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Yasmine Mohammed - Confessions of an Ex-Muslim (The Thinking Atheist)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Idaho Spud Jul 7. 6 Replies

Yasmine Mohammed is not your average ex-Muslim.  Not only did she get shut of Islam, she also managed to escape what was at one time the most notorious of radical Islamist organizations: Al Qaeda.  She has since documented the story of her apostasy…Continue

Tags: Islam, Al Qaeda, Yasmine Mohammed, The Thinking Atheist, Seth Andrews

Ignorance is Bliss: Why Religious People Seem Happier Than the 'Nones'”.

Started by Joan Denoo Jul 6. 0 Replies

“Highly Religious Volunteer More, Lie Less, and Claim to Be Happier”~ Houston Chronicle; “Strongly Religious People are Happier than Non-Religious”  ~ Christian Daily."The study determined that 40 percent of highly religious adults—defined as those…Continue

Tags: Nones, happiness, non-religiosity, religiosity, bliss

Afrodisiacs – African Aphrodisiacs

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Joan Denoo Jun 26. 4 Replies

Am I so old and not know the definition of aphrodisiac, and its historical definition being based on Aphrodite, that her name came from the African drugs that Egyptians, Greeks, and Romans used for sexual enhancement? Dhu!  Aphrodite, ancient Greek…Continue

Tags: Africa, Lady, Victorian

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

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Comment by dr kellie on November 6, 2012 at 1:23pm

My progressive group is meeting out to watch election results and I don't know if I can stomach it.  I guess it would be some comfort to be huddled with fellow liberals, but I might pull my hair out.  Or get drunk.  Or both.

Comment by Loren Miller on November 6, 2012 at 10:51am

I'm a traditionalist, I guess.  I vote on Election Day, almost without exception.  That one exception was when I knew I'd be out of town that day (the 1996 election, I think), and I wanted to make sure I got my $0.02 in.

Certainly having the convenience of early voting is good, but long as you got the attitude and determination TO vote, I think yer good.

Comment by Chris Dodds on November 6, 2012 at 10:49am

@ sk8eycat  How does one go about voting by mail?

@ everyone else, get out there and vote.  I don't give a shit who you vote for, just do it.  The sooner you vote, the sooner the electoral college can determine a winner, and the sooner we can get this whole election thing over with.

Comment by sk8eycat on November 6, 2012 at 10:45am

I've been voting by mail for more than 15 years.  I got tired of  my polling place being moved all over, trying to find a place to park, and shrieking kids whose parents don't sem to be able to teach them manners.

In Oregon and Washington, everybody votes by mail, and they have a much higher "turnout" percentage than the rest of the states.  It also saves cities, counties, and states a large amount of money.

I think it's time.

Comment by Steph S. on November 6, 2012 at 10:36am

Ruth I tried to add you on Twitter so I could follow you - but you aren't showing up.

Comment by Grinning Cat on November 6, 2012 at 9:15am

Great sign, Tony! Back when forms asked for "Race:" I thought "Human" was the best answer.

(Who was it who said, "Labels make useful servants but terrible masters"? They can be a starting point for describing yourself and learning about others, but shouldn't box you in.)

I'll be going to vote (just across the street) soon. Yes, the experience of voting in person is one of our valued rituals.

Comment by Tony Carroll on November 6, 2012 at 9:07am

Love the cat, Melinda. Just got up, heading out in a couple to my polling place. Hear they expect a big turnout. Thought about voting early, but I kinda like going through the experience of voting in person. Here's a little something for ya'll. Peace. See ya later.

 

 

Comment by sk8eycat on November 6, 2012 at 1:56am

Comment by sk8eycat on November 6, 2012 at 1:41am

Lillie: The poop charges an ocelot more for his fantasy business than McDonalds does for fries....

Loren: I'll check out thoseSF  groups tomorrow.  I'm currently rereading Mercedes Lackey's "The Last Herald Mage" series.  There's a lot of good stuff in there, but I still think Vanyel is a Drama Queen.

In the meantime, I need to crash.  G'Nite, all!

Comment by Ian Mason on November 5, 2012 at 11:30pm

The Vatican and Macs combined! Now that WOULD be a plan for world domination!

 

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