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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

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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

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Afrodisiacs – African Aphrodisiacs

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Joan Denoo Jun 26. 4 Replies

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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 Joan Denoo on January 4, 2016 at 5:42pm
Comment by Joan Denoo on January 4, 2016 at 12:03pm

Carl, I love my George Foreman grill. it is easy to use and clean and quick! My favorite is grilled cheese sandwiches. 

Home! a special place, indeed. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on January 4, 2016 at 11:59am

Randy, I hope your trip is safe, comfortable, and just full of joy. Your grandkids are old enough now to remember their time with you and the interesting things you can do together. Oh! Those personal conversations and terrible riddles that come with that age! 

I anxiously await your report when you return!

Comment by Joan Denoo on January 4, 2016 at 11:26am

Ian, that Rain Map I sent was scary enough, but seeing these photos and reading the narrative foretells the beginning of tremendous changes that will be taking place all over the world. People will be forced to move from flood areas creating a refugee problem beyond our imagination.

I am not fear mongering; I am reality checking. Individuals and nations will have to address problems as teams. 

Will that happen? I don't think so. I think there will be scapegoating such as we have never seen.

My hope is that people can join to define precisely the problems, set common goals that all can share, explore options for possible solutions, analyze the pros and cons of the most likely to be successful, develop plans and take action.

Here is a quote from the article:

 "People will be returning to work in the coming days and all services are working together to make sure the unusually high levels of rain that we are seeing cause as little disruption as possible."

Deputy First Minister John Swinney

Thank you, Ian, for the very informative news article.

How are you affected by the storms?

Comment by The Flying Atheist on January 4, 2016 at 9:21am

Yes, Randy, it's very nice to be home again.  It was nice to have mom prepare meals for me, but I'm looking forward to using the George Foreman grill that I received for Xmas.  I'm also looking forward to firing up my slow-cooker.  I was so sick and exhausted this past year that my love of cooking really suffered. 

I hope you have a good time in Tegucigalpa with your family. 

Comment by Randall Smith on January 4, 2016 at 7:56am

Carl, it's so good to know you're on the road to a healthier and happy life. Isn't it nice to be home again?

I'm going to Honduras this Friday, the 8th. My oldest child, Valerie lives in Tegucigalpa. I'm eager to see her two kids, ages 13 and 11. I hope they're equally eager to see their grandfather! I'll stay 'til the 12th. Hopefully the weather will be nice.

Comment by kathy: ky on January 3, 2016 at 8:20pm
Ian, love the dog photo. That's me on NYE. Like xmas, the first thirty years or so were fun, the upcoming ones will be much more quiet and comfortable.
Comment by Ian Mason on January 3, 2016 at 7:57pm

The west of England is experiencing gales and heavy rain. The north and Scotland are preparing for more floods after being badly hit over the holidays.

http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-scotland-35216974

Comment by The Flying Atheist on January 3, 2016 at 1:51pm

Wow, Chris.  What a story about your neighbor!  That surely was an event to experience first hand. 

Joan, thanks for posting your beautiful photo.  Winter scenes are so gorgeous.  I also enjoy reading your descriptions of everyday life around your household.  

Comment by Joan Denoo on January 3, 2016 at 2:54am

And the west coast of US

 

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