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Go to: A past Muslim . . . now an atheist in Pakistan

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First, I'll comment on the general theme in the first several posts. As an ex-Muslim turned atheist, you are under threat from Pakistan's blasphemy laws. As the sentence for you following your conscience is death if you were ever discovered and tried in a court, you are a good candidate for applying for asylum in a European or North American country. It is impossible under these circumstances to live a life of religious freedom. Your human rights are being denied to you and as such your only option is to leave.

Or you could start a revolution. Both options are difficult.

Tue, 10 Jul 2012 17:09:29 UTC | #948855

Go to: Support Christian missions in Africa? No, but . . .

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There are plenty of programs by the religious to air drop and ship over the word of god to the 'godless heathens' of the dark continent. They take donations from believers to cover the cost of these operations.

Heres a thought. How about if organizations working to spread rational ideas and thinking take donations not just to give aid to help improve the physical condition of the developing world, but organize air drops and shipments of Spinoza, Aristotle, Hume and Dawkins to help improve the spiritual and intellectual condition of th developing world. I think it would just as much, if not more, good then new roofs for hospitals.

We wouln't need missionaries to make sure the locals interpret the books correctly, or use valuable funds to build the structures for the locals to then worship the books, or employ experts with their own courts to punish those that act in a way contrary to the way the books say you should act

Sat, 07 May 2011 11:19:45 UTC | #624130

Go to: Why I’d Rather Not Speak About Torture

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A lot of words and sentences constructed, yet no arguments against Harris, just the same old predictable clique's. I guess that's why he write books on moral philosophy and has them published and read across the world, and has people listen to him when he writes and speaks and... well you get the point

Fri, 29 Apr 2011 21:55:18 UTC | #620854

Go to: Sermon disguised as politics

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As religion gets more and more irrlevant for more and more people due largely to education, the religious, being pushed back are getting louder and louder. As Dawkins has pointed out, religion used to be used for 4 things: 1) Explanation, well science and reason has knocked religion out of the game on that one. 2) Consolation, as education has installed a great capacity for reason and logic in more people, the consolation, righty and honestly judges, offered by religion looks emtpy and pitiful. 3) Exhoration, again when teh morals of religion are looked at honestly, unlike it's consolation which looks empty, it's morals are positively immoral and abhorrant. 4) Inspiration, when the above 3 are looked at the way I described, it is very hard to find inspiration from religion.

As the religious, the educated ones at least, know this! And like a child who's imaginated world and friends are pointed out by reason and logic to be just that, nothing but inside your head, the religious are reacting like a crying comfort seeking child.

Tue, 12 Apr 2011 11:36:29 UTC | #614428

Go to: Support atheist teen for the removal of unconstitutional prayer banner

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@crookedshoes. Your comments remind of the predicament Hitchens discusses in 'Letter to a young Contrarian', where he is asking which battles you should leave be, and which ones you can not let pass. While on the one hand, as he says, there is plenty of time for silence in the grave, it is easy to get into the dangerous habit of tolerance of absurd/immoral/idiotic behaviour and positions. While I agree this one case is quite small, and I would, like yourself, walk past the flag and say to myself 'who gives one', it is nice to see another young person getting into the habit of not letting the absurd/immoral/idiotic stance or practice get off scott free!

Thu, 07 Apr 2011 17:04:40 UTC | #612975

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