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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 Plinius on August 5, 2014 at 2:03am

Thanks, Joan! I've lost all my relatives but I've learnt to find my family in people I happened to meet, and they have taught me a lot of things I needed and they brought happiness! Part of my family is here on AN. ;-)

I love the ice sculptures, Carl!

Comment by Joan Denoo on August 4, 2014 at 9:01pm

Chris, I am sorry to learn of your brother's condition. You lost a brother all those years ago. Your comment, "Nice character traits dissolve in alcohol" tells a sad story. 

Your gentle, kind, caring character reveals your very different track, and I am so very glad you are with us. Your a real treasure. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on August 4, 2014 at 8:57pm

Randy, glad to learn that Dot is settling in and you get along. Looking forward to photos. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on August 4, 2014 at 8:56pm

Carl, a very interesting way to commemorate WW I soldiers and victims. I see lots of cameras taking the scene for posterity. 

Comment by The Flying Atheist on August 4, 2014 at 6:29pm

I happened upon this article about an art installation put up in Birmingham, England to commemorate the soldiers and victims of World War 1.  I thought it was so moving and thought-provoking that I wanted to share it with you.  This is what I love about art:  it visually displays that which words cannot fully express. 

5,000 Melting Ice Sculptures In Birmingham Commemorate Victims Of WWI

Comment by k.h. ky on August 4, 2014 at 11:49am
Maybe they'll still let me out of here. The final twelve haven't been pulled yet. We're down to the attorney's letting us go.
I want to go.
Comment by k.h. ky on August 4, 2014 at 11:47am
Yep
Comment by The Flying Atheist on August 4, 2014 at 11:46am

Jury duty, k.h.?

Comment by k.h. ky on August 4, 2014 at 11:37am
Sitting in the hall at the court house. Waiting for the murder trial to begin.
Comment by Plinius on August 4, 2014 at 8:13am

He is six years older than I am and steadily drinking on as far as I know, Joan. Nice character traits dissolve in alcohol, and he had not much to start with. I saw him last year for the first time in thirty years, and decided that that meeting will do for the next thirty years as well.

 

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