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Go to: Atheism is the true embrace of reality

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Same post I wrote on the Hibernia Times site...

I'm an atheist and I quite enjoyed this article up until the penultimate paragraph. I'm not sure if this point has already been brought up as I read only a few comments, but the penultimate paragraph really got to me for the way it groups atheists together.

For example, the previous paragraph tells us the position of atheism, tells us it's not a belief and also that it's not a faith. These are all statements I agree with, but I fundamentally disagree with several of the statements in the following paragraph. For instance, I find it quite ridiculous to say that atheists recognise that we need evidence. I'm sure many, including myself and the writer of the article do, but to suggest atheists as a group recognise that we need evidence in order to come to reliable conclusions about reality is quite absurd.

The same goes for the comment that atheists care about reality. How do we know that all atheists care about reality. It seems to me that while there's a lot of talk about evidence in this article which is absolutely right, what evidence do we have to support the factual statement made in the article which suggests that "atheists care about reality" ?

As an atheist, I think that perhaps this is a very bad move to make, grouping people together and essentially giving it some sort of ideological basis, when the paragraph before seemed to refute that.

Finally I disagree with the title. Reason, rational thought, critical thinking and scientific study are surely closer to the embrace of reality, no? Perhaps atheism is a by product but to suggest it is the true embrace of reality is absurd in my opinion.

Fri, 17 Jun 2011 16:21:52 UTC | #639653

Go to: Leading scientist Richard Dawkins slams Scottish Football Association over sacking of Hugh Dallas

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"Please explain. How on earth can the forwarding of a non-sectarian satirical email possibly become proof of sectarianism or bigotry?"

Sorry, when I said 'Of course it does', that was in reference to the below question. Hugh Dallas being a bigot is my opinion and we can debate that. That's why I mentioned the importance of context. Many of his decisions over the years have shown a clear bias against Celtic and this latest scandal only bolsters this viewpoint. However, I disagree that his lack of professionalism is up for debate.

"In what way does forwarding an a satirical email demonstrate that he is unable to perform his duties in an even-handed manner?"

This is my problem with what you're saying. That you can even assert to understand the context perfectly well, yet continue to be confused as to why his actions, in a city where sectarianism is quite rife. A man of his position - a senior position in a football association which is apparently making an active attempt to stamp out sectarianism - using his work e-mail to post the image. It's a complete lack of professionalism. How can you expect such a man to maintain his role as head of referee development or ever be seen as being 'even-handed' again? How can the SFA employ someone who does this whilst being a partner in this organisation - http://www.kickoutbigotry.org/

"How is the email addressed used relevant in relation to whether the contents were sectarian or not?"

None of this surprised me. Dallas ordering match report amendments. Dallas bullying people. Dallas forwarding the picture in an e-mail. I expected this sort of behaviour. The only thing that took me aback is that he'd be so unprofessional as to use his SFA e-mail address to do so. I honestly wish he'd been sacked before the e-mail story even surfaced. The coverup beforehand was more than enough.

"More lies from Scotland's pro catholic community."

I'm not pro-Catholic.

"the fact that the RC church is meddling in affairs which are not theirs to meddle in makes me sick to my stomach."

I feel the same. I wish they hadn't got involved. I'm sure the guy is a parasite and probably comparable to the likes of Bill Donohue.

Wed, 01 Dec 2010 18:56:46 UTC | #556784

Go to: Leading scientist Richard Dawkins slams Scottish Football Association over sacking of Hugh Dallas

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If you don't care for context, that's your decision. Without understanding the context, I'm not surprised you disagree with everything I'm saying.

Wed, 01 Dec 2010 15:49:24 UTC | #556650

Go to: Leading scientist Richard Dawkins slams Scottish Football Association over sacking of Hugh Dallas

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Comment 30 by skeelo :

It is indeed a ridiculous state of affairs, but the forwarding of that email offers not one iota of evidence that Dallas is in any way sectarian or bigoted. Nor does it in anyway demonstrate that he is unable to perform his contracted duties in a professional and even-handed manner.

Of course it does, if he's using his work e-mail account to distribute it. But it's not just about the e-mail. There is increasing evidence of Hugh Dallas' personal involvement in the altering of match reports, 27 of which appear to involve Celtic F.C.

I would argue that there's no doubt that this renders Dallas' professional conduct as inexcusable and evidence of his persistent bias throughout the years.

Let's not forget, this isn't just about Hugh Dallas but there has been a long history of bigotry and sectarianism in relation to the SFA. Not only with match officials, but very few Catholics were selected to participate in the Scottish national team and Rangers history of employing Catholics up until the 1990's is quite deplorable.

Wed, 01 Dec 2010 14:30:16 UTC | #556605

Go to: Leading scientist Richard Dawkins slams Scottish Football Association over sacking of Hugh Dallas

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Sorry, but I find the condemnation of the SFA's sacking of Hugh Dallas to be absurd.

I'm an atheist. I'm Scottish and I'm also strongly against the Catholic Church, although I was brought up as part of it. However, supporting Hugh Dallas in this case is simply supporting the continuation of institutional bigotry in Scottish football. Let us remember that he used his work e-mail accont to send this joke. I don't care too much for the Catholic Church involving itself by demanding he be sacked, but Dallas' position was simply untenable.

We must also recognise the bigger picture here, that there is a refereeing scandal occuring in Scotland at the moment due to the exposure of a coverup of lies against one team in particular - Glasgow Celtic.

Now, unfortunately the religious affiliations that are generally credited to Glasgow Celtic and Glasgow Rangers aren't going to change anytime soon and it's simply a matter that the SFA have to work with, without any sort of bias.

Wed, 01 Dec 2010 07:46:30 UTC | #556444

Go to: Richard Dawkins at the Edinburgh Book Festival 2009

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Was that David Robertson asking the second from last question?

Wed, 28 Oct 2009 22:42:00 UTC | #409499

Go to: 'A Universe From Nothing' by Lawrence Krauss, AAI 2009

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"Forget Jesus, those stars died so that we could be here..."

Haha, that gave me a good laugh. After watching this, Krauss joins Sagan and Neil Tyson on my fantasy dinner party wish-list. :P

Sat, 24 Oct 2009 14:57:00 UTC | #408065

Go to: Hugh interviews atheist Richard Dawkins

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For those of you not familiar with Mark Roberts, mentioned by Hewitt, here's a question posed to him from Christopher Hitchens on Hewitt's radio show about an account of the resurrection in Matthew's Gospel.

Christopher Hitchens: Do you think, that at the time of the crucifixion, the graves in the greater Jerusalem area opened and many of the dead came out and walked the streets? That's one account. You do believe that?

Mark Roberts: It's in Matthew's Gospel.

CH: Yes

MR: As a believer I think it happened. If I put on my historian hat, I say this is one account...uh...one gospel...uh...one eyewitness.... This makes it...again...now speaking as a historian, historically unlikely. As a believer, I believe it.

CH: I find that absolutely flabbergasting.

Wed, 21 Oct 2009 16:33:00 UTC | #407323

Go to: The Great Faith Debate at UCF in Orlando FL

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Yes, it was Hitchens. About time too.

Mon, 21 Sep 2009 20:29:00 UTC | #399640

Go to: The Great Faith Debate at UCF in Orlando FL

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FINALLY someone brings up the kamikaze!

Mon, 21 Sep 2009 17:28:00 UTC | #399586

Go to: A nightmare for Richard Dawkins: statistics show that atheists are a dying breed

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"this sudden outpouring of bile against Christianity seems clearly motivated by a secret fear of another Abrahamic religion"

Surely it's either seemingly motivated or clearly motivated?

Anyway, has anyone read some of the racist 'bile' that's apparent in the comments section? It's despicable.

West actually makes it sound like people inheriting the beliefs of their parents is actually a good thing. He appears to flatly accept this without demonstrating any disapproval.

Although I generally disagree with any exceptions made... Read his latest column. The guy is a nut: http://blogs.telegraph.co.uk/news/edwest/100010579/atheist-bigotry-hiding-behind-health-and-safety-how-typically-british/

Spokesperson: Exceptions are made for requirements of faith, but a crucifix is not considered to fall under this category.

West: How can a crucifix, the most recognisable religious symbol and, dare I say it, brand logo of all time, not be recognised as a religious symbol?

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They didn't say it wasn't a religious symbol (which it is), they said it wasn't a requirement of faith (which it isn't).

Sun, 20 Sep 2009 14:54:00 UTC | #399230

Go to: Unbelievable: From Atheism to Christian Faith

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When he was asked these two questions? Why not convert to Islam something else?

:S

It just seems like the reason he believes is simply because he really wants to.

I'm also interested in how he could have been an atheist for so long without having been able to answer the question why he was an atheist.

Tue, 15 Sep 2009 16:12:00 UTC | #397267

Go to: Unbelievable: From Atheism to Christian Faith

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25 minutes in and nothing about why he converted. Is it going to come any time soon?

If I was the atheist on the panel I'd be asking why my time was being wasted. :(

Tue, 15 Sep 2009 16:01:00 UTC | #397260

Go to: AC Grayling: Derren Brown's Lotto stunt was a trick too far

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Mikey, no he didn't. The 'fix the machine' option was infact another example of misdirection.

It was a camera trick. When he's announcing the balls after their drawn...as he says the '3' in the number '23' you can see one of the balls moving slightly upward as that side of the screen changed to the live feed.

Tue, 15 Sep 2009 15:29:00 UTC | #397234

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AN_1 do you have a link to a news website or something, regarding the starvation law you mentioned?

Sun, 13 Sep 2009 15:04:00 UTC | #396569

Go to: Panel Discussion - Dawkins, Tyson, Druyan, Stenger, Grothe

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One point from Druyan struck a chord with me was the psychological problem of a parent's inability to tell their young child that one day they will die.

Fri, 24 Jul 2009 04:53:00 UTC | #381874

Go to: German bishop: Atheism responsible for Nazis and mass murder

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You have to ask,

If done in God's name, what cannot be permitted?

Mon, 13 Apr 2009 15:00:00 UTC | #347443

Go to: 'The Gathering Storm'

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Had to laugh at the auditions. It's even worse than Ben Stein paying all those extras to listen to his droning voice in the lecture theatre scenes of Expelled.

When she said "My freedom will be taken away" I actually had to stop and say what the hell? Which freedoms are these?

All you have to do is replace same-sex marriage with something like segregation and these people would look dumb to everyone. Hopefully this shit will be treated like that soon enough.

Mon, 13 Apr 2009 10:56:00 UTC | #347252

Go to: Following atheist trend, Britons seek 'de-baptism'

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Personally, I think this de-baptism nonsense is a waste of time.

My baptism is meaningless to me and that's about all there is to say about it. I don't see the point in pursuing a piece of paper which means just as much to me as the baptism itself...

Mon, 30 Mar 2009 07:49:00 UTC | #341486

Go to: An Army of Extremists

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FYI: Both Hitchens and Salman Rushdie will be appearing on Real Time With Bill Maher this coming Friday. Should be worth a watch.

Wed, 25 Mar 2009 12:57:00 UTC | #339337

Go to: There's a new power in America - atheism

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I'm pretty sure I read that Andrew Sullivan wasn't allowed to become a US Citizen because he is HIV-Positive.

Sun, 15 Mar 2009 10:42:00 UTC | #336281

Go to: State representative disapproves of Darwin 2009 Project

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Carl Sagan

I have a foreboding of an America in my children's or grandchildren's time, when the United States is a service and information economy; when nearly all the key manufacturing industries have slipped away to other countries; when awesome technological powers are in the hands of a very few, and no one representing the public interest can even grasp the issues; when the people have lost the ability to set their own agendas or knowledgeably question those in authority; when, clutching our crystals and nervously consulting our horoscopes, our critical faculties in decline, unable to distinguish between what feels good and what's true, we slide, almost without noticing, back into superstition and darkness.


I wonder why Mr. Thomsen isn't suggesting astrologer's speak to the astronomy students at the University of Oklahoma?

Wed, 11 Mar 2009 14:57:00 UTC | #334996

Go to: Bill Heine interviews Richard Dawkins

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Scan 07: Not really. Just about 40 seconds of the interview is a caller accusing big, bad, immoral evolutionary theory of causing the holocaust.

Mon, 20 Oct 2008 15:57:00 UTC | #253970

Go to: Bill Heine interviews Richard Dawkins

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Great! Another idiot banging on about Nazi Eugenics having a direct like to Darwinian Evolutionary Theory.

Mon, 20 Oct 2008 15:53:00 UTC | #253968

Go to: A 'values' voter speaks her mind on Obama

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Mon, 20 Oct 2008 10:06:00 UTC | #253658

Go to: Plan to exhume cardinal is 'homophobic'

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I've posted this story before, but I'll post it again. This story was originally posted here:

Bishop accuses gays of conspiracy against the Catholic Church

I've attended a conference while at school where he was spouting off similar anti-homosexual rhetoric much to the disillusionment of the hundred or so students in attendance.

You may be wondering why I found this relevant to post. Well, the school which was hosting this conference was...

Cardinal Newman High School! :P

Tue, 26 Aug 2008 09:32:00 UTC | #224585

Go to: 'Condoms won't change HIV rates'

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This is the same Catholic Church that made the "scientific" claim that while condoms were good for birth control, they were useless for protecting against HIV.

The reason? The HIV virus is small, so it can get through the holes in the rubber while the larger sperm can't! No doubt a large percentage of those Africans told this might believe it too :-(

I was also told this at school, and I'm in SCOTLAND!

Thu, 17 Jul 2008 04:08:00 UTC | #201445

Go to: 'Condoms won't change HIV rates'

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"At the moment, if you go on a policy of telling people that religion is the only solution to avoiding Hellfire, you are telling people that they cannot take control of their own lives," he said.

Wed, 16 Jul 2008 14:10:00 UTC | #201159

Go to: Man Sues Church Over 'God Injury'

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"The Lord moves in mysterious ways, your honour!....


...Errr...the defence rests!"

Sun, 13 Jul 2008 11:02:00 UTC | #199085

Go to: Weak US dollar hits papal profits

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Also, I'd be interested to know how much of the €245.8m outgoings are for paying off families of childrape victims and setting up the priests in other parts of the world.

Fri, 11 Jul 2008 08:34:00 UTC | #198151