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How is killing young girls considered "honour"?

Started Nov 1, 2012 0 Replies

A mother and father in Pakistani-administered Kashmir have been arrested for murdering their 15-year-old daughter by dousing her with acid "in the name of an honour", police say.The article on the…Continue

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Strega replied to Davis Goodman's discussion 'How to easily manipulate people into voting for something utterly against their best interests'
"No, it's normally $1.45 = £1. That's been the med to high average over the last five years, subject to minor fluctuations."
16 hours ago
Strega replied to Davis Goodman's discussion 'How to easily manipulate people into voting for something utterly against their best interests'
"I'm trying to wrap my head around the choice of timing for this vote. The U.K. Just celebrated the Queen's 90th birthday celebrations with all its patriotic flag waving, and we are in the middle of the European Cup (soccer) where the…"
yesterday
Strega replied to Unseen's discussion 'Unfortunately, Virginia, it seems we are alone in the universe'
"Horoscopes. You can't go wrong, the stars never lie."
Wednesday
Strega replied to mobojo23's discussion 'Why do we have religions today?'
"I tend to agree on one level (if you take out fear of dying). Almost the same net sense of belonging in the UK is found with the U.K. Soccer club fan base. Perhaps this is the substitute in the UK for organized religion and may explain why our…"
Jun 20
Strega replied to Unseen's discussion 'MY POST-ORLANDO GUNS EDITORIAL'
"I was when I saw the first gun - now I'm used to it. I'm not really shootworthy :)"
Jun 16
Strega replied to Unseen's discussion 'MY POST-ORLANDO GUNS EDITORIAL'
"Come and visit, Stephen!"
Jun 16
Strega replied to Unseen's discussion 'MY POST-ORLANDO GUNS EDITORIAL'
"A guy I know came up to me in the street, with a gun clearly showing as a bulge in his pocket. What a gift! I was able to ask, "Is that a gun in your pocket or are you just pleased to see me?" Yes, Steve, I feel very safe :)"
Jun 16
Strega replied to Unseen's discussion 'MY POST-ORLANDO GUNS EDITORIAL'
"5 years ago Stephen, and Vermont is great!"
Jun 16
Strega replied to Unseen's discussion 'MY POST-ORLANDO GUNS EDITORIAL'
"Hi Judith. I used to think the term 'Americans' was a reasonable collective, to which you could append traits. Now that I live in America, I have learned that there is very little you can apply to the collective 'Americans'. The…"
Jun 15
Strega replied to Davis Goodman's discussion 'You'll never guess who did it this time...'
"I'm posting from an iPad in Blighty so thus the brevity - I had understood that the perpetrator was a natural born American rather than an immigrant so Trumps idea of preventing Muslims from entering the USA would not have had any effect. Is…"
Jun 15
Strega replied to Tom Sarbeck's discussion '"It's the Best Explanation We Have." "Is It Really?" "But I Believe!"'
"I wasn't just a troublemaker. I was The Troublemaker."
Jun 15
Strega replied to Tom Sarbeck's discussion '"It's the Best Explanation We Have." "Is It Really?" "But I Believe!"'
"Perhaps because the churches had all the money for commissions?"
Jun 15
Strega commented on Jazmine Nicole Robertson's blog post 'How I feel deep inside'
"Hi Jazmine! Have you ever seen a Japanese ice carving? They are incredibly intricate and beautiful... and then they melt. What is the point of carving such a beautiful sculpture with minute detail, if it's just going to melt? Perhaps it's…"
Jun 15
Strega commented on navid's blog post 'Do read this book'
"Hi navid, you really do represent the sliver of hope for humanity. From my perspective, all religions are about controlling the people. Screw that!"
Jun 15
Strega replied to Tom Sarbeck's discussion '"It's the Best Explanation We Have." "Is It Really?" "But I Believe!"'
"I scored 6 because I do have a vague shadowy impression of my mum. Apparently I'm in the bottom 5%. About the same as my 'good conduct' rating when I was a 15 year old schoolchild. Probably hasn't changed much..."
Jun 15
Strega replied to Tom Sarbeck's discussion '"It's the Best Explanation We Have." "Is It Really?" "But I Believe!"'
"Warm, just like my regards for you. How fitting :)"
Jun 15

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Atheist
About Me:
A Brit living in Vermont with my Vermont-born wife, a dog and a bunch of cats. [Update...thanks to SCOTUS I now have my Green Card!]
Age
53-58
Relationship Status
Married
Why are you here?
Love the written word, love to debate and love to learn new stuff. Born and bred atheist, so really getting to grips with the concept of de-conversion in the USA for the first time.
The religion you left
Was never a part of one
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Coffee or a drink
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The Psychology of Prayer

Posted on November 15, 2015 at 11:56am 14 Comments

Before I start, let me emphasize this is opinion without source evidence other than general personal experience and you can dismiss it at will, although it would be nice to hear why you choose to do so.



We are faced with people of faith who claim their prayers work and they receive guidance from their deity. Further, it doesn't seem to matter how profound or minuscule the subject matter of the prayer - the claim remains that these prayers work.



Now we can easily refute… Continue

Fate

Posted on September 9, 2012 at 7:36pm 83 Comments

A while back, I had a long chat with my niece, trying to explain what I believe is the inevitability of events and the consequent contradiction of the concept of free will.  She puttered off and posted on her page/site/whatever, what was probably a two hour conversation condensed into a short explanation.  I post that here to give the benefit of brevity to anyone who is interested.

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At 8:36pm on May 21, 2016, Gunay Kayahan said…

yes - I was uncertain - have changed it now to name

At 8:22pm on May 21, 2016, Gunay Kayahan said…

Thank you.

Just finding my feet in here right now.

At 3:08am on May 17, 2016, Muhammad Naeem said…

Thanks strega for your friendship

At 1:25pm on March 8, 2016, Michelle Sandall said…

Hi Strega, a fellow Brit I think :)

At 8:25am on January 19, 2016, Lizzy Mertens said…

Thanks!

At 10:22am on December 16, 2015, Dustin S. said…
hello, thanks for the connection! congrats on the green card.
At 12:37pm on December 6, 2015, Alan Stark said…

Howdy there, Thank you so much for letting me get in on membership. I aand my str8 brother are atheists my mom who was very religious and brought up my brother and I going to Christain church our whole childhhod like is a free thinker and I am happy that my nephews are also leaning towards Atheism. but whatever they decide I will support them I still have Christian friends and jewish friends and muslim friends actually of friends of all faiths but I always like to let them know How and why I feel about religion.

Thanks again for including me! sincerely Alan

At 1:09pm on December 5, 2015, Gregg RThomas said…

I'mmmmmmmmmm.....BACK.  :)

At 10:02pm on December 4, 2015, Jennifer Moreira Dinzey said…

Thanks you!

At 1:13pm on November 24, 2015, Myah said…
Thanks for the welcome. I am a very weird Christian in the fact that, though I'm very religious, I have this almost fascination with other religions. I also have several Athiest friends, but any time religion comes up, we end up fighting. I guess I'm hoping this website will help me not only clear up some misconception about Christianity ( of which ere are many ) but maybe gain inside into how to talk to an Athiest about religion without fightin with them.
 
 
 

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