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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 Ruth Anthony-Gardner on June 18, 2017 at 4:15pm

Did someone or some group of people plan these events? 

Joan, there's some evidence that fossil fuel money is behind the Republican party's change toward science denial and fossil fuel/oligarchy embrace. Of course there are always lots of other factors that likely were unplanned.

Comment by Randall Smith on June 18, 2017 at 7:25am

To all you Dads out there,  Happy Fathers Day!

I have 4 children (3 girls, 1 boy, ages 34-44) and 6 grandchildren (no wife). To my knowledge, nothing special is planned to celebrate "my day". That's okay. In two weeks all four kids (and theirs) will be "back home in Indiana". We'll celebrate then!

Comment by Joan Denoo on June 16, 2017 at 5:00pm

Colonization of Africa, Asia, and S. America resulted in unspeakable atrocities committed by European and US powers. The heart-wrenching stories often tell of such awful ways of domination, and it is hard for me to realize that my ancestors committed some of those crimes against humanity. 

I understand that attitudes of superiority allowed crimes against others, even in this century, i.e. crimes against blacks, Native Americans, and now with the way we treat immigrants. We hold no one accountable and we become part of the offense. If people with moral and ethical bearings stood up, then such insanity would be addressed. 

Being an active participant in the Civil Rights struggle 50 years ago, I thought our efforts would result in better conditions for all races and classes in today's world. The situation is much worse now than it was in the 1960s. The differences are that all those years ago minorities and women struggled to have the rights of access to opportunities for a better life. Today's challenges are that men and women, people of all races and nationalities, as well as believers in superhuman powers and those who lack such beliefs fall farther behind the standards of living of those many years ago. The middle class grows smaller as those living at or below the poverty rate increases. Wealth abandons those who work for a living even as money increases for those who have unearned income.  

How did this happen? How did the working class get shoved out of access to opportunities for growth in wealth? Did a few take away the rights of working people or did working people give away their rights?  

Was our nation rendered weak because of globalization, or did the instrument of our status occur because of the machinations of Russia?  

I know exactly when the decline of the middle class began; it was in the late 1970s when labor started to lose power. The belief systems represented by the Republican Party began to tear down the access to opportunities for the poor and working class, and the beginning of the destruction of the safety net.

We now have to face the challenges presented not only by a dysfunctional Executive but by a dysfunction of the Legislative and Judicial Branches of government. These problems did not start with Trump; they began those long years ago dismantling of representative government. 

How did this happen? Did someone or some group of people plan these events? When did we fail to provide the kinds of education needed for a participatory government? 

Comment by k.h. ky on June 16, 2017 at 3:52pm
I just realized you had answered the question I have just asked :)
Comment by k.h. ky on June 16, 2017 at 3:50pm
Chris, before oil it was gold that forced people from their homes. Before that the railroad. Before that... you know the history.
So doesn't it all boil down to greed?? When something is deemed valuable men go out of their way to aquire as much of the product as they can. Killing an entire ethnic section of the population to achieve their goals doesn't seem to be a consideration.
Is that tribalism or just greed? Can the two ever be separate?
Comment by Ian Mason on June 13, 2017 at 9:30pm

Agreed, Chris. The Arabs can get away with murder (literally) because of the oil. Russia is heading the same way because of natural gas. The contortions our politicians go through to justify all of this would be comic if the state of the world were not so serious.

Comment by Chris on June 13, 2017 at 7:29pm

Daniel W.

Resources seem to be more devicive than tribalism.

If Oil didn't drive the world economy would there be less war?

Looking at the KSA ( Kingdome of Saudia Arabia), or Russia makes me think the West is addicted to Oil.

Technology/science  ie. Wind Power, Solar Power, Wave power and other power generating techniques should ween the world off Oil and prevent climate change.

Comment by Lilac on June 9, 2017 at 6:38pm

Seems fairly true to me.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on June 9, 2017 at 4:16pm

The people who voted for tRump...

Comment by Daniel W on June 7, 2017 at 8:11am

Ian - thanks! So THAT'S what happened!

Chris, I think tribalism is the underlying source of many if not most of our troubles as a species. Probably also a source of our success, at dominating an entire planet, too. The question that I see, is what next? Will it also be our end? I think that's possible. I also think tribalism is a bigger explanation for the current political state of liberals and conservatives, evangelicals and progressive christians, muslim sectarianism, and a host of other social phenomena. That's the only explanation that I have for why knowing one thing about a person, such as who they support politically, means knowing their point of view on a host of issues.

 

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