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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 Joan Denoo on February 11, 2016 at 1:02pm

Ian, I like your "God will make a way" poster. I responded to when posted on Facebooks because I do not believe God knows the way because he doesn't exist, or something in that order. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on February 11, 2016 at 12:59pm

For those interest in gardening, especially "Allium Family Perennial Vegetables", check Daniel's Blog Growing Greener in the Pacific Northwest

Allium Family Perennial Vegetables

Comment by Randall Smith on February 11, 2016 at 7:41am

Oh, Carl. I would hate having weak legs, especially since I walk between 5 and 10 miles a day. Hopefully, they'll find out what's wrong.

Enjoy your humor, Ian.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on February 11, 2016 at 1:16am

Good one, Ian.  Yes, it's all about the money!

Comment by Ian Mason on February 11, 2016 at 1:12am

Comment by The Flying Atheist on February 11, 2016 at 1:12am

Kathy, I have AdBlocker installed, so no annoying ads for me.  That and the addition of Pop-Up Blocker makes my internet experience much more enjoyable.    

Ian, I like that cartoon.  That's the kind of "odd" humor I enjoy.

Randy, about one or two weeks ago I made a financial contribution to Bernie Sanders.  It's the first time EVER in my life I have financially supported a candidate in a presidential campaign.  I so want him to win, yet he is up against the moss-less rolling stone force that is Hillary Clinton.  I felt I needed to do my part.

I saw a neurologist the other day to look into the issue of my very weak legs and buckling knees.  I had a slew of blood tests done and also have two upcoming tests.  One is a standard MRI and the other is a EMG (Electromyography.)  Wikipedia: EMG  

The EMG sounds like Dr. Frankenstein's version of acupuncture.  A needle/probe inserted into the muscle followed by a small electrical shock.

 

Comment by k.h. ky on February 11, 2016 at 12:29am
Is anyone else getting the ads on the right with someone wanting to pray for us?? That is too funny.
Comment by Joan Denoo on February 10, 2016 at 4:53pm

Ruth, let's think of the option of: 

1. The Histrionic Voice of screaming, yelling calling names, making up outrageous stories, belittleing, using all forms of hysteria in making our claims; or 

2. The Passionate Voice of defining, describing, explaining, illustrating, specifying in a calm, clear, passionate, confident, competent voice, while looking them in the eye, so they know to whom we speak, and speaking loudly enough for all to hear, even the little ones, or; 

3. The Authoritarian Voice with demanding they listen and change. 

If we get as histrionic as they using a histrionic voice, what have we gained? What have we lost? 

What about the passionate voice?

What about the authoritarian voice?

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on February 10, 2016 at 4:26pm

Your Crazyhorse article on the Overton Window is correct, but I think far too "rational", in the sense of avoiding passion.

The way ideas are shifted within the Window is via discussion and discourse.  The more something is proposed, talked about, discussed, debated, and presented the more likely it is to be shifted from one end of the spectrum to the other.

It's as if "We on the Left tamp down the fringe within our various movements out of fear that Progressives as a whole will be painted as "loonies." is self-referential for the article's style. The right wing doesn't just use noise and shouting, they employ a vast army of professional propagandists. Tools such as hatred and insanity are wielded like scalpels and jackhammers on the public's grey matter. While we on the left use proposals, talk, discussion and debate to try and present ideas, they use psychic bulldozers to multiply humanity's basest impulses. That makes me angry, but I don't hear anger or outrage in the article. We need to communicate our outrage at being played, at being used, at being warped.

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on February 10, 2016 at 4:07pm

Right On! Ian. I had to look up Man Ray. The Salvador Dali panel gave me a laugh.

 

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