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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 Simon Paynton's discussion 'Question for Evolution and Natural Selection brainiacs'
"I heard that at the first sign of anything, they split"
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"It used to be, "I'm being eaten alive", which makes sense, whereas 'bitten' doesn't. As far as the chocolate comment, the 'ever' supersedes the 'in my entire life' and is a waste of space."
Strega replied to Unseen's discussion 'Time for some grammar nazi fun. Things people say that bother you.'
"Yes, everything goes with that singular. Wonderful, isn't it?"
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Strega replied to Unseen's discussion 'Time for some grammar nazi fun. Things people say that bother you.'
"It's the use of the singular 'has' which directs the reader to attach it to 'chosen behavior'. If the plural 'have' had been used, it would direct the reader to the plural of 'truths'. The comma just…"
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"Delightful example of when to use 'than' - grin"
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"If the only problem religion causes is annoyance to you then I'd say sure, walk away. However, once the religion requires your foreskin, your clitoris or your womb to be given, your children to be miseducated and/or abused, bigotry to pervade…"
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"How, then, does greed, or envy as motivators fall into the category of materialism?"
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"Hospitalized indicates it was done TO the patient. In hospital indicates it was done with the patients consent and participation in going there. It's just a nuance, but it's pretty much how the terms are used in the UK."
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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


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…


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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