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Go to: Malaysian 'teapot cult' woman loses Islam legal bid

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Heh, for the last couple of minutes I've been trying to write something about provisions of freedom of religion in the Malaysian constitution, but failed every time. But who could blame me? It is such a strange and confusing document, which even seems to contradict itself in some places. Maybe I'm just not fluent enough in legalese, but I really think it was deliberately done this way to ensure the dominant role of Islam in Malaysia.

(Great, looks like even my ramblings are confusing)

Wed, 20 Jul 2011 18:19:51 UTC | #851867

Go to: The trouble with Christianity

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@ Comment 79 by Badger1211

"I digress somewhat, but you can understand the point that I am trying to make..."

No, I'm afraid I certainly do not. From your post I only managed to discern that you were saying something about religion and science and their relationship. Apart from that everything was so vague that I couldn't understand it at all. You apparently consider your point important, so maybe next time try to write something that other human beings can understand.

Fri, 22 Apr 2011 08:28:19 UTC | #617985

Go to: Posters banned from railway stations published here

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@ Comment 72 by Stevehill

"If they choose to run religious ads and not atheist ads on their own property, that's not hypocrisy - it's being true to their own beliefs. Beliefs they are fully entitled to hold in a free society."

I don't agree. The article says that the reasons they gave were that they didn't want to cause offence. They didn't say they don't want to cause offence to religious people. Therefore if they had put up posters in the past which were offensive to irreligious people, then in my opinion they are being hypocritical.

By the way, I do accept that they have the right to display (or not) whatever posters they want, I would just like to see some sincerity about it.

Sat, 05 Mar 2011 09:12:20 UTC | #598923

Go to: Posters banned from railway stations published here

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Which company (or companies?) did exactly refuse to display these posters? I'm just curious whether they have put up any offensive religious posters in the past. If they had, it would be nice to shove it in their face and point out their hypocrisy.

Fri, 04 Mar 2011 20:16:35 UTC | #598834

Go to: UPDATE: RD in Radio Census Discussion

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@ Comment 21 by Stevehill

"Another point which needs to be stressed in this campaign is that it is up to the head of the household to fill in the census on behalf of everyone living there."

I'm would really like to know who and why thought this was a good idea. Surely skewing the results is not worth the money saved on paper.

Fri, 04 Mar 2011 19:56:47 UTC | #598828

Go to: Are the Ten Commandments the basis for our laws?

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@ Comment 2 by ALMC521

"I do honestly feel in a way that the 10 commandments are infact the basis behind modern law in most western countries."

Did you even read the article? Several of the commandments even directly contradict those laws. Let me recapitulate for you: 1) Thou shalt have no other gods before me. - Freedom of religion, nuff' said. 2) Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image - Freedom of expression, nuff' said. 3) Thou shalt not take the name of the LORD thy God in vain - see above 4) Remember the sabbath day, to keep it holy - well, I'll give you that... 5) Honour thy father and thy mother - don't know any such laws demanding this 6) Thou shalt not kill. - Well duh', most societies have this 7) Thou shalt not commit adultery. - again, no such laws 8) Thou shalt not steal. - same as number 6 9) Thou shalt not bear false witness against thy neighbour. - again, I think nothing special 10) Thou shalt not covet ... - again, not illegal, being though crime and all...

Still "feel in a way"?

Thu, 03 Mar 2011 17:08:39 UTC | #598399

Go to: 'No place' in the law for Christianity, High Court rules

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@ Comment 62 by kshaw

Ok, but why should we even consider homosexuality immoral? Just because you say so? Oh, please...

Tue, 01 Mar 2011 19:08:04 UTC | #597767

Go to: Sarkozy Announces Debate to Define Islam's Future Role in France

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@ Comment 61 by calatelpe

Just my two cents: I live in Czech Republic as did my ancestors as far as I can remember. If someone told me that I have to place some ill-defined "Czech culture" above any other, I would kindly tell them to f*ck off...

Fri, 25 Feb 2011 10:44:26 UTC | #595938

Go to: Midterm question about God and rights

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Uh-oh, the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedom really does include a clause about supremacy of "God", right in the beginning... Just, just how can you take that document seriously if the premise is so badly fscked up? In that context the question actually makes some sense. But... the context itself is totally nuts.

Thu, 24 Feb 2011 23:03:50 UTC | #595737

Go to: State multiculturalism has failed, says David Cameron

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@ Comment 76 by JohnnyBosc

What we need is some sort of mechanism whereby muslims are not permitted to shift the target all over the place. Good old symbolism may just do the trick: I believe the Swiss had the right idea with the referendum outlawing the erection of any more minarets. The action is in itself essentially harmless (well, in a physical sense -- burning people at the stake it ain't) but the image is clear: You guys are on our radar and under probation. Best part was it came as a result of a popular vote. If there's something the faithful know is that no matter how skillful you are at having the political establishment running around in circles, vox populi you fuck with at your own risk.

Oh, I'm afraid I'll have to disagree with you about Swiss banning minarets. Everything else aside, this action essentially banned construction of an architectural feature for arbitrary and discriminative reasons. The fact that it was by popular vote in my opinion even makes it worse, because it clearly shows that this decision was a case of tyranny of majority.

Thu, 10 Feb 2011 22:54:37 UTC | #590647

Go to: Non-English Speaking Promotion of Reason & Science

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Well, I'm afraid I can't help. I don't really know any similar website in Czech language. Czech republic being highly irreligious country make most people not concerned about this topic. Don't know if that is good or not.

Sat, 05 Feb 2011 11:12:36 UTC | #588216

Go to: Evangelicals' free school would include creationism on science curriculum

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@ Comment 18 by Bernard Hurley

Because it's comfortable, not having to think about what is right or wrong, not having to think about what is important and what is not, just being told what to do, and being told that if you follow the instructions to the letter you will be rewarded. It is an easy way to escape from one's fear and feelings of insecurity.

It's one of the worst cases of moral failure if you ask me...

Sat, 05 Feb 2011 09:57:42 UTC | #588197

Go to: Astrology is a science: Bombay High Court

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@Comment 44 by dimpi

"there is no doubt that astrology is a science"

I doubt that.

"in fact its the mother of all sciences"

Strange, I always thought it was philosophy...

Sat, 05 Feb 2011 09:09:28 UTC | #588187

Go to: Louis Theroux: My time among the 'ultra-Zionists'

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@ Comment 56 by waltkovacs

"before the british empire controlled the land called "palestine", it was controlled by the ottoman empire, before that, the byzantine empire, before that, the roman empire...who had expelled the majority of the jews.

the land was renamed philastina-syria by hadrian, to spite the jews

the arabs never considered themselves palestinians until after 67.

and jews kept a presence in the land for the last 2000 years."

And your point is?

"amazing that those who do not believe in a god, would be so open to other sort of myths."

Friendly advice: Ad hominem attacks will not help you to get your point across.

Sat, 05 Feb 2011 08:54:37 UTC | #588182

Go to: Two hard-hitting pieces by Rod Liddle

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@ Comment 33 by HughCaldwell

Out of curiosity: What do you mean to accomplish by this arguing about semantics?

Mon, 31 Jan 2011 19:22:35 UTC | #586408

Go to: Islamophobia: Are sections of the British press increasing tensions within communities by publishing negative stories about Muslims?

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@ Comment 159 by HughCaldwell

Well, homosexual Muslims have their own problems with some of their fellow co-religionists, so yeah.

Sat, 29 Jan 2011 20:09:32 UTC | #585710

Go to: T-shirt slogans that do not offend

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Hm, the only slogans that I can think of right now are these:

"11.commandment: Keep thy religion to thyself."

"God hypothesis unproven. Insufficient evidence."

and this one which I shamelessly plagiarised from someone's sig on FSTDT (for which I apologise):

"Genesis 1:1 In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth [citation needed]. "

Fri, 21 Jan 2011 20:42:46 UTC | #582185

Go to: BBC gives child rape apologist air time

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People, please! Keep it civil...

Wed, 29 Dec 2010 12:18:40 UTC | #570078

Go to: Atheists Excluded from Mayoral Prayer Service

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Well, as I see it, the main problem is that this is an official inauguration event. Meaning that, at least in my opinion, this is a clear violation of separation of church and state and discrimination on religious grounds.

As for rejecting Amanda Knief's request the article does not provide enough information whether the reason was willing exclusion of non-theists or just organisational mishap. If it is the former, then again, it is a discrimination on religious grounds.

All in all I think Amanda's complaint is justified, even though I too don't see much point in partaking in such prayer service.

Wed, 29 Dec 2010 11:39:34 UTC | #570061

Go to: What would "victory" look like?

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Comment 23 by katt33 :

... what they accept or reject in terms of a purely materialistic or combined materialistic and spiritual life.

My apologies, but I have great difficulty understanding what do you mean by this. Would you be so kind and clarify that for me? Thanks.

Sun, 26 Dec 2010 23:05:27 UTC | #569087

Go to: Three-quarters of non-Muslims believe Islam negative for Britain

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@ Comment 74 by HughCaldwell

Thank you for clearing that up. I think we can agree on this one.

Sun, 05 Dec 2010 11:01:25 UTC | #558732

Go to: Three-quarters of non-Muslims believe Islam negative for Britain

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@ Comment 59 by HughCaldwell

Fair enough, but it's just difficult for me (and probably a few others) to recognize that from your posts. I'm afraid they sometimes sound too much like they're meant to deflect any criticism of Islam.

Sat, 04 Dec 2010 19:25:44 UTC | #558497

Go to: Three-quarters of non-Muslims believe Islam negative for Britain

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@ Comment 46 by HughCaldwell

Only if they're actually relevant to the topic discussed. With all due respect I cannot consider your comparisons as such.

Sat, 04 Dec 2010 13:09:23 UTC | #558359

Go to: Three-quarters of non-Muslims believe Islam negative for Britain

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@ Comment 37 by HughCaldwell

If I may answer for myself: References to other clubs would be okay, but should the thread be derailed into discussion about other football teams instead of West Ham I would definitely act.

Sat, 04 Dec 2010 11:03:37 UTC | #558311

Go to: UK-based Taliban spend months fighting NATO forces in Afghanistan

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Another point in favor of trial(and subsequent imprisonment) versus deportation is that imprisonment will actually eliminate the threat these people pose, which is the problem in the first place. Letting them continue fighting by deporting them to Afghanistan is not really solving much...

Thu, 25 Nov 2010 18:26:51 UTC | #553155

Go to: Arkansas School Board Member Says Gay Students Should "Get AIDS and Die"

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Comment 26 by Sci_Guy_Bri :

(sitting slack-jawed at the computer screen) Are we sure this isn't an Onion article?

Obviously not. If it were, it would actually be funny. This is just sad.

Wed, 27 Oct 2010 20:10:10 UTC | #539154

Go to: Where is religion making the strongest inroads?

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@ Comment 35 by Tanweer

I maybe wrong, but from my understanding of your comment you're presenting incomplete view of reality. That there are two parts of human existence: material and spiritual. If we come from the definition of spirituality as things "relating to spirit, god/gods or supernatural" then you're clearly omitting everything that is both not material, and not spiritual. I mean those vague terms like "friendship, love, art, creativity, ingenuity" etc.

And besides, if there is no such thing as supernatural, then spirituality is completely pointless.

Sun, 17 Oct 2010 21:29:46 UTC | #534662

Go to: Where is religion making the strongest inroads?

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Comment 29 by Tanweer :

By ComradeFrana

And failing to realize that you don't need religion for it.

Really? Do explain.

Hm, now that I think of it this was very poorly thought-out comment. I apologize. The thing is that I don't really understand what "more" can religion provide that nothing else can. Care to enlighten me?

Fri, 15 Oct 2010 21:38:25 UTC | #534115

Go to: Where is religion making the strongest inroads?

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Comment 14 by Tanweer :

Everywhere.

Perhaps people are realising after half a millenium of materialism that there truly is more to life than X-factor, bling and cynicism.

And failing to realize that you don't need religion for it.

Thu, 14 Oct 2010 22:37:09 UTC | #533675

Go to: Islam Is A Religion Of Peace?

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Religion of peace... always reminds me of the Brotherhood of Nod: "Peace through power!"

Mon, 11 Oct 2010 19:40:30 UTC | #532168