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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

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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

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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

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Comment by Daniel W on October 19, 2016 at 11:28am

Chris and Loren, those are beautiful views.

Carl, nice summary of leaf colors.  I can confirm the ginkgo and maple, mine are changing color now too.  Also some odd ones, persimmons can be orange, red, or yellow.  Pawpaws are a nice yellow.  I have a plum with nice red leaves.

Comment by Loren Miller on October 19, 2016 at 11:25am

The Great Lakes Theater Festival presented Sweeney Todd a couple years ago, and it was the most memorable and powerful play among many outstanding productions I've seen at the Hanna Theater.  Here's the opening:

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on October 19, 2016 at 11:17am

The original version (I think) is a Rossini opera titled The Barber of Seville. The stage play with Angela Lansbury was amazing. The 2007 Johnny Depp/Helen Bonham Carter film was deliciously dark too. As one of the lines from the song goes,

To seek revenge may lead to hell

But everyone does it and seldom as well

As Sweeny Todd

Comment by The Flying Atheist on October 19, 2016 at 10:52am

Bertold, I'm familiar with the Sweeney Todd story but have never read the book, seen a stage production, or a movie.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on October 19, 2016 at 10:37am

Beautiful fall photos Loren and Chris. I also love the windmill. What a fantastic view! Just read today that the fall colors in my area are behind schedule due to our recent warm weather. The article has a nice listing of the different colors.

Oak — red, brown or russet

Gingko — yellow

Honey locust — yellow

Green ash — yellow

White ash — starts yellow, then grows purplish

Hickory — golden bronze

Dogwood — purplish red

Beech — light tan

Black tupelo (aka, black gum) — crimson

Red maple — brilliant scarlet

Sugar maple — yellow to burnt orange to red

Elm — major dud, its leaves just shrivel up and fall

Comment by Plinius on October 19, 2016 at 10:09am

Thanks Loren! We have seven of the old windmills here, and many tourists who want to see them, but NOT the new windmills! People are still fighting the new windmills because that is landscape pollution, they say. I really can't see the difference... People are funny.

Comment by Loren Miller on October 19, 2016 at 9:48am

I love the windmill in your shot, Chris.  Wonderfully picturesque!

Comment by Plinius on October 19, 2016 at 9:44am

Here too, Loren, big showers, enough wind, but nice!

Comment by Plinius on October 19, 2016 at 9:35am

Thanks Bertold, it's nice! I only knew the book...

Comment by Loren Miller on October 19, 2016 at 9:15am

This was the view from just outside my front door a couple mornings ago:

Fall in full swing!

 

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