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Go to: Military A-Week: How to put ATHEIST on your records (all branches)

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I tried repeatedly to get my preference recorded as "none" in the '70s; tried and failed. I was usually 'tagged' as a baptist. That is not the reason I did not reenlist, but it certainly contributed to the process.

Wed, 21 Mar 2012 20:05:37 UTC | #929397

Go to: The Cross Did Not Come Down Because One Atheist Complained

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If your faith is so weak that you need a cross to feel warm and fuzzy ...

Wed, 30 Nov 2011 03:46:25 UTC | #894301

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They are correct, don't you know? The book is vulgar and violent. I am, of course, referring to The Bible. It should come with a NC17 rating.

Sun, 27 Nov 2011 21:06:52 UTC | #893693

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Comment 22 by john000001 :

Nor am I, and most Christians, a bunch of "Lizard brains" (which at least made me laugh).

John, it was not an ad hominem, nor was I calling anyone or any group out. "Lizard Brain" is an evolutionary neuroscience concept. Read about the Triune Brain, or as I first encountered the notion from Carl Sagan's book, "The Dragons of Eden".

But sorry, I have difficulty accepting anyone's claims to be both a scientist and a christian. I have encountered enough such persons in academia to have become very firm in this belief. For a scientist to become christian they must abandon the very essence of what it means to be a scientist. Being a christian fundamentally requires setting aside a whole realm of supernatural claims to be outside of, or immune from some of the defining tenets of science - critical examination and reason. The book simply cannot withstand genuine scrutiny. The book requires faith. And if you have practiced any kind of science, I hope you agree that faith should not enter into the equations of science.

IMO, of course. YMMV.

Sat, 26 Nov 2011 21:43:25 UTC | #893399

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genjokoan's Avatar Jump to comment 9 by genjokoan

Like Chris Cooper's character in American Beauty, sometimes letting that inner voice speak out loud can have unfortunate consequences. For many people, putting on an angry, bigot act is going to their safe, happy place.

Sat, 26 Nov 2011 07:09:19 UTC | #893214

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