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Go to: Indonesian atheist faces long jail sentence for posting "God doesn't exist" on Facebook

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Comment 14 by aquilacane: Is RDFRS raising money for the defense fund? Is there an address to send care packages? We need to make him look extremely important to us.

You can donate to Aans Legal/ Support Fund via Atheist Alliance International:

http://www.atheistalliance.org/support-aai/donate

Fri, 04 May 2012 06:40:19 UTC | #939568

Go to: The conversation: So you believe in hell?

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Ratzinger explicitly stressed, in a speech delivered on the very same day this interview was published:

A self-made faith is worthless. Faith is not something we work out intellectually or negotiate between us.

Source: http://www.radiovaticana.org/en1/articolo.asp?c=522914

I cannot say that I am surprised that Christine Odone disagrees with Ratzinger. Most Catholics I know think like her.

What a pity that in the opinion of their own pope, they are dead wrong and have

superficial and mistaken notions of "Church".

Source: http://www.radiovaticana.org/en1/articolo.asp?c=522800

Sat, 24 Sep 2011 11:54:29 UTC | #874712

Go to: Protesting Herr Ratzinger's visit to Berlin

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In case you are interested and understand German:

http://www.bundeskanzlerin.de/nn_707282/Content/DE/Podcast/2011/2011-09-17-Video-Podcast/2011-09-17-Video-Podcast.html

German Chancellor Angela Merkel obviously looks forward to meeting Ratzinger ..She is decidedly not in favour of "secularization". And she stresses that for her, "religion is (...) a prerequisite for understanding human diginity as inviolable". That for her ("us") human beings are "creatures of God". She points out that this "guides our political actions".

Please note that she is not speaking in her capacity as the party leader of a Christian party in this video, but in her role as German chancellor.

It seems we should not only protest against the pope...

Unfortunately, I will not be able to travel to Berlin this Thursday.

But I do hope that it´s "going to be huge"!

Sun, 18 Sep 2011 16:05:16 UTC | #872304

Go to: Bringing Dawkins home to the kids

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@ Aleatorica

I do not think that the book is about bashing myths. It is about teaching the difference between myths and scientific explanations. It is about how we come to know things are "real", about learning how to judge truth claims. In a way, it is about reading myths as they should be read: as myths. That does, in my opinion, in no way diminish myths as powerful stories.

Sat, 17 Sep 2011 18:35:15 UTC | #871972

Go to: Muslim rules at swimming pool

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@ TheRationalizer

With regards to your wife being naked in a female changing room there is nothing I am aware of in Islamic doctrine that says this is not permissible, and the straight answer is simply "fuck off and mind your own business."

Agreed.

When travelling in Tunisia a few years ago, I went to a women-only (indoor) pool near a hot spring with a (female) friend. All the women (presumably 99% of them Muslims, this being rural Tunisia) were naked. We actually draw looks because we were the only women entering the compound wearing swimmsuits. And I would like to add that the other women had no problem whatsoever with us being there, on the contrary, we soon knew most of them by name...and undressed.

Tue, 13 Sep 2011 19:13:56 UTC | #870453

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