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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

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 k.h. ky on December 24, 2016 at 10:34pm
Everyone hurry and you can catch midnight Xmas mass on pbs. Lol
Comment by k.h. ky on December 24, 2016 at 10:12pm
Thanks Gary.

Daniel I like the more formal version. As I've aged I like my full first name. Maybe because it's what is used most often. Especially in a medical center.
Comment by Daniel W on December 24, 2016 at 8:52pm

GC, I was called the 3-letter shortening of my name until I was about 30.  So many things in life had gone wrong, so when I moved from Indiana to Oregon I deliberately chose the formal name. I believe names have power, not supernatural, but subconscious and relational.  I hated Dan Quayle, Dan Coats, Dan White - who assassinated Moscone and Harvey Milk, and didn't think much of Dan Rather or Dan Akroid.  On the other hand, Daniel Schorr, Daniel Patrick Moynihan, Daniel Ellsberg,  have gravitas.  So I embraced what my parents gave me.  I don't mind the Bible character.  The "Dan" on the bible sold his brother into slavery.  "Daniel" was thrown into the Lions den as a punishment for his faithfulness, and survived. 

Well that was too long.

Loren,I love skeptic on a stick!

Comment by Gary S on December 24, 2016 at 8:47pm

I liked that. May Krampus continue to give Saturnalia eve gifts.

Comment by k.h. ky on December 24, 2016 at 8:11pm
Carl, I started the tradition of celebrating the winter solstice when my grandkids were very young. It worked out well for us. They opened their gifts on the solstice. So we had plenty of time with them before the Xmas rush of going to visit relatives who lived farther away.
Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on December 24, 2016 at 7:56pm

Agreed!

Comment by The Flying Atheist on December 24, 2016 at 7:08pm

Love Skeptic on a Stick.  Funny!

Comment by Loren Miller on December 24, 2016 at 6:43pm

It's not too late!  Need an 11th hour gift idea?  Give SKEPTIC ON A STICK!

Comment by The Flying Atheist on December 24, 2016 at 1:38pm

Speaking of the holidays, I just read this article yesterday about the celebration of Christmas in the United States.

Most Non-Christians in the U.S. Celebrate Christmas

While the U.S. is growing less Christianthree-quarters of Americans still identify with the religion. Unsurprisingly, 96 percent of Christians celebrate Christmas. More surprisingly: Pew Research polling indicates that 81 percent of non-Christians celebrate the holiday.

That’s about a third of Jews, three-quarters of Hindus and Buddhists, and 87 percent of people who identify as nonreligiousreports Pew senior editor Michael Lipka. Overall, about half of Americans see it as a “religious” holiday, while a third say it’s a “cultural” one.

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Personally, I enjoy what the holidays offer this time of year.  I like the lights, the food, the trees and decorations, and the comradery of coming together to cope with the seasonal darkness.  

Interestingly, like the hardcore christians, I also believe this season is too commercial.  For many people Xmas has become the worship of Capitalism, and I can do without all that crap.  It's so wasteful and unnecessary.  

Comment by The Flying Atheist on December 24, 2016 at 1:10pm

Daniel, what a melancholy story about the name Fido.  I had no idea about the origin for that common dog name.

 

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