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Picture yourself spending some time with congenial friends, sharing your lives and pictures from your cell phones." They're curious about that cool game, song, movie, camping trip, art show, or other event that fascinated you. You talk about all kinds of stuff, poetry, styles, personal achievements, relationships, and bad days. You can share your inner child, and laugh together. They sympathetically listen to your feelings about serious topics like politics or climate change, even when they don't agree.

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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 Grinning Cat on July 4, 2013 at 10:36am

Ian, we really do need leaders who aren't playing games!

And thanks, Carl and Ruth, for the holiday wallpaper and for Garfield enjoying the Fourth.

I think this is the quote Felaine tried to post:

A virgin birth I can believe, but finding three wise men?

 

Comment by Ian Mason on July 4, 2013 at 3:55am

A comment on climate change:

Comment by The Flying Atheist on July 4, 2013 at 1:55am

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on July 3, 2013 at 11:17pm

Comment by Ian Mason on July 2, 2013 at 11:40pm

Great squirrel, Ruth. A European red squirrel, I think.

Another grey day in Denmark. The news says that this year's strawberry crop is severly affected. Makes me wonder how many non-commercial species are also damaged.

Comment by sk8eycat on July 2, 2013 at 9:52pm

http://www.dumpaday.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/11/Christmas-Quotes-1.jpg

Comment by Grinning Cat on July 2, 2013 at 6:16pm

FA and Ruth, thanks for the hugs!

Patricia, I hope Isabel turns out to be all right. Thanks for keeping us in the loop.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on July 2, 2013 at 6:02pm

Ruth, your squirrel reminded me of this....

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on July 2, 2013 at 3:09pm

Joan, thanks for sharing your squirrel comedy. I always enjoyed squirrels too. It sounds great to have a home surrounded by trees. We consider ourselves lucky to have trees visible from the back of our house. It was one of the reasons we chose this house over many others. Observing trees is supposed to be good for your mental and physical health.

Wow, I’m glad you only had a little thin spot after falling down the stairs, Mindy. The story of your toddler daughter’s reaction was precious. Perfect black cat quote!

Yes, sk8eycat, computers somehow seem to always pick the most eloquent entries to lose. Sorry I was out of touch for a bit and missed timely reading about your bathroom accident. Good thing your sister was there. We’ve had our glass shower doors just fall out of the frame on us, but they didn’t break. Funny about the dark red towel irony. I’m just glad you’re OK now. Hugs back to you. I’m afraid the much too early triple digitsf will gradually become the usual weather in southern CA. The blocking patterns from deep waves in the jet stream, because the Arctic is too warm, appear to be recurring in similar places. We’re tired of daily rain and low 90’s here in eastern PA. We’ve had saturated humidity for a couple of weeks it seems. Every day when I walk out of the door it’s like Jamaica without a beach. I can see how fireworks could become problematic when it’s too dry and hot.

Happy belated anniversary, Patricia.

Great group hug, Flying Atheist. Thanks! Here's my hug for all of you, Friends.

Comment by Ian Mason on July 2, 2013 at 2:34pm

Patricia, I remember moving to another country and it was somewhat chaotic for a while. Still a good idea to keep enquiring though. I hope your friend is all right.

Cats: very relaxed animals but you never know what they're plotting. Afraid my French isn't up to reading all of NB's quote. Man isn't a perfect animal? Something like that.

 

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