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Go to: Cardinal Cormac: 'Atheism the greatest of evils.'

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This is standard dogma in the church in which i participated as a kid.

The reason why atheism is the greatest evil in the eyes of anyone dedicated to the future of belief in God is because obviously it's the greatest threat.

Once a person doesn't believe there is nothing with which to threaten her.

For me, working up the guts to disbelieve in my teens was hampered by the idea (hammered into me by church leaders) that unbelief is the greatest evil and doubt is a tool of the devil, therefore to be righteously ignored.

Thu, 21 May 2009 17:53:00 UTC | #362711

Go to: 10 Genes, Furiously Evolving

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I'm mostly ignorant of the way mutation works, especially when viruses reform, so please be gentle with me!

If there's only 10 genes in a virus then is the number of possible viruses is 10 factorial (3.6 million)?

The article says 100-200L of sea water contains up to 100,000 distinct viruses so this seems plausible.

If that's the case, then, given enough research money, could we not create all the as yet unseen virus strains and develop vaccines and other combative measures in advance?

Please, can someone with the evolutionary biology expertise respond on this?

Wed, 06 May 2009 18:01:00 UTC | #356997

Go to: Girl, 16, dies after hijab dispute with father

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No one else pointed it out so I better...

I don't think a father strangling his daughter has much to do with religion. If some non-Muslim nutter strangled his daughter for not wearing clothing he deemed modest, we'd say he was a domineering chauvinist and a psychopath.

So the point here is that religion sometimes happens to act as a veil for a seriously nasty/psychopathic personality, but it doesn't mean we aren't going to see this kind of stuff from non-religious psychopaths.

Tue, 11 Dec 2007 21:32:00 UTC | #92831

Go to: An Open Letter to Richard Dawkins

lisadp's Avatar Jump to comment 53 by lisadp

Mr Morris is being willfully deceptive. STOP pretending disbelief in religious dogma is an ideology!!

Mon, 10 Dec 2007 19:38:00 UTC | #92195

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