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Go to: Atheism is the true embrace of reality

Stephen Maxwell's Avatar Jump to comment 90 by Stephen Maxwell

Same post I wrote on the Hibernia Times site...

I'm an atheist and I quite enjoyed this article up until the penultimate paragraph. I'm not sure if this point has already been brought up as I read only a few comments, but the penultimate paragraph really got to me for the way it groups atheists together.

For example, the previous paragraph tells us the position of atheism, tells us it's not a belief and also that it's not a faith. These are all statements I agree with, but I fundamentally disagree with several of the statements in the following paragraph. For instance, I find it quite ridiculous to say that atheists recognise that we need evidence. I'm sure many, including myself and the writer of the article do, but to suggest atheists as a group recognise that we need evidence in order to come to reliable conclusions about reality is quite absurd.

The same goes for the comment that atheists care about reality. How do we know that all atheists care about reality. It seems to me that while there's a lot of talk about evidence in this article which is absolutely right, what evidence do we have to support the factual statement made in the article which suggests that "atheists care about reality" ?

As an atheist, I think that perhaps this is a very bad move to make, grouping people together and essentially giving it some sort of ideological basis, when the paragraph before seemed to refute that.

Finally I disagree with the title. Reason, rational thought, critical thinking and scientific study are surely closer to the embrace of reality, no? Perhaps atheism is a by product but to suggest it is the true embrace of reality is absurd in my opinion.

Fri, 17 Jun 2011 16:21:52 UTC | #639653

Go to: Leading scientist Richard Dawkins slams Scottish Football Association over sacking of Hugh Dallas

Stephen Maxwell's Avatar Jump to comment 47 by Stephen Maxwell

"Please explain. How on earth can the forwarding of a non-sectarian satirical email possibly become proof of sectarianism or bigotry?"

Sorry, when I said 'Of course it does', that was in reference to the below question. Hugh Dallas being a bigot is my opinion and we can debate that. That's why I mentioned the importance of context. Many of his decisions over the years have shown a clear bias against Celtic and this latest scandal only bolsters this viewpoint. However, I disagree that his lack of professionalism is up for debate.

"In what way does forwarding an a satirical email demonstrate that he is unable to perform his duties in an even-handed manner?"

This is my problem with what you're saying. That you can even assert to understand the context perfectly well, yet continue to be confused as to why his actions, in a city where sectarianism is quite rife. A man of his position - a senior position in a football association which is apparently making an active attempt to stamp out sectarianism - using his work e-mail to post the image. It's a complete lack of professionalism. How can you expect such a man to maintain his role as head of referee development or ever be seen as being 'even-handed' again? How can the SFA employ someone who does this whilst being a partner in this organisation - http://www.kickoutbigotry.org/

"How is the email addressed used relevant in relation to whether the contents were sectarian or not?"

None of this surprised me. Dallas ordering match report amendments. Dallas bullying people. Dallas forwarding the picture in an e-mail. I expected this sort of behaviour. The only thing that took me aback is that he'd be so unprofessional as to use his SFA e-mail address to do so. I honestly wish he'd been sacked before the e-mail story even surfaced. The coverup beforehand was more than enough.

"More lies from Scotland's pro catholic community."

I'm not pro-Catholic.

"the fact that the RC church is meddling in affairs which are not theirs to meddle in makes me sick to my stomach."

I feel the same. I wish they hadn't got involved. I'm sure the guy is a parasite and probably comparable to the likes of Bill Donohue.

Wed, 01 Dec 2010 18:56:46 UTC | #556784

Go to: Leading scientist Richard Dawkins slams Scottish Football Association over sacking of Hugh Dallas

Stephen Maxwell's Avatar Jump to comment 38 by Stephen Maxwell

If you don't care for context, that's your decision. Without understanding the context, I'm not surprised you disagree with everything I'm saying.

Wed, 01 Dec 2010 15:49:24 UTC | #556650

Go to: Leading scientist Richard Dawkins slams Scottish Football Association over sacking of Hugh Dallas

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Comment 30 by skeelo :

It is indeed a ridiculous state of affairs, but the forwarding of that email offers not one iota of evidence that Dallas is in any way sectarian or bigoted. Nor does it in anyway demonstrate that he is unable to perform his contracted duties in a professional and even-handed manner.

Of course it does, if he's using his work e-mail account to distribute it. But it's not just about the e-mail. There is increasing evidence of Hugh Dallas' personal involvement in the altering of match reports, 27 of which appear to involve Celtic F.C.

I would argue that there's no doubt that this renders Dallas' professional conduct as inexcusable and evidence of his persistent bias throughout the years.

Let's not forget, this isn't just about Hugh Dallas but there has been a long history of bigotry and sectarianism in relation to the SFA. Not only with match officials, but very few Catholics were selected to participate in the Scottish national team and Rangers history of employing Catholics up until the 1990's is quite deplorable.

Wed, 01 Dec 2010 14:30:16 UTC | #556605

Go to: Leading scientist Richard Dawkins slams Scottish Football Association over sacking of Hugh Dallas

Stephen Maxwell's Avatar Jump to comment 15 by Stephen Maxwell

Sorry, but I find the condemnation of the SFA's sacking of Hugh Dallas to be absurd.

I'm an atheist. I'm Scottish and I'm also strongly against the Catholic Church, although I was brought up as part of it. However, supporting Hugh Dallas in this case is simply supporting the continuation of institutional bigotry in Scottish football. Let us remember that he used his work e-mail accont to send this joke. I don't care too much for the Catholic Church involving itself by demanding he be sacked, but Dallas' position was simply untenable.

We must also recognise the bigger picture here, that there is a refereeing scandal occuring in Scotland at the moment due to the exposure of a coverup of lies against one team in particular - Glasgow Celtic.

Now, unfortunately the religious affiliations that are generally credited to Glasgow Celtic and Glasgow Rangers aren't going to change anytime soon and it's simply a matter that the SFA have to work with, without any sort of bias.

Wed, 01 Dec 2010 07:46:30 UTC | #556444

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