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Monty Burns's Avatar Jump to comment 76 by Monty Burns

Who does it say more about if you deliberately and provocatively in their presence show extreme and insulting disrespect for their worldview?

Ah, they have a concern troll!

My worldview is that taking wafers from church is a fundamental part of my faith: "The True Church of Crackers Pastafarianism (Reformed)", which holds that cracker-kidnap is essential for me to achieve a state of bliss in the afterlife. Who's correct? How do we decide? I have an idea: let's stick to the facts and stuff cultural relativism where it belongs.

Wed, 09 Jul 2008 03:55:00 UTC | #196442

Go to: Landlords protest after pub swearing ban gets them sacked

Monty Burns's Avatar Jump to comment 13 by Monty Burns

Am I missing something? I think being the landlord means you own the property by definition, so how can anyone evict the landlord?

Some landlords are tenants of the brewery which owns the pub. They also tell you which beers you can sell.

Tue, 08 Jul 2008 11:48:00 UTC | #196048

Go to: Charles Darwin was not the father of atheism

Monty Burns's Avatar Jump to comment 36 by Monty Burns

The problem with Pitcher specifically and The Torygraph more generally is that religious faith has nothing to do with Christian values (just look at some of the downright nasty, misinformed, lying, vitriolic comments from the Christians in the original article, if you don't believe me). It's all about tradition, a defence of "Britishness" and a deep-seated fear of "Islamification". Basically, I think they're pretty bloody insecure.

Pitcher pops his head up and utters some rubbish every few weeks or so. It's usually low-grade sophistry rather than razor-sharp rhetoric, although I don't doubt he thinks he's really putting us atheists in their place.

Anyway, here's a challenge, George: refute the arguments, don't attack the people making them. Tell us why we should believe your superstitions rather than just repeating the same old rubbish in the hope that our brains stop working at some point and we "see the light". Go on. I dare you.

Mon, 30 Jun 2008 12:16:00 UTC | #191788

Go to: MPs reject calls to cut abortion limit

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Meanwhile, over at the Torygraph, the Revd George Pitcher is at it again:

[The Greeks] didn't have to worry about embryology, but they did establish that humans were made in the image of God, which spoke of superiority to the rest of creation, the quality of an immortal soul and the gift of reason. Above all, the idea was identified with free will; that every life is sacred and unique, a principle that has shone down the ages. It follows that such lives have their own purpose.
You can tell him what you think if you're minded to:

Tue, 20 May 2008 23:50:00 UTC | #173496

Go to: 16% of US science teachers are creationists

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"16% of US science teachers are creationists"

Well, they might loosely be described as "science teachers" but they're clearly not scientists, because if they were they'd rely on the evidence rather than wishful thinking. I think they should be fired - it would be like learning a foreign language from a xenophobe.

"This may be because better-prepared teachers are more confident in dealing with students' questions about a sensitive subject"

It's not tricky: "So, you're a creationist. Where's the evidence? No, bible verses don't count. No, attacking evolution doesn't count - where's your theory? Where are your observations? No, that spooky feeling you get when you pray doesn't count either." Maybe I just missed my vocation here...

Tue, 20 May 2008 13:48:00 UTC | #173301

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