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Serpens - the serpent





tinysnake_01 There is a rather unique constellation in the summer sky called Serpens, the serpent. What makes it special is that it is the only constellation that is divided into two parts. That is, the region of sky assigned to it is not…
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Added by Brad Snowder on September 25, 2016 at 11:27am — No Comments

Blasphemistan (2)

Okara is among the big cities in Punjab Pakistan. It is one hour away from the city where I am from..



There is a young guy of 15 year old. One day he was in the mosque & Imam was preaching there. Imam said the one who doesn't offer prayer & doesn't follow the preachings of Prophet he is not with us. If there is somebody who is not with us he should raise his hand.



The young guy raised his hand. When he did this Imam said you committed a blasphemy. There were 100…

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Added by Noon Alif on September 21, 2016 at 6:00am — 2 Comments

Sextans - the sextant

coord_altaz There is a small constellation smack dab on the celestial equator called Sextans. Don't worry, it's safe for work, although the sex part might get it snagged by parental filters, I wouldn't know. It's part of a group of constellations named in the 17th century in order to…
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Added by Brad Snowder on September 18, 2016 at 4:10pm — 3 Comments

9/11 & Threats

On 9-11-2001 I was in 2nd last year of my high school. Student who belonged to Muslim families they were forced to study the book of Islamic studies & we were compelled to praise the Arab wars of prophet era. There was no other option for the students who didn’t want to study religion at that time.

From 1998 to 2001 the people from jihadi organizations used to come in our school to collect funds for their Kashmir jihad. At the start of 2001 we were told by our Islamic…

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Added by Noon Alif on September 13, 2016 at 10:00am — 4 Comments

Just in case

Just in case I don't make it, I want you to know I gave it everything I had....



If I didn't say it enough, I love you more than you will ever understand



If I do not make it, I hope something I did has impacted you forever



I hope you will miss me because you cared, without mourning too deeply



Just in case, please remember me with positivity. Remember my motivation to succeed, even though I never did.



Remember that I would have died for…

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Added by Belle Rose on September 11, 2016 at 5:30am — 10 Comments

Taurus - the bull

babalooey The constellation Taurus is one of the oldest and most famous of the sky-critters. There are indications that folks associated these stars with a bull all the way back to the copper age, which is really just the bronze age before the upgrade. But great starlore doesn't…
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Added by Brad Snowder on September 11, 2016 at 12:31am — 2 Comments

Telescopium - the telescope

Brad's Jeep and Meade Nick Lacaille named a constellation Telescopium in order to honor a specific telescope, the one at the Paris Observatory. But then the heavenly borders got all rearranged and they had to cut off the top of the scope as Nick had drawn it. So as a result they had to use…
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Added by Brad Snowder on September 4, 2016 at 1:00pm — 3 Comments

A Murderer Host

Hajj is the annual Islamic pilgrimage to Mecca. Its written by muslim historians that its used to be performed before islam. I am not gonna discuss here its blessing but I say Hajj gives shelter to those who commit crimes during the year.



For example, my next door neighbour murdered his wife because she was not following the Islamic sharia law. She was not hiding her face in street as her husband ordered her again & again. Then he got angry he killed his wife & then he was…

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Added by Noon Alif on September 4, 2016 at 8:30am — 7 Comments

A worshiper & Butchers

Now a days I am sharing my room with a Sri Lankan guy. He worships Bhagwan. This morning he was praying and I asked him what is he praying for?



He told me that he is praying for blessings for him & his family & he was felling very happy. I asked him does your Bhagwan reply? Because you are praying since your childhood does he ever gave you any gesture?



He said 'see man' this is a table & here is a bottle on it . Table is standing on four legs it can stay…

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Added by Noon Alif on September 3, 2016 at 11:00am — No Comments

Insightful article from Godless in Dixie

I think Neil Carter is right on point in this article. I know, every time in my past that I've come to grips with my disbelief, I wonder how I could ever have believed ridiculous things so easily? 

Why Do Intelligent People Believe Nonsense?

Added by A.T. Heist on September 1, 2016 at 9:00am — 4 Comments

Fun with Christians!

Last night, the staff of the church which I serve as Director of Music had a fundraising dinner that was a tremendous amount of FUN. And honestly, even though it was a church event, I don't think the fun we had was even remotely related to religion. We, the staff, served our guests dinner and participated in various games that were inspired by games featured on some late night TV shows, including a fairly epic Lip Sync Battle (a la Jimmy Fallon on the Tonight Show). I did "Dream On" by…

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Added by A.T. Heist on August 29, 2016 at 9:37am — 7 Comments

Triangulum - the triangle

illuminiwhati The constellation Triangulum is one of the few examples where the connect-the-dots thing really does resemble the name. I mean, it makes a pretty damn good triangle without resorting to your imagination. Even the ancient Babylonians couldn't come up with a great name for…
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Added by Brad Snowder on August 27, 2016 at 9:58pm — No Comments

Non-believers in church

How Non-Believers Can Make the Most of Religious Services

The above post from Patheos.com got me thinking: I know most atheists probably don't care to attend church, for obvious reasons. But how many non-believers DO attend church regularly, to support a spouse or friend, for social benefits, or just because they still haven't "come out of…

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Added by A.T. Heist on August 26, 2016 at 9:46am — 1 Comment

Preachers

Few days back I called my friend in the evening. He didnt attend my call i thought may be he is on job late night he sent me msg that he was busy somewhere i asked some details then he told me that he was with preachers they came from Pakistan to preach islam in EU .

Everybody knows Pakistan is a country with religious sects . Most of religious sects are involved in terrorism. They provided jihadis to America against Russia. Every muslim in pakistan wants to lead his life according to…

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Added by Noon Alif on August 24, 2016 at 6:30pm — 1 Comment

Sudden realization

Just over a year ago, I managed to get a new church music job: it pays better (and I've gotten two raises in the past year); the people I work with are very cool; my kids and wife love it there, and truthfully, I love it there. There's just one thing I realized today: in my heart of hearts, I don't actually believe in God. I pray out loud with my choir every week, I participate in Sunday School and talk about the Bible with other Christians, I often pay a lot of lip service to God. It's part…

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Added by A.T. Heist on August 24, 2016 at 3:18pm — 6 Comments

Triangulum Australe - the southern triangle

trianglelady There's a barely noticed constellation down under called Triangulum Australe, the southern triangle. Connecting three dots to make a triangle is pretty much the minimum effort for making a star group.



The first person to go to all…
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Added by Brad Snowder on August 21, 2016 at 12:14pm — 6 Comments

A Gamer God (Part1)

I was born into a very religious Muslim family. Today i was thinking that when i was a child i was told that there is a God in the skies who is staying above the seven skies & monitoring all our virtues & sins via his angels.

He doesn't sleep. He stays awake all day & night. He gives us food. He bring clouds & then it rains. He controls the weather.



He has the ability to control everything even he controls our minds. He sends prophets to all the nations they…

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Added by Noon Alif on August 18, 2016 at 7:30pm — 2 Comments

Loud Speaker

There is a mosque near my house in Pakistan. A few days back as I called my brother the Azan ( call for prayer) started in a loud speaker.

Our next door neighbour has a dog. As the Azan started the dog started barking. Then I came to know it happens five times a day. In fact the pet gets scared.



The area where my family lives there are hardly a hundred houses there but mosque speaker is very loud. Preachers never control speakers nor government controls…

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Added by Noon Alif on August 18, 2016 at 10:30am — 8 Comments

Tucana - the toucan

toucanasam The southern constellation of Tucana was named after a colorful South American bird in the late sixteenth century by Petrus Plancius. It is small but important. It contains some of our best examples of cosmic real estate, a dwarf galaxy and a globular cluster, both orbiting the Milky Way.…
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Added by Brad Snowder on August 13, 2016 at 11:10pm — 4 Comments

Reason Religion & Threats

To believe or not to believe is a very personal matter. In west people don't bother about our beliefs until or unless we start preaching our ideas forcefully.

In Pakistan its totally different. For example if i am sitting outside my home & reading a book & there is a prayer time every passer-by will ask me to join him in prayer. He'll also tell me some Hadiths about prayer & if i don't join him he ll tell other people & they all will curse me.



Now a days most…

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Added by Noon Alif on August 10, 2016 at 8:30am — 5 Comments

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