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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 Plinius on September 7, 2014 at 1:00am

Quite some news, Carl, I imagine you had to try a few times before you could talk so easily about it. I hope many people wear a donor codicil over there. I always have my codicil with me, but I'm still careful when crossing the road. I'm very glad that that you feel good and have family in the neighbourhood! 

Comment by kathy: ky on September 7, 2014 at 12:24am
Carl, you'll be fine. If there's anything, etc... I'm here for you. It's at times like this we know how lucky we are to have family.
If I'm a match do you think l could get a trip to Chicago out of it.? Naw, they would probably take my kidney and fly IT to you. Lol
Comment by Idaho Spud on September 6, 2014 at 3:01pm

Very sorry for your bad news Carl, but glad you have family that cares.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on September 6, 2014 at 2:59pm
Hello, Friends.

Well, yesterday was a big day. I got the results of my kidney biopsy. Not really good news.... I have a disease called IgA Nethropathy with has caused lots of scarring. Currently my kidneys are functioning at 15% which means I am now to start the process on planning for a kidney transplant. Hopefully that can happen soonner rather than later. If the wait period is long, I'm looking at having to do dialysis three times a week. As a result, I wouldn't be able to do travel and do my job.

I have a long and thoughtful process ahead of me to think about. I'm feeling fairly good and am being extraordinarily taken care of by my family. Several family members have come forward to express their desire to donate a kidney for me. I'm extremely grateful and moved by that pure gesture of love.

All I can do now is to follow doctor's instructions and to rely on their expertice at hand. Odds are for a successful outcome!
Comment by Idaho Spud on September 6, 2014 at 2:52pm

The right few words of comments are missing from about 17 to 10 comments ago.

Comment by Ian Mason on September 6, 2014 at 2:48pm

Anyone else having trouble with the right-hand side of comments missing?

Comment by Joan Denoo on September 6, 2014 at 12:34pm

Oh! What a beautiful morning, 60 degrees F, full sun, a lovely day to be continuing with the prep for winter. Yesterday, the sunflowers had a small flock of goldfinch, eating seeds, upside down in their peculiar way of eating sunflower seeds. My propagated plants are doing well in my little greenhouse under the blue spruce; I will be setting them out for the neighbors to come by and pick up whatever they want for their gardens. I'm off to the garden and I may or may not be able to make contact with the internet. During rest periods I can read all the mail that came in from my A/N friends up until I am disconnected from the wireless. 

I just want to say to each one of you dear friends, I am so grateful for having you in my life and happy that you want to share with me. 

Carl, I am happy to see hour face in the mail this morning. Hope you are feeling well. 

Thank you, Chris, Carl, and Mindy for your nice comments about Laura's post on Facebook. It still gives me goosebumps. 

I share your thoughts about Joan Rivers. Not one I listened to. Thanks, Felaine, for the lead to Elayne Boosler 

Comic Relief "Elayne Boosler" Stand Up Comedy

Mindy, glad your dinner was so pleasant; the future looks brighter. I was not able to see your comment of two hours ago, just after your report of your dinner last night with atheist friends. I hate to bother anyone, but I know I am missing a treasure. 

Comment by Idaho Spud on September 6, 2014 at 10:07am

I didn't find Joan Rivers funny either, but I got the idea she wasn't trying to be mean.

Comment by Idaho Spud on September 6, 2014 at 10:03am

Mindy, I'm jealous that you have atheist's to have dinner with.

I like the scripture circle.

Comment by sk8eycat on September 6, 2014 at 9:09am

Randy, I'm with you; I never cared much for Joan Rivers' style of comedy...made me uncomfortable. 

Elayne Boosler is one of my faves....there's warmth in her monologues, and I went to a live "reading" of her "Peter & the Wolf" -style creation, called "Rescue; a True Story."  There wasn't a dry eye in the house when she (and the music) finished.

 

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