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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 The Flying Atheist on January 13, 2014 at 3:54pm

Joan, thanks for posting the Billie Holiday song.  That's one of her quintessential songs that elicits disturbing images that, unfortunately, portray a reality that was common in our recent past. 

Powerful words.......

Billie Holiday – Strange Fruit Lyrics

Songwriters: FROST,DAMON/PHIRI,AARON /
Southern trees bear a strange fruit,
Blood on the leaves and blood at the root,
Black bodies swinging in the southern breeze,
Strange fruit hanging from the poplar trees.

Pastoral scene of the gallant south,
The bulging eyes and the twisted mouth,
Scent of magnolias, sweet and fresh,
Then the sudden smell of burning flesh.

Here is fruit for the crows to pluck,
For the rain to gather, for the wind to suck,
For the sun to rot, for the trees to drop,
Here is a strange and bitter crop.
Comment by Joan Denoo on January 13, 2014 at 12:45pm

We are all in this together! 

Comment by Joan Denoo on January 13, 2014 at 12:36pm

Ian Mason, That is the best definition of Genesis I have seen. It goes into my photo album. Thanks. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on January 13, 2014 at 12:29pm

Comment by Joan Denoo on January 13, 2014 at 12:28pm

Napoleon Bonaparte, this dreadful permit to hunt an endangered species indicates the values that glorify killing while ignoring preservation is just one of the indicators of culture not worth keeping. I think it is time for the end of religious and capitalist values and time to define a system of values based on deeper thinking. 

To kill, whether for dogma or dollars, is not worth preserving. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on January 13, 2014 at 12:24pm

Carl, a delightful history of the old facility over time and times. It is so strange to see how little USA values historical properties. As you know, it is not uncommon to go into a 200-600 year old building still in use in many places in Europe. Prince Phillip of Great Britain stated, "Countries that destroy their past deserve no future."

Saxon Shore Fort

Thanks, Carl, for this glimpse into Chicago's history. 

Comment by Ian Mason on January 13, 2014 at 10:26am

That's a horrible picture, NB.

Comment by Ian Mason on January 13, 2014 at 10:25am

Comment by The Flying Atheist on January 13, 2014 at 12:29am

From Wikipedia:

The Rainbo

The Rainbo, at 4812 N. Clark, was purchased in 2002 and torn down to make way for a new condo and townhouse development. At one point, however, it was a very popular outdoor music garden, fashioned after the Moulin Rouge Gardens in Paris, which is the original namesake for what was then called "Moulin Rouge Gardens."[16]

Investors bought the Moulin Rouge Gardens property and spent one-million dollars to expand the facility. Opened in 1921, Mann's Million Dollar Rainbo Room, named after Fred Mann's wartime service in the U.S. Army's 42nd Infantry or "Rainbow" Division, was said to be the largest nightclub in America, featuring some of the biggest names in Vaudeville and musical entertainment. Larry Fine (actor) was performing there the night he was asked to join The Three Stooges. The Rainbo Room had a revolving stage to allow for continuous entertainment. There was table seating for 2,000 patrons and space on the dance floor for an additional 1,500. Until 1927, WMAQ radio shared the 670 kilohertz frequency with station WQJ, which was owned by the Rainbo and Calumet Baking Powder Company; it broadcast music of the Rainbo's performers as a form of promotion.[17][18]

In 1927, during prohibition, it was converted to a major casino and sports venue, called the Rainbo Fronton.

In 1934, during the Chicago World's Fair (Century of Progress), it became French Casino. The French Casino is where John Dillinger spent his birthday, June 22, 1934, a month before he was shot.

In 1939, it became Mike Todd's Theater Cafe, which was a popular dinner theater. Tommy Sutton, the Theater Cafe's choreographer, went on to work with Cab Calloway, Duke Ellington and Nat King Cole, among others. It was also a venue for Championship Wrestling where, in 1955, the first women's tag team wrestling match was held.

In 1957, The Theater Cafe was converted to an ice skating rink, called Rainbo Arena, which was a practice rink for the Chicago Blackhawks including the year they won the 1961 Stanley Cup. The Rainbo Arena was also a training rink for several Olympic figure skaters, housed a pro bowling alley and the original Kinetic Playground music venue.

In the 1960s and thereafter, The Rainbo was a popular late night roller rink until it was torn down for a new housing development called Rainbo Village. When the building was being demolished in 2003, an assortment of human bones and tennis shoes were discovered in what had been the building's basement.[19] How the bones and shoes ended up there has remained unresolved.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on January 13, 2014 at 12:25am

I added my name, Sk8eycat.  I hope the building and the business get saved.  Good luck!  I hate seeing wonderful icons of the past so readily discarded.  

In recent years here in Chicago we lost an iconic roller-skating rink......torn down for condo buildings.  The property (The Rainbo) was part of a entertainment venue that dated to before World War I.  It survived Prohibition as a speakeasy and hosted many of the famous big bands throughout 30's and 40's.  It had a fantastic history.  

 

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