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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 on Wednesday. 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 Joan Denoo on January 15, 2017 at 7:00pm

Just a little eye candy:

Comment by Joan Denoo on January 15, 2017 at 1:06am

Yes, there is a problem with our tax code. It is not a new problem and both parties contribute to its failure. We saw the signs of an out-of-balance system in the 1970s with many people warning the general population of the distortion of taxes as evidenced by the growing gap between wealth and poverty. TV worked as the weapon of mass distraction, using sports, game shows and silly programs to keep the public mind off of issues that needed to be addressed. The propaganda campaign against "socialism" fails to recognize that police, fire, libraries, roads, bridges, are all paid by taxes. 

"Socialism was a political, social, and economic system meant to empower the working class. In the U.S. today, though, it's often used as shorthand for 'the services that government provides and which are paid for by taxes.' Depending on who's talking, that idea is either a goal or a target."

~ Socialism, https://www.vocabulary.com/dictionary/socialism

Comment by Chris on January 14, 2017 at 7:09pm

Having enough wealth that playing roulete in the political system as a hobby should be an indicator that there is a problem with the tax code.

Uber rich don't need public services except maybe the court system, and militray to protect  business interests.

Odd how enough people pontificated over a wealthy reality TV personality and elected him president.

Cantelope is more dangerous than terrorism.

Comment by Grinning Cat on January 14, 2017 at 2:45pm

And I bet you went out on that socialist road to buy milk, bread, eggs, and other groceries that were socialistically inspected for food safety!

Comment by Loren Miller on January 14, 2017 at 2:11pm

Hey, Bertold!  That snowplow wasn't followed by a socialist police car, was it?  Or maybe a fire engine???

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on January 14, 2017 at 1:51pm

Comment by The Flying Atheist on January 13, 2017 at 2:49pm

Just a passing thought......my mind has been overwhelmingly preoccupied with the fact that we have a sociopathic liar and sexual assault perpetrator about to become our president, who is so obviously inept, unqualified, and dangerous, who is appointing people to cabinet positions who feel it is their sole duty to dismantle our government piece by piece, and who has not been seriously challenged and prevented from assuming this role before serious damage begins.

How did we get here?  So many people have failed us.  Our fellow voters failed us.  The media failed us.  The Electoral College failed us.  Our politicians failed us.  All common sense, ethics, and decency has been cast aside.

Just musing.

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on January 12, 2017 at 8:06am

Oh, a documentary about the new cabinet?

Comment by Loren Miller on January 12, 2017 at 6:29am

Not sure whether it's me or not, but I feel like a whole lot of "timely" content is showing up in the media these days.  Apparently Hulu wants in on the scene, too:



Because they are tackling a series based on Margaret Atwood's The Handmaid's Tale.

Comment by Ian Mason on January 11, 2017 at 10:22pm

That should be a great experience, Carl as long as nobody starts looking for another child born in Bethlehem.

 

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