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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 sk8eycat on July 5, 2015 at 7:49pm

I stayed indoors and missed the show entirely this year.  I have been hearing sirens since the show finished last night; don't know if it's brush fires, "private" fireworks injuries, or drunk drivers.  Or a combination.

I just hope people kept their pets safe...animal shelter workers say that July 5th is their busiest day....people looking for pets (mostly dogs) that panicked and ran from the noise and flashing lights.

Comment by Loren Miller on July 5, 2015 at 6:50am

Hope everyone had a fun and safe 4th in the States.  Solon, Ohio, next door to us, puts on a pretty decent fireworks show every year, but this one I thought was especially well done.  A couple samples:

Comment by Plinius on July 5, 2015 at 2:41am

I hope you can enjoy the concert, Ian! It will probably be cooler then, much better to be in a crowd, even if it's a bit wet.

Comment by Ian Mason on July 5, 2015 at 1:45am

It is a good picture, Carl.

That sounds like a really pleasant day, Chris.

Denmark is having a heatwave at the moment but it's not set to last. Unfortunately there will be showers and strong winds on Wednesday when I'm going to an outdoor concert with Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga. Such is life and we have to take it as it comes. Plus take an umbrella.

Comment by Plinius on July 4, 2015 at 2:27pm

A NEW picture? Really Carl! I thought you used an old pic from the time you were young and healthy!

Today I went to the museum where my husband works. It reopens in a new (old) building at the end of the week with three new exhibitions. You can imagine the last minute stress and there are loads of work still to be done. So I spent a day in a cool sousterrain mounting pictures and brushing the museum cat.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on July 4, 2015 at 10:24am

Joan, thanks for the compliment about my new picture.  I took that photo last week.  I thought it was time for an update.

Chris and Joan, I hope you are managing the heat OK.  Believe it or not, the other evening I went out to meet a friend for coffee and had to wear a jacket.....on July 1st!!  It was 59 degrees F / 15 Celsius.  Unbelievable for the Summer season. 

Joan, the photos of the fires in Washington are overwhelming and heartbreaking.  Such horrible destruction.  With all that said, the photos are "beautiful" though.  Did your Cary took those?

Hello, Ian, welcome back from your excursion.  Sounded like great fun. 

Comment by The Flying Atheist on July 4, 2015 at 10:11am

I'm a little late in responding:

If it is indeed true, as Ruth says, that displaying a donation badge will encourage others to donate, then I guess they should be visible in some manner.  I sincerely want AtheistNexus to continue and prosper.  

I've made a donation to this website but I have no intention of using it any differently than before.  I'm not interested in any additional "exclusive perks" for donors only.   

I really like Grinning Cat's suggestion and artwork for the redesign. 

I also like Sk8eycat's idea of putting the badge next to the name instead of on the avatar.  

And speaking of YOU, Sk8eycat.....don't you ever leave here!  That's an order on behalf of all your adoring fans here. 

Comment by Ian Mason on July 4, 2015 at 10:06am

I remember that song, Felaine. Pleasant and relaxing, just like the title.

Comment by Ian Mason on July 4, 2015 at 10:04am

Something topical for American buddies.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on July 4, 2015 at 9:40am

My neighborhood has been flooded with bangs and booms for the past week already.  People can't even wait until the actual holiday to light their fireworks.  And....by the way......fireworks are illegal in Chicago.  But it's so prevalent, you would never know it.  One only needs to drive across the state border into the state of Indiana to legally buy fireworks.  My upstairs neighbors were out in the alley this past Thursday setting off fireworks at 11:00 pm.  

 

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