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Go to: Christopher Hitchens obituaries

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We all knew this was coming, but I don't think that knowledge has diminished the twist in the stomach and throat that reading this brings. At least it didn't for me.

Fri, 16 Dec 2011 11:21:36 UTC | #899657

Go to: Dear Angry Lunatic: a response to Chris Hedges

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To Sam Harris, I live in Norway and have in some ways relived some of the feelings I experienced from 9/11.
I have been thinking that it would be very good if you and perhaps Christopher Hitchens could use your clear thinking and writing to address the people who are connecting this atrocity with criticism of islam in general.
I cannot say the degree to which "guilt by association" is happening or will happen, but there seems to be some indicators that it may be significant. The murderer has named Ayaan Hirsi Ali as someone he has read and admired. I'm sure you or Christopher (or both) could get some clarity into the discussion that would be important for those of us who are critical of islam, rational, and disgusted and horrified by such actions regardless of the motivations of those behind them.

Wed, 27 Jul 2011 19:23:20 UTC | #854770

Go to: Vatican confirms report of sexual abuse and rape of nuns by priests in 23 countries

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One of the few religious in Rome willing to talk about the report was Father Giulio Albanese, of MISNA, the missionary news agency. "Missionaries are human beings, who are often living under immense psychological pressure in situations of war and ongoing violence. On one hand it's important to condemn this horror and it's important tell the truth, but we must not emphasise this at the expense of the work done by the majority, many of whom have laid down lives for witness" said Fr Albanese "The press only talks about missionaries when they are killed, kidnapped or are involved in something scandalous" he added.

This is just another abuse by the church. An abuse of our sense of fairness and the importance of democracy.
Are we to change in any way our attitudes about these and other crimes commited by agents of the church simply because the 'majority' don't do these things? Of what use is it when responding to these allegations to point out that 'most of us don't do this' or to complain that the press only talks about the church when something aweful happens? Would any amount of fluff articles by the press diminish the horror of these acts?
Is it an uncorrupted institution that responds in this way? No... If the members of the church had any moral backbone, they would leave the church and never look back.

Fri, 25 Feb 2011 15:01:53 UTC | #596034

Go to: Bible Writers Intended to Deceive

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I've read "Jesus Interrupted" and "God's Problem" by Ehrman. The first one deals with some of the many contradictions in the Bible and the second one deals with the so called "Problem of Pain."

I read "Jesus Interrupted" first and became interested in Ehrman's loss of faith which was not due to the contradictions and what looked like forgery in the Bible. He says his loss of faith was due to the suffering in the world and the unsatisfactory and often contradictory positions of the Bible on suffering.

It was very interesting to read about the thoughts around his transformation from a fundamentalist Christian to a non-believer.

If you do engage yourself in discussions with people having a literal belief in the Bible, Erhman's books can help you in those discussions......even if it's not possible the "win" them.

Wed, 09 Feb 2011 19:13:18 UTC | #590131

Go to: Religion as a sexually transmitted disease

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Certainly religion has it's problems with our sexuality. Applying pressure by showing religious people that the religious perspective doesn't mesh well at all with what we know about sexuality now seems reasonable.

The speaker's empirical statement about monogamy not being normal, but rather some sort of modern construct is not well grounded in science and is unimportant to his arguments.

While human sexuality varies a great deal, monogamy is an important issue to most of us whether religious or not. The speaker risks closing the ears of all the religious people (except for the extremely horny ones) and alienating a good deal of atheists too.

I think he should work on his presentation if he wants to be an effective representative of "our cause."

Sun, 29 Aug 2010 07:56:51 UTC | #507288

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