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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 September 14, 2014 at 5:32pm

Nick, to me it's one thing when someone always says "grace" in their own home, and quite another when they make a big public to-do of it in a restaurant.  Especially if it's crowded...that's when I stare into space, or the parking lot, or the inside of my head.  Or pray that nobody I know is there, and sees me sitting with the babbler and his wife.

IMO praying out loud in a restaurant is just a wee bit arrogant... show-off-y.  Yanno? 

Comment by sk8eycat on September 14, 2014 at 3:30pm

I think I've mentioned an excellent book titled Dining By Rail; all about the extraordinary service on passenger trains in the USA ....pre-Amtrak.

One thing the author mentions is that a few railroads would have a card on each table with (sometimes) three types (Jewish, Catholic, Protestant) of "blessings" to help the diner  get into the proper mood for the meal.

I get SO embarrassed when I go out to eat with some friends from high school, and the husband (a Baptist minister) delivers a prayer longer than most sermons.  I just look out the window till he's finished.  (He never "blesses" the servers, cooks, farmers, etc., but he does tip.  He's done extraordinarily well in the god biz.))

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on September 14, 2014 at 2:18pm

I'll second that, Ian. My favorite pre-meal prayer is "Grab it and growl."

Comment by Ian Mason on September 14, 2014 at 11:13am

Pre-meal prayer? God help anyone who gets between me and my nosh.

Comment by Idaho Spud on September 14, 2014 at 10:32am

Carl, pre-meal prayers grates on my nerves also.  Same for prayers anytime anywhere.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on September 14, 2014 at 8:27am

Ah yes, the compulsory pre-meal prayer.  Gag me.  That's one of those little activities that just grates on my nerves.  I sometimes wonder if these people would be able to live with themselves if they happened to skip the prayer.  Has it come to the point of being a compulsive activity disorder?  

Thanks, Randy, about the post cards.  I'm very proud of the extensiveness of my collection.  I have well over 1,200 cards, all Chicago related and ranging from 1898 through the 1940's.....considered the "Golden Age" of postcards. 

Comment by Randall Smith on September 14, 2014 at 7:39am

I joined some fellow high school classmates yesterday for a mini-reunion picnic. Had a good time and the food was good. But--I was forced to listen to an inane pre-meal prayer. I hate when that happens. I slipped over to a window and turned my back on the group. I wondered if I was the only atheist in a group of about 30.

Great post cards, Carl!

Comment by sk8eycat on September 14, 2014 at 2:42am

Joan, I think some hotels and cruise ships occasionally have temporary ice shows, but nothing like the ongoing ones of the past.

Some friends of mine have an artificial skating surface (plastic) that can be set up anywhere, and have performed on Alaska cruises.  It's kind of a Pain In The Foot to skate on because your blades heat up from the friction....and give you a hotfoot.  With real ice, that doesn't happen.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Synthetic_ice

Comment by Joan Denoo on September 14, 2014 at 12:51am

Carl, these excellent post cards of a time gone by. Are there any fancy restaurants now that have ice skating shows?

Comment by sk8eycat on September 13, 2014 at 10:07pm

OH!  Thanks, Carl! 

We never played Chicago, but we sure went through there, and changed trains there, a lot.  If we had time, a bunch of us always took a cab to the Hilton to see who was in the Boulevard Room that week, or month.  Several HOI skaters went there after their contracts were up with the company.  Paid a lot more, and they got their hotel rooms as part of their salary.  AND they could get meals at reduced prices in the employees' cafeteria.

A class act!

There used to be some tank shows in Las Vegas from time to time, too.  I never saw any...hate Vegas.  Looks too much like Van Nuys....

 

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