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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 k.h. ky on December 8, 2016 at 12:17am
I'm old. It doesn't take much to excite me. Lol
Comment by k.h. ky on December 8, 2016 at 12:15am
Godless Heathen is my new (offensive) shirt. To be worn to the annual school Xmas assembly. I get a perverse pleasure in offending all the 'good christians' with their shirts from their churches on.
I fully expect to be questioned by the, oh so religious, principal :)
Which will open the door for me to question his religious bullshit in a public school during assemblies.
I'm so excited....!
Comment by The Flying Atheist on December 7, 2016 at 11:36pm

Daniel, I read King Leopold's Ghost based on your recommendation a few years ago.  It was fascinating for its history and tragic as a story.  It pains me that we still today have to fight against the same attitudes of oppression and disdain toward others.      

Comment by Plinius on December 7, 2016 at 11:28pm

Thanks for the links, Joan. I'm aware of what happened in Congo, and the Netherlands have their own shameful colonial history: the genocide in the Banda Islands, the slave trade, the Dutch murderous reaction on Indonesia's bid for freedom and much more.

They like to say that there's no racism here, but it's not true. You can see it every time a white person's unauthorized feelings of superiority are ruffled, every time a coloured person has an opinion whites don't like. White reactions are really shocking then. Most white people are not aware of their white privileges, because those are so invisible and comfortable that you'd never notice their existence...

Comment by k.h. ky on December 7, 2016 at 8:16pm
Thanks for posting that Daniel. I was checking on that a few days ago but it was a few minutes free trial. I found all kinds of stuff in that short amount of time.
Comment by Daniel W on December 7, 2016 at 6:27pm

Joan, for fun I checked the database for your surname, people who arrived in NY between 1820 and 1957.  There were 13 people with the name Denoo.  Most were Flemish or Belgian.  Interestingly, one was on the  Lusitania.  This might be better on this discussion group. Ancestry.com has a one month trial membership and a lot can be learned in one month.

Comment by Daniel W on December 7, 2016 at 6:15pm

Joan, try this!

To search on something that you think was posted some time ago in nexus, but not sure what or by whom, you can go to google, and use the following.  To search on King Leopold's ghost, you can type "atheistnexus:Leopold".  That will get you there better than any way I know.   

Im sure its not accessible to Congolese Denoos, but if there is a connection through your paternal line, a blood test on Ancestry.com would probably show it.  I was shocked to find that my blood test there identified relatives via my paternal line, my mother's mother's paternal line, and my mother's paternal line, all separate connections.  There are living descendents of the great great great grandparents who I had no idea existed, and I have connected with one. The lineage is well documented, so Im sure the DNA test is correct.

Comment by Idaho Spud on December 7, 2016 at 6:00pm

Thanks Kathy.

Comment by k.h. ky on December 7, 2016 at 5:06pm
Spud, the first one isn't right but the rest are fine.
And you are correct. Pet's are expensive. The larger the animal the more expensive.
Comment by Joan Denoo on December 7, 2016 at 3:03pm

Chris, attitudes, beliefs, customs, traditions, and values do change over time but the history of the black face must be remembered. In Belgium, King Leopold, and his subjects, as well and the RCC supported slavery. I am not aware of the Belgian colonial history of Spain, but I keenly aware of the Belgian colonialism of the Congo. When we forget history, we accept the attitudes that created values that supported and encouraged black slavery. I don't remember if you were part of our group when we read the Congo history and how King Leopold benefited by the enslavement of black people. 

Read or watch  Joseph Conrad's Heart of Darkness

http://www.pagebypagebooks.com/Joseph_Conrad/Heart_of_Darkness/

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6XpS8OYy7Ms

When I visited family members in Belgium, our host bragged about the ways they gained control over the Congolese people. There were several Denoo's who participated in the slaughter and enslavement. I heard about this history from a relative and read about it when I returned home. Only one of the obscenities was to cut off the hands of wives and children of men who did not return with enough rubber substance spread on their bodies and used to transport the resource for the Belgian colonialists. 

Daniel, I am not able to find your powerful review of the book. Are you able to find and share the review with us?   

I will send this page of photos:

Belgian Congo, women and children with hands cut off. 

If mothers and fathers continue to carry on the tradition of black faced participant in the Yule season, they should know the history, face the shame of the actions condoned by the people of Belgium, and express outrage, instead of giving excuses of this being a custom, tradition, or value of present celebrations. 

I have many contacts with Congolese black people with the last name Denoo. We seek to find the link, but so far, have failed. 

 

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