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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 on Wednesday. 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 September 5, 2013 at 7:36pm

Patricia, if you are financially able to do so, perhaps you can approach your neighbor and offer to pay half the cost to have the menacing tree removed.  He may need to be told that this particular tree poses a threat to your property and that you also have a vested interest in having it removed.  He may understand your position a bit more if you back it up with the financial incentive of paying half the cost. 

Dr. Kellie, that's some good news.  Just curious, who is paying for the billboards?  I hope the sh*t does hit the fan!  lol

Comment by dr kellie on September 5, 2013 at 7:03pm
Just want to report that my little Texas town is about to get 4 atheist billboards, just in time for the big Alabama game. They will go up tomorrow if there are no more hitches.

Start up the fan.
Comment by The Flying Atheist on September 5, 2013 at 6:44pm

I'm with you, Patricia.  I don't like seeing trees and other greenery cut down unnecessarily, but if the trees are brittle and breaking their branches under normal seasonal winds, that means they are in the process of dying.  They should be cut down completely for the safety of your home.   

Comment by Grinning Cat on September 5, 2013 at 1:26pm

Patricia, that sounds like an ordeal... I hope you and your husband won't have to clean up the rest of the mess the neighbors' tree company dropped in your yard.

Ian, have a wonderful time!

Comment by Ian Mason on September 5, 2013 at 1:09pm

Oh dear, what a day, Patricia. A good idea to enjoy some Chinese food as a pleasant end to the horrors.

I will, within the hour, be taking myself away from all this and travelling to the Med - second time this year - to immerse myself in nature, history, sunshine and food. Will not be taking a PC with me so "see" you when I get back. Be good :-D

Comment by The Flying Atheist on September 5, 2013 at 10:10am

Apple cider donuts......that sounds awesome!  Yumm. 

Mindy, I went through a period in recent years when I was experiencing occasional panic attacks.  They subsided after I was put on medication for hypertension. 

Grinning Cat, I laughed at that kale/spider joke as well.  I can't stand spiders.  I try to conserve water, but after killing a spider I have to put it in the toilet and flush it away.  No matter how much I squish to smithereens I don't want to take any chances that it may reanimate.

Comment by sk8eycat on September 5, 2013 at 1:53am

Oh, my nerves! Neighbors!

Comment by sk8eycat on September 5, 2013 at 12:42am

Oh, Patricia!  Whatta rotten day (except for the Chinese dinner)! We have some neighbors that make me clench my teeth, but at least they're not right next door. They're on the street behind us, and they party (loudly) all weekend, and fight during the week.

Is Mr. Next Door going to clean up your yard? He should.

FA, I wish I was one of those little plastic people traveling on one of those model trains!  The whole thing looks more fantastic than Disneyland.

I still want a model train layout with Victorian era houses, towns, and trains.  With steam engines!

Comment by Plinius on September 5, 2013 at 12:08am

I'm glad you feel better Patricia! I've been busy restarting lessons after the summer holidays: it's so good when people love to see you again!

Comment by The Flying Atheist on September 4, 2013 at 10:11pm

Yes, that sure is a crappy day, Patricia.  I'm sorry to hear about your husband.  What an ordeal having to call an ambulance and having to go through all that hassle.  I'm glad he's OK. 

I hope, at least, the Chinese food was good.  What did you order?

Here's a video to show your husband to perk up his mood.  I think he'll appreciate this.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ACkmg3Y64_s

Here's to a better day tomorrow. 

 

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