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Go to: Air Force Academy adapts to pagans, druids, witches and Wiccans

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My big concern here is the cost. I mean, I don't have problems building religious centers for the soldiers. Whatever. People have needs and desires, religious or not, and the army has to help accommodate them... within reason...

Spending 80k for three people is a waste of money. Once you accept no lower limit to the need to spend money on accommodations, you have to accept every request. I'll join the army and say that my religion requires a massive theatre complex, in which I can watch cheesy ninja movies. Apparently, I deserve about 27k worth of theatre, that always shows cheesy ninja movies. This isn't a religious issue here, it's an issue of economics.

There's also the paradoxical need to allow greater religious freedom in order to allow the fall of religion altogether, but I've already accepted that. So, it does count as progress... sort of.

Tue, 29 Nov 2011 05:48:50 UTC | #894059

Go to: Why doesn’t America like science?

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So, which candidates actually believe in evolution? I know Rick Perry has come out and said he believes in evolution (He made absolutely clear it was theistic evolution, but hey, I'm willing to work with that), as has John Huntsman who has explicitly said the republican party is in trouble if it becomes the anti-science party (Although I don't think he has any real chance of winning the nomination).

Not sure about the rest. Batshit Bachmann and Rain-Dance Perry are obviously not on the side of reason, whether via genuine stupidity or simply trying to get the votes of the religious right. I was a bit surprised and saddened to hear that Ron Paul is a creationist, since he's the only candidate on either side that came off as a person, and not a politician.

So that leaves one more choice that could be pro-science. Anyone know who that is?

Sat, 26 Nov 2011 13:29:12 UTC | #893279

Go to: Mormon Glenn Beck: Hurricane Irene and East Coast earthquake a ‘blessing’ from God

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So, ridelo, does that mean atheists are good for disaster relief? Man, by not worshipping Yahweh, I can piss him off, and help save lives! This must be what it feels like to think prayer has an effect!

Sun, 28 Aug 2011 19:07:07 UTC | #864960

Go to: Bang Goes the Theory: Evolution Made Simple

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I can see it now, Vega.

A creationist draws a line on a tablet, and says how incredible that perfectly straight line is, that it must have had a creator. Someone else points out that the line he drew isn't straight, it's flawed in many respects. The creationist... uh... blames the fall?

Alternatively, he draws a line on the tablet, and declare that because that line has a creator, that person himself, therefore all things must have a creator.

Oh creationists. No matter how stupid I'm feeling, I know I will always be more intelligent than a creationist. Even while drunk. And stoned. Or dead.

Sun, 28 Aug 2011 19:05:54 UTC | #864959

Go to: Mormon Glenn Beck: Hurricane Irene and East Coast earthquake a ‘blessing’ from God

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This reminds me of, way back in the day, the blaster worm. It was a virus that was causing a lot of damage, enough that it made the news. I was listening to some talk radio program, and some dumbass said that this was a good thing, because it'll teach us to be more careful about viruses in the future.

Or, to paraphrase internet reviewer SFDebris...

"Thank you for punching me in the face to remind me to be careful about being punched in the face."

Sun, 28 Aug 2011 18:55:52 UTC | #864956

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