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Go to: No blood on the carpet. How disappointing. [Also in Polish]

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"“Confession”? “Stunned”? Nobody who had read The God Delusion would have been stunned. I there introduced a 7-point scale"

So true, it is laughable that these journalists never did their homework before writing on the papers. The only problem about the press is that since they are commercialised, they just press for maximum drama and attention, which leaves their original/ideal purpose much to be desired. But I guess this is not the first time that the press has been unreliable, nor will it be the last.

Mon, 16 Apr 2012 05:25:27 UTC | #935000

Go to: Tennessee Goes Monkey Again

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Excuse me for saying so, but may be they are thinking that the best way to counter religious extremism is to have your own...

As one from Hong Kong, I don't quite understand how legislations in the US states are decided, but with so many well-educated folks in the US, I would have thought that such rubbish would not get through to be legislated. It is almost unimaginable that so many time, resources and effort is wasted on something which should have been settled long ago.

I attended a Christian school in HK as a child, and I never really felt that the junk was shoved down my throat. We had lessons on Christianity, but may be I never really paid attention in those classes. Thank my dad for always watching NatGeo with me and Sir David Attenborough, my favourite presenter/narrator.

Christianity seems strange to me here. Even though the religions in HK is diverse (and thank goodness there isn't really a dominant one), I felt that it has become a social status for some folks here. I say so because I had been an extra lessons teaching assistant for a time, and some of the children (7~10 years old) in my class carry themselves as been quite proud as a Christian, occasionally boasting to others about going to church and church activities. From day-to-day experience, the biggest churches are most numerous at the rich districts here in HK. As much as I frown at the idea, but most folks in HK are more friendly to Westerners than they are towards their own neighbours (some desires to be seen in public with Westerners), which in my opinion is uncalled for, for all is supposedly equal, but since most Westerners in HK are well-to-do and Christian, the natural place to meet them is also the church.

Only thing I am glad though, is that the religious never affected my life in HK once and are in general in good grace with each other when people of different religion meet face to face. With the exceptions of Muslims of course, they are still the most ready to isolate themselves from the public, traversing conversations in Arabic amongst themselves and leaving an image of wanting to be isolated in general.

Anyway, in terms of separating church from government, the US still have ways to go, good luck chaps!

Mon, 16 Apr 2012 05:12:25 UTC | #934998

Go to: Respected theologian defends genocide and infanticide

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And I get angry when believers say that the entire unimaginable enormity of the universe was made solely and specifically for the human race -- when atheists, by contrast, say that humanity is a microscopic dot on a microscopic dot, an infinitesimal eyeblink in the vastness of time and space -- and yet again, believers accuse atheists of being arrogant.

Well said, I think I will steal that one.

Tue, 03 May 2011 04:57:07 UTC | #622326

Go to: John Paul II's coffin brought out before beatification

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I am not so much surprised by the Vatican inviting Robert Mugabe. The Vatican is only a piece of land given to a religion. Since the Vatican is more an organisation then a state, they see themselves exempt from such obligations and could do as they please.

What's really interesting though is that the Vatican conducts itself like an organisation while enjoying all the powers of a state (I am not sure if they exercise all of the powers, but I suppose they could if they so chooses.)

As for JPII becoming a saint, I guess what people calls whoever by whatever names makes little difference to this world.

And the miracles, they say it's a sign of the power of god, but I say that their god is surely beyond our logic, why bother giving us clues of his existence so persistently though the ages yet so rare? Why try so hard but pretending not to be desperate? Why creating this world and us, with apparent free will and born with an ignorance to his existence, so that we may try to learn of his existence? It seems to me that god is creating trouble for himself and then tries to solves it. God must be bored out of his mind because he has an eternity to horse around.

Tue, 03 May 2011 04:24:44 UTC | #622324

Go to: The Scopes Strategy: Creationists Try New Tactics to Promote Anti-Evolutionary Teaching in Public Schools

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"helping students understand, analyze, critique and review in an objective manner the scientific strengths and scientific weaknesses of existing scientific theories covered in the course being taught."

Except the obvious fact that ID bears no truth. One other problem I can think of is that when a religious child is taught by a teacher who is inclined to teach evolution by natural selection, in the process of "helping students understand, analyze, critique and review in an objective manner" the teacher is likely to be criticised for religious discrimination. While a religious teacher will never be criticised in the same way when he/she bashes evolution by natural selection.

Wed, 02 Mar 2011 05:03:53 UTC | #597927

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