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Go to: German politicians pledge to protect religious circumcision

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@Schrodinger's Cat: I do hope you are right. Giving in to the religious on matters such as this is something that should no longer be acceptable. They need to be called out on their outdated and inhumane practises and they need to realise that religion will no longer be given undue respect, just because it's religion.

Fri, 20 Jul 2012 16:04:58 UTC | #949643

Go to: Atheism: the cheapest alternative?

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Lurkers on this thread may be upset about my treating religion as something to be prevented or cured,

Why we're supposed to treat this hobby any differently to others is beyond me.

As for getting people to "buy in" to atheism because it's the cheapest of all, I don't see it working. The religious want to have something "otherworldly" otherwise they wouldn't be religious, so atheism won't work for them.

Fri, 20 Jul 2012 16:01:44 UTC | #949642

Go to: Anti-Dawkins legislation

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You know you've made the big time when laws are passed bearing your name. Pity it's a joke really.

Fri, 20 Jul 2012 15:56:49 UTC | #949641

Go to: Refugee visa for Alexander Aan?

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While it may be a good idea to give Alexander Aan refugee status, I think it would be far better to pressure the authorities in places like Indonesia to recognise atheists and to protect their rights (easy to say, living as I do in the UK).

Thu, 12 Jul 2012 13:35:32 UTC | #948964

Go to: Moral compass: a guide to religious freedom

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Many believers point out that faith plays a unique role in their lives. That is often true. Those atheists who dismiss belief in God as no more credible than belief in Santa Claus or in fairies miss the point. Religion is more than an intellectual exercise or a matter of logic; it often has, for believers, a vital social and spiritual function. But acknowledging the vital and unique role of faith in the lives of believers does not commit us to providing it with a privileged position in society.

It may have an important role in their lives, but that doesn't make it any truer than fairies, Jack Frost or the Easter Bunny.

Sun, 24 Jun 2012 13:18:22 UTC | #948004

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