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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 Ruth Anthony-Gardner on February 15, 2015 at 4:43am

Best one yet, Idaho Spud!

Helen Marie said:

"I dream of a world where chickens can cross the road without their motives being questioned."
Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on February 15, 2015 at 4:36am

Ian and Joan, the dog's spinning behavior is symptomatic of a neurological condition to my knowledge.

It would surprise me if there weren't sites where parents or oven teens themselves share stories about sexual behavior with animals. My take is that sex is not a possible cause of this neurological symptom. Remember that the most lurid memes spread fastest.

Comment by Plinius on February 15, 2015 at 1:08am

Spud, I hope you realize I copy those for the next lesson....

Comment by Ian Mason on February 14, 2015 at 10:56pm

If you haven't already heard, two shootings in Denmark. One at a public debate on free speech and one outside a synagoge. Two dead and several wounded. A sad day, although a lot of Danes will be delighted about being part of the "club". Support for the nationalist "People's Party" will now go through the roof.

Comment by Joan Denoo on February 14, 2015 at 5:44pm

Mobius reminds me of a great teacher of physics, and a maker of Mobius bottles, Clifford Stoll. As a teacher, I would have loved to have him as a student. His personality would inevitably disrupt a class ... however, disturbed class seeking answers can be a type that learns. His story is funny, and then his heartfelt recitation of a poem inscribed on a bell atop Hayes Hall.

"All truth is one. In this light, may science and religion endeavor here for the steady evolution of mankind, from darkness to light, from narrowness to broad-mindedness, from prejudice to tolerance. It is the voice of life, which calls us to come and learn."

Clifford Stoll: The call to learn

Comment by Ian Mason on February 14, 2015 at 2:40pm

My first thought when seeing the "whirling dog" was that the behaviour came from some kind of neurological quirk that might well have resulted from inbreeding. "Pure" pedigree dogs are sometimes unstable. Not very funny, in fact sort of sad.

Comment by Ian Mason on February 14, 2015 at 2:35pm

Good ones, Spud. They raised a laugh.

Comment by Joan Denoo on February 14, 2015 at 2:05pm

I did a bit of hunting and found a story that may or may not be true. I Googled for the photo, then for the source. 

"I am the father/Redditor who lost his family after it came to light... 

submitted 2 years ago by concerneddad1965

I then hunted for verification of the story, including Snopes, and found nothing. Then this:

Therefore, I am sharing what I found with you and you can read it or not, that is up to you. If the story is true, we witnessed a sexually abused dog. 

During a hunt for more information, I discovered there are other sites where teengers go to explore sexuality. There exists a beastiality nature to it. I didn't go there. Several parent in Google searches reported their children had sexually abused their family pets and sought help for their children and their pets. 

teenagers, beastiality, sex sites

I now have emails directed to veterinarians for information. Nothing back yet. 

Well, this has been an enlightening hunt, full of fake claims, some suspicious, others possible. 

Comment by Idaho Spud on February 14, 2015 at 1:53pm

Helen Marie said:

"I dream of a world where chickens can cross the road without their motives being questioned."
Comment by Idaho Spud on February 14, 2015 at 1:39pm

Why did the dinosaur cross the road? Because chickens hadn't evolved yet.

 

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