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Go to: The Myth of Militant Atheism

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Reminds me of my ex-girlfriend.

Thu, 01 Mar 2012 21:38:30 UTC | #923575

Go to: UPDATED: Life as a humanist with the armed forces in Afghanistan

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I am not sure how humanist you can be if you willing sign up for the military.

My guess would be not at all, since it is the least humanistic thing you can do.

Wrong, [removed by moderator to bring within Terms of Use]. No sane person likes war, and there's certainly no excuse for a lot of the wars that have been started, but then you must condemn everyone that fights back, or fights to uphold the rights and freedom of others. Just because you're a pussy, entirely unwilling to put forth actual effort in the service of defending the people's rights, that doesn't mean the rest of us are evil. You're unwillingness to defend others with your life is exceptionally selfish.

Tue, 04 Oct 2011 16:35:15 UTC | #877822

Go to: Tevatron atom smasher shuts after more than 25 years

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America DID start to invest in something new, and it would have been more powerful than the LHC currently is, but that program was scrapped...some people just don't see the use in such things when they can spend that money to bomb other people.

Personally, I think shutting it down is stupid. Relative to our budget, it operates on pennies a day. When I think of how much is being spent on the military budget (which, mind you, goes to support the military industrial complex, not so much the troops themselves, otherwise we wouldn't have homeless vets...nor should we have them in any event), it saddens me to think of all that is useful being destroyed by those who don't give a damn.

Sat, 01 Oct 2011 16:16:36 UTC | #876958

Go to: Refusing to Kill Daughter, Pakistani Family Defies Tradition, Draws Anger

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Pakistan has always been the problem. They have supported the Taliban (and really only pretended to turn on them to get something from the U.S., and to keep their destabilizing effects away from themselves). They have been shown to support other terrorist groups, and even helped bin Laden to hide, and have the nerve to get mad at the U.S. for doing exactly what it had to do. They've wasted billions from the U.S. in corruption, and never really were our allies, shooting at us every chance they got. Their society shows the worst of barbarism, yet they have nukes. As an Army vet, I'm no fan of war. I certainly haven't been a fan of Bush's wars (even though I agreed about going after bin Laden, which it took Obama to actually get the fucker...Bush gave up within six months, by his own words). I can't, however, help but feel that the world will have no choice but to deal with Pakistan in the future, if it doesn't clean up its act. It seems only marginally better than North Korea, to me.

Thu, 29 Sep 2011 19:50:22 UTC | #876414

Go to: Beyond ‘New Atheism’

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Comment 4 by Jay G

Comment 2 by Linda Ward :

"Most believers, however, do not come to religion through philosophical arguments. Rather, their belief arises from their personal experiences of a spiritual world of meaning and values, with God as its center." That is bold faced stupidity and ignorance.

Most believers are initiated and indoctrinated from infancy, it is really difficult for the emotionally immature to shirk off the trauma of early childhood religious brain washing as too often in means quitting the family and losing friends.

Your argument is as sweeping as the one you criticize. I challenge you, and the author of the article, to demonstrate how you know how "most believers" come to religion.

I don't think you can truly know this without just going around and asking everyone, but it's pretty easy to infer. It's pretty clear that kids are taken to religious services by their parents, and most people stay in the religion in which they were raised. In general, people tend to be resistant to changing their beliefs, so we can also infer such things by the numbers of people who identify with whatever religion. When we see that the number of atheist/agnostics who identify themselves as such (if only anonymously) are increasing, I think we can infer a combination of people breaking free of their religious upbringing (and then not inflicting religion upon their own children).

Sat, 17 Sep 2011 14:49:25 UTC | #871926

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