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Personal validation comes from paying attention to one another, giving more than you get. Everyone respects you and themselves, despite our amazing range of personal tastes and interests. They'll tell you they don't agree with an idea or behavior without implying you're a bad person or somehow deficient. It's an "I'm OK, You're OK" kind of fellowship, where nobody tries to make himself look better by picking on somebody else.

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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 sk8eycat on June 28, 2014 at 4:41pm

No, my Flying Friend, I don't have Susan Jacoby's book on American Freethought; I have a very battered old copy of the Orvin Larsen biography of Ingersoll, American Infidel.  It is still considered the best, most thoroughly researched (and footnoted), of all the biographies of the Great Agnostic of the 19th Century.

I have another one of Jacoby's books...something about "American Unreason;" I haven't been able to finish it...it's so depressing.

I doubt that Ingersoll would be able to hold an audience for 2+ hours today...our attention spans are much more limited and conditioned to the constant babble of sound bites and one-liners, and the constant need to get wherever we are going as quickly as possible (crammed into seats designed for skeletons), whether it's good for the environment and our psyches or not.

Sigh.  Off I go on another hobby-horse.

George Carlin was off to a good start, but his audiences were smaller (not counting his few HBO appearances), and he got off to a late start on his criticism of religion.  At least we have his recordings.... 

Lenny Bruce also did a short bit called "Religions Incorporated" that touched off a small firestorm here in SoCal, but it was about a local issue, and probably meant nothing to anyone outside of the Los Angeles area. (It was about the land that Dodger Stadium still occupies today...the JWs wanted it for a cemetery.)

So there have been short bursts of iconoclasm, but nothing as cogent and lasting as Ingersoll's 30-year career touring the contiguous US...even...or especially...in the buybull belt.  People hungered for his views on the absurdities of both testaments.  He was scathing about the addition of hell which was the only original contribution of xianity.

I could go on and on, but read Jacoby, and then try to find a (used) copy of American Infidel.  You can buy a new copy from the FFRF bookstore, but I prefer bargain-hunting at Half.com.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on June 28, 2014 at 2:12pm

Felaine, you must have forgotten about the ever-important and obviously true phrase, "With God, all things are possible." 

BTW, I have Susan Jacoby's book The Great Agnostic, Robert Ingersoll and American Freethought here in my pile of books waiting to be read.  It came highly recommended.  Have you read it?

Comment by sk8eycat on June 28, 2014 at 12:14pm

Mindy, whoever created that meme for Cheezburger should have phrased it "ILLITERATE tribal goat herders."  Because they were.

150 years ago Robert Ingersoll (and others) pointed out that Moses could not possibly have written the Pentateuch because, at the time of the non-exodus, the Hebrews had no written language.  So the fabled stone tablets of the 10 Demands would have been unreadable, among other things.

I keep mentioning Ingersoll in here because he was a phenomenon, considered by many (including his enemies) as the greatest orator at a time when that was considered a high art, not just for what he said, but the way that he said it.  People hung from girders and jammed SRO sections of large venues to hear him speak for 2 hours or more on subjects that are still considered (by some) as shocking.

"Some Mistakes of Moses" is one of his best, most popular lectures, and it's available in trade paperback as a separate book.  Well worth reading, and keeping.  In it he shreds, slices, and dices the first 5 books of the buybull; good stuff to have on hand when confronted by fundamentalists of any persuasion.  Or just for laughs.

He was an iconoclast, but he was also very much the gentleman.  We need him today.

Comment by Joan Denoo on June 28, 2014 at 8:58am

Mindy, your post didn't come onto my wall, but the link was in the incoming mail. Perfect statement! I am reposting. Thanks. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on June 27, 2014 at 12:32pm

Randall, yes! and he was bold, not afraid to take risks, refused to submit to intimidation. My worst enemies in my fight against family violence was and is my family. They want me to remain silent. Get over it, they say, and move on. The problem is, too many men and women submit to the imperative that men should dominate ... women and nature. 

Well, you and I know where that gets us. We need to be spokespeople for those too timid or too indoctrinated to face the truth of human-caused climate change, oppression of women, domination by wealth in our political arena as well as our economic and beliefs domains. 

Comment by Randall Smith on June 27, 2014 at 7:06am

Ol' Theo (he didn't like being called Teddy) was a Democrat in Republican clothes. He was one of my presidential heroes. He could certainly write!

Comment by Joan Denoo on June 26, 2014 at 8:55pm

"It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man in the arena, whose face is marred by sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat." 

~ Theodore Roosevelt, The man in the arena, excerpt from the speech “Citizenship in a Republic”, delivered at the Sorbonne, in Paris, France on 23 April 12010.  

Comment by k.h. ky on June 26, 2014 at 3:29pm

The battle against climate change reminds me of the battle against leaded gasoline.  It took years to get it changed but once it was started it was changed rather fast.

Let's hope the same with happens with climate change.  

Comment by Joan Denoo on June 26, 2014 at 7:53am

Patricia, I do value your input and appreciate your sharing. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on June 26, 2014 at 7:28am

Patricia, indeed, you do belong here and contribute mightily to the group. 

I gave my TV set away years ago because the news is by and for the corporate media. I did not get anything but rosy colored news. Corporate news did not warn of the financial collapse that actually started in 2007. Not a word of warning, and Bernanke and Greenspan didn't say a word about what was happening, even after at least five economist saw it coming, warned the public and were not given proper attention. Even I could see it coming since the late 1970s. Greenspan did say something about excessive exuberance of the markets or something to that effect.

I started posting economic reports on my site, Politics, Economics, and Religion, and those who wanted to follow it joined in. There is a connection between these three factors of our society and it was quite clear after paying attention to the reports. 

There are fun and games sites on Atheist Nexus and I have no interest in them and don't join. Of course, Sentient Biped has a wonderful site, as does Dr. Terence Meaden and many others too many to list. 

Hang With Friends is not Hang with Friends for Laughs. 

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