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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 Randall Smith on April 28, 2015 at 7:49am

By gum, Kathy, I think you're on to something! Sure enough, I didn't pick up anything bigger than a fork on my vacation. I've always read that one must "exercise" the joints to prevent debilitating arthritis. Me thinks it's the opposite!

Comment by kathy: ky on April 27, 2015 at 9:37pm
Carl l hope your sister is doing well. Give her a big hug from me when you see her.
Comment by kathy: ky on April 27, 2015 at 9:35pm
Joan l enjoyed your typing. Reminds me of 'cat speak'.
Comment by kathy: ky on April 27, 2015 at 9:33pm
Randall is it possible your arthritis 'healed' because your thumb was allowed to rest and recover during the trip? I wonder how your sister would feel about that.
Comment by kathy: ky on April 27, 2015 at 9:27pm
Bertold, speaking of comebacks when I was younger l would say outrageous things if I thought it was funny. Once, when an xray tech told me l needed to be undressed for the film, l looked right at him and dead panned 'You first'. Luckily he laughed about it.
Comment by Bertold Brautigan on April 27, 2015 at 8:59pm

Carl - so good to have you back among us! Isn't it ironic how people making all the inane religious comments sincerely think they're helping. My favorite comeback (which I have to confess I've never had the nerve to use) when someone says "I'll pray for you" is Hitchens' - "I'll think for you." I attended a memorial service for an uncle in Minnesota last week and had to endure my share of "better place" remarks, but I'm sure I wasn't nearly as inundated as you were going through your procedures. Best of luck in your healing!

Comment by Pat on April 27, 2015 at 5:45pm

Been behind on posting here at A|N. Have some major trials coming up soon, and have been busier than the one legged man in the proverbial contest.

Carl, Welcome back. Glad to see your heart surgery went well hope you continue to improve.

Joan, sorry to hear about your recent broken arm and illness. But, like Carl, glad to see you back.

I guess it just proves the old adage. "Getting old ain't for sissies."

Comment by Ian Mason on April 27, 2015 at 3:19pm

The Socratic method, Joan. Help people to explore what they really believe and what they really know. Here in Denmark religion is not introduced unless a patient asks for a minister of religion. Very sensible.

Comment by Joan Denoo on April 27, 2015 at 2:19pm

carl, i know the feeling! I got a lot of that.

Loggers and sawmill people live in the area. many fundamentalists work at the Newport hospital. When I heard,"I'll prey for you" I responded with questions.

"From where do you get your confidece?

"What assure you it is worthy of believing?

"Why is that a valid reference?"

"Why do you not ask the tough questions?"

"How do you know that is a fact?"

Where, what, why, how, when. all present the possibity of throwing a seed into the air and may land on fertile soil.

Any question a good interviewer would ask to get them thinking works. Don't answer the question yourself.

If they ask a question, see if you can reframe it into a question for them.

Comment by Joan Denoo on April 27, 2015 at 12:49pm

I used Grammarly to make corrections:

Spud, good for you! Anti-depressants do a valuable job for chemical depression when cognitive therapy doesn't work. Religious type therapy can help some people,but I have never seen it. Many of my students tried to make religion work, and I taught them mindfulness, meditation, cognitive techniques and as far as I know, they were relieved.

Learning life-skills develops a tool kit for facing life's challenges - no prayers, no mumbo jumbo, no whining, no letting go-letting god.

There is one other correction needed:
"Some people can be helped."
Grammarly finds passive voices, and I want to write in the active voice. So, I rewrote into the actve voice

 

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