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Go to: Simply ... should I read the bible?

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When young and religious I went on a car trip with the intention of reading the bible (funny as a catholic it seemed that the Catechism was all that was needed for ones literature) and especially the old testament.

Well after trying the book of Daniel and one other I could only comment that it sounded like the ravings of someone on mescaline.

That is what I thought of and said about those prophets even though I did believe in god and being religious.

Fri, 17 Aug 2012 22:15:30 UTC | #950972

Go to: Stop female genital mutilation in the UK! - Avaaz.org petition

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I have signed but also think that infant circumsion should be outlawed.

Mon, 06 Aug 2012 17:43:28 UTC | #950445

Go to: Sarah Outen in a typhoon

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Yes. It is a nice poem. I would like to be able to write poems like that. How long about would that one have taken? And can one get lessons in poetry writing or is it just a natural thing that some people can do?

Sun, 10 Jun 2012 15:03:13 UTC | #946735

Go to: Update - Podcast June 5 Interview with Peter Boghossian - "Faith: Pretending to know things you don't know"

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Gosh I thought that having faith was simply not wanting to know the truth.

Thu, 07 Jun 2012 19:31:36 UTC | #946185

Go to: Atheism IS Increasing at the Expense of Theism!

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I don't think that the figures are much to get excited about. In any case they don't make sense. For instance Austria don't believe in god has risen by 2% but theist overall has dropped by 11%.

Sat, 02 Jun 2012 20:25:52 UTC | #945223

Go to: Military Proselytizing by the Gideons – and how we stopped it.

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                 Interesting. When I had my year of compulsory military service in the Norwegian army, I remember all the religious nuts had to do their prayers and church-going etc in their own time, i.e. when we had time off.For some reasons the religious nuts were rather quiet about their beliefs as they were openly considered a bit soft in the head by their fellow conscripts.Hopefully this hasn't changed, because I served in 1969.

How come Norway and Sweden are so advanced in respect of off-loading supersition??

Sun, 27 May 2012 21:49:26 UTC | #943858

Go to: Richard Dawkins & Lawrence Krauss Tribute to Christopher Hitchens - 2012 Global Atheist Convention

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And if donations are necessary...... Need I say more!

Sun, 27 May 2012 21:25:42 UTC | #943855

Go to: Richard Dawkins & Lawrence Krauss Tribute to Christopher Hitchens - 2012 Global Atheist Convention

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HardNosedSkeptic - that is an extremly good idea.

Sun, 27 May 2012 20:57:31 UTC | #943850

Go to: Mr. Deity and the Rights

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"Dawkins Reads His Hate Mail"

All Richard was doing was reading what was actually written to him. It would have sounded funny no matter who was reading it.

Sat, 26 May 2012 13:25:04 UTC | #943647

Go to: Mr. Deity and the Rights

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            All right, who'll join me in *psychically "willing"* the Mr. Deity-Freakin' Richard Dawkins show to happen?Richard's potential as comic performer is often evident, see for example the "Dawkins Reads His Hate Mail" clip, already a classic.

What about him as Wooster and the atheist bus? That was about as funny as it can get.

Fri, 25 May 2012 21:19:10 UTC | #943570

Go to: Welcome to the Multiverse

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Thank you to the above two correspondents. Much appreciated.

Wed, 23 May 2012 13:16:28 UTC | #943097

Go to: Welcome to the Multiverse

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If the galaxies are moving away at an accerating rate I have two questions that have been bothering me for a while. This conversation seems to be a good place to try and find the answers.

  1. Why then is the galaxy Adromeda going to collide with the Milky Way?
  2. At the first stage of an explosion the particules will be accerating apart; so how do we know that this universe is still not at that first stage?

Wed, 23 May 2012 10:17:18 UTC | #943075

Go to: The Moral Necessity of a Godless Existence

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          [Comment 3](/articles/645968-the-moral-necessity-of-a-godless-existence/comments?page=1#comment_942589) by  [sunbeamforjeebus](/profiles/76961)          :


                 Comment 2 by Michael GrayIn my not so humble opinion, Desmond Tutu is as at least as much a hypocritical parasite of superstition as was the vile Mother Theresa.Discuss.And equally self-promotional !

Third that!!!

Mon, 21 May 2012 10:08:28 UTC | #942592

Go to: Queen 'should remain Defender of the Faith' - BBC poll

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I have just watched Price Charles delivering the Richard Dimbleby lecture in July 2009. He spoke without any noticeable reference to notes for 45 minutes. He is genuine in his quest for a sustainable environment and does not come across as over eccentric.The only thing wrong with him is that he is most definitely not an atheist. But could that change??

Otherwise I would not mind at all referring to him as my King.

The English monarchy has evolved over a quite considerable lengh of time and it is an institution that I cannot imagine Britain being without. There is doubtless an important function that it fulfils.

So what if they are born into great wealth? There are many others that are too. I just regard them as being incredibly lucky and try not to get too jealous. There are probably considerable drawbacks to it anyway.

Fri, 18 May 2012 17:38:22 UTC | #942200

Go to: Queen 'should remain Defender of the Faith' - BBC poll

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Comment 55 by PERSON

Thank you for the link. It is a very interesting film. And a very sad tale. One wonders if it was politics (cold war) or economics (price of electrical power) that mainly destroyed Nkrumah's dream.

I do not want to be patronising. Whether or not it was a contributing factor to the failure there is evidence of desires of grandeur in the film. As grand as the British monarchy is, the wealth needed for it was amassed over centuries.

Please dont take the above too seriously as as I said I am only wondering about a possible connection I am not advocating that it is actually so.

Wed, 16 May 2012 14:13:44 UTC | #941843

Go to: Queen 'should remain Defender of the Faith' - BBC poll

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I have recently affirmed allegiance to the Queen and her legal successors however I sometimes wonder if this monarchy sets a bad example to other parts of the world. I am especially thinking of Africa and its lifelong dictators. They might think that if the British do it why can't they? Conveniently forgetting the subtle difference of course.

Wed, 16 May 2012 12:35:36 UTC | #941822

Go to: Bullying, lies, and discrimination aren't "religious liberty"

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Action, action and more action. Its all about action. The mission and the methods are clear. Its a worldwide cause.

I live I South Africa. Is there anything I could do besides my donations? Once the mighty US has come to its senses its more likely that other countries will follow suite.

Wed, 16 May 2012 11:56:28 UTC | #941812

Go to: The Myth of America’s Christian Heritage

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Mon, 14 May 2012 19:55:02 UTC | #941469

Go to: Dawkins Foundation: Innovating for a Secular World. A Call to Action by Sean Faircloth, Madison, WI

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Thinking a bit more about the above makes me need to add another thought which is if they diverted their giving from churches to political parties, that might be just the thing that the world needs right now.

By "they" I mean those that this foundation is trying to change from irrationality to rationality. And of course the political parties must be rationally based too.

Mon, 14 May 2012 19:35:50 UTC | #941464

Go to: Dawkins Foundation: Innovating for a Secular World. A Call to Action by Sean Faircloth, Madison, WI

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So then it boils down to how political parties are financed? If everyone gave a small amount to the party of their choice without the need to be asked then the party would not be beholden to any big business. Nah that sounds a bit too naive.

Somewhere in the depths of my memory I recall that one of Barak Obama's fundraising strategies was to appeal for small donations from lots of people. And as a result of this he is not obligated to any powerful faction.

I cannot guarantee the veracity of this but it might be an answer.

Mon, 14 May 2012 19:15:21 UTC | #941459

Go to: Richard Dawkins - US October 2012 Tour

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South Africa is not so big. I wonder how many here would want to see him.

Mon, 14 May 2012 14:38:53 UTC | #941398

Go to: 'Save the planet', science leaders urge G8 governments

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Comments 13 and 25 by hhobbit and Sinister Weasel -

Well praise the lord there are at least 2 others out there that know the obvious.Its the population stupid!!

I am trying to impose a policy on myself not to believe a word any politian says unless the first utterance is to do with the need to bring down the world's human population. It is difficult to do because it never happens.

Why on Earth is this not the most talked about thing?

I am not interested in anything anyone says about caring for the environment unless it includes a piece on the need to reduce human numbers. They can prattle on endlessly but nothing will make any difference without first addressing this issue properly.

So until then I will continue polluting the planet in my own small way. At least I did not have any children.

Mon, 14 May 2012 14:26:02 UTC | #941392

Go to: Dawkins Foundation: Innovating for a Secular World. A Call to Action by Sean Faircloth, Madison, WI

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          [Comment 36] by  Peter Grant:


                 If anything Sean seems too honest for politics, but perhaps this novel approach will confuse and frustrate his opponents.

Ha! I see your point. He does come across as an honest person.

My bottom line regarding politians is that they are all crooks unless they prove otherwise. It is the only way that I can comprehend whats going on around me.

But is Sean being a politian in this new career of his in any case?

Mon, 14 May 2012 14:00:34 UTC | #941388

Go to: Dawkins Foundation: Innovating for a Secular World. A Call to Action by Sean Faircloth, Madison, WI

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Mon, 14 May 2012 13:55:12 UTC | #941387

Go to: Dawkins Foundation: Innovating for a Secular World. A Call to Action by Sean Faircloth, Madison, WI

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                 @comment 18 by katy Cordeth -  No, what I was suggesting was that if Sean's reaction, some might say overreaction, to ANTIcarrot's comment is anything to go by, he'll be eaten alive if, in about thirty years' time when Richard starts to think about beginning to consider possibly retiring, Sean inherits the mantle of go-to atheist and has to deal with people like O'Reilly and Coulter; people who have turned being hostile and insulting into an art form.Because try as I might I just can't see Richard, or for that matter the late Christopher Hitchens, responding as Sean did at no.4; even if the former was jet-lagged and the latter was in a grump.Then again, I'm starting to think that my comment may have just been in response to all the ass-kissy stuff that has me reaching for the Pepto. I don't even know anymore.> Are there any other pearls of wisdom and reason you wish to share on the Clear-Thinking Oasis?> I'm happy to do anything which might help to clear things up for any duller-witted member of this site who isn't able to distinguish between a suggestion that someone sounds like a slimy politician and an accusation that someone *is* slimy (or indeed that there's a fine line between name-calling and sarcasm); but I'm afraid it may be a case of casting pearls before swine.And don't eat yellow snow.

I say that it is good that he reacted to the negative comment by ANTIcarrot rather than act like an aloof royal who won't condescend to the fact that they bother to read what is said about them as they possess a skin of a superior quality.

Mr Faircloth probably is not too concerned personally about such malicious comments as elicited by ANTIrabbit but he has committed his life to this important cause and must defend its rationale.

He is a frequent traveler and his offer to meet ANTIrabbit in person is unlikely to be "braggadocio". He is just taking his job seriously.

So, whatever "eating yellow snow" might mean, Sean Faircloth has taken on a serious challenge and ought to receive our heartfelt support and although the sort of thoughts that katy Cordeth and ANTIrabbit share on this site could be construed as intellectually entertaining it should be remembered that there is a very grave issue at stake.

Lastly ANTIcarrot if you cannot work out what the heck happened at 9.52 in the video you should really think a bit more carefully before you pen your thoughts.

Sun, 13 May 2012 14:10:19 UTC | #941285

Go to: Richard Dawkins and Lawrence Krauss: Something from Nothing, at ANU (Canberra Australia)

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Comment 49 by Vitalic - Those words of Christopher Hitchens are incredible. They should be all that needs to be said. How can religions respond? Begone with them all!!

Mon, 23 Apr 2012 05:50:11 UTC | #936605

Go to: Richard Dawkins and Lawrence Krauss: Something from Nothing, at ANU (Canberra Australia)

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In order to understand the concepts that incorporate immense distances and duration of time it is essential to be able to grasp what numbers mean. I dropped out of commercial school in my youth. I could not understand the concepts in business reports. However while travelling through Ireland I found that could understand those business reports. I attributed this to the smaller economy and thus numbers that I could relate to.

In order to conceptualise geological time I find it useful to realise that a billion is one thousand million. It would take about 11 days to count to a million (saying one second per unit) and 30 years to count to one billion. There are only 4 billion years in the existence of earth which is only about a quarter of the age of the universe. Dinosaurs lived for 200 million years and have been essentially extinct for 60 million years. Humans' written history goes back only about 10 thousand years and we have been around for about 150 thousand years.

Suddenly the distance of our second nearest star at 5 light years does not seem so far away after all.

Sun, 22 Apr 2012 23:21:13 UTC | #936553

Go to: Richard Dawkins and Lawrence Krauss: Something from Nothing, at ANU (Canberra Australia)

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Comment 37 by Stig K - I thought sophisticated meant having the ability to convince by advancing reasonable arguments in support of one's point of view. I don't think having an huge accumulation of knowledge has much to do with it.

Sun, 22 Apr 2012 22:29:56 UTC | #936540

Go to: Richard Dawkins and Lawrence Krauss: Something from Nothing, at ANU (Canberra Australia)

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Comment 32 by Majorpain - You must agree that in the circumstances Richard and Lawrence treated her with the utmost grace and gentleness.

Sun, 22 Apr 2012 22:20:05 UTC | #936537

Go to: Richard Dawkins and Lawrence Krauss: Something from Nothing, at ANU (Canberra Australia)

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Re comment 34 - you are right but I suppose we have to live with it until public opinion is so anti their nonsense they are too embarrased sprout their trash.

Sun, 22 Apr 2012 21:49:01 UTC | #936530