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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 Plinius on December 21, 2014 at 5:39am

Comment by Plinius on December 21, 2014 at 1:54am

First day of the winter. Hugs to all of you!

And I love the text on the solstice, Carl, thanks!

Minimal music on saxophone sounds fantastic with my first cup of coffee, thanks Joan.

Comment by Joan Denoo on December 21, 2014 at 1:27am

Oasis Quartet @ Saxquest - November 4, 2012. 

My goodness, one can certainly recognize Philip Glass, composer. 

Comment by The Flying Atheist on December 20, 2014 at 10:31pm

Joan, thanks for posting "Finlandia."  It's a beautiful piece.  I love Sibelius. 

Comment by The Flying Atheist on December 20, 2014 at 1:19pm

Sk8eycat, speaking of the Winter Solstice, I posted a link to this article yesterday in another post here on A|N.  I think it's so beautifully written and inspirational that I'm posting it here as well in case anyone missed it. 

The Darkest Day: A Quintessentially Humanist Celebration

Comment by Idaho Spud on December 20, 2014 at 1:18pm

Comment by The Flying Atheist on December 20, 2014 at 1:14pm

Hugs for everyone!!

Comment by sk8eycat on December 20, 2014 at 12:41pm

k.h.....write or e-mail the Freedom From Religion Foundation, giving the town, state, and dates when this has happened.  It is UNCONSTITUTIONAL!  No two ways about it.

FFRF will sic their legal department on the school board, for starters, and if the board balks, they will start talking about lawsuits.  (And ask them to keep your granddaughter's name confidential...they WILL, and so will most courts, if it gets that far.)  They have had great success in keeping god swill out of the public schools, WHEN someone complains.

Comment by k.h. ky on December 20, 2014 at 12:18pm
There's a new principle at my gdaughters elementary school. Every time there's an assembly he always says 'we're blessed'.. This irks me no end. I've thought about making an appointment with him to discuss this. Anyone have any ideas, suggestions, anything?
Comment by sk8eycat on December 20, 2014 at 11:51am

How about a group hug for/from ALL of us....to celebrate the Solstice?????  

 

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