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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 January 22, 2014 at 1:00pm

I'm in the chorus numbers somewhere...I hated this show....or actually some of the snotty girls in the dressing room....

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TZehwmLuvH0

I was out for 6 months...came down with appendicitis while we were playing Los Angeles (glad that it happened while I was at home, if it had to happen at all.)  The next summer I sprained my ankle during rehearsals in Madison, WI. It was so bad that they sent me home, and I said "F**k it."  And started looking for bookkeeping work.

An' dats de trooooof.

Comment by Tony Carroll on January 22, 2014 at 9:46am

Dear Joan,

     I know it was yesterday, but wanted to wish you a happy birthday. May your life continue to be filled with love, joy, and happiness. May kindness, understanding, and empathy continue to be your companions along the road. You are truly a unique person whom it is my privilege to know.

     Your friend,

     Tony

Comment by sk8eycat on January 21, 2014 at 1:46am

Patricia, my dad never came to my dance recitals, or even my high school graduation...he was usually too drunk.  Mother was always there for me...even flew to Salt Lake City when we played the State Fair there.  I embarrassed the *bleep!* out of her during my ad lib number in the bear costume.  I knelt on the footlights, pointed at her in the front row, and yelled, "THAT'S my MOMMY!"

Comment by Ian Mason on January 20, 2014 at 11:31pm

A sweet friendly-hug pic for all of you.

Comment by Ian Mason on January 20, 2014 at 10:57pm

Great photos. You must have had a lot of strength to keep going with your interests despite the lack of support, Patricia. Hats off to you.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on January 20, 2014 at 5:41pm

Patricia, what an adorable photo!  :)

Comment by The Flying Atheist on January 20, 2014 at 3:59pm

While web surfing the other day, I surprisingly stumbled upon a Facebook page that had two photos of me from my college days.  I thought I'd share them with you.  The first photo was taken in May of 1983.  My 19th birthday would be two months later.  The second photo was taken in February 1985.  I'm second from the left.  

  

Comment by Steph S. on January 20, 2014 at 11:47am

I know the band - thank you Napoleon.

Comment by sk8eycat on January 19, 2014 at 11:07pm

OMNERRRVZ!  I love punz!  Whoopie!

That Guard Cat looks like a Spotted Bengal.....If I could afford another Fur-friend, I'd like a Maine Coon...or a Ragdoll. Or an Egyptian Mau.  There are several people in Cairo and Alexandria who rescue feral Maus from the streets, get them healthy and people-friendly, and then adopt them out all over the world. This is just one org: http://www.emaurescue.org/

I can't believe that these cats, who used to be worshiped by the ancient Egyptians, are now neglected, abandoned, poisoned, etc. by the current population of a land that used to have one of the greatest civilizations of the ancient world.  (During the time of Cleopatra, and earlier, it was a capital offense to harm one of these cats....even accidentally.)

Oh, I also love the "We All Live Without God" painting, too.  I've always wanted to change it so that a large ORNJ kitty is sniffing Adam's finger. Or maybe with Adam holding out a fish to the cat. The old man with the beard in the original painting doesn't do anything for me, but I doubt the Vatican would appreciate any alterations...

Pity.

Comment by Ian Mason on January 19, 2014 at 3:21pm

A plethora of puns.

 

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