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Picture yourself spending some time with congenial friends, sharing your lives and pictures from your cell phones." They're curious about that cool game, song, movie, camping trip, art show, or other event that fascinated you. You talk about all kinds of stuff, poetry, styles, personal achievements, relationships, and bad days. You can share your inner child, and laugh together. They sympathetically listen to your feelings about serious topics like politics or climate change, even when they don't agree.

Personal validation comes from paying attention to one another, giving more than you get. Everyone respects you and themselves, despite our amazing range of personal tastes and interests. They'll tell you they don't agree with an idea or behavior without implying you're a bad person or somehow deficient. It's an "I'm OK, You're OK" kind of fellowship, where nobody tries to make himself look better by picking on somebody else.

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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 sk8eycat on November 24, 2014 at 1:22am

Do the guest rooms come with a cat to sleep with?  ; > )

Comment by sk8eycat on November 24, 2014 at 1:05am

What a FABulous layout!  I always wanted a real model train, NOT one of those 3-rail toy Lionel sets.

Can I come visit, and learn how to run the trains?  Please?

PS: Does he have any passenger cars?  I used to have a brass engine and tender, plus a custom passenger car with the Holiday On Ice logo painted on the sides.  It was a gift from a platonic lover at MAD Magazine....and I had the whole thing on the credenza behind my desk at work.  When the new owners fired all of us, they wouldn't let me take the train with me....claimed it was company property.  I couldn't afford to sue them...

Broke what was left of my heart (my favorite co-worker was dying of AIDS...that was hard enough to handle.)

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on November 23, 2014 at 2:52pm

Happy Thankshallowistmas to you too, Idaho Spud!

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Comment by Idaho Spud on November 23, 2014 at 2:31pm

Comment by Joan Denoo on November 23, 2014 at 1:32am

Hay Loren, I accidentally ran across a site with snippets of The Newsroom while looking for something else. These are great scenes. Now I am going to have to go find the longer versions; these just tease. Is The Newsroom on this season? 

Comment by Joan Denoo on November 22, 2014 at 2:14pm

Patricia, great find! I like the shorter version and it says what the whole book says. Good summary. 

Now, let's throw the book out and build a life not based on superstitions. Seems like a great burden lifts from my shoulders. Life is short, it can be hard, there are things that can make it more meaningful and fun. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on November 22, 2014 at 2:08pm

Scalia reminds me of a short, fat, obnoxious sophomore boy in my highschool who wanted to be noticed. The methods he used were so dreadful, no one wanted him anywhere near them. He would join a table in the cafeteria and others would leave him all by himself. He had a way of intruding where he clearly was not wanted.

Scalia, the misfit, is the nicest thing I can say about that scoundrel. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on November 22, 2014 at 1:03pm

Comment by Joan Denoo on November 22, 2014 at 12:55pm

Ya, atheists come in all styles and so many of the really bright minds look like some leftover from an earlier degenerate era. The atheist men that dress like Sunday-go-to-meet'n church-men turn me off, too, until I read or listen to what they have to say. 

So much for pre-judgement. 

Comment by Randall Smith on November 22, 2014 at 7:50am

I'm glad that Penn Jillette is an atheist, but from his books and personal appearances, he comes off (to me) as an obnoxious jerk/blowhard. He's so abrasive and foul mouthed--not a good representitive of who we are (in my humble opinion).

 

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