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Go to: Bertrand Russell on God (1959)

v4ri4bl3's Avatar Jump to comment 41 by v4ri4bl3

@Lucas Re: #16

My sentiments exactly! I transcribed that portion for those who will be saving this quote. I know I will. =D

Q: "Do you think there's a practical reason for religious belief for...for many people?"

A: "Well, there can't be a practical reason for believing what isn't true. That's quite...just I rule it out as impossible. Either the thing is true or it isn't: if it is true you should believe it and if it isn't you shouldn't. And...if you can't find out whether it's true or whether it isn't, you should suspend judgment. But you can' seems to me a fundamental dishonesty and a fundamental treachery to intellectual integrity to hold a belief because you think it's useful and not because you think it's true."

Tue, 29 Dec 2009 18:39:00 UTC | #426657

Go to: Unreported World: The Battle for Israel's Soul

v4ri4bl3's Avatar Jump to comment 21 by v4ri4bl3

This documentary certainly belies America's supposed commitment to combating terrorism abroad. Here we have orthodox Jews terrorizing their own people! And yet we have an unconditional commitment to Israel's interests? No wonder Muslims think we are hypocrites.

Actually, I can't imagine anything more hypocritical than using a supposed safe-haven from ethnic cleansing as a platform to commit ethnic cleansing against another people. What a shame.

Thu, 03 Dec 2009 18:24:00 UTC | #419968

Go to: Christopher Hitchens vs. John Lennox: Can Atheism Save Europe

v4ri4bl3's Avatar Jump to comment 11 by v4ri4bl3

"Sense can not come from nonsense."

I think this is an excellent description of the usefulness of John Lennox's entire speech. It is ironic he used it as supposed evidence for his God.

Tue, 11 Aug 2009 19:09:00 UTC | #387167

Go to: Beyond belief: Atheists push for greater visibility and acceptance

v4ri4bl3's Avatar Jump to comment 13 by v4ri4bl3

As a member of the group Jim Hurley started in Miami, I have to say that I am quite thrilled at the exposure he has received here—we owe this, of course, to Ken Loukinen.

Ken is a really cool guy. I remember when I met him about a year ago he was talking about having problems with religious influence at his job. Ken is a fire fighter, you all know how the story probably goes from there.

In any case, he deserves a real hand for getting this type of attention and forming a group where atheists can feel welcome in the deeply religious state of Florida.

Sun, 02 Aug 2009 18:27:00 UTC | #384368

Go to: Bill Maher's Religulous Opens Today

v4ri4bl3's Avatar Jump to comment 19 by v4ri4bl3

Keep in mind that the methods he used to get interviews were very similar to those employed by the Discovery Institute puppet Ben Stein in his documentary Expelled. No one knew the true nature of the interview or that Bill Maher would be hosting.

With that said, I don't see the likelihood of anyone being asked to leave any of the showings, like PZ Myers. I'm curious to see how tactfully Bill was able to expose the ignorance of those interviewed.

Fri, 03 Oct 2008 09:25:00 UTC | #245956

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