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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 Ian Mason on February 26, 2013 at 2:24pm

Comment by Ian Mason on February 26, 2013 at 2:23pm

Sorry, but I haven't been paying attention the last couple of days. I've been absorbed in Hilary Mantel's "Bring up the Bodies", the follow-up to "Wolf Hall". Thomas Cromwell continues his ascent to the heights of power, this time by organising the downfall of Anne Boleyn and her family. In the first book it was possible to have some sympathy for him in his journey from son of a drunken, violent blacksmith to secretary to Cardinal Wolsey and subsequently a favourite of Henry VIII. In the new novel he's really turned into a nasty shit, ready to destroy anyone who crosses him and to take revenge on those responsible for Wolsey's fall from favour.

Will have to wait a year or two for the final volume of the three :(

Comment by sk8eycat on February 26, 2013 at 1:47pm

Melinda, I love the "higher power" comment.  I tried going to a 12-Step group (Adult Children of Alcoholics) for a couple of years, and knowing that I wasn't alone, and listening to other people's stories, did help me get over myself, but all the "god-talk" and higher power stuff (I never could say the first word of the "serenity prayer" out loud) finally got on my last nerve, so I quit.  Now I laugh about the whole experience.

Also, by the time I did quit, a couple of my closest friends in the group had decided they couldn't believe in supernatural powers, either.  I don't know if I can take credit for that, but I was rather outspoken about my lack of belief at times. 

Comment by Idaho Spud on February 26, 2013 at 12:43pm

Carl, your video brings back memories.  I never saw the show or movie, but those songs were on the radio when I was dating.  I liked The Age of Aquarius and especially Good Morning Starshine.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on February 26, 2013 at 11:20am

Chris, that's a mind-boggling video from NASA.  When the earth-size representation was shown on the screen I said to myself out loud, "Wow....."   The size of our universe and everything in it is overwhelming.  Thanks for sharing.

Melinda, LOVE the quote.  So true.  Consider it stolen and now in my possession.  :)

Comment by Steph S. on February 26, 2013 at 8:51am

Booklover that is such a sweet story about your mom paying for things for your family and how you pay for things for your kids - so sweet.

I really agree with the higher power quote - that's so true. They are hypocrites. 

Comment by Plinius on February 26, 2013 at 12:50am
Comment by The Flying Atheist on February 25, 2013 at 9:15pm

BTW, Steph, I checked out your photos from the Whopping Crane Fest.  Love the Tri-colored Heron.  Beautiful.  Where was this located?  I know Southern Texas and South Padre Island are big birdwatching places during the winter months. 

Comment by The Flying Atheist on February 25, 2013 at 8:57pm

Sorry, folks, but I just couldn't resist.  Three more gems from "Hair" the musical, movie version........

Comment by The Flying Atheist on February 25, 2013 at 8:18pm

I totally understand, Melinda.  My parents have done such much for me throughout my life, so it's indeed a pleasure to be able to do the same for them.  And that makes me happy as well. 

 

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