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I’m beginning to dislike much of the new Krauss. His book wasn’t anything close to the praise it received (Jerry Coyne sums up what I felt after reading it), and it seems physicists for the most part agreed. And this unintelligible tangent on philosophy, with his hardly genuine apology (well, who am I to judge), just annoys me.

I still remember his jokes ridiculing biologist and how put off I was by them, it seems the old adage pertaining to the arrogance of SOME physicist is true.

Sat, 28 Apr 2012 06:31:54 UTC | #937903

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I think Chomsky could probably surpass Dawkins in the academic popularity contest . . . whether two decades ago, or today. Just saying.

Tue, 10 Apr 2012 17:24:56 UTC | #933707

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''And I’m thrilled we packed that gym with atheists.. . .[Lots of] transgender and cis, LGBQ and straight, and it wasn’t a sea of lily white''

. . . . I’m curious as to how you would know? (I hope you know that I am only kidding).

Wed, 04 Apr 2012 19:46:24 UTC | #932417

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Comment 39 by xmaseveeve :

Does anyone else worry about taqiyya?

Ah, not really. Christians also have their own version of it, somewhere in the letters of Paul (I suppose if you really--really-- want me to find it, I could; there is more than one).

I would think it hard to be decieved if you know what you are talking about. Take for instance me-- forgive the vanity--, I've studied this issue of apostates, quite through in fact, so no form of bullshit can really throw me into a stance of near confusion.

Wed, 21 Mar 2012 06:09:03 UTC | #929208

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I think you are missing my point. According to my standards these are Muslims that are fine with me. But, their faith mandates that apostates be killed. Their view that apostates should have free speech yatta yatta, is something that their faith doesn't teach. Maybe to say they are bad people because they don't follow ever tenant is unfair, but they certainly are being unIslamic by claiming such views.

Comment 15 by Starcrash :

Comment 13 by Spiritual Atheist :

Comment 10 These are not ''Liberal Muslims'' these are bad Muslims.

Comment 11 Punishment for blasphemy, for example, is really very Islamic indeed.

Religions have evolved, and as such have differing interpretations and ways they handle and live out their holy texts. To attack these people as bad Muslims, or to define all of Islam as intolerant because of the fundamentalists is to over simplify the idea of religion.

Agreed. I'm still mystified by the idea of Christians who don't believe that the bible is literally true, but they do exist, and many of them label themselves as "liberal" Christians. "Liberal" Muslims would be the Islamic version --- Muslims who don't subscribe to a literal reading of their holy books. So they aren't speaking in violation of their faith, but rather the faith subscribed to by fundamentalists. Basically, Ranting Socrates, you're employing the No True Scotsman fallacy. They're not "bad" or "wrong" just because they're not "true" Muslims.

Mon, 19 Mar 2012 23:08:03 UTC | #928767

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I agree with nearly everything you have to say, I also don't think you disagreed with anything I said, so I'm not sure what you want me to excuse.

I espcially agree wit your claim that the usurption of Palestinian land could only be justified-- by those who accept the premise-- that this is ''holy'' land. As someone I'm sure you know says, you are '' just pushing an open door with me.''

Comment 26 by raytoman :

Comment 10 by Ranting Socrates

I'm sorry, but this is just bull shit. What do you mean by '' Liberal Muslims''?

Islam says that apostate are to be killed-- a Muslim not following that law, is not following his religion. >These are not ''Liberal Muslims'' these are bad Muslims. I'm happy they exist in the majority, but >don't .tell me that these are cases of good Muslims, when what they are doing is contradictory to >their faith.

Excuse me! The Original Jewish sects of the Jewish religion believe that they can perpetrate genocide on the Palestinians since their god "gave" them the land.

The Christian Sects believe that if a man offends their god he should be killed, along with his wife and children and all of his animals. DUH! Of course I do agree that the Muslim sects of the Jewish religion are nearly as bad but, hey, that's religion.

Been forcing us to kill each other over irrational beliefs for a hundred thousand years or more with the Jewish sects just being the most successful at it with the most brainwashed believers (about 3 million, only seperated by their differing beliefs in the roles of jesus and muhammad! A pity there are so few normal people and we have to call ourselves (a)theists. DUH!

Mon, 19 Mar 2012 23:05:53 UTC | #928766

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I'm sorry, but this is just bull shit. What do you mean by '' Liberal Muslims''?

Islam says that apostate are to be killed-- a Muslim not following that law, is not following his religion. These are not ''Liberal Muslims'' these are bad Muslims. I'm happy they exist in the majority, but don't tell me that these are cases of good Muslims, when what they are doing is contradictory to their faith.

Them defending the apostates right to free speech, and his right to openly declare it, runs counter to their beliefs. Thank goodness they refuse to adopt such dogmatic beliefs, but don't tell me that these adults are representing true Islam.

Anyways, read Shakespeare, learn history, be science based, and try to be happy in life.

Mon, 19 Mar 2012 05:17:59 UTC | #928549

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I feel so depressed now.

Sun, 04 Mar 2012 01:22:26 UTC | #924224

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I HATE THIS. Why not Canada? Please. Vancouver BC to be exact.

Sun, 26 Feb 2012 01:20:04 UTC | #921970

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WOW! That moderator was so rude to Dawkins, when he said that he thinks it is ''sad'' that Dawkins beileved something . . . eh, I've forgottn the bloody example, but there was no need to say that.

Sat, 25 Feb 2012 22:56:33 UTC | #921919

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I like the Archbishop, he isn't one to be looked down upon and mocked. I hope people can appreciate the difference between him and a William Lane Craig, or a Rabbi Shumley for instance.

Other than that, I can't wait for the dicussion.

Tue, 21 Feb 2012 06:27:19 UTC | #920235

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I believe in evolution, I defend it, and I used to live in the UK . . . how the hell did this guy get professor Dawkins's email?

Sat, 04 Feb 2012 18:48:13 UTC | #914596

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I'm sorry, but, damn . . . Hitchens, really, no more mem-, forget it. His works will be his only lasting tribute.

Sat, 31 Dec 2011 03:19:24 UTC | #903941

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It is weird, the more I read the above obituaries, the more it seems as if they are pounding in my head and telling me it isn't a mistake-- he is dead.

Sat, 17 Dec 2011 03:01:13 UTC | #900150

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Forgive me, but many of the passages written about him say that he died because of complications with his cancer. What does that mean? Does it mean that the cancer did not kill him, but that something went wrong during his bout with it?

Fri, 16 Dec 2011 21:53:06 UTC | #900022

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Comment 5:

I don't know . . . . I really don't know. My sister told me that her grade 10 biology teacher said that evolution is only one way of looking at the world. So when I tell her it is a fact, she happily brings that up ('' do you know more than a teacher?'')

Sat, 03 Dec 2011 05:17:52 UTC | #895210

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I have a cousin who wants to be a doctor. She doesnt accept evolution, when I debate her on it she brings up the similar points we have all heard before. Anyways, I asked her as a future doctor, and as a person who has to go biology classes, what does she do? her reply was that she puts on a mask, saying she believed in evolution, and that was it.

Fri, 02 Dec 2011 22:06:21 UTC | #895142

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Well this is ironic.

Thu, 24 Nov 2011 05:23:27 UTC | #892723

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Comment 3 by crookedshoes :

1... "merkin" -- isn't that what George Bush said when he meant "American"? In context.... "I am a merkin." 2 Cheers Christopher. This is a "pre toast". I love your work and feel like I know you personally as a result of it. Atheism aside, your brain has inspired my brain. Thank you.

hahaha

Thu, 20 Oct 2011 05:13:24 UTC | #882294

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So sad! My goodness; it was just a few years ago that I was introduced to him.

Cancer has played a sick joke on Hitchens. At the beginning of nearly every interview he conduceted while promoting his memoir someone would ask him '' is it not too early to write your memoir'' and Hitchens would always reply something along the lines of it it better now then never. And then, weeks later, cancer hit him. Ah my goodness. Remembering the introduction to his memoir as well, even worse.

Mon, 10 Oct 2011 22:01:17 UTC | #879531

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Good job on the first step, now on to step two: drop the belief that you have any right in Afghanistan. Thank you.

Tue, 30 Aug 2011 22:46:46 UTC | #865694

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I share your sentiments. I left Islam a few years ago and have to suffer through this month of pure hypocrisy every year. Given that, I tend to participate in the festivities. If because of their cultural and religious ideologies I have to suffer, why not enjoy the suffering? Why not eat the food and enjoy the bond that families usually grow during this month?

I tend to slip in a cup of coffee every morning before work and eat throughout the day when possible, but other than that they think I’m fasting with them. It’s not that difficult to be honest.

Try to participate in the thing you can, like the eating and family meetings. Try to avoid the religious bidahs that 80 % of the Muslims partake in, like the Sunni innovation of tarawahe prayer (as you can tell I used to be very sectarian when I was a devout Shia Muslim).

Tue, 30 Aug 2011 22:39:54 UTC | #865693

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Muslim men ARE allowed to marry women of the book. Muslim WOMEN are NOT allowed to (marry men). If you are a female who is a Christian or a Jew then a Muslim man can marry you.

Fri, 26 Aug 2011 03:07:21 UTC | #864339

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Comment 14 by skiles1 :

It's debatable, what is permissible under sharia law. Under sharia law, it could be permissible for a Muslim man to marry a girl while she's still in her cradle and, once she's married, rape her as soon as she's physically able to handle it. Which is supposedly almost the predicament Koranic Aisha found herself in with Mohammed (the only stipulation being that Mohammed supposedly didn't marry Aisha until she was Six). As martiannikki wrote, there are some good reasons to seriously consider banning sharia law, especially where protecting females is concerned.

She was engaged to him when she was six, and had the marriage consummated at nine years old (this is according to Sunni hadiths; with Shi'ites it is difficult to know exactly how old, but not older than 14 from what I have read).

Thu, 18 Aug 2011 18:14:24 UTC | #862272

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The person on the cover can just as easily be a girl . . . why not? I have seen girls who look like that. BUT, anyways, really? That’s all we can think about, the sex of the person on the cover? I'm so sick of people trying to act as if the Atheist community is inherently sexist. (The last part isn’t directed towards you scarecroe).

Wed, 10 Aug 2011 01:54:20 UTC | #859547

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Comment 80 by bellow :

Raytoman, I offer you this quote, from a book review by Christopher Hitchens: "...one of the most idiotic jeers against animal lovers is the one about their preferring critters to people. As a matter of observation, it will be found that people who 'care'—about rain forests or animals, miscarriages of justice or dictatorships—are, though frequently irritating, very often the same people. Whereas those who love hamburgers and riskless hunting and mink coats are not in the front ranks of Amnesty International. Like the quality of mercy, the prompting of compassion is not finite, and can be self-replenishing."

Brilliant qoute. What review is this from?

Thu, 04 Aug 2011 07:33:36 UTC | #857732

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Comment 77 by JuJu :

You want to see how eat a lobster? Go to the 5:30 second mark of this video. Watch out for that first bite, its a bit crunchy.

I dont know what is worse, how the lobster may have been killed, or the girls eating habits.

Mon, 25 Jul 2011 17:40:19 UTC | #853905

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Since it appears you attend this school, why don’t you also write against Islam? You can use a pen name if you fear any repercussions (I know I would).

I think a few articles here and there, given to people from time to time, might help...hopefully.

And thank you for the link, hopefully enough people will sign.

Sat, 23 Jul 2011 16:34:22 UTC | #853132

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Comment 34 by raytoman :

@@@@@@@ There are many, more appropriate sites where you can defend lobsters. Recently Australia stopped exporting live cattle to Indonesia because of their inhumans slaughter. The have started again. You can contact your National Fisheries Department for example.

If you can rant about lobsters, I can rant about inhumanity.

The question I posted had two purposes: to engage in a debate on the morality of killing lobsters in the method that they are killed. Secondly, to see if anyone had any conclusive knowledge on whether they feel pain when they are killed while alive. I was not ranting; I was asking questions, trying to find answers.

I not only defend Palestinians, write about the illegal occupation, and act upon my convictions, I also like to expand my knowledge, and seek answers on all matters that intrigue me (i.e. do lobsters feel pain? Is there any definitive way of knowing? etc). You are attempting to make it appear that I believe that the suffering of lobsters is equivalent to that of Africans and Palestinians... I am not.

Tue, 19 Jul 2011 05:37:21 UTC | #851230

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Comment 33 by raytoman :

Comment 23 by Ranting Socrates

Sorry, I obviously hadn't realised how more important than humans, lobsters were. If you actually do also focus on humans, perhaps a few posts or rants by you on their persecution would not come amiss. Just for balance.

Sir, I cannot understand where the miscommunication is. Your post is incredibly annoying, because it falsely assumes I don’t care about the things you mention. It falsely assumes I don’t write about the things you mentioned (when in fact I spend so much of my life doing so). That is why it is annoying. I have no qualms with you, I have a problem with the false implications your statements seem to create.

Tue, 19 Jul 2011 05:27:38 UTC | #851227