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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 The Flying Atheist on February 13, 2017 at 12:47am

Hi, Randy, thanks for asking.  I'm doing quite well.  Just getting over a mild cold, though.  It wasn't anything major but I did lose my voice for two days.

I've been preoccupied lately with all my worldly possessions.  My apartment right now looks like a storage locker.  I'm trying to scale down, so I'm gathering up piles of items and clothing in my living room that will be given to charity or possibly sold.  

But further complicating the matter is the fact that I've also recently accumulated boxes of personal items and furniture from my parents house, as they are moving this spring into a retirement community.  Currently my living room is unusable so I've mostly been living out of my kitchen and bedroom.  I want to move this year as well so this giant mess is necessary in helping me to scale back and consolidate.  

I gave away my piano (which I haven't played in years) to my appreciative niece.  Glad I did that.  Now I have room for all the new stuff I just obtained!  lol

I did acquire a nice desk that I love which was originally my grandparent's, so it has sentimental value as well.  

Comment by Randall Smith on February 12, 2017 at 7:38am

Happy birthdays to Abraham Lincoln and Charles Darwin, born on this Feb 12, 1809. I have yet to read it, but I'm eager to discover The Book That Changed America, How Darwin's Theory of Evolution Ignited a Nation (by Randall Fuller). I'm sure there's more of a connection between the two men besides sharing a birthday.

Hope you all have a good day and week.

Carl, how are you doing?

Comment by Chris on February 10, 2017 at 1:49pm
Comment by Ian Mason on February 10, 2017 at 1:31pm

That's really funny, GC.

Comment by Grinning Cat on February 10, 2017 at 10:35am

Plinius, thanks for passing along Bernice King's advice on dealing with the 45* regime. (Given the questionable election, and borrowing sports records notation, he'll always be the asterisk president.) It's especially sensible to assign his actions to "the Republicans", to let them become very worried about reelection.

The image of parents spinning in their graves reminded me of this prescient Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal cartoon. Maybe the ever-increasing Republican outrages are actually an American energy-independence plan! :)

Washington D.C., early twentieth century (two men in suits) “I will not let your bill pass! Why... the Founding Fathers would be spinning in their graves!” “Precisely.” “Hm?” “Come with me.” (crypt with circles on wall, labeled “Adams”, “Madison”, “Hamilton”, “Jefferson”, “Washington”, “Fra[nklin]”) “Americans believe their power comes from coal and oil, but they ran out decades ago.” “So... every time a right is violated or an illegal war is started or an unfair tax is levied...” “The country survives for another year.” “So... about that bill...” (newspaper headline: “NICARAGUA INVADED!” another article: “Energy Prices In Sharp Decline”)(click, then click again, to enlarge to full size)

Comment by Chris on February 10, 2017 at 2:36am

The Fascism poster is available here

You could probably put that on your front door with the blood of an animal...

http://www.thinknot.net/easter.htm

Comment by Thomas Murray on February 9, 2017 at 2:42pm

k.h. ky,

The first time I knowingly met an atheist, Jack, was when I was 25 years old. His father was black listed during the McCarthy years. His family suffered ostracization for years. Jack is a very nice guy, concerned for his fellow men and women, and went out of his way to help those in need. My mother and some of my other friends told or warned me to stay away from Jack (which I refused to do so). 

The more that Christians warned me about "other" people or life, the more I ignore their warnings and proceed to open my mind,  learn, and to meet the interesting people of all languages.

Comment by Plinius on February 9, 2017 at 3:34am

My parents are still spinning too - perhaps we could use them as a renewable energy source.

I found this on FB, perhaps it´s useful...

Bernice King posted on her Be A King’s Facebook page 10 steps to deal with Trump and take back our democratic government. She passed on this wise advice:

Don’t use his name; EVER (45 will do)
Remember this is a regime and he’s not acting alone;
Do not argue with those who support him–it doesn’t work;
Focus on his policies, not his orange-ness and mental state;
Keep your message positive; they want the country to be angry and fearful because this is the soil from which their darkest policies will grow;
No more helpless/hopeless talk;
Support artists and the arts;
Be careful not to spread fake news. Check it;
Take care of yourselves; and
Resist!

Then, Bernice also offered this wisdom on her Facebook page:

‘Keep demonstrations peaceful. In the words of John Lennon, “When it gets down to having to use violence, then you are playing the system’s game. The establishment will irritate you – pull your beard, flick your face – to make you fight! Because once they’ve got you violent, then they know how to handle you. The only thing they don’t know how to handle is non-violence and humor.”

‘When you post or talk about him, don’t assign his actions to him, assign them to “The Republican Administration,” or “The Republicans.” This will have several effects: the Republican legislators will either have to take responsibility for their association with him or stand up for what some of them don’t like; he will not get the focus of attention he craves; Republican representatives will become very concerned about their re-elections.’

Comment by k.h. ky on February 8, 2017 at 10:54pm
@ Thomas Murray, I left out Bertrand Russell. He was the first atheist author I ever read. Before I even knew what an atheist was.
Except for my father's explanation that we are " the worst people in the world. An atheist will steal, cheat, kill. There is nothing an atheist won't stoop to".
He is spinning in his grave. Lol
Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on February 8, 2017 at 10:18pm

Chris, I wanted to buy a copy of that Early Warning signs of Fascism poster, but couldn't find any at the National Holocaust Museum website. Fine, I'll print my own. Maybe put in on my front door. Maybe mail copies to my congresscritters.

 

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