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Go to: Germany: Politicians plan boycott of pope’s Bundestag speech

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Is this what passes for intelligent debate in the atheist world?? It's very odd that the bigoted Pope has just started a new and respectful dialogue with atheists, yet the enlightened and open minded, inclusive atheists just resort to slurs, prejudice and anti Catholic bigotry in their cerebral discussions.

Mon, 27 Jun 2011 02:06:12 UTC | #843227

Go to: Religion as byproduct of evolution

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Quote: "Being able to live free from religious constraints means I have spent much of my life in same sex relationships with no chance of accidental pregnancy. Now married, my rational atheist thinking means I still have no intention of reproducing myself." Why would rational atheist thinking prevent one from wanting to reproduce? Do you not think that life is worth living? Do you think that all atheists should desist from reproducing? That the human race should become extinct? Is that what you forsee? It isn't a worldview that is likely to attract too many people. Very pessimistic if I may say so, not much future in it.

Mon, 20 Jun 2011 01:35:25 UTC | #640644

Go to: How to Die in Oregon

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Accidental double post removed

Mon, 13 Jun 2011 01:27:28 UTC | #637747

Go to: How to Die in Oregon

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Well I guess that is a good example of the difference between the atheist position towards life from the Christian one: Alan 4 "What if people make mistakes?" Does that mean "No big deal, it's just another person"? The Christian position is that every life is valuable and unique and irreplacable, and every life matters. The comparison with a road accident is not a valid one. People driving cars don't set out to kill someone; it's a crime if they do. Euthanasia is the intentional killing of another human being. The example is always given of the poor suffering sick person and the callous people who don't want euthanasia and want to let people suffer. With the advances in medical knowledge today Doctors who work in palliative care will tell you that there is no reason why anyone should endure intolerable pain. Doctors throughout history have seen their role as one of healing and curing, they used to take the Hypocratic oath to do no harm. Once you give doctors permission to kill people - without a fair trial, without a court of law, without a defense, after a decision taken in a matter of minutes in the privacy of their office. You will not only see people who want to die being killed, but also people who are considered a burden, whose lives are considered not worthy of living, people who have to rely on others to make decisions for them, the mentally handicapped, the mentally ill, the very old, the very sick, the very young. This is not fantasy but what is happening in countries around the world that have allowed euthanasia. If you take away the law that protects the most vulnerable members of our society they will be at the mercy of other people, and no one should have to fear the arbitrary taking of their life. "Aunty Jane is old, she doesn't have a life worth living, and we could really use that money, the mortgage will be due soon, let's go and see Dr So and So and ask him to put her out of our misery." And there are doctors who won't ask too many questions who will be all too ready to oblige. The right to life is the most basic fundamental human right, it should not be tampered with.

Mon, 13 Jun 2011 01:26:17 UTC | #637746

Go to: The Atheist Rapture

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The belief that there is an after life, doesn't make this life irrelevant, far from it. If this life is all there is and we are just material beings, then I would think that that is more likely to produce the attitude: "Eat, drink and be merry for tomorrow we die"..Where as if you believe that that life goes on after death, and you are going to be held accountable for your actions in this life, that is more likely to promote a very intense interest in being a good person, or at least in trying to be. Jesus told the parable of the Good Samaritan then said "Go and do likewise". The New Testament says somewhere: "How can you say you love God whom you can't see, if you don't love your neighbour who you can see.?" I can only speak for Christianity because I'm a Christian. I know there are many fringe elements, but mainstream Christians agree that we're here to build a better world. I'm new here and I've only read a few posts, but the "straw man Christianity" that many commentators are ridiculing and knocking down, is a caricature of Christianity. I'm not here to try and convert anyone, but I will challenge comments that seem to be based on opinion, and not on reason and fact. In the interest of truth and better understanding between religion and atheism.

Sun, 05 Jun 2011 17:57:25 UTC | #634308

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