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Go to: Update - Sanal Edamaruku under attack for exposing Catholic "miracle"

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Richard, perhaps you should drop in on your way back from Oz. India and Edamaraku need you. I'd go myself, but I don't think I'd have the same impact ;-)

Those priests need confronting. In any other rrame of reference other than their own, they are perpetrating fraud (or even extortion, possibly, given the threat of eternal damnation for not joining in).

I'll go and contribute to Edamaraku's defense fund now.

Fri, 13 Apr 2012 08:28:35 UTC | #934352

Go to: Locked Out: How the Church Responded to their Pastor’s Coming Out

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Pat on the back to Teresa for biting the bullet.

I think the reaction, unpleasant though it is, is surely partly down to the way she went. She could, for example, have confided to her "flock" that she'd lost her faith and felt ethically unable to carry on, explained her dilemma and what she was going to do. And that might have been relatively anodyne: she might have stayed in the community, become a counsellor or something, or she might have slipped quietly away.

What she did was somewhat different and harder for them to swallow. By all accounts, the first they knew was that Teresa was standing on the podium in the company of leading atheists, proud to be counted. So all the venom is probably an emotional reaction to this "betrayal", but it is, of course, not how they should have reacted.

Common humanity, untainted by religion, brainwashing or dogma, would be to see the person, support and respect and acknowledge the good she'd done. And if they are strong and secure in their belief, surely they should pity her and try to win her back "to save her soul"....? Maybe what they are betraying is their own doubt (or hypocrisy), and she has confronted them and challenged them to do as she has done.

Wed, 11 Apr 2012 08:10:31 UTC | #933838

Go to: UP w/ Chris Hayes

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Is this viewable in the UK?

Mon, 26 Mar 2012 08:34:09 UTC | #930520

Go to: Scientists Last Supper

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It reminds me a little of a photo I'm rather fond of - taken at the pivotal Solvay Conference of 1927. Posing together, amongst others, are Einstein, Planck, Schrodinger, de Broglie, Born, Pauli, Dirac, Heisenberg, Bohr, Madame Curie, Lorentz. I mean, what? You can find it in Wikipaedia.

The 1930 gathering Still features many of them, and with a frisson I noticed it also includes one Charles Darwin. But no, obviously not that one!

Thu, 15 Mar 2012 10:12:28 UTC | #927396

Go to: The "So" meme

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120 Alex


Wed, 07 Mar 2012 09:15:09 UTC | #925082

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