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The Most Hated Woman in America (The Thinking Atheist)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Gary S on Thursday. 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 Idaho Spud on October 25, 2014 at 1:12pm

Thanks for that wonderful quote Mindy!  One of the best I've ever heard!

Saving it of course!

Comment by Loren Miller on October 25, 2014 at 10:43am

The Muscato quote should be nailed to the foreheads of every proselytizing idiot who thinks they have a right to shove us into their preconceived mold of normalcy.

Very good stuff, Mindy - thanks for posting it.

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on October 25, 2014 at 10:35am

That absolutely hits the nail on the head. But of course that means WE'RE persecuting THEM because we'll no longer shut up and take their BS.

Comment by Grinning Cat on October 25, 2014 at 9:50am

Yes!!!

I'll repeat that quote to make it googleable:

"I would love to live and let live, as they say, but religious people won't let us. It's a two-way street. Stop trying to control other people's access to birth control, abortions, marriage, proper science education, proper sex ed, etc. and we'd be happy to simply go on with our lives. I want you to understand that everything we do is a response to what you do. If you stopped trying to take away our freedoms and force us to be part of your belief system, we would gladly leave well enough alone. But you don't, so we can't."

--Dave Muscato, PR Director for American Atheists

Comment by The Flying Atheist on October 25, 2014 at 9:28am

That's a good one, Mindy. 

Comment by Ian Mason on October 25, 2014 at 4:38am

I hope the professionals manage to diagnose your mother's problem and find some way of easing it Brent. Good luck with the writing. It's very rewarding to be able to do something you have a passion for.

Comment by sk8eycat on October 24, 2014 at 11:59am

Brent, obviously xians believe they WILL "get out of it alive."  DUH!

Comment by Brent Feeney on October 24, 2014 at 11:45am

Thanks everyone for the kind words.

Sk8eycat, that hadn't crossed my mind about a TIA. I know she has a lifeline-type device that she can call for help, but one of us - me, sisters, niece and nephew - is always here so if anything goes wrong, we can call 911 and go from there.

I'll mention to the older of my sisters (I'm the oldest, with my brother next and then the two sisters) this idea and see how she wants to run with it. She's the shot-caller when it comes to mom's care, but it may not be a bad idea.

And yes, it's part of the whole process, I know. As was once put by someone, we're all speeding towards death at the rate of 60 minutes every hour. Or, as the great social philosopher Bugs Bunny put it - "the thing about life is - you'll never get out of it alive."

Comment by sk8eycat on October 24, 2014 at 10:27am

Brent, did anyone suggest that your mother had a Transient Ischemic Attack (TIA)?  I started having them when I was in my mid 50s, and had NO insurance, so went to a county hospital.  Nobody had a clue, but since it was/is a teaching hospital, they kept testing, scanning, etc.  It was all very frightening....I would lose control of my hands, legs, and/or mouth, sometimes just for part of a minute, sometimes longer.

They finally ran a carotid Doppler scan (because most TIAs are caused by intermittent blockage of the blood flow to the brain), and they found the cause.....in my case it was a grossly enlarged parathyroid that would press on the artery when I would turn my head a certain way....removed it, and no more TIAs.  So far.  (That was 20 years ago.)

They can be caused by almost anything...a clot or arterial sclerosis.....If your mother's insurance will cover it, make the doctors keep looking till they find the cause.  And/or get her on one of those services where she can just press a button and call for  help....IF such a thing exists where she lives.

Comment by Plinius on October 24, 2014 at 2:21am

Best wishes to you, Brent. I'm glad you're there with family that can work together and help your mother.

 

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