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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 on Wednesday. 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 Ian Mason on April 17, 2014 at 3:31am

Signed and shared, goddammit.

Happy Spring holidays one and all.

Comment by Plinius on April 17, 2014 at 12:50am

How like a cat, to think you caused an earthquake, Sk8eycat! I know how much it hurts when a cat is lost. When I was 8 I spent months looking for my kitten - my parents said she had run away - and I never stopped thinking about her. Found out later that they had brought her back to the animal shelter, because the kitten climbed curtains. Lying parents...

I love that spaceship picture, Mindy!

Comment by The Flying Atheist on April 16, 2014 at 10:27pm

Sk8eycat, do you listen to the FFRF podcast?  It's regular listening for me.   I keep up to date with their RSS feed: 

http://ffrf.libsyn.com/rss

Comment by sk8eycat on April 16, 2014 at 10:09pm

I signed and forwarded the link...I also watched some of Pat Condell's videos. I keep forgetting to check his site to see what's new. 

Ironically, the latest issue of Freethought Today has an article by one of FFRF's staff attorneys about the history of blasphemy laws in the colonies, the states, and the ones that are still on the books in many states.

The first "victimless crime." 

Comment by Grinning Cat on April 16, 2014 at 4:48pm

It's an important petition, which I too signed.

Here's a direct link to it at change.org: "Human Rights for Atheists and Agnostics - End Blasphemy Laws"

It petitions Navanethem Pillay, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, to "Amend Articles 13 (b), 55 (c) & 76 (c) of the 'Charter of the United Nations and Statute of the International Court of Justice,' to include freedom from religion." The current language in those articles of the Charter says "without distinction as to race, sex, language, or religion."

Comment by Joan Denoo on April 16, 2014 at 2:53pm

Patricia, thanks for posting the petition. Signed and Shared.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on April 16, 2014 at 2:19pm

Patricia, thanks for posting that petition.  I gladly signed it.

Comment by sk8eycat on April 16, 2014 at 12:53pm

Spud, even when I was still going to church (in my teens), I never really felt the need to praise an all-powerful, super-intelligent being.  I always thought that the "Holy, holy, holy" songs we sang, and the grovelling prayers that were intoned would make any self-respecting intelligence sick. (We didn't actually kneel...it was a Bapnit church, but I went to plenty of Catholic weddings... so I knew their "drill."  Stand up, sit down, fight-fight-fight!)

But then I don't even like grovelling dogs...the kind that come snuggle up to your feet with big begging eyes after you've scolded them for not using their dog door to pee outside instead of on the furniture.

The ONLY time I've ever had a cat pee on furniture (my bed), he thought I had caused the Sylmar quake, and the very strong aftershocks, and he was punishing me for keeping him in the house while it shook.  He was used to going outside, and he disappeared for 3 days after the initial quake.  I didn't want to let him out after that....but he did get out about 3 months later, and never came back.  I looked for him for about 6 weeks, and then gave up...there were packs of dogs that had gotten loose and gone feral, and.... they were hungry. 

Sheesh!  That was 1970, and it still hurts.

Comment by Idaho Spud on April 16, 2014 at 10:34am

Correction: My personality is NOT that of a worshiper.....

Comment by Idaho Spud on April 16, 2014 at 10:33am

I don't worship anything either, and didn't even when I was a believer.  Momonism didn't stress worship as much as other religions.  Besides that, my personality is that of a worshiper, brown-noser, yes-man, or flatterer.  I'm not even greatly impressed with most things.

 

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