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Go to: Inferior Design: Richard Dawkins reviews Behe's lastest book

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Interesting statement about the public in the final sentence.

Elsewhere, Christopher Hitchens was on Al Jazeera, of all places!

Sat, 30 Jun 2007 12:49:00 UTC | #50195

Go to: The Present Threat of the Religious Right to Our Modern Freedoms

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Great video!

Although, right after dude says how horrible it would be if we got rid of public education, he complains about how federally funded education programs have so many restrictions. Well, duh. People, this is what you get when your education system is controlled by democracy.

Sun, 24 Jun 2007 10:44:00 UTC | #48699

Go to: Debate between Sam Harris and Chris Hedges

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Hedges opens with the claim that Christianity was responsible for the rise of individualism in the West and giving us our concept of self. This claim is so outrageous that I find it weird and disturbing people don't automatically reject it. Then, I suppose it is somewhat fortunate the Enlightenment was so effective that people cannot imagine how different things were before it.

I wonder if Hedges ever considered that the rise of individualism might be tied to the rise of literacy rates. Perhaps, when people learn how to read and write, they don't have to rely on community leaders for all their information? Maybe!

Mon, 18 Jun 2007 17:15:00 UTC | #47545

Go to: Christopher Hitchens: Religion Poisons Everything

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From Disumbrationist,

Isn't that the exact same - "Stalin was bad, so atheism is bad" - argument that the apologists always use against atheism? I find it hard to believe that these men's atrocities were even supported by, much less driven by, their belief in Buddhist principles.

Consider that Buddhism is essentially the destruction of the individual. A lack of individuality is completely commensurate with dictatorship and all forms of social degradation. Buddhism seems benign to the Western ear because our egos are so well developed, which is a good thing. Without the individual, there is no freedom.

Siddhartha adamantly claimed that the individual does not own himself or herself. No other claim is more sinister. We're fortunate that we're strong enough not be infected by Buddhism much, although it's disturbing to see Sam Harris and Susan Blackmoore approach it so closely. Buddhism is one of the sickest philosophies ever to grace this planet.

Although, admittedly I'm referring to it as a philosophy and not as a religion. Philosophy begins where religion ends. Still, philosophers can not do worse than reject self-ownership.

Fri, 08 Jun 2007 17:46:00 UTC | #45795

Go to: A Quote Against Theocracy

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Yet the worst form of government is just grand in the afterlife.

Thu, 07 Jun 2007 10:51:00 UTC | #45409

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