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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 Daniel W on November 7, 2016 at 7:48pm

With the impeding election, I'm all wired.  I feel as nervous as a cat in a rocking chair convention.  Doubt I will sleep much.  Can't beleive the nation put itself and all of its citizens through this mess.  Now we're about to enter the new era.  Whereever that leads.

Comment by Grinning Cat on November 7, 2016 at 4:25pm

In time for Election Day tomorrow, Hemant Mehta writes at Friendly  Atheist ("'My Vote Doesn't Count' is a bigger myth than God"):

"Not voting is the very antithesis of atheism just like making god your co-pilot is the very antithesis of atheism. There’s no point in refusing to rely on a deity to govern the course of your life if you leave it to other people (such as Evangelical Christians) to determine the circumstances of your government."

Comment by The Flying Atheist on November 7, 2016 at 2:02pm

Loren, I love Cleveland. I've been there more times than I can count. There's great history and architecture there.

In fact I always noted the many similarities it has with Chicago:  a great location on the Great Lakes, a major river running through it, an airport on the lake downtown (that was until our Mayor Daley infamously destroyed our Meigs Field runway with bulldozers in a secret overnight mission), and several downtown museums and venues.

I always got a smile on my face when I saw the old May Company building, as I was reminded of Jack Benny and Mary Livingston. 

Comment by Daniel W on November 7, 2016 at 1:23pm

Atlantic magazine has a recent article about Portland, OR being the whitest major city in America, and the racist history of the city,  which includes KKK.  I can't link to it due to my ad blocker.

From Salon..."Growing up black in the whitest city in America"

Hipsterification of Portland doesn't seem to have helped in recent years.  Increased population and gentrification are taking a tool on the racial makeup of the town.

I was disappointed years back when the voters of Oregon overturned marriage equality in a ballot measure, while legalizing medical marijuana.  Oregon voters did not legalize marriage equality - it came via court decision overturning California's Measure 8.

Washington Post also chimed in.  about Portland.

I lived in Portland in the early 90s.  It was scruffier then, but I liked it much better.  Now it feels like a trendy traffic hell.

But - as far as elections go, Portland does look sure to go Democrat. 

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on November 7, 2016 at 12:54pm

Oregon has a similar dynamic, GC. It has quite a liberal reputation, but that's almost entirely due to two counties, Multnomah (Portland) ajd Lane (Eugene, home of U of O.) 30 miles outside of Portland you can see KKK literature in some of the high schools.

Comment by Grinning Cat on November 7, 2016 at 12:07pm

And I won't be confident of Pennsyltucky's vote until it's over... the very blue Philadelphia area is far from a snapshot of the state average!

Comment by Daniel W on November 7, 2016 at 12:01pm

Loren, I would never understimate the gem of the Cuyahoga County.

Ohio better deliver for Clinton.  Otherwise, Well, I just don't know.  I'll have to start calling it "North Kentucky".

Comment by Loren Miller on November 7, 2016 at 10:37am

[sigh] You guys keep underestimating Cleveland, don't you?




We FILLED downtown Cleveland to celebrate the Cavs' victory, and they're the newcomers here.  Anyone who wants to make such assumptions about The Best Location In the Nation has NO IDEA about us.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on November 7, 2016 at 10:02am

Speaking of incredible sights, this also happened in Chicago:

Cubs World Series celebration ranks as 7th largest gathering in human history

http://www.fox32chicago.com/news/local/215601786-story

Loren, I don't believe this would have happened in Cleveland.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on November 7, 2016 at 9:57am

Chris, I don't know what else to say about the NASA photo you posted, but it is really F'n cool. I love when natural phenomena play tricks on our eyes and minds without using artificial manipulation.

 

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