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Go to: The sound of sin

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The rabbis and the teachers were not right.

It was not the new knowledge that stemmed from the illicit radio that was responsible for the break up of the author's marriage and the family, it was the fact that it was built on a lie from the start.

Ignorance is not a basis for living one's life. Clearly this sect relies on keeping its members ignorant in order to survive. By doing so it does not equip its children to make proper life choices. It is not surprising that lifestyles based on this can't survive knowledge.

This is another version of the Adam and Eve "apple of knowledge" story (as far as I recall it). Live in blissful ignorance or embrace knowledge and take your chances.

Sat, 21 Apr 2012 05:00:15 UTC | #936194

Go to: Herb Silverman champions atheism with wit and warmth

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Maybe some US contributor can tell me: is it permitted to scratch out "In God We Trust" from American banknotes?

Sat, 07 Apr 2012 07:51:50 UTC | #932860

Go to: Faith No More-Peter Boghossian interview

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Comment 18 by Friplo :

I signed up just to comment on this article. There are so many problems with what he has to say that it's hard to know where to start. I'd be happy to address more if anyone asks... but one of his punchlines was: "The creator of the world actually cares about where people put their penises?" I think we all know he's referring to homosexuality...

BUT, is BOGHOSSIAN saying that he doesn't care if a 50 year-old man puts his penis in a 5 year old child? Sorry for the crassness of the comment, but it holds. According to his "logic" this too is something neither God nor men should care about. Be consistent.

No, he didn't say that.

I believe this is called a "straw man" argument: Ascribe a view not stated to the protagonist then knock it down, which is much easier than addressing the actual statements made.

Is Mr Friplo saying that he can't distinguish between equality of human rights across sexual orientation and child abuse? It will be hard to debate if this is the case.

Fri, 06 Apr 2012 09:27:27 UTC | #932716

Go to: Graphic: A demographic breakdown of the world of religion

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Comment 6 by paulmcuk :

Amazing. All those different religions and all absolutely right. I sense that the Post produced this to somehow prove that religion must be right because the religious outnumber atheists, but frankly it just illustrates what a ridiculous mess the whole thing is.

Oh, I thought the point it was trying to make was that the whole religion thing was fatally flawed by there being so many contending "one true way"'s. If they were trying to make the opposite point, they should have said.

Comment 4 by the great teapot :

mike, most of the fantasy religions are included. Which ones would you consider non fantasy religions?

Yes, good point. What would constitute a non fantasy religion? Mine of course. Wait a minute, I haven't got one. Back to the drawing board...

Sun, 01 Apr 2012 15:43:41 UTC | #931676

Go to: Graphic: A demographic breakdown of the world of religion

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I am surprised by the absence of what might be termed "fantasy" religions, which might include Scientology but also Jeddi and other recent inventions that must be evolving in fantasy gaming. Also what about black magic beliefs, voodoo for example? And devil worship? Perhaps there should also be a catch-all for self asserted religions, as anyone can assert their beliefs are religious in order to obtain the privileges that follow, including freedom from being challenged.

Sun, 01 Apr 2012 07:00:16 UTC | #931624

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