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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 Grinning Cat on December 24, 2016 at 12:35pm

Cute, Spud!

A humanist Daniel might choose to adopt "Dan" as a full name in its own right, meaning simply "judge", no invisible friends.

It's an appropriate day to repost a song about the true meaning of Christmastime, from a Southern Hemisphere and very secular perspective:

Comment by Daniel W on December 24, 2016 at 12:30pm

Spud, great minds run together  :-)

Comment by Daniel W on December 24, 2016 at 12:29pm

Randy-

You have a strong name. Im just glad my parents didn't name me George or Donald. If I ever have another dog, I want to name it Fido.
Comment by Idaho Spud on December 24, 2016 at 12:24pm

Comment by Randall Smith on December 24, 2016 at 7:30am

That's the one good thing I like about my name--Randy, from wolf. Otherwise, ever since I was 12 years old, when a friend made fun of my name, I've been reluctant to use it formally. So I sign everything Randall (like my A/N name), but usually go by the more common Randy. For some reason, my father called me Randi (eye) all my life.

Who was that old comedian that would say, "You can call me____, you can call me ____", etc.?

Comment by Plinius on December 24, 2016 at 3:40am

No, they called me Christientje, a diminutive. My first friend in kindergarten shortened it to Chris and  that felt like a real name, so I kept it.

Comment by Plinius on December 23, 2016 at 12:24pm

They told me my name (Christina) meant - belonging to christ. Which made me very angry.

Comment by Daniel W on December 23, 2016 at 12:17pm

Ian, have a great celebration!

Chris and Chris, interesting to have a name that is probably short for Christ, while being Atheist.  The original Hebrew for mine is "God is my judge".  Which is weird because I thought God was everyone's judge.

Christopher (?) - except for the dining room, the walls are smooth.  I'm aiming for that here too.  We use eggshell which I think is similar to semigloss.  Thanks for the ideas.  The stone backsplash also protects from stray splatters.

Carl - whose name means either "Strong man" or "Free man" - this house is my bank-sale house, intended to be where i spend my declining years.  I'm designing and modifying with accessibility and future decline in mind.  I live in the old place for now, which will eventually be sold.  Very lucky to have bought the country place when the housing bust was at bottom and people and banks were dumping their properties.

Meaning of name Kathy - "Pure"

Meaning of Joan - "God is Gracious"

Meaning of Ruth - "Friend, Companion"

Meaning of Grinning Cat - "Pure" or "Cat-like"

Meaning of Randy - Scandinavian / Norman for "Shield" or "Wolf"

Meaning of Ian - Scottish or Gaelic for John, "YAHWEH is gracious" - wow!

Comment by k.h. ky on December 23, 2016 at 11:46am
Chris, funny. I try to use bruised fruit before it goes bad instead of picking the prettiest pieces.

Other Chris how I'm I going to distinguish between the two of you? I suppose I'll go back to Plinius!
Daniel, I envy your talent and stamina. Taking on such a large project. It's looking good.
Comment by Plinius on December 23, 2016 at 10:59am

You and I have the same first name.

 

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