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Go to: Doctors' beliefs can hinder patient care

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Wow. This article has made me more pissed off than anything I've read on this site. This is another example of declining standards in the U.S. People who put their particular religious beliefs above their patients' needs are not qualified to practice medicine. It's not about what the doctor feels is morally right or wrong, it's about what's medically best for the patient.

What arrogance on the part of those doctors! It's patronizing and condescending to women to be treated that way. Unfortunate that some of those doctors are women as well.

Fri, 22 Jun 2007 16:56:00 UTC | #48384

Go to: Does God answer prayer? ASU research says 'yes'

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"Does God or some other type of transcendent entity answer prayer? The answer, according to a new Arizona State University study published in the March journal Research on Social Work Practice, is "yes.""

It's quite a leap from noting that prayer on behalf of another has a "positive effect" to concluding that God answers prayers. No where in this article did Hodge mention God or any other type of transcendent being. In fact he's cautious in stating that his work doesn't meet medical standards. I find the lead-in paragraph to this article very disingenious as it skewers the whole thing. I've noticed a lot of popular science articles do this same thing.

Thu, 15 Mar 2007 14:18:00 UTC | #23631

Go to: Books on Atheism Are Raising Hackles in Unlikely Places

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It was my understanding that both Dawkins' and Harris' books were written for the general public to get them to take a look at what not questioning their religious beliefs have done to the world. The books are for fence sitters and closet atheists who have been afraid (mainly in bible belt America) to come out. The books are not for academics or clerics or theologians. That's why the critics come across like they do -- they're afraid of losing their flocks, they're angry at their life's work being blown off like it means nothing, they're fearful of losing their privileged status. We should expect more critiques like these.

Sat, 03 Mar 2007 10:48:00 UTC | #21684

Go to: Meet the Relatives. They're Full of Surprises.

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For those of us who won't be going to New York anytime soon, the museum's website has a section devoted to the exhibit. I spent about an hour traveling back into human history.

Sat, 10 Feb 2007 10:54:00 UTC | #19545

Go to: Grief Without God

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Carol, thank you for posting this. Although I haven't experienced anything near the depth of this kind of tragedy, I have lost friends and relatives and have attended both formal religious funerals and non-religious memorials. The most moving were those arranged by friends of the deceased and without religious content. A recent one was held outdoors in the mountains (a friend who was outdoorsy). People got up and told their favorite stories of our friend, there was a table set up with a memorial book for the family, there were posters with photos of the deceased and the ceremony ended with bagpipes. We had food and gathered around talking. No one says he's in a better place or any other sorts of nonsense. What I think the important difference about this is, that the church tells us what we should be feeling, what we should think, how we should handle life transitions. When we take these matters into our own hands, they become more meaningful. Religion can only give you shallow platitudes. I've long thought that saying about God not giving us more than we can handle was bs. I don't know how that got started.
Be strong.

Sun, 28 Jan 2007 13:11:00 UTC | #17551

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