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Go to: What's the Place of Faith in Schools?

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Brillant performance from Richard in this debate!

Fri, 24 Feb 2012 20:43:34 UTC | #921623

Go to: A brutal price still paid for daring to challenge faith

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I have just received a press release from Baroness Warsi, hot off the press: -

Forget the militant Islamists- the new terror brigade are here. Coming to a street near you (well possibly the same county as you at least) a new threat has emerged- MILITANT SECULARISTS. Spreading dangerous anti-theocracy ideas and insisting on evidence for specious claims- these vagabonds, often armed with gray matter weighing in at several pounds and a tiny bit of knowledge of the Scientific method, are truly frightening adversaries. If you suspect a friend or loved one of supporting or sympathising with this group- approach with extreme caution, especially if they look like they are about to set off on an explosive rant!

If you want to make sure that your government definately 'does God' (it doesn't matter which one!), rather than actually bothering to deal with real problems, then please support our "ad hominem smear attack" policy. Several newspapers have already taken up our cause. Whatever you do don't directly address the arguments of the MILITANT SECULARISTS as they always seem to win their intelligence squared debates!

Thu, 23 Feb 2012 00:34:35 UTC | #920879

Go to: [Update 1/27] Closing Statements - Richard Dawkins at the Jaipur Literature Festival

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Personally I really enjoyed The Extended Phenotype . I am not a professional biologist, but I don't think it's too hard to follow if you read it shortly after finishing The Selfish Gene (although there were some sections that were quite difficult). I actually found some chapters of The Ancestor's Tale quite difficult to follow, especially towards the end of the book as it get's closer to the grand ancestor of all life.

But generally speaking I would say that Richard's books are fairly easy to follow, and for the most part probably easier to follow than some of the other Popular Science books out there.

Thu, 26 Jan 2012 20:27:02 UTC | #911833

Go to: If by "Christian love" you mean hatred & contempt...

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Comment 68 by Flapjack-

Frankly I think too much is made of the use of anonymous pseudonyms anyway. You really can't tell one jot of useful information about somebody from the fact that they choose to use a pseudonym, so why all the fuss. For all any of us know, that person might be using one because the like pseudonyms , or because they like that particular pseudonym, hell, maybe they are just not that fond of their actual real names!

Sun, 15 Jan 2012 11:40:03 UTC | #908516

Go to: Richard Dawkins celebrates a victory over creationists

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Good news! But we need to be on our toes, the IDiots aren't going to give up without a fight that easily!

Sun, 15 Jan 2012 11:29:36 UTC | #908511

Go to: Searching under the lamp-post

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Comment 78 by Modesti- I disagree with your conclusion, but actually agree with a lot of the remainder of your post. I am interested in the question of whether there is life on other planets for the same kind of reason as I am interested in the nature of what dark matter is. It might seem abstract to you, but I've got to be honest, I for one would like to know some of this abstract detail of the nature of our universe.

You are right though that this planet is a remarkable place and that life in general is amazing. I guess the planet would be even more remarkable if we could show that we were alone in the Universe. On the other hand, I do have some sentimental attachment to the idea that we are not alone, and that there are all sorts of weird and wonderful entities out there. It could be viewed as a win, win in either direction.

I am not too sure that you have necessarily identified the reason why people care about the question of extraterrestrial life, it is not so much that they "don't want to be alone" (whatever that means) and more that they are excited to think about what alien life, alien biology and alien environments are really like.

Sun, 15 Jan 2012 11:13:56 UTC | #908509

Go to: If by "Christian love" you mean hatred & contempt...

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Regarding the level of hostility to Atheists shown by these "loving" Christians, the only kind of sense I can make out of it is to try and think from the perspective of an absolutist true-believer. If you really, really believe in hell (and I mean really believe) and if you think hell is eternal, then suffering, pain and hardship in this life doesn't really matter that much. What would really matter would be the eternal future of the person, after all what is temporary suffering compared with eternal torment?

So all this means that getting into heaven and avoiding hell should be the only real concern for these fundamentalist. Therefore, anything that threatens this eternal future is, by definition, the evilest thing imaginable. Since the fundamentalists emphasise the importance of believing in Jesus almost as much as doing good deeds (or sometimes even more) when it comes to being accepted into heaven, Atheists are the worst cads imaginable. It is really difficult to get our heads around from our non-fundamentalist perspective, but to the fundies it really would make a certain sort of sense to think that Atheists are actually worse than, say, child molesters. Sam Harris was right when he pointed out that from their perspective an Atheist who is openly 'evangelising' his or her Atheism is the only one of the two who could really threaten a child's eternal future.

All that kind of makes a twisted sort of "sense" to me. The real question is why the bloody hell do they believe in heaven/hell in the first place, and why do they think believing in Jesus makes a scrap of difference which one you would go to?

Sun, 15 Jan 2012 01:43:06 UTC | #908390

Go to: If by "Christian love" you mean hatred & contempt...

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I think it's fairly obvious from what they say that most are Christians. Also, the context kind of gives it away because I am struggling to see how anybody who is not a Christian could possibly get so worked up about the possibilty of a banner with a prayer on it being taken down. I agree that a Non-Christian could be opposed to Jessica's actions, but I honestly cannot see how they could possibly get worked-up to the extent that they are prepared to write that hateful garbage.

BTW- Did anyone notice Carys comment in there- advocating a holocaust to Atheists. Now I'm not usually one to cry hate speech, but if there has ever been anything said that qualifies as hate speech- then that's it. Very sad.

Sun, 15 Jan 2012 01:21:59 UTC | #908384

Go to: Richard Dawkins on Sky News, TODAY, 1.30pm GMT

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Well done Richard. Good interview. It's a shame that the host didn't give you more of an opportunity to speak for longer (that said it was a lot better than Bill O'bloody Reilly)!

Sat, 17 Dec 2011 13:51:34 UTC | #900296

Go to: Do you get it now, Prime Minister? [Also in Polish]

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Don't get me started on the bloody Queen

I know right! It's the 21st century and we are still somebody's bloody subjects. Disgraceful!

Thu, 15 Dec 2011 21:00:07 UTC | #899311

Go to: Do you get it now, Prime Minister? [Also in Polish]

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Comment 57 by Layla-

Is Britain a secular country? I thought we were officially a Christian country with the Queen as the head of state and the head of the Church of England? I may be wrong though.

Britain is the opposite of America in this regard. America is officially a secular country, but is very strongly Christian in terms of the views of it's general public (unofficially). Whereas Britain is officially Christian, but quite secular unofficially. This means that when discussing whether the country is secular or not the right context needs to be highlighted. Yes, Britain might be officially secular, but it is difficult to argue that those Bishops belong in the House of Lords as of right (just because they are Bishops) when the majority of the country aren't even believing Christians.

Thu, 15 Dec 2011 20:58:26 UTC | #899310

Go to: [Update: Catholic League takes down their contact link] “Adopt an atheist” campaign begins

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If the number of self-identified Atheists is so tiny, as Bill argues, then there isn't going to be enough Atheists to go round for the Catholics that wish to adopt is there? Plus if it is so tiny, then what is the point in trying to convert them (or guide them out of their so-called closet if you prefer)?

You can't really have it both ways Bill, either there are plenty of Atheists and thus some potential converts for the Catholics, or there are bugger all of them and thus bugger all closeted Catholic Atheists to get on your side. Make up your mind!

Fri, 09 Dec 2011 17:59:08 UTC | #897176

Go to: [Update: Catholic League takes down their contact link] “Adopt an atheist” campaign begins

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Fri, 09 Dec 2011 17:45:34 UTC | #897174

Go to: [Update: Catholic League takes down their contact link] “Adopt an atheist” campaign begins

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Also, what's wrong with an Atheist celebrating Christmas? It is a pagan festival afterall!

Fri, 09 Dec 2011 17:40:06 UTC | #897170

Go to: [Update: Catholic League takes down their contact link] “Adopt an atheist” campaign begins

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I am not one of the those people who cries offence every 5 minutes, and to be honest those type of people annoy me. But it must be said for the sake of consistency that this is spectacularly hypocritical of Bill Donohue. Isn't he the one who calls almost everything "hate speech" and seems to be offended every time some minor thing is ever said or done against the Catholic Church. Yet he is still prepared to say Atheists "“believe in nothing, stand for nothing and are good for nothing", or at least pay lip service to the notion that this is true. Maybe it's time for a little self-reflection Bill?

Fri, 09 Dec 2011 17:33:07 UTC | #897167

Go to: Lawrence Krauss on Cosmic Connections

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Yeah, that was Conway Hall.

Comment 11 by Richard Dawkins- Well said Richard, I'm in complete agreement. Brilliant talk from Lawrence.

Sat, 03 Dec 2011 11:18:17 UTC | #895251

Go to: Obama Thanksgiving Speech Didn't Mention God

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He must have lost track of where he was and thought he was in Britain for a moment.

Sun, 27 Nov 2011 10:43:26 UTC | #893534

Go to: Honouring Christopher Hitchens

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Nice to see that Ray's spelling is just as good as his critical thinking skills isn't it?

Tue, 25 Oct 2011 23:07:28 UTC | #884094

Go to: Honouring Christopher Hitchens

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Tue, 25 Oct 2011 23:02:32 UTC | #884093

Go to: Honouring Christopher Hitchens

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Tue, 25 Oct 2011 23:01:18 UTC | #884091

Go to: Godless Billboards in Reno; Banner in Nevada Day Parade

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Sarah Palin can see it from Alaska as well. Just as clearly as she can see Russia!

Tue, 25 Oct 2011 20:57:16 UTC | #884053

Go to: Why I refuse to debate with William Lane Craig

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Going back a long way in the thread (sorry only just caught up with it)-

In reply to Richard Dawkins comment 434-

Have we dismissed the possibility that he could be BOTH a Sophisticated Theologian and a nutjob! I don't think they are necessarily mutually exclusive.

Sun, 23 Oct 2011 20:40:57 UTC | #883487

Go to: Muslim peace conference condemns terrorism

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Of course I am pleased and support these Muslims who condemn terrorism. But to my mind there is still a significant problem. So long as you are limited to arguing only that they have misinterpretated or misunderstood an ancient Holy Book, you are not really addressing the real issue. The real issue, being of course, that the future of civilisation seems to rest upon how one happens to think about their sacred texts. Whilst this remains the case it is all too easy for a Osama Bin Laden to come along and argue that the Holy Book means this and that, and before you know it...more young men with bombs strapped to their chests ready to martyr themselves.

Sat, 24 Sep 2011 22:24:02 UTC | #874838

Go to: I agree with Rick Perry and Michele Bachmann

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Broken watches are right twice a day. Republicans are right twice in a lifetime!

Thu, 15 Sep 2011 17:25:23 UTC | #871215

Go to: The Gruen Transfer - The Pitch: Banning All Religion

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I really, really want them to show that on American TV... Oh well, one can always dream.

Wed, 07 Sep 2011 15:03:43 UTC | #868267

Go to: Ricky Gervais on cover of Sept/Oct issue of New Humanist – on sale 25 August

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Is that really Ricky Gervais, I thought it was Robert Downey Jr for a minute. Wow, he's lot a lot of weight, I'm a touch jealous.

Thu, 25 Aug 2011 19:57:15 UTC | #864238

Go to: Attention Governor Perry: Evolution is a fact

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As for Cal Thomas, one of the other people to respond to the 'On faith panel' question, what a spiteful, nasty piece of work. It is people like him that help maintain the persecution that American Atheists have to endure. Why on Earth did they put that nonsense on the Washington Post website in the first place?

Tue, 23 Aug 2011 23:49:27 UTC | #863556

Go to: Attention Governor Perry: Evolution is a fact

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Some people here have already mentioned the post that has appeared on the Intersection in reply to Richard's splended article- it was yet another example of poor accomodationist reasoning. So I have posted this response on The Intersection: -

"The problem with this post is that it makes the erroneous assumption that Dawkins is trying to address the science-skeptical lobby as his main target. If instead you read it imagining that Dawkins main target is someone on the fence, or even already on his side then most of your complaints about it aren't valid. This for me, is a perfect example of what is wrong with the kind of "accomodationism" espoused on this site- time and time again the assumption is made that there is only two sides- the pro-science and the dyed in the wool anti-science, and that the anti-science side is the only one worth addressing. Please remember that there are very many people somewhere between these two positions, and that it may well be more worthwhile talking to them than to the Creationists etc..."

Tue, 23 Aug 2011 23:39:56 UTC | #863553

Go to: William Lane Craig - for children

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What kind of a person would end a letter with "For Christ and His Kingdom"? This is the 21st Century isn't it?

Sun, 14 Aug 2011 08:12:06 UTC | #860906

Go to: Rick Perry, Texas governor, speaks at "The Response", August 6, 2011

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Who is that guy going "yeah, yeah" at the end of almost every sentence Perry utters? He sounds like he is pissed (and by that I mean drunk)!

Mon, 08 Aug 2011 22:33:18 UTC | #859267