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"I don't think anyone thought through these things before they decided "making religion out of atheism" sounded really pithy. "

I agree; I think that phrase is full of pith....and wind, too.

Fri, 28 Aug 2009 22:47:00 UTC | #392727

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i have always been of the opinion that passing special laws for terrorism is akin to granting special priveleges to religions - it affords them a certain (for some) glamour that they would not ordinarily have. A previous poster has already said that we already have laws against bombs, assault, murder, criminal damage etc. Special Laws confer a weird kind of legitimacy. Criminal acts are carried out by criminals, and should be treated as such.

Fri, 28 Aug 2009 21:35:00 UTC | #392721

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84. Comment #402969 by tommcc on August 6, 2009 at 10:25 am

Lud, sir! One might suppose, would one not, that your comment makes my words a seeming strategem of inference.

LOL, indeed, sir

(how far back can i go for the sake of obfuscation?)

I must start contributing properly from now on.

Tue, 18 Aug 2009 19:25:00 UTC | #389534

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22. Comment #402215 by tommcc on August 3, 2009 at 10:39 pm

"Any ideas on a response that doesn't include rude words"


One suggestion might be, i venture, to get the poster who replied to you to write in a less archaic fashion, sir; for does it not behove us to reply in a similar vernacular, sir, to whit, perchance in the lingua franca of, sir, i say, an out and out scoundrel. For is it not true that when one's only recourse for retort is to retreat into the mists of an earlier mind-set, sir, that one runs the risk of selling onself as a bit of a prat, sir. We don't all want to be thought of as residing in Royal Tunbridge Wells in a state, sir, of permanent emotional tumesecence. Neither do we wish to sound like a pale imitation of one of Stephen Fry's most excellent sketches about pomposity.

Yours in outrage

etc etc

When people write like that, i always suspect they have little to say and camouflage themselves with 19th century verbosity. "Heat and Light signifying nothing"

Wed, 05 Aug 2009 10:55:00 UTC | #385188

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"215. Comment #377259 by bracestower on May 15, 2009 at 6:40 am

There was an interview with Ian Hislop (a moderate Anglican by all accounts) on BBC4 last week where he said something along the lines of "I see my atheist colleagues and...there's something missing there".

He's right - but what's missing is not something any self-respecting person would want. I think there are several things missing fro the godless -
the need for there to be 'something else'; fear of reality; gullibility; a tendecy to be led blindly into al.

Perhps we could cut copy and [paste this thread into an e-mail to the UberKompletWunderMann.

Fri, 15 May 2009 10:47:00 UTC | #360423

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