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Go to: In Memoriam: Christopher Hitchens, 1949–2011

pasadena beggar's Avatar Jump to comment 223 by pasadena beggar

Condolences to Hitch's family and friends. And to us all. What a loss.

Fri, 16 Dec 2011 13:11:34 UTC | #899749

Go to: The Magic of Reality - #2 on the Sunday Tiimes Bestseller List

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Oy. On this list of 10 best sellers, 80% of the books are about sports or entertainment figures. How Dawkins' book managed to get on this list in any position at all is a miracle.

Sun, 25 Sep 2011 14:12:11 UTC | #874981

Go to: OMG! It's Richard Dawkins

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How has this journalist managed to write a seemingly innocuous piece about Prof. Dawkins, managing at the same time to make Prof. Dawkins seem unpleasant?

Thu, 09 Jun 2011 19:27:20 UTC | #636508

Go to: Playing the Nazi card?

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"You'll be delighted to know that my new book (to be published at the end of this year) will discuss, among many other things, the main American cases on teaching evolution, and what conclusions we should draw from them."

This sounds like a very interesting book, Dr. Blackford. I am much looking forward to reading it.

Fri, 22 Apr 2011 21:47:53 UTC | #618242

Go to: Playing the Nazi card?

pasadena beggar's Avatar Jump to comment 21 by pasadena beggar

Stanyard, Jebus.

The discussion at WEIT is about Matzke's misrepresentation of Dawkins. There are a hundred or more comments there that attempt to correct the misrepresentation, and call Matzke to account. Suddently you pop into the thread, basically say "leave Matzke alooooooooone", and then you castigate the people who aren't putting up with Matzke's lying. Do not now pop over here to Dawkins place with your underpants in a wad, all innocent and whining about people who called him names.

This was not your fight, and I can't begin to imagine why you thought that inserting yourself into the midst of it was at all helpful.

Fri, 22 Apr 2011 13:17:16 UTC | #618064

Go to: Belgium hears ex-bishop Vangheluwe play down abuse

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There are many, many complaints to be made about Christianity, but chief among these, at least to my mind, is the use of "forgiveness" as a get out of jail free card. No matter what vile, heinous act a Christian commits, all they have to do is confess to Jebus, and whatever they've done is wiped away by their faith. This is why I will never, ever permit a Christian to speak to me on the subject of morality.

As for this Bishop, and all the other Catholic officials who have victimized children, Jebus may forgive them (and it figures), but not me. Perhaps they should rethink suicide. The planet, and the rest off us, are a lot better off without them.

Fri, 15 Apr 2011 20:00:33 UTC | #615923

Go to: Teenagers Speak Up for Lack of Faith

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Rutherford High School is my alma mater. How weird.

Tue, 05 Apr 2011 14:19:20 UTC | #612070

Go to: Who Wrote The Bible and Why It Matters

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I've read all of Ehrman's books. They're dense as a fruitcake and as dry as a cracker, and every time, worth the effort to get through. With exception of Hector Avalos, there is no other Biblical scholar who is Ehrman's equal.

Tue, 29 Mar 2011 12:30:38 UTC | #608685

Go to: Happy Birthday to Richard Dawkins

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My very best wishes to you on your birthday, Prof. Dawkins. It's a much better world with you in it.

Sat, 26 Mar 2011 18:57:43 UTC | #607524

Go to: Why Are Atheists So Angry?

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"Finally, I will go so far as to say that there is sometimes in the atheist a want of wonder."

This is one of those times I would like to be British, so that I could say "what a load of bollocks" without sounding affected. But really. What a load of bollocks.

Scientists are PROFESSIONAL wonderers, and are also the set of people which contains the largest subset of atheists.

Fri, 11 Mar 2011 15:56:27 UTC | #601468

Go to: FOURTH UPDATE: RD on Revelation TV

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That was really provoking to watch.

It was most kind of Prof. Dawkins to appear on the show. His appearance lifted the consequence of the show immeasurably.

There is really something to be said though, for not fighting out of your your weight class.

The poor, hapless host, himself asserting that he was just "simple" person, and without the intellectual horsepower to engage the Professor in the debate, basically begged for mercy (which, it appeared to me, Prof. Dawkins granted. What else could he do?)

Thu, 10 Mar 2011 16:53:23 UTC | #600923

Go to: Can Science and Religion Get Along?

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"Nobody speaks for capital 'S' science, neither people of faith nor atheists," she said. "Science is religiously neutral. Whether you're religious or not, you use the same method and rationale in the way you do science, and if you don't, then you're stepping outside of science." (quoting Dr. Scott)

The thing is, Dr. Scott, you're the damn president of NSCE. Isn't speaking for capital "S" science a function to be expected of her? She should resign. She lacks the courage to do the job.

Mon, 21 Feb 2011 01:03:58 UTC | #593813

Go to: Christopher Hitchens "All Of Life Is A Wager"

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I'm glad to have seen the interview, and perhaps spending his time discussing the end game is what Hitch wants and needs to do, and who will begrudge him?

But I wish that Lamb (the interviewer) had pursued more of the ideological Hitch, and less of the sick and dying one.

Tue, 25 Jan 2011 16:17:46 UTC | #583972

Go to: [Update Jan 22] PZ Myers - Gaskell confirms he's a crank - Jan Settlement in the Gaskell case

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The University should not have settled the suit. But $125,000 is a very small sum, all things considered. Gaskell will realize very little money financially from the proceeds; most of the money will go to his legal bills. The amount of money the settlement suggests that the University is interested in avoiding setting precedent through litigation, and to do that, they're willing to allow Gaskell to save a bit of face.

Fri, 21 Jan 2011 15:28:49 UTC | #582062

Go to: The 25 Most Influential Living Atheists

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Victor Stenger? Jerry Coyne?

Fri, 14 Jan 2011 17:11:56 UTC | #578395

Go to: Pharmacists refusing to fill prescriptions for potentially life-saving drugs

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If, as you say, PZ, you are a medical doctor, I would be very glad if you never practiced on me, or anyone else I care about.

Your values are detestable, and in opposition to the oath you took as a physician.

Fri, 14 Jan 2011 17:04:37 UTC | #578390

Go to: Obituary for John Dawkins

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So sorry for your loss, sir.

You've described such a lovely person.

Sat, 11 Dec 2010 12:43:13 UTC | #561660

Go to: As I didn't say to the archbishop

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I thought her article unutterably depressing.

She asserts that she is intelligent and rational, but every word she writes in the article disproves her contention.

It's as though she's found a flyer from the "I am not ashamed" campaign, and has proceeded to produce this blonde-headed, ditzy article, like she's coming out of the closet or something.

The whole thing embarrasses me.

Sun, 05 Dec 2010 15:36:02 UTC | #558813

Go to: Hitch Live Webcast Thursday, November 18, 8:30 a.m. CT

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My thought is that Dembski is there to put up his defense, and to attempt to go on the offense. But Hitchens is there to do something different, I'm observing. I think Hitchens has more or less blown off Dembski, and is doing his best to influence the young people in the audience. He's trying to get them to see reason. It's almost as though Dembski isn't even in the room.

Thu, 18 Nov 2010 16:33:45 UTC | #549352

Go to: Hitch Live Webcast Thursday, November 18, 8:30 a.m. CT

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I went to the link at the start time. Waited there until now. Nothing happened, and even the piano music stopped.

Thu, 18 Nov 2010 14:53:56 UTC | #549287

Go to: Christopher Hitchens on Louis Farrakhan & The Pope

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yes, please, where is the rest of the debate?

Sun, 07 Nov 2010 22:14:12 UTC | #543892

Go to: Atheists and Anger

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@wynn

I've read your comment through twice, and I still don't think I quite comprehend it, but I can tell you that, in spite of the fact the argument is still raging, the time for accommodating religion is over.

Mon, 11 Oct 2010 17:08:11 UTC | #532119

Go to: Atheists and Anger

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That is what I call a rant.

Utterly superb.

Mon, 11 Oct 2010 15:29:06 UTC | #532076

Go to: On Facebook, young Muslims turn away from Islam

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This might be the most encouraging story I've read in months.

All the religions (believers) scare the crap out of me, but no religion (believer) scares me quite like a radicalized muslim.

Mon, 04 Oct 2010 17:12:47 UTC | #528875

Go to: God's Bigmouths

pasadena beggar's Avatar Jump to comment 19 by pasadena beggar

One of the smaller points that Hitch makes is the untaxed status of churches (at least here in the States. Is it the case in the UK, or parts there of, as well?)

I think the single most effective thing we could do to eliminate the deleterious effect of religion on civilization is to remove the tax-free status that religion enjoys.

Thu, 30 Sep 2010 17:05:03 UTC | #527273