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Go to: The coming evangelical collapse

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4. Despite some very successful developments in the past 25 years, Christian education has not produced a product that can withstand the rising tide of secularism. Evangelicalism has used its educational system primarily to staff its own needs and talk to itself.

Does anyone else find it distasteful that they are referring to children as products?

Thu, 12 Mar 2009 20:08:00 UTC | #335541

Go to: Oklahoma legislator proposes resolution to condemn Richard Dawkins

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In Oklahoma, John McCain beat Barack Obama by 30 points, haha.

Still, I'll be surprised if this bill passes or if the university caves in under the pressure.

Sat, 07 Mar 2009 00:26:00 UTC | #333726

Go to: Galaxy has 'billions of Earths'

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Chris Davis said:

The Drake equation is lacking some terms which have only come to light since it was formulated. I assume Dr. Boss' figures are based on an estimated of earth-sized planets in a Solar Habitable ('Goldilocks') Zone. Earth has other characteristics.

I think the requirement of being inside the "Goldilocks zone" has been more or less discarded in recent years. If our own Solar system is any indication, a world (like Europa) can be far outside the supposed Goldilocks zone and still produce life. Actually, these types of inhabited worlds are likely to be far more common than the type we live on, due to the sheer abundance of gas giants and the assumption that each of them is likely to have dozens of moons.

We have at least two other worlds right here in our own Solar System, besides the Earth, that could theoretically support life. If our current data is correct, we could transplant a deep-sea ecosystem from Earth to Europa and it would be right at home. And it looks very likely that there is at least microbial life on Mars. So Drake's equation might actually have turned out to be needlessly pessimistic. An average star system might be expected to have at least one or two life-bearing worlds throughout the galaxy.

Mon, 16 Feb 2009 12:24:00 UTC | #325597

Go to: Heat the Hornet

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I just had a ten-minute conversation with the opinions editor of that paper, haha.

Yep, he's an ardent creationist.

Thu, 12 Feb 2009 07:43:00 UTC | #323625

Go to: Obama creates faith-based office with wide mission

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To lead the office, Obama appointed Joshua DuBois, a 26-year-old Pentecostal minister...

WTF is this? And to think we all called Bush a buffoon for trying to put a 23-year-old in charge of the Baghdad stock exchange. Does anyone seriously think that this kid is going to be up to the challenge?

Thu, 05 Feb 2009 14:18:00 UTC | #319581

Go to: Vatican divorces from Italian law

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Fri, 02 Jan 2009 17:48:00 UTC | #296286

Go to: Poll Finds No Boost in Church Attendance during Economic Crisis

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I think there's something wrong with this poll. I've never seen a figure as high as 42% church attendance in my life. In fact, according to this Harris Interactive poll that was just released just a week ago, only 38% of Americans attend church once a month or more, and only 27% attend once a week.

Also, it's been known for a long time that even these figures are exaggerated, as religious people do not actually attend church as often as they say they do.

Sat, 20 Dec 2008 13:35:00 UTC | #289787

Go to: Win Ben Stein's Mind

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Comment #296577 by mind hypnotized -

It's on YouTube:

Watch at your own risk. The constant Lord Privy Seals will start driving you crazy within a few minutes. Really bad editing, that.

And yes, Ebert is quite the badass. He's debated Creationists professionally. I can still remember his review of Alien Resurrection, in which he allowed himself to get caught up in criticizing the improbability of the xenomorphs' metabolisms from a biological standpoint.

Thu, 04 Dec 2008 00:53:00 UTC | #282606

Go to: Theocratic Sect Prays for Real Armageddon

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Comment #240367 by Forti:

Dear USA: Please DO FUCKING SOMETHING about the extremism already.

Here I am sitting in another continent and I'm justifiably worried about what this could turn into

So yeah.

Dear Fortli: Maybe you should think about possibly doing something yourself, instead of expecting us to solve your problems for you.

So yeah.

Sun, 31 Aug 2008 14:05:00 UTC | #227762

Go to: Scientists Create Blood From Stem Cells

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Wow, how exciting. Organ cloning is just around the corner.

Wed, 20 Aug 2008 15:26:00 UTC | #221438

Go to: Poll: Should the motto 'In God We Trust' be removed from U.S. currency?

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Er, um, why is a poll from 2005 being cited as "news" on this website? I realize you guys sometimes run out atheism-related articles, but...

Thu, 14 Aug 2008 12:38:00 UTC | #217964

Go to: Poll: Should the motto 'In God We Trust' be removed from U.S. currency?

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This could be phrased differently:

"Should the national motto be restored to "E Pluribus Unum"?"

I'm betting a majority of Americans would support that.

Thu, 14 Aug 2008 12:37:00 UTC | #217962

Go to: Catholics To Pope: Lift Birth Control Ban

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I think the bottom line is that the Catholic Church knows that they are losing far more believers than they are gaining through conversion, and so, if Catholics ever exercised proper birth control, within a generation or two, there would not be any of them left to fill the coffers.

Mon, 28 Jul 2008 17:33:00 UTC | #209163

Go to: A Holocaust Denier Hits Manhattan (And Hearts Hitchens)

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It's fairly detestable that he was arrested and imprisoned merely for what he wrote. And the presenter lost my sympathy at the beginning, when he seemed actually to actually disparage the fact that he only served one year and not three. It's easy to see why Hitchens would have defended him, as I would have done the same thing.

Sat, 26 Jul 2008 21:06:00 UTC | #207964

Go to: Write to UCF

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Honestly, now we see what Bill Donahue is capable of. That the the financial and legal resources of the Catholic League are now directed not at a seasoned professor and social commentator like PZ Myers, but to the shameless bullying of an ordinary student, in an attempt to get him expelled from his university, to upset his life, and for what purpose? This is pathetic. Imagine seeing the overweight and balding Bill Donahue in court, testifying against a teenager as to why he should be expelled from his university. Have they no shame? Really I think this puts the very nature of his organization into plain view.

Sat, 26 Jul 2008 14:45:00 UTC | #207883

Go to: Write to UCF

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The Schuermannator,

If you're actually at Central FL, for goodness' sake, do something. I'm sure your university has a newspaper in which you can publish an opinion piece, and your student government probably meets at regular enough intervals that you could probably go there and tell them exactly why they are all a collective assortment of human garbage. All but two of your student senators apparently voted to impeach Cook. That is a disgrace. I would go there and desecrate a handful of crackers in front of them just to make the point that this is America and WE CAN DO THAT HERE. I have a weekly column in my own university paper, and if classes were currently underway, I would certainly write up a storm over this outrage.

Sat, 26 Jul 2008 14:33:00 UTC | #207880

Go to: Islam subway ads cause stir in New York

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It's just such a bad publicity strategy, advertising in a subway tunnel of all places, and on the anniversary of September 11. I don't think it should be censored, but what do they think they're going to achieve?

Tue, 22 Jul 2008 18:38:00 UTC | #205019

Go to: Surgeon General Nominee Dismisses Homosexuality Paper

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Unfortunately, as long as he still believes that homosexuality is "unhealthy and unnatural", he is not qualified to be Surgeon General.

Mon, 21 Jul 2008 12:19:00 UTC | #204092

Go to: Texas State Board of Education approves Bible course for high schools

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Critics contend that the board standards for the course are so vague and general that many schools might unknowingly create unconstitutional Bible classes that either promote the religious views of teachers or disparage the religious beliefs of some students.
Unknowingly? Give me a fucking break. This "criticism" is entirely beside the point; even with specific standards in place, the idea of students in a public high school being given classes in which they study the holy book of any religion will always be blatantly unconstitutional, and any court in this country will rule as such.

If I were a Texan, I certainly not want my tax dollars paying for anyone's Bible classes, and I have a right under the First Amendment to demand that they not. Besides, an hour spent studying the Bible is an hour NOT spent studying art, math or science.

Sat, 19 Jul 2008 10:40:00 UTC | #203032

Go to: Group Asks for Divine Intervention to Ease Oil Prices

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"Our people are really suffering through this crisis," Twyman told Cybercast News Service.

It really takes some degree of religious inanity to go to the developing world and complain to the people there about YOUR suffering.

Fri, 04 Jul 2008 10:49:00 UTC | #193897

Go to: Obama Wants to Expand Role of Religious Groups

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First, if you get a federal grant, you can't use that grant money to proselytize to the people you help and you can't discriminate against them.

Does anyone seriously think this is going to be, or even could be, enforced?

Second, federal dollars that go directly to churches, temples, and mosques can only be used on secular programs. And we'll also ensure that taxpayer dollars only go to those programs that actually work.

Same question?

And why on earth should we ignore the fact that the purpose of these measures is simply to strengthen the role of religion in our society and to make our society more dependent upon it?

Wed, 02 Jul 2008 11:18:00 UTC | #192906

Go to: Obama Wants to Expand Role of Religious Groups

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Fuck him. First he closes the door on the Palestinian peace process, then he abandons public campaign financing, and now this. He is already turning into a major disappointment.

Making Bush's faith-based initiatives permanent is totally uncalled for. Expanding them is unthinkable. That's the end of church-state separation in this country.

Wed, 02 Jul 2008 11:08:00 UTC | #192896

Go to: Common New Atheist Fallacies

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You misunderstand me. :)

By "they" I meant crazy persons like the one in this video.

Fri, 27 Jun 2008 17:32:00 UTC | #190426

Go to: Common New Atheist Fallacies

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First they ignore you,
Then they laugh at you,
Then they fight you,
And then you win.

Fri, 27 Jun 2008 17:23:00 UTC | #190419

Go to: Where do US lawmakers stand on science?

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I think an 80% carbon emission reduction by 2050 is achievable. For the most part, the technologies required have already been researched enough. It's just a question of production.

And by the way, most of those seven questions are extremely milquetoast - do you support research? How do you see technology contributing to health? - So it's no surprise they've gotten mostly milquetoast answers.

Sun, 22 Jun 2008 10:23:00 UTC | #187646

Go to: The Flea Delusion

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What is it with these people and fake names? What was the name of that last guy? Vox Dei?

Sun, 22 Jun 2008 10:16:00 UTC | #187639

Go to: Pastors Challenge Law, Endorse Candidates From Pulpit

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Comment #197014 by irate_atheist:

Thank fuck I'm not American.

In a way it's sad to see you guys slipping back into the Dark Ages. Perhaps it will serve as a warning to others.

Oh? If America goes, then so do will a lot of others who might presently think they are safe.

Sat, 21 Jun 2008 13:02:00 UTC | #187321

Go to: Louisiana's Latest Assault on Darwin

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To the Honorable Governor Jindal,

Hey Bobby,

Congrats on this new anti-science bill you're fronting. Those of us in the better-educated northern states benefit tremendously from having a laughingstock to ridicule, and you have earned our heartfelt gratitude for continuing Louisiana's legacy of service in that regard.

Thanks again for reaffirming your state's historic reputation as the educational and cultural backwater of our great nation,

Miles A. Casner

Sat, 21 Jun 2008 11:36:00 UTC | #187301

Go to: What Happens When a School Board of Religious Zealots Will 'Lie for Jesus'?

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That's the feeling I get when talking to this people. It's depressing, but there's just no possibility to find any common ground with them. You can't even use the metaphor of tectonic plates the author mentioned, because when you do that, you find out that they literally do not believe in tectonic plates. They're just too far gone.

Sat, 21 Jun 2008 11:22:00 UTC | #187295

Go to: Should Strident British Atheist Richard Dawkins Dictate Education Policy to US States? Barbara Forrest Apparently Thinks So

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These people are such losers. Reading this thing I'm reminded of Dembski's pathetic Flash animation he made of Judge Jones in which he inserted fart sounds because he thought it would make Jones look stupid and not himself.

Just let them pass their law, as soon as it gets to trial it'll just be slapped down just like their last one, and the one before that, and the one before that. They're never going to fool a Federal court with this transparent nonsense.

Fri, 20 Jun 2008 23:27:00 UTC | #187085