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Go to: Bill Maher Slams 'Extremist' Muslims On HBO's Real Time

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I have mixed views on Bill Maher, for the same reasons people have mentioned above. When he refers to himself as a "rationalist" I always think about his anti-science views. Sometimes, he just makes himself look ridculous.

He is funny sometimes. In this video, I think he makes a good point. (I think it's important to point out -- as he kind of did, jokingly -- that even some Muslims who are not terrorists still treat people in their own families badly based on religion.)

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Sat, 01 May 2010 18:05:00 UTC | #464656

Go to: Cardinal Levada on a New Apologetics

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There's so much to comment on, but I wanted to just focus on certain parts which stood out.

A dialogue about the meaning and purpose of human freedom is essential in today's culture. If freedom is directed toward reinforcing the individualism of a "me-first" culture, it will never realize the potential offered by the One who made us in his own image and likeness as free to respond to the great gift of divine love

I find it weird when religious leaders say things like this, comparing their own religion with the culture with the conclusion that the culture is selfish (while presumably their religion is the solution to this). They seem to conveniently ignore the people who are not a part of their religion and yet are helping others, being kind, etc..

Why can't I keep myself from suspecting that (1) the new apologetics will be very similar to the old ones and (2) the talk about dialogue is just a way to gain more converts?

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Sat, 01 May 2010 17:08:00 UTC | #464626

Go to: Conservatives Say 'Don't Ask' Repeal Would Hurt Military Chaplains

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I never understood why the job of "military chaplain" exists in the first place. There don't have to be military chaplains for members of the armed forces to have religious freedom.

Also, I find it endlessly frustrating when religious groups advocating discrimination turn the situation around and claim that they are the ones being discriminated against.

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Sat, 01 May 2010 17:07:00 UTC | #464624

Go to: Everybody should be disinvited

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I enjoyed reading this, Professor, especially how you got right to the point.

It always make me laugh when someone tries to claim that a National Day of Prayer is not unconstitutional. I wonder how they would feel if there was a national day for a part of someone else's religion.

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Sat, 01 May 2010 15:03:00 UTC | #464576

Go to: Group wants evangelist's Pentagon event canceled

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Why not have a speaker who criticizes Islam for the bad ideas it has and the horrible things done by followers instead of a speaker who just thinks Islam is bad because it's not Christianity? I wish more people would pay attention to the horrible things done by Muslim extremists to both non-Muslims and also to people who are Muslim (such as women, homosexuals, etc.)

Concerning the whole Christianity vs. Islam thing, Islam's definitley a bigger problem right now, but I think the difference is time, place, and how much power each religion has in the government at any certain time.

I think one of the reasons people bring up (or at least why I bring up) Christianity when talking about Islam in the U.S. is because unfortunately, many of the people who criticize Islam aren't secularists but Christians who think that Christianity is the solution to fundamentalist Islam. It's important to point out that while Islam is bad, Christianity is not the solution.

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Thu, 22 Apr 2010 19:26:00 UTC | #461906

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