This site is not maintained. Click here for the new website of Richard Dawkins.

noimspartacus's Profile

noimspartacus's Avatar Joined about 7 years ago
Gender: Male

Latest Discussions Started by noimspartacus

More Discussions by noimspartacus

Latest Comments by noimspartacus

Go to: Comer loses appeal

noimspartacus's Avatar Jump to comment 12 by noimspartacus

I wonder if Ms Comer is using the wrong part of the 1st Amendment to make her case. Does it not violate her free speech rights to have an opinion on the TEA's neutrality policy? It's one thing for a non-government employer to use the threat of termination against an employee should he/she verbally and publicly disagree with the employer's decision. The employer is not a government entity and most people work in "at will" positions. However, I don't think the TEA, a government entity, is excluded from the purview of 1st Amendment's free speech clause. Any lawyers on this board care to chime in?

Wed, 07 Jul 2010 13:55:11 UTC | #487023

Go to: Supporters of abortion have no future in Church, Pope tells faithful

noimspartacus's Avatar Jump to comment 8 by noimspartacus

Sign me up for an excommunication. I want out.

Thu, 10 May 2007 04:52:00 UTC | #36519

Go to: Dinesh D'Souza says I don't exist: an atheist at Virginia Tech

noimspartacus's Avatar Jump to comment 53 by noimspartacus

Denoir, claiming that "D'Souza has a relevant point" in this case is like Brittney Spears has talent. Please, this is a disengenous attempt by D'Souza to disparage atheists like Dawkins who simply want to see the world as it is.

Specifically to your point, it's quite possible, and in my mind, preferable to console a grieving person without deluding them "false beliefs".

For example, you can simply embrace the person warmly and tell them with all sincerity "I'm sorry for your loss." You can also comfort them by offering to handle some of their daily tasks (e.g., walking their dog, cooking a meal). Or, my favorite, you can relay to the grieving person a touching and poignant memory you have of their lost loved one. After all, would it be delusion or a lie tell a grieving mother that their son or daughter will always live on in their memories?

So, no, we need not invoke a "better place" to help someone cope with tragic loss because in my mind and in the minds of most atheists, life is the point.

Fri, 20 Apr 2007 10:14:00 UTC | #30990

More Comments by noimspartacus