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"Got called out as a feminazi today by my brother in law. Fundy family pressure is building. I'm trying not to let it bother me."
Feb 26, 2012
Andy replied to Lana's discussion New Hitchens Debate in Canada in the group Everything Hitchens!
"Religion has had a positive influence in culture in the same sense that Nazi Germany has had a positive influence on scientific discovery in regards to human anatomy and physiology.  Were their prices too high?"
Nov 20, 2011
Lana replied to Brian's discussion Tragedy of Multiculturalism in the Sweden and the UK (two videos): in the group The Other Free Thinkers
"I think multiculturalism can be very beneficial to broadening our experience vicariously and understanding more about the world.  We have a thing here called Folk Fest in Saskatoon that is a multicultural festival.  It is a venue for…"
Nov 14, 2011
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"Hi Lana! I saw your post! It's good to be nice. I like to think of myself as nice too. We need more nice people! : ) So glad you are here with us. Have a nice weekend."
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Lana replied to Lana's discussion Ayaan Hirsi Ali - Opinions on her books? in the group Conversations on Race, Ethnicity, & Culture
"I personally think she's one of the bravest women I've ever heard of."
Oct 6, 2011
Daniel W replied to Lana's discussion Ayaan Hirsi Ali - Opinions on her books? in the group Conversations on Race, Ethnicity, & Culture
"Time for me to  read her work."
Oct 5, 2011
Dean Smith replied to Lana's discussion Ayaan Hirsi Ali - Opinions on her books? in the group Conversations on Race, Ethnicity, & Culture
"Ayaan Hirsi Ali is the closest I come to acknowledging a goddess."
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Ayaan Hirsi Ali - Opinions on her books?

I'm wondering what the opinions are here of Ayaan Hirsi Ali.  I've finished her book 'Infidel' on audiobook, and enjoyed it thoroughly.  I think atheists are really the only ones in any position to critically examine a religion without hypocrisy because we can avoid the 'well your religion is just as absurd/violent/sexist as ours' argument. See More
Oct 4, 2011
Steph S. replied to Lana's discussion Mono-theism vs. polytheism in the group Comparative Religion 101
"The Nexus can be a tribe of sorts to Atheists - we can find friendship here."
Oct 3, 2011
Joseph P replied to Lana's discussion Breastfeeding as a Women's Issue - Pro Choice with a Different Topic in the group Feminist Atheists
"Interesting point, as well.  As long as the nipple is covered up, you can have your breast pretty much completely exposed ... unless it's a baby that's hiding the nipple.  I'm confused."
Oct 2, 2011

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New Christopher Hitchens Debate - Just posted on Youtube

Posted on September 20, 2011 at 10:34am 4 Comments

I've been wondering how he was doing. It's so good to see he still has a voice in this world.

Suffering, Prayer, and God's Will - negating the excuses for god

Posted on September 15, 2011 at 6:20pm 2 Comments


The following is a summary of a discussion I had with a theist or two over at Rational Response Squad after I made by story known and opened a discussion on the subject.  I had been feeling that the load of crap served up to vulnerable people at their most painful moments was too crass to ignore as a subject. Deaths and funerals are used as a platform for evangelizing, using people's grief and fear to fill the pews on…


Suffering, Prayer and God's Will - Part 2

Posted on September 13, 2011 at 10:30pm 2 Comments

Having been a widow at 30 with two small children, I have experienced the christian response to suffering and death.  This is supposed to be the one point where all of this christian belief is vindicated -  where it all is worth it.  It was cold comfort to say the least.

There were so many people who wanted to help and they did so by praying.  I appreciated their desire to help.  Just not so much their way of doing it. I was still very much alone with our semi-private horror.  While…


Suffering, Prayer and God's will

Posted on September 13, 2011 at 10:30pm 5 Comments

I ceased to believe in god when I finally let go of the idea that somehow suffering can be part of god's long term plan.  After quite a lot of other sh1t happening, my 30 year old husband of 10 years suffered permanent nerve damage to his lower spine due to cancer.  While he appeared to everyone else to be reasonably healthy, he was in fact unable to urinate.  He also lost sexual function and partially lost bowel function.  He had to self catheterize for the rest of his…


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At 9:57am on October 9, 2011, Steph S. said…
Hi Lana! I saw your post! It's good to be nice. I like to think of myself as nice too. We need more nice people! : ) So glad you are here with us.
Have a nice weekend.
At 9:33pm on October 6, 2011, Evilgenius20 said…
Hi Lana, thanks for adding me.
At 3:18am on September 23, 2011, alexa penzner said…

wow - that's really great!  are you involved with the genetic engineering? pest control? organics?

maybe the science isn't 'religious' per se, but it is of the earth and therefore important somewhat spiritually in healing the earth.

all my grandparents were religious: greek orthodox, german catholic, jewish russian and polish. 

my parents (jewish and catholic) were non-religious til i was 11, when my dad went back to being jewish in a reform temple. didn't believe in god, but in the culture and holidays. but i don't involve myself in anything 'religious' at all. celebrate some holidays - cause of my son, but he argued with a friend in kindergarten saying there was no god - it blew me away! :]  

it must have been very hard for you with your atheistic views - families often don't react well to their children not being their religion. but this group has really helped me to feel more positive about being atheist - everyone is so open with each other. you don't have to worry about getting bad 'vibes' from people cause you're a non-believer or just plain hide the fact (like at work).

how are your kids doing at their schools?

At 10:56am on September 22, 2011, alexa penzner said…

hi lana - so glad you have joined our religion 101 discussion group. i look forward to what you have to say - especially your being a scientist. (what are you into?) so far, we haven't gotten deep yet, but it will evolve.

your story - well, it's hard to find the words. the way you and your husband found the strength to deal was amazing.  long ago, i came to conclusion that a god who allows such suffering as goes on in the world is either a sadist :) or not a god at all. ugh, how people can believe as they do is unfathomable. (maybe it has to do with smarts, although a lot of intelligent people are religious ??)

so welcome - alexa

 i was agnostic for a long time, but now that is long gone. 

At 12:18am on September 15, 2011, Steph S. said…
Welcome Lana. Nice to have you here.
At 7:47pm on September 13, 2011, Brent Feeney said…
Welcome aboard! =)  Hope you're doing well today...
At 5:50pm on September 13, 2011, Dr. Terence Meaden said…

Hello to Lana Shaw. Welcome to this haven of truth, peace, and freedom for freethinking---far from the superstitions and fictional god of the masses. 

"Well-founded common sense helped by science leads to atheist wisdom."

We invite you to make good friends by joining the busy group "ORIGINS: Universe, Astronomy, Life, Earth, Humans, Religion, Gods, Atheism, Evolution, Darwin..." with 500 discussion topics and 2998 members.

At 5:02pm on September 13, 2011, Ruth Anthony-Gardner said…

Welcome, Lana! Glad you could join us. :D

Please consider joining a group to meet people and talk about anything that's on your mind, Hang With Friends.


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