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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 sk8eycat on March 16, 2014 at 7:35pm

Joan, about all the quakes off the coast...there will likely be aftershocks for months...even a year or so after such a big jolt.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on March 16, 2014 at 5:10pm
RELIGIONS OF THE WORLD

The People's Temple: this Kool-aid tastes like shit.
Comment by sk8eycat on March 16, 2014 at 4:32pm

When Daad died in 1985, I made a miatake, and called Forest Lawn...we did eventually have him cremated with no ceremony, as he had wished.  Cost a LOT!  When Mother died in '92, I called the Neptune Society...cost about half of what Forest Lawn charged six years earlier.  So...I decided to buy a contract with them in advance.  My sister has to do nothing but call them, and they will do the rest.  I specified no prayers or songs when they scatter my ashes.  Unless they want to sing "Springtime for Hitler," or "Let Me Entertain You"...or "Gellicle Cats"  or even..."Happy Holidays"...my Alma Mater.  Really...That was ALWAYS played before the overture, and the very last part of the finale...every show.

"Happy Holiday, Happy Holidays,

 May the calendar keep bringing

 Happy Holidays to you!"

Yeah.  I still like it.

Comment by Joan Denoo on March 16, 2014 at 4:25pm

Ruth, the photos of the fellow in conflict with his father didn't come through on this site, however, I ran across it in my incoming mail. The poor guy has a demanding father. Sadly, the father has a medical profession ... pretty difficult for a child to live up to those expectations. 
I wonder what the son does for a living and what his films are? Obviously, "shit" was not of any interest to him. 

Funny!

Comment by Joan Denoo on March 16, 2014 at 3:59pm

Here is a lovely piece of furniture: 

Comment by Joan Denoo on March 16, 2014 at 3:48pm

Felaine, when my mother and father died, I told the crematorium that they didn't want to be embalmed. There was some kind of a problem with Mom's body, something about they didn't have time or something and requested to embalm her. I told them absolutely not! and so they stuck her in a cooler until they could get to her. 

I have instructed my kids to put my ashes in the compost pile in my beloved garden.
A friend wants her ashes spread in the rose garden at Manito Park (which is illegal, so we devised a plan to take little packets and quietly spread her remains. She looks like she is going to outlive all of us. 

Another friend's ashes went into the Spokane River, with destination unknown. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on March 16, 2014 at 3:09pm

Eathquake activity off shore from Ferndale, Ca this past week. 

Comment by sk8eycat on March 16, 2014 at 2:31pm

Joan, I'd seen that "Religions of the World" thing before, and thought about it a lot.

I like your "recycling" idea better, but with the way the laws are now, we can't even "replenish the Earth" with our bodies when we're finished with them.  As far as I know, only the Muslims bury their dead without embalming them or putting them in coffins.

WE are required by law to embalm empty bodies, and most people waste thousands of dollars on metal caskets, and sometimes they even enclose those in concrete....  Or slide them into marble mausoleums.

I've already paid my full membership in the Neptune society, so my ashes will be scattered off the California coast, but I have no idea if ashes will feed anything in the ocean. I sort of like the idea of being fish food (or B&J's "Phish Food"...or however they spell it)

I told my sister that she could flush what's left of me down the loo, or us it for cat litter, if she felt like it.  I don't care....

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on March 16, 2014 at 12:50pm

Speaking of shit.

Comment by Joan Denoo on March 16, 2014 at 12:21pm

Felaine, like your reasoning process. 

 

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