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Go to: [Update - WCTV Video] Teresa MacBain - coming out - American Atheists Conference March 26, 2012

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@ Sara

Not all of the Christian comments are abhorrent:

"I may not agree with her, but last time I checked America was a free country. So If she wants to stop living what she thinks is a lie . That is her right. And I will defend her right to do so. I will also continue to pray for her"

I hope you encounter this attitude more often than not, Teresa. You have a lot of respect for your courage.

Tue, 03 Apr 2012 18:50:25 UTC | #932173

Go to: In Defense of Dawkins’s Reason Rally Speech

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I think this is relevant to the topic:

The remark which I read somewhere, that science is all right as long as it doesn't attack religion, was the clue I needed to understand the problem. As long as it doesn't attack religion it need not be paid attention to and nobody has to learn anything. So it can be cut off from society except for its applications, and thus be isolated. And then we have this terrible struggle to try to explain things to people who have no reason to want to know. But if they want to defend their own point of view, they will have to learn what yours is a little bit. So I suggest, maybe correctly and perhaps wrongly, that we are too polite.

Richard Feynman From lecture "What is and What Should be the Role of Scientific Culture in Modern Society", given at the Galileo Symposium in Italy, 1964.Italy, 1964.

Tue, 03 Apr 2012 16:06:14 UTC | #932149

Go to: A universe without purpose

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I don't think purpose exists anymore than a first cause does. If "god" was the first cause and gives us a purpose...lets say to spend forever with him (why is he a he?) in heaven. What's the purpose of heaven? A place to hang out in eternal bliss while feeding god our perpetual gratefulness? After 100 trillion centuries or so one might be forced to ask themselves for what purpose? There's no end game that could make sense without an end. Living forever = no end (how does living forever not sound torturous to the religious?). Purpose comes from a closed system that will end from entropy. I've never met a religious person who can give me an endgame purpose for a first cause creator.

Mon, 02 Apr 2012 16:19:32 UTC | #931927

Go to: I’m an Ape, and I’m Also a Fish

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Proof Dawkins AND Jesus are indeed fish.

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Thu, 22 Mar 2012 15:48:42 UTC | #929629

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