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Go to: Religious freedom under threat from courts, professor warns

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In 2009 the archbishop of York, John Sentamu, wrote: "Asking someone to leave their belief in God at the door of their workplace is akin to asking them to remove their skin colour before coming in to the office: faith in God is not an add-on or optional extra."

No. No. No. It is like asking some to leave their political or philosophical beliefs at the door. How do theists (and some non-theists) not get this, your religion may be a very important part of who you are, but it is ultimately just a intellectual/moral position like vegetarianism or conservatism.

Wed, 25 Jan 2012 20:59:39 UTC | #911462

Go to: 'Drowned' boy reveals the psychology of miracles

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Comment 2 by mmurray :

Dale Ostrander, 12, was swimming in the ocean at Long Beach, WA., when he got sucked under by a rogue wave. He was there as part of a church group, who cried and prayed while searchers looked for the boy.

Praise the Lord he was with a group whose leaders knew what to do in an emergency. I never take the children to the beach without a live chicken in the car I can sacrifice if they get sucked out to sea.

Michael

Personally I carry around a little monopoly piece for good luck in just such a situation (Apologies to Scrubs).

Sat, 20 Aug 2011 07:21:27 UTC | #862661

Go to: Tiny blood card offers easier tests for remote areas

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Here's the link

edit Damn, someone beat me too it.

Tue, 02 Aug 2011 10:55:18 UTC | #856950

Go to: Dawkins and Grayling: can there be evidence for god?

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Comment 25 by mlgatheist :

I might be easier to convince than most of you.

If a religious leader got onto CCN World News and prayed to whatever god or gods that he/she believed in that the Earth would instantly stop rotating (with no ill affects) and stay, without any rotation, for exactly 24 hours. Then it was to restart rotating at the exact same speed that it had before it stop rotating, again with no ill affects.

Then Instantly the Earth stop rotating and there were absolutely no ill affects to anyone or anything and every person on Earth saw what was going on and all the Astronomers and Physicists were able to record the phenomenon. And the worlds greatest psychologists were convinced that it was not a global hallucination. Then I would say that a god must exist.

Now if someone latter proved that it was a trick created by super powerful aliens, then I would go back to being an Atheist. But it would take a lot to prove to me that such an event can occur without supernatural intervention.

This reminds me of the scene in Apocalypto where they are performing human sacrifices on top of the pyramid when a solar eclipse occurs and the high priest announces that a particular god is satisfied and then asks that he let light return to the world (and eclipse ends). If I was in the crowd and unaware that my leaders had the capacity to predict astronomical events I would be impressed too.

Tue, 15 Mar 2011 06:38:54 UTC | #602907

Go to: A letter to the Home Office: legal protection for sacred books

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If one is going to take a consistent and unshakeable line in defence of the 'right' to lawfully destroy sacred objects, where does that leave the Taliban bombings of the beautiful Buddha sculptures of Bamiyan?

I know you may just be playing Devil's Advocate here, but surely a fool can tell the difference between destroying a copy of a mass produced paperback which they own, next to destroying irreplaceable and unique 6th century pieces of culture and history.

If someone was trying to destroy the last Koran left on Earth, I would do everything to try to stop them.

Fri, 31 Dec 2010 23:28:51 UTC | #571693

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