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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 May 17. 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 Bertold Brautigan on December 30, 2016 at 4:36pm

Dave Barry's year in review--

  • "Yes, we’ve seen some weird years. But we’ve never seen one as weird as 2016. This was the Al Yankovic of years. If years were movies, 2016 would be “Plan 9 from Outer Space.” If years were relatives, 2016 would be the uncle who shows up at your Thanksgiving dinner wearing his underpants on the outside."

Comment by Idaho Spud on December 30, 2016 at 1:28pm

Well, I guess the net is real life also, so here I call myself Spud.

Comment by Idaho Spud on December 30, 2016 at 1:25pm

In real life I call myself Francis.

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on December 30, 2016 at 1:24pm

I graduated from hs with a guy named Lynn. (Not to mention, a girl named Candi Kane and one named Holly Wood.)

Comment by Idaho Spud on December 30, 2016 at 12:51pm

Yes, Lynn does seem to be a female name around here as well.

Comment by Grinning Cat on December 30, 2016 at 12:41pm

I usually associate "Lynn" with women; though I've heard of one man named Lyn (Larsen, the theatre organist).

Comment by Idaho Spud on December 30, 2016 at 12:24pm

My first name is Francis.  My dad's middle name was Francis.  His dad's first name was Francis, and it went like that for a number of generations.  I don't know how many because, at present, I can't find the genealogical tree my mother made.

Francis is the 70th most popular male name in Idaho.  Frances is the 35th most popular female name.

I can remember some references to "Francis the Talking Mule" in grade school, because it was a show on TV or radio at the time.

I don't remember that reference bothering me much, but if I would have had children, I would not have given any that name because a lot of people don't seem to like calling me Francis.  Some have tried calling me Frank, but I tell them I don't like that name.  People also get it confused with the female name.

For a few months when I went to northern Idaho for some schooling, I decided to see how it would go if I went by my middle name, Lynn.  When I came back, I went back to Francis because I just found that Lynn didn't do anything for me.

When we were young, my siblings called me Francie.  We all called each other their name with ie added on the end.

Comment by Idaho Spud on December 30, 2016 at 12:08pm

I also hated my aunts kisses.  She was demonstrative, while my family was shy and introverted.  We never kissed or hugged, or said I love you.  We may have been better off if we had, but my parents showed us love in other ways.

They were very kind.  They never called us negative names, never raised their voice to us, and never paddled us.  My dad was the kindest man I've ever known.

Comment by Ian Mason on December 30, 2016 at 12:44am

Yes, Carl, auntie kisses are horrible when you're a child. Nice 'grumpy' too.

As far as anyone can trace it, my family has come from agricultural labourers. The best that the 1800s can present is one case of literacy. Like many others, we moved from country to town in the 1900s. I think I remember stories of some 'conshies' on my mother's side during WW1.

It's so easy for the elite to get away with their parasitic lives. As usual they blame anything that's 'other' .

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on December 29, 2016 at 8:46pm

Articles about the growing income disparity appear at Alternet and such, just not mainstream media which is owned by the wealthy elites sucking it all up.

 

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