, and/or loneliness.

Why Do Good People Become Silent—or Worse—About 9/11? Learned helpl...

Comment by Joan Denoo on February 22, 2015 at 4:38pm

Animal communicator anna breytenbach documentary film

http://www.4shared.com/video/ekJZ4monba/the_animal_communicator__an...

Comment by Joan Denoo on February 22, 2015 at 4:35pm

Have you ever been annoyed at those who complain about not mattering? Or that their problem is so huge that they are the only ones who suffer? But the ones that really gets me boiling are the ones who claim superiority over others or even animals.  Well, this series of photos shows how small we are ... and how large we are. Whether we like it or not, we matter and so do a lot of other things matter. 

18 Photos you will question your existence. 

http://www.trueactivist.com/after-viewing-these-18-photos-you-will-...

Comment by Pat on February 22, 2015 at 4:25pm

Carl, I don't post on here all that often, but please understand I'm rooting for you. It's good to see you active here on A|N. Take care, my friend.

Comment by Chris Brockman on February 22, 2015 at 3:32pm


What to Think About:  Philosophy for a Thoughtful Younger Generation, by Chris Brockman is up on Amazon. Brockman uses his own definition of “philosophy” as a “systematic study of who I am, what’s out there, and what should I do about it,“to arrive at suggestions for things to think about.  Each chapter ends with scenarios and questions challenging the reader to think. This book is “written from a humanist perspective,” and may offend some religious sensibilities.  It is recommended for young adults.  Chris Brockman is the author of the classic of religious skepticism for children What about gods?

Comment by Joan Denoo on February 22, 2015 at 3:27pm

Carl, I am so happy to receive your news. Of course, you had a terrible shortness of breath. It really was inevitable. Now that you start dialysis and get some cleaner blood pumping through your veins you will be feeling better. And that does mean some resolution with your heart. The heart has to do the pumping. I don't know what role dialysis plays in getting your cleaner blood flowing, but I surely hope that issue is resolved very soon. Do take care of yourself ... I don't have to tell you that. I know your family is your greatest team and couple that with an excellent medical team, you have the possibility for renewed energy. I'm going change possibility to probability for renewed energy. 
Here's a motherly hug and a big fat kiss on your cheek. 

 

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