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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

God's Annual Performance Review (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner Mar 19. 6 Replies

I don't know about you guys, but there wasn't a performance review I had in 30 years of field service that I didn't LOATHE.  It seems as though Betty Bowers, America's Best Christian, is up for turning the tables on the person you would expect would…Continue

Tags: review, performance, god, American's Best Christian, Betty Bowers

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Comment by Lillie on August 14, 2013 at 4:33pm

Booklover, I could have taken a picture very similar to the cat/squirrel one of my cat looking like that at a mouse in my house.  I had to catch the mouse.

Comment by Loren Miller on August 14, 2013 at 11:16am

Interesting (if not horribly surprising) news: former Congressman Barney Frank has come out again ... as an atheist!

Comment by sk8eycat on August 13, 2013 at 11:28pm

My sister made this LOL

Mister Blacwell is so cute when he is angry.

Mr. Blackwell is cute when he is angry.

Remember Mr. Blackwell?  I loved his snarky comments.

Comment by Grinning Cat on August 13, 2013 at 8:15pm

Ian, so that's how cats get the energy for those 3am spurts of activity!

On a more serious note: (seen in multiple places on the web) Even though it's unfair to equate all Christians with science deniers, this picture does point out an all-too-common double standard.

Christians when the topic is science: 'Evolution? The Big Bang? Global Warming? Being born gay? They are all just theories! I need tons more proof than that!' Christians when the topic is Christianity: 'Proof? You don't need proof! That's why it's called faith! No evidence required!'

Comment by Ian Mason on August 13, 2013 at 3:02pm

Have we seen this one before?

Comment by The Flying Atheist on August 13, 2013 at 2:09pm

Booklover, are you referring to your bookshelf?  :) 

Comment by Grinning Cat on August 13, 2013 at 12:14am

"...my 22 pound Ragdoll Trissa comes up and tickles my leg with her whiskers..."

That's one big bear of a cat!

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on August 12, 2013 at 11:47pm

Thanks for the LOLcat booklover, and the Jerry tummy rub story, Patricia.

When I'm at the computer my 22 pound Ragdoll Trissa comes up and tickles my leg with her whiskers, asking for me to lean down and pet her on the floor.

Is that your cat, Flying Atheist?

Comment by The Flying Atheist on August 12, 2013 at 10:48pm

Felaine, your commitment and compassion for the well-being of other living creatures is so inspiring.  I can't say enough how much I respect you for your benevolent actions. 

Comment by sk8eycat on August 12, 2013 at 10:17pm

Oh, Melinda!  I absotively wanna kiss that grey love-cat!  My Pumpkin has always jumped into my lap when I'm at the keyboard, and I have to reach around his chest and butt to type with both hands because he just stands there.  Won't lie down, or even sit, he just purrs like a motorboat and "makes biscuits" on my thighs.

Since Jerry has been gone, he has started coming in my bedroom with me, but since he spent the first 12 years of his life (He was 14 this New Years Eve, or Day) in the Cat Hotel, he hasn't ever learned to bond with any particular human., so he doesn't know how to settle down and go to sleep with me. Yet.

He will lie beside me and let me pet his tummy forever, but as soon as I stop, he jumps up and looks for something else to do.

He's known about tummy rubs since he was a baby...his umbilical didn't close, and he peed out of his belly-button till he was big enough for a (VERY talented) vet to close it up and connect his plumbing, and neuter him. So we had to wash his tummy many times a day (and night), and apply a little ointment to keep his skin from getting burned. 

I don't know if he remembers that, but he loves to have his tummy rubbed...and the fur is SO soft there....

 

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