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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 Joan Denoo on December 19, 2016 at 12:00am

Chris, yes, the music moved me while the lyrics made as much sense as the Apostles' Creed

Ian & Chrs, I watch the storm patterns over Denmark & The Netherlands, and you seem to have a lot of activity this autumn. 

Earth NullSchool

Carl, I hope your weather allows you to get out, if even for a short walk. Do you have someone to help with your grocery shopping on a regular basis?

Kathy & Loren, it seems you have wide temperature fluctuations, too. Hardly possible to dress for the day. 

Randy, not good news to learn you have to deal with ice; just snuggle down and enjoy some good reading, sleeping or whatever pleases you. 

Thankfully, I am well settled back into Laura & Larry's home and loving it. The snow decorated the firs and cedars for the Yule celebration. We have a large pile of slash and logs to put on the Yule Fire, a supply of S'More makings, apple cider, chocolate, and some form of blood warming liquid for adults. I will be inside with my mug of hot apple cider. 

Hopefully, each one of you had a restful and renewing weekend. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on December 18, 2016 at 9:02pm

Daniel, I don't know how you have the energy to even think of such a project. Your work looks skillfully done and beautifully planned. Your photos of the completed project should be coming any day now. 

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on December 18, 2016 at 7:58pm

Daniel, I'm in awe of your skills. I couldn't do a fraction of that shit.

Comment by Daniel W on December 18, 2016 at 7:45pm

Ruth, cute hamster!

Carl keep warm!  I remember Chicago winters all too well.  Brrrrr!

Today I retrofitted all of the supporting framing in my trimmed down kitchen soffits.  Then replaced the insulation.  Tommorrow I put up drywall and it starts to look bit better.  Right now I feel like I was chewed up, spit out, and stepped on.  Too old for this #&¡$¿!

Comment by The Flying Atheist on December 18, 2016 at 2:00pm

You're lucky, Ruth.  Right now it's 7-degrees here with a wind chill of negative 15, and thousands of idiots are sitting outside in a stadium watching the Chicago Bears game. 

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on December 18, 2016 at 1:38pm

I woke up to 59°F and the snow vanished. A surprise.

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Comment by Idaho Spud on December 18, 2016 at 1:09pm

That song didn't make any sense to me, so no; I didn't care for it.

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on December 18, 2016 at 12:59pm

That was one weird song. I agree with Hemant - it needs to replace all other Christmas carols.

Comment by Daniel W on December 17, 2016 at 7:08pm

That is a weird and beautiful and disturbing piece ::-).  Someone has a twisted mind!

Randy dont slip on the yellow ice!

Comment by Plinius on December 17, 2016 at 2:25pm

I think it's about the standard religious scam: you get saved from an imaginary danger, after that they can do anything to you...

 

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