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Go to: Secular kids' camp in Collin County aims to provide questions, not answers

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Playing Devil’s Advocate for just a second is there a possibility that we are a little too reticent when it comes to saying “there’s no god” to children£ We don’t have that problem when saying “there is no Easter Bunny” and the only difference I can see between the two is the large number of people in the world who take God really seriously as opposed to the Easter Bunny.

This is the problem I have with the 0 to 7 scale of belief. Richard says he is a 6.9 because you can't prove there isn't a god. This is absolutely true, and is therefore the correct position for me to take.

However, I still feel it is grotesquely unfair that I can't say I'm a 7 without being intellectually dishonest. I really don't think there is a god of any description, and I would happily announce myself as a 7, yet if I were to get taken up on it, I'd have to admit that intellectually, I'm a 6.9 because of the proof issue.

My own son is four and starting school soon. My wife and I have never mentioned anything about gods, and his favourite bedtime book is a child's pop-up book about evolution (okay, favourite AFTER Thomas The Tank Engine). If he ever asks about relevant subjects, I always give him the view supported by evidence. I have told him that some people believe there was a creator of the universe, but there's no evidence for it - so there's no point in giving it any credence.

I really want to tell him that if he ever comes across anyone who tells him that a god is responsible for everything, he shouldn't believe it. His school is likely to have a much larger spread of religions than mine did, plus nobody I went to school with ever mentioned anything about believing in god because it never came up.

I suppose the best I can do for him is to encourage him to ask questions and use reason and evidence when drawing conclusions. I'm probably worrying needlessly - I don't see the streets packed with churchgoers on Sunday mornings round my way...

Wed, 02 Sep 2009 09:07:00 UTC | #393793

Go to: Bill Maher interview with Brad Pitt

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Hey Jamie, when you're quitting you can smell it further than thirty feet away!

The only reason I have to defend smoking is because I enjoy it. I have never smoked where I'm not allowed to, and I've certainly never encouraged anyone else to smoke.

Smokers are incredibly marginalised, although the government is more than happy to take our money while lecturing us. I don't consider smoking to be socially unacceptable - however, I do accept that a lot of people don't like it, and I am considerate enough to smoke away from those people.

What I am not okay with is the constant whining about smoking. It's now illegal to smoke practically anywhere indoors, the taxes are insane and smokers are made to feel like they're committing some sort of great social evil. I can put up with all that, but when self-righteous people keep needling and niggling about it while putting themselves on a pedestal of moral rectitude, then that's where I draw the line.

Tue, 18 Aug 2009 12:22:00 UTC | #389321

Go to: Bill Maher interview with Brad Pitt

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Personally I'm against smoking anything.


most smokers have an appalling lack of consideration for others who would prefer not to indulge (eg. smoking at a bus stop upwind of everyone, right outside of the main doors of buildings, etc.).

Smoking UPWIND£ Are you serious£ I thought the woman sitting thirty feet away from me in Central Park one day who started coughing when I lit up was being over the top, but obviously not. What pollution-free paradise do you live in where it's only filthy smokers spoiling it for everyone£

I personally don't care if you poison yourselves, just leave my family and I out of it.

You've really stood up for your principles! You told those damned smokers where to get off, and now you can beat your mighty chest with the knowledge of a job well done.

Tue, 18 Aug 2009 08:14:00 UTC | #389212

Go to: Pew, that was a lucky escape

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The priest said there would be no "sign of peace" because of swine flu

I hope I'm not the only person who read that, fell about laughing and has no adequate explanation why.

Wed, 12 Aug 2009 15:06:00 UTC | #387429

Go to: Unbelievable? PZ Myers and Denis Alexander on Faith and Science

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"Thou shalt have no gods before me"

This has always puzzled me. So he's saying that there ARE other gods...

Maybe another god created everything and then wandered off somewhere else, leaving this current upstart god to jump in, claim credit for everything and then threaten people not to look for any other gods because he was afraid he'd be found out.

I'd be delighted to hear any evidence that there aren't other gods - ah, except just as atheists can't prove god doesn't exist, theists can't prove other gods don't exist.

Still, as nobody has yet managed to show any evidence that a god (or gods) exists in the first place, there's not really any cause for worry.

Wed, 01 Jul 2009 08:00:00 UTC | #375371

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