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Go to: Legal case against God dismissed

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Freethought Radio (available as podcast) has several funny and interesting interviews with Ernie Chambers.
http://www.ffrf.org/radio/podcast/

Thu, 16 Oct 2008 18:21:00 UTC | #251910

Go to: Lab agrees to test Shroud of Turin for new theory

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First of all, this was a horrible article. Basically it was just a big advertisement for John Jackson and his wacky ideas. Where were those non-biased researcher that have worked on the shroud? Joe Nickell and Walter McCrone, are two guys who could tell a very different story about the shroud (and about Jackson, probably). It would take 1 minute to find these guys and another minute to give them a call. What kind of journalist wrote this crap? Is this normal standard for Chicago Tribune?

Second, the shroud image looks exactly like a frontal photograph of a man. However, if you wrap a cloth around your face, and your face leaves a mark, your facial features will be greatly distorted once the cloth is stretched out. Your cloth face will definitely NOT look like a photograph. I'm always surprised that I never hear anyone mentioning this.

Wed, 21 May 2008 02:26:00 UTC | #173563

Go to: The List: The World's Worst Religious Leaders

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These are "just" examples of madmen, one from each of the five world religions. What's disturbing with this article is that the Christian madman is the only one that gets dismissed as not practicing true faith.
"Although Kony frequently uses biblical passages to justify his actions and has his child soldiers make the sign of the cross before battle, he mixes Christianity with mysticism and claims to be advised by a "spirit council" from beyond the grave."

I'm sure religious leaders of all the other faiths could make similar claims of "their" madmen, but their objections are not heard. Bias?

Fri, 11 Apr 2008 20:29:00 UTC | #151375

Go to: Vote on freedom of expression marks the end of Universal Human Rights

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I'm also disappointed to see South Africa voting in favor. Anyone has a clue why they voted as they did?
Is that a serious question?
Most certainly is. I don't know much about SA, but judging from RSF their press is very free and they definitely stand out in this crowd of mostly dictatorships and pseudo-democracies. Mauritius and Mali are two other countries that seem odd here, given their relatively free press. Therefore I ask again:

Why is South Africa, Mali and Mauritius voting in favor of this amendment? (Mali has a 90% muslim population, though, which may explain their support.)

Tue, 01 Apr 2008 04:23:00 UTC | #145393

Go to: Vote on freedom of expression marks the end of Universal Human Rights

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Here's the Press Freedom index from the different voting countries, according to Reporters without Borders (the lower, the better):
http://www.rsf.org

In favour (24):
Algeria 40.50, Azerbaijan 55.40, Bahrain 38.00
Bangladesh 53.17, Cameroon 36.00, China 89.00
Cuba 96.17, Djibouti 50.25, Gabon 31.50
Indonesia 30.50 , Jordan 40.21, Malaysia 41.00
Mali 16.50, Mauritius 8.50, Mexico 53.63
Morocco 33.25, Pakistan 64.83, Philippines 44.75
Russian Federation 56.90, Saudi Arabia 59.75, Senegal 25.00
South Africa 13.00, Sri Lanka 67.50, Tunisia 57.00


Against (14):
Canada 4.88, Czech Republic 4.00, Finland 1.50
France 9.75, Germany 5.75, Guatemala 33.00
Japan 11.75, Netherlands 3.50, Poland 18.50
Republic of Korea 12.13, Romania 12.75, Switzerland 3.00
Ukraine 26.75, United Kingdom 8.25


Abstentions (9):
Argentina 24.83, Brazil 25.25, Ecuador 18.50
Ghana 9.00, India 39.33, Nigeria 49.83
Peru 37.38, Uruguay 11.75, Zambia 21.50


The average Press Freedom Index for each group is:
In favor 45.93
Against 11.11
Abstained 26.37

Thus, the voting pretty well correlates with their freedom of press.

Why is even Cuba and China allowed to decide what is a human right?

I'm also disappointed to see South Africa voting in favor. Anyone has a clue why they voted as they did?

Mon, 31 Mar 2008 22:12:00 UTC | #145295

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