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Go to: Does Religious Liberty Equal Freedom to Discriminate?

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The issue is that when a church rents out their building for a wedding ceremony to non-members, it becomes like every other commercial enterprise, and should be subject to the same non-discrimination regulations as every other commercial enterprise.

If churches want to keep everything merely to their own members (and there are lots who have that policy), that's fine. They have every right to absolutely control every jot and tittle of their membership. They have every right (in the USA) to discriminate as part of their membership.

It is only when they open up to the public that they have to obey outside laws against discrimination. If they only hire workers from within their membership, they can force them to follow their own rules. But if they advertise to the public for workers, then they can't.

It's the difference between private workings and public commercial offerings. It is a silly red herring to suggest Baptists going to a Methodist church and demanding changes. We are discussing a church offering commercial services to the public, and then wanting to discriminate against portions of the public.

AA isn't offering commercial services to the public. Public buses were offering commercial services to the public. Notice the difference.

Wed, 06 Jun 2012 17:18:47 UTC | #945918

Go to: Why I watched a snake-handling pastor die for his faith

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Only if he has not already had children should he be a candidate for a Darwin Award.

To make matters more laughable, his father, also a snake handler in this cult, died from a snake bite.

Fri, 01 Jun 2012 21:45:24 UTC | #945089

Go to: Sixty Years of British Science Innovation

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On December 2, 1922, in Sorbonne, France, Edwin Belin, an Englishman demonstrated a mechanical scanning device that was an early precursor to modern television

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/English_inventions_and_discoveries

Excellent collection of inventions and discoveries!

Fri, 01 Jun 2012 16:10:49 UTC | #944999

Go to: Sixty Years of British Science Innovation

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Sinister Weasel, I believe the laser was a U.S. invention.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Laser#History

Fri, 01 Jun 2012 15:59:28 UTC | #944998

Go to: Thinking Like a Scientist

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Bill Foster, a scientist affiliated with Fermilab, was a U.S. Representative, who is running again this fall.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bill_Foster_(Illinois_politician)

Tue, 29 May 2012 19:41:37 UTC | #944301

Go to: The brain… it makes you think. Doesn't it?

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There are only two choices in binary, and binary definitely belongs in Science.

Mon, 07 May 2012 21:12:14 UTC | #940417

Go to: Sidebar: Pastor’s loss of faith started with loss of hell

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Don't worry, it isn't like there would be any physical danger from people in the congregation. They wouldn't become violent, because they're christians . . . Particularly since they might feel they'd been lied to by a person in authority. In front of them all, with people between you and every exit, that would be completely safe.

There wouldn't be any pressure from the congregation, or threats, and they'd all be respectful of the decision -- just like those gays who came out publicly in their churches.

Or . . . just maybe . . .

Fri, 04 May 2012 19:39:35 UTC | #939734

Go to: [Update - statement from CfI ]Secular Group Charges Michigan Country Club with Religious Discrimination

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You two should check out the link for the case I provided. It is germane to your discussion.

Tue, 01 May 2012 22:27:45 UTC | #938823

Go to: [Update - statement from CfI ]Secular Group Charges Michigan Country Club with Religious Discrimination

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See Boy Scouts of America v. Dale:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Boy_Scouts_of_America_v._Dale

Tue, 01 May 2012 19:47:12 UTC | #938786

Go to: Sidebar: Pastor’s loss of faith started with loss of hell

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Ah, ZenDruid, you beat me to it (I didn't see your post.)

Tue, 01 May 2012 19:28:42 UTC | #938779

Go to: Sidebar: Pastor’s loss of faith started with loss of hell

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Sam Kinison used to be an evangelist.

Tue, 01 May 2012 19:28:01 UTC | #938778

Go to: Highly Religious People Are Less Motivated by Compassion Than Are Non-Believers

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But religious people think they have helped when they PRAY. That doesn't seem to be accounted for in this study.

Also, once I intellectually find out about someone suffering, I tend to have an emotional response to that, and if able, do something to help. This study doesn't seem to account for this. It is either you had an emotionall connection or not Generous or not.

Too binary to be accurate.

Tue, 01 May 2012 19:21:17 UTC | #938776

Go to: Richard Dawkins Has a Point, Your Eminence!

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But according to the pope, cardinals are the only true interpreters of doctrine. So if you are a good catholic, you have to accept their interpretations, since they are the ones with the hot line to god.

Mr. Matt seems confused on this point.

Fri, 27 Apr 2012 16:06:16 UTC | #937758

Go to: "It is written"

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I believe that "it is written" is to distinguish it from something that "everybody knows" or "I have heard said."

However, from a purely historical perspective, the earliest examples of writing that we have tend to be a wide mixture of rather mundane things: requests for money from children to their parents, dirty jokes (often involving lettuce, which was thought to be an aphrodisiac), complaints about politics, banal financial transactions, and some religious writings.

Mon, 23 Apr 2012 21:57:53 UTC | #936818

Go to: In defence of obscure words

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"It's a very cheap way of seeming like you're much more cultured and widely read than in fact you are."

So true. I find it terribly irritating for people to quote from books that, upon further conversation, you find out they haven't read. It's a bumper sticker pseudo-intellectuality.

And that being said, I can't imagine how more complicated verbiage could have improved Jonathan Livingston Seagull or Illusions in any way -- more likely it would have made it less enjoyable for me.

Mon, 23 Apr 2012 21:46:43 UTC | #936815

Go to: Monster-Sized Rabbits Discovered; Sadly, They Can't Hop

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Look at the bones!

Mon, 23 Apr 2012 18:55:35 UTC | #936774

Go to: In defence of obscure words

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Cartomancer, do you have your own website/blog?

Mon, 23 Apr 2012 18:44:38 UTC | #936771

Go to: In defence of obscure words

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The works of Stephen R. Donaldson contain some of the most wonderful vocabulary in modern fiction.

Mon, 23 Apr 2012 18:27:35 UTC | #936762

Go to: Why do French intellectuals "know nothing about science"?

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Quel dommage.

Fri, 20 Apr 2012 22:09:57 UTC | #936128

Go to: Synthetic XNA molecules can evolve and store genetic information, just like DNA

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It will be interesting to see what new emergent phenomena will arise from these new configurations!

Fri, 20 Apr 2012 20:14:08 UTC | #936102

Go to: Synthetic XNA molecules can evolve and store genetic information, just like DNA

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I can only imagine the superpowers it might give me . . .

Thu, 19 Apr 2012 22:24:53 UTC | #935849

Go to: Romney to give commencement speech at Falwell’s Liberty University

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Cartomancer, I have always enjoyed your posts (along with others), and I am wondering if you do your own blog/website, or have a book/ebook out there with more of your wonderful writing?

(Just a side note, the University of Chicago, established 1892. An extraordinary number of Nobel Prizes and the Prize in Economic Sciences have been awarded to University of Chicago faculty members, students, or researchers at some point in their careers. Rivalling any other University.)

Thu, 19 Apr 2012 21:26:14 UTC | #935831

Go to: [Update - WCTV Video] Teresa MacBain - coming out - American Atheists Conference March 26, 2012

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Congratulations, Theresa! How incredibly brave and wonderful. You are an inspiration.

It does get better!

Socialize with others like yourself, who are not theists -- not for the reinforcement (which the religious do to maintain their tight hold over doubt and questioning), but for the joy of sharing, like singers do who come together for a community chorus.

Create a wonderful purpose for your own life!

Experience the joy of using all the extra energy you'll discover now that you aren't wasting it with needless guilt and mental contortions.

Wed, 04 Apr 2012 22:19:43 UTC | #932448

Go to: The Lord’s Army Comes to America’s Public Schools

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Wow, bubah, I'm impressed. What an amazing coincidence that you and your friends chose the exact same name for your special group -- including the meeting place and times -- as this already in existence fundamentalist religious group!

And you did it all without conferring at all with any adults at any time!

Thu, 29 Mar 2012 19:10:31 UTC | #931204

Go to: No blood on the carpet. How disappointing. [Also in Polish]

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Is it a coincidence that not long after this particular interchange the archbishop announces his retirement?

Thu, 29 Mar 2012 19:03:36 UTC | #931202

Go to: Can the Reason Rally resonate in this most religious of democracies?

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AlGarnier, Comment 8 clearly is marked: Comment Removed by Author

Wed, 28 Mar 2012 22:19:29 UTC | #931041

Go to: From Faith to Facts: Theology to Atheism an Unintended Outcome

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An honest study of religion always brings about atheism, due to the intrinsic dishonesty of religion.

Wed, 28 Mar 2012 20:43:10 UTC | #931011

Go to: Four Bad Reasons to Believe Anything

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Martin Andrew Jones, since you believe "color" is so incredibly important, you might want to look into the topic of metamers.

But you might also tell us why we should take anything you write as serious when you use the foolish "g/d" nonsense, as if you are somehow restrained from writing "god" (or perhaps "gad" or "gud"), or somehow showing respect to a non-existent entity. You do see that this furthers your credibility gap,right? It just makes rational people snicker.

Tue, 27 Mar 2012 16:56:18 UTC | #930761

Go to: Four Bad Reasons to Believe Anything

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Bravo, Jos Gibbons. Particularly your proof that the law of identity holds. Crisp. Elegant.

Don't you just shake your head a little bit in sadness at the silliness of people who write "G/D"? As if they actually believe the something bad or disrespectful would occur if they had typed the middle "O" ? How do they ever expect to be taken seriously about anything?

Wed, 21 Mar 2012 16:07:47 UTC | #929315

Go to: Four Bad Reasons to Believe Anything

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I believe the #1 goal (sometimes a secret, inside, never spoken of goal) of every scientist is to make a bold new discovery.

Barring that, the #2 goal (sometimes a secret, inside, never spoken of goal) of a scientist is to discover the exception to existing knowledge.

Faith is exactly the opposite -- you are not allowed to challenge the accuracy of what you have faith in. You cannot question it. You cannot check it for accuracy. You cannot look for exemptions. You cannot do thought experiments to see if it has been completely misunderstood. You cannot listen to or accept any new or different information (facts) which might attempt to change your mind about what you have faith in. And you have to keep repeating the faith statements daily so that you never have doubt. Doubt is evil, sinful, and punished -- severely.

Tue, 20 Mar 2012 18:55:27 UTC | #929051