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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 Idaho Spud on November 9, 2012 at 9:52am

Patricia, I'm glad you've found an atheist doctor, and Sk8eycat, your secular jew specialist sounds like a keeper also.  

And, it would be a horror story to me also, if an eye surgeon wanted to pray with me before the operation.  There was a cat-lick hospital here in the past, but it thankfully went out of business.  The present one here appears to be secular, but there's a butt-load of mormons working there, and they ask for your religious preference when you first come to them.  I just said none.

Comment by Tony Carroll on November 9, 2012 at 8:49am

Didn't really know where to post this, so I'm gonna put it here. It just struck me when I saw it. Just beautiful.

November 9, 2012

Hamar Portrait, Ethiopia

Photograph by Pascal Mannaerts

This Month in Photo of the Day: 2012 National Geographic Photo Contest Images

The Hamars are a people of East Africa living in southwestern Ethiopia in a fertile area of the Omo Valley. The gracious Hamar women, freeing pride and dignity even in the midst of the bustling weekly market, are easily spotted with their characteristic outfits. They take pride in their dress and accessories and win the prize as the most decorated of the Omo people. The traditional dress code for unmarried Hamar girls includes elegant cowrie-shell collars, seeded or glass-beaded necklaces, and decorated goatskin clothing.

Comment by Ian Mason on November 9, 2012 at 1:37am

Comment by Joan Denoo on November 9, 2012 at 1:10am

Marijuana: A New Perspective

"In 1969, Sagan wrote a deeply poignant and mind-bending account of his experience with marijuana for publication in “Marihuana [sic] Reconsidered” (1971). According to his writings, during these highs, a new world of aesthetic experiences opened up to him: 'The cannabis experience has greatly improved my appreciation for art, a subject which I never had much appreciated before. The understanding of the intent of the artist which I can achieve when high sometimes carries over to when I’m down… For the first time I have been able to hear the separate parts of a three-part harmony and the richness of the counterpoint… The enjoyment of food is amplified; tastes and aromas emerge that for some reason we ordinarily seem to be too busy to notice. I am able to give my full attention to the sensation. A potato will have a texture, a body, and taste like that of other potatoes, but much more so.'”

Comment by Plinius on November 9, 2012 at 12:58am

It's a horror story that you cannot be in a hospital or clinic without being confronted with everyone's fairytales! Why don't these people just shut up and work? It sound very unprofessional to me. 

Comment by Grinning Cat on November 8, 2012 at 10:31pm

A priceless post-election editorial cartoon by Clay Bennett:

Comment by Tony Carroll on November 8, 2012 at 7:57pm

Hey Melinda, just heard the Frito Lay company is having to make an emergency airdrop of Cheetos in the Denver area. :) lol!

Comment by Tony Carroll on November 8, 2012 at 7:11pm

Pass the twinkies, dude.

Comment by sk8eycat on November 8, 2012 at 6:49pm

Spud, here's a horror story 4 U.  A friend in Tacoma, who IS a xian (but she tolerates me), had cataract surgery a few years ago, and just before they rolled her into the OR, the ophthalmologist came in the room and asked if he could pray with her before the operation.  SHE thought it was nice of him.  I told her I would have been off that gurney and out the door so fast.....  The last thing I want is a surgeon in any specialty who believes she/he needs supernatural help to do his/her job.

The young genius who fixed my spine in '09 is a secular Jew....we laughed at the "scarecrows" on the walls in the Cat-Lick horsepistol where he did the repair work.  It is kinda weird that they have state-of-the-art surgical equipment, but they still need mythical ornaments on the walls.  (It's the only hospital in town, and it's owned by an order of nuns....)

Comment by Idaho Spud on November 8, 2012 at 6:18pm

Thanks Joan.  Sounds like a good idea.  It's time for me to shut the computer off, so I'll talk to you about it another day.  Good nite all.

 

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