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Go to: Rise of religion in Russia

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Power has always been more comfortable with religion on its side. When Napoleon became First Consul of the Republic, after his coup, he restored all the property of the Church confiscated by the Revolution and said that a people with religion was much easier to rule, and if France were a Jewish country, he would rebuild the temple of Solomon. It is obvious that Putin is on the way to become an autocrat and the Church has always supported the autocrats that favour its interests. This has happened throughout History, it's happening today and, unfortunately, it's going to happen for quite a while.

Sun, 05 Aug 2012 18:11:10 UTC | #950413

Go to: Does Religious Liberty Equal Freedom to Discriminate?

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It's been a few years ago since gay marriage is legal in Spain. From the very moment of the implementation of the law, the Roman Catholic Church launched a campaign claiming that Christian "principles" were being severely attacked and “persecuted”, and religious liberty in serious peril. However, the law does not require any religion to marry gays, and these marriages are only performed by the law courts and local authorities. I still remember the times when the RCC claimed that “civil” weddings were not real because they were not “blessed” by God, but, all of a sudden, they seem to be extremely concerned about these marriages which now are incurring (as they claim) in serious aberrations for marrying people of the same sex. In other words “civil” marriages have become “real” As Lawrence M. Krauss writes in the article: all of these developments suggest that the banner of ‘religious liberty’ is effectively more akin to the ‘right to discriminate” I would add “and the right to control individuals and society and to force them how to run their own affairs”.

Fri, 20 Jul 2012 15:50:54 UTC | #949639

Go to: How to overcome indoctrination

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It all depends on what it means to be Jewish to you. If being Jewish is being a follower and believer of a religion - Jewish religion - then you're no longer Jewish (religiously speaking) because now you're an atheist. However, if you think that being Jewish is to belong to a racial group, the fact of being an atheist isn't going to change your race or ethnicity. If I convert to Tibetan Buddhism, I'll always belong to my own ethnic group. So what's the problem? Perhaps your friends have disowned and you feel alone and isolated (this problem exists in many religions, especially the evangelicals), then find new friends, you don't have any obligation towards some friends who don't respect your beliefs. Perhaps the problem is that you haven't been totally convinced by the philosophical and scientific explanations about the contradictions of religion, in this case go back to your old friends and try to live with the fantasy of religion. I wish I could be of more help.

Mon, 09 Jul 2012 21:30:30 UTC | #948812

Go to: Prayer at a working lunch?

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As I pointed out in this web once, politics and religion must stay away from a business transaction. In this case the supplier is trying to do business with a potential buyer (new client) and he has no right to introduce a personal affair (a religious rite) in a working lunch where a business transaction is taking pace; he’s representing his firm, not his church. If I were the supplier’s boss and knew of is habit, I’d tell him not to do it while representing the firm. I’m a strong supporter that company affairs must stay out of my personal life, but also my personal life must remain at my home once I’m at work.

Sun, 08 Jul 2012 10:40:07 UTC | #948751

Go to: The Dawkins Challenge

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"(… …) there would have to be preliminary discourse about a richer sense of rationality, one not limited to the natural sciences. (… …)." "The body of Christ, present in the sacrament of the Eucharist, although real (neither symbolic nor metaphorical), is vastly different from the ordinary bodies subject to empirical analysis. It is sacramental presence and theology, aided by philosophy, (… …)". "(… …)informed Catholics ought to be far better prepared to use reason itself to defend what they believe on faith".

How on Earth can be used a richer sense of “rationality”, not limited to the natural sciences, to convince people that a chunk of bread, through a “magic ritual”, has been turned into the flesh of a sky ju-ju? Can a person, no matter how Roman Catholic s/he may be, use reason to defend a matter of faith? And in this case a matter of sheer idiocy. The theology of other religions say nothing about transubstantiation and I doubt that any RC with a spark of intelligence can believe in this nonsense. And I haven't got the faintest idea how philosophy can explain this. As one of the posts on this Wabe says: it's a word salad. The same word salad that "explains" the Holy Trinity, virgin births, resurrections, etc. Word salad? It would be far more appropriate to say mental diarrhea.

Thu, 14 Jun 2012 17:23:28 UTC | #947426

Go to: Spanish artist faces prison over 'how to cook Christ' film

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It seems the crisis is over,the Madrid Criminal Court No. 8 has acquitted Javier Krahe of an offense against religious feelings for his participation in a short film, released in 2004, on "how to cook a Christ for two people." "There is in the short film a satirical an unequivocal provocative and critical meaning, but not the offence that the prosecution pretends", the judge said. And he added: “on the contrary, his behaviour constitutes a legitimate exercise and diffusion of an artistic expression, with a burlesque component, on criticism of religion in our society.” On my part I add, if Jesus is eaten every day by faithful Christians, why all this fuss?

Sun, 10 Jun 2012 21:31:57 UTC | #946778

Go to: Does this candidate have a prayer?

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"The comedy group Capitol Steps takes its name from the escapade involving our former congressman John Jenrette, who had sex with his wife on the steps of the U.S. Capitol in the late 1970s".

a) Is it inappropriate to have sex with your own wife on the steps of the U.S. Capitol? b) Can you have sex on the steps of the U.S. Capitol with any other woman except with your own wife? c) Can't you have sex on the steps of the U.S. Capitol with your own wife and with any other woman? Which is the right course to take?

Sun, 03 Jun 2012 14:43:31 UTC | #945316

Go to: Violent anti-science anarchists vow to strike again

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Anarchism was one of the movements that promoted rational education in the Spain of the early XX century and now we see that in Italy and elsewhere they are behaving like anti-science religious zealots, but still using the language of class struggle. I think this is the typical sign of the times we live in: total mental and intellectual confusion.

Wed, 30 May 2012 14:21:02 UTC | #944507

Go to: Understanding Evolution and Being a Good Doctor

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How can some people say that a good doctor doesn't need knowledge of Darwinian evolution when viruses are constantly evolving? Evolution cannot be detected in real time; however, scientists and doctors can see the evolutionary process in the HIV virus (the virus that causes AIDS). This virus can evolve within hours to become resistant to drugs and doctors need to know how these processes are carried out in order to struggle against AIDS more efficiently and with less risk for patients. Evolution should be a compulsory subject in Medicine.

Sat, 26 May 2012 23:55:40 UTC | #943730

Go to: UPDATED: Why I want all our children to read the King James Bible

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I don’t think there's nothing wrong with reading the King James Bible, nor with reading the Scandinavian sagas, the Arabian Nights, the Persian tales and the like,as long as this will serve to expand the general and linguistic knowledge of the children. The problem arises when children are being indoctrinated in this book. In the same way that we explain children that the Scandinavian sagas, the Arabian Nights, etc. are fantasies that belong to ancient traditions, we must also tell them that the Bible is also fantasy stories that belong to our ancient culture, but has nothing to do with reality, except some passages that tell us of some ancient kingdoms in the Middle East. For subjects such as: who we are, where do we come from, etc., they ought to be introduced to reading scientific books for children, and they will gradually learn how to use their brains.

Sat, 19 May 2012 22:11:45 UTC | #942323

Go to: Texas's war on history

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What's going on in the US and why? If this trend of religious fundamentalism spreads throughout the US, that country will have a bleak future as it's been science and technology and innovation in general that has made the US the most advance nation in the world. Its people seem to be weary of this success and their mental patterns are moving backwards willing to join the mental state that prevails in Saudi Arabia. I wonder what makes an advanced society wish its own decadence and self-destruction. I think social scientist should do some research about this disquieting phenomenon. It appears that these people are craving for a totalitarian society. I think there are reasons to be very concerned about this disturbing phenomenon.

Sat, 19 May 2012 21:13:17 UTC | #942319

Go to: Why debate dogma?

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I love Pat Condell's videos. He knows how to deal with religious fanatics and treats them the way they deserve. Every time I hear his videos I feel liberty running through my veins. Go on, Pat, show no mercy on them!!

Wed, 25 Apr 2012 22:16:24 UTC | #937352

Go to: Group blasts Marine Corps for reviving 'Crusaders' name and symbols

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I think things are already troubled enough as to add more fuel to the fire. The Crusaders under the cross of Saint George, similar to the cross of Knights of the Templar, committed many atrocities in the Middle East and the meaning of these symbols (a red cross on a white background) in the Muslim world is similar to the swastika in Europe. Never mind if the meaning of the swastika is one of love and purity in Asia, in Europe is a symbol of intolerance and terror. The Marine Corps can be a very efficient institution from the military standpoint, but when it come to choosing symbols, their intelligence is nil, especially if what is intended is to make friends in the Muslim world.

Mon, 23 Apr 2012 15:30:18 UTC | #936707

Go to: Sri Lankan held for "witchcraft" in Saudi Arabia

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In December 2011, a week before Christmas, a Saudi Arabian woman was beheaded in that country under the charge of being a witch (as was reported in the Richard Dawkins net). I'm very much afraid that the future of the poor Sri Lankan woman is very bleak. Most likely her fate is already sealed. Saudi Arabians are an ignorant and supersticious bunch and petrodollars don't make them any wiser and they aren't likely to become so in the near future.

Thu, 19 Apr 2012 17:13:38 UTC | #935762

Go to: Belief in God found in decline

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I think in all periods of human history older people are more religious than the young. Some of my friends in my school days used to laugh at the religious beliefs of the older generations, but now that they are in their sixties and early seventies they are practicing the same religious rites they laughed at when they were young.

Wed, 18 Apr 2012 23:42:30 UTC | #935592

Go to: Genocide: What is behind irrational evil perpetrated by ordinary people?

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I think that a fear-stricken society in a crisis is likely to turn against the minorities living in its midst when manipulated by unscrupulous politicians. Rwanda, the Balkans, the partition of India, Germany between the wars after a defeat are typical examples; even countries in crisis can turn against its immigrant population. In a very serious crisis people often take refuge in their culture and traditions because they believe that this is a shield against the uncertainties and insecurities of the troubled times they live in. All this, together with a fear of being deprived of their properties, jobs, culture, etc. can turn a peaceful people in an emotional mob willing to believe any crap coming from any opportunist politician and act accordingly. I think only a very educated people may be immune to these emotions. Unfortunately we are very far from this and perhaps we will witness another genocide in the future.I wish I were wrong.

Mon, 16 Apr 2012 15:18:59 UTC | #935070

Go to: Dutch Roman Catholic Church Had Boys Castrated

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These few years we've been hearing about the long string of horrors within the Roman Catholic Church organizations and I cannot help thinking that the latest horror won't be the last. Be prepared to hear more in the near future. The RCC is totally corrupted to the core and many of its clerics are insane.

Fri, 23 Mar 2012 23:37:54 UTC | #929998

Go to: Destroy all churches in the Arabian Peninsula – Saudi Grand Mufti

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Baroness Warsi, a follower of the Pope's opportunistic theory which states that atheism is a totalitarian ideology, should say something about the Mufti’s "tolerant" and “antitotalitarian comment. Baroness Warsi, are you there?

Sun, 18 Mar 2012 12:35:00 UTC | #928269

Go to: Moroccan girl commits suicide after being forced to marry her rapist

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It has been more than twenty years of listening to the news telling us that Morocco is on the right track to modernization and our hopes fade away whenever we read news like this: the suicide of a poor young girl, because she was forced to marry her rapist. No matter how many modernizations they do, these societies do not want to move forward and prefer to be where they are. Have you seen the Arab "revolutions" last year? More than revolutions they have been "involutions".

Thu, 15 Mar 2012 20:47:26 UTC | #927588

Go to: Does Conservatism Have to Be Synonymous With Ignorance?

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We are so deeply concerned for what is happening in the Muslim world that we are not realizing that the mental illness of religion is dangerously beginning to affect the West. Why an open and democratic society like the U.S. is starting to show the same signs of religious stupidity as the Muslim world? What is causing such a regression? It seems that universal education does not guarantee a future with more progress and there comes a time when people feel more protected resorting to the old "imaginary friends " than to the new advances in science. Some of these clowns who are running for election on behalf the Republican Party could win the elections in the future and their voters might demand a drastic reduction in the budgets allocated to science or to those parts of science they abhor.

Thu, 15 Mar 2012 18:48:07 UTC | #927552

Go to: One Jesus for liberals, another for conservatives

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The god of a tycoon is not the same as the god of a shoeshine boy. Yes, undoubtedly, the human beings have created god to get a moral cover for what they believe. Everything depends on the market. At first the market were the poor, the slaves, the bereaved, later it was the powerful and the circle of Roman power, therefore religion can be interpreted in several ways: you have to relinquish some of your possessions to help the poor or to help the poor make them lazy, slavery is unacceptable or slaves have sinned and deserve to be punished to redeem themselves, and so on. Yes, we created the gods to satisfy our needs: individual or collective needs, the needs of an era, the needs of different social classes, etc. That’s why the Bible is so varied, it tells you not kill and also to massacre entire peoples, peace and war, forgive and punish without mercy, and so on. Different writers writing in accordance with the needs of different eras and times.

Tue, 06 Mar 2012 01:07:09 UTC | #924755

Go to: A Revolutionary Idea

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Sometimes I think that most religious creeds that are victims of intolerance what they realy want is to settle in a place where they can practice their own intolerance. Anyway, I wouldn't trust a guy named Santorum. Atheorum would be better.

Wed, 29 Feb 2012 13:09:11 UTC | #923095

Go to: The Sins of the Fathers [Also in Polish]

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I remember as a schoolboy I was told that Africans were the lost Hebrew tribes and by enslaving them they could be baptized to see the "light" again. Perhaps the genes of Prof. Dawkins' ancestors had nothing to do with their economic activity; most likely it was their religious teachings that influenced their mentality. I think Adam Lusher might have inherited the religious delusion for supporting slavery and somebody ought to tell him.

Fri, 24 Feb 2012 00:00:24 UTC | #921336

Go to: The Church wins the award for intolerance

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Faith is the source of totalitarian societies, not reason; even non-deist regimes such as North Korea, Stalin´s Russia, Pol Pot, Mao,etc. were and are totalitarian because their ideology became faith in their countries. Baroness Warsi has not the faintest idea of what she is talking about, she just repeats the message the Roman pope is spreading in his church, now that he sees his business in peril: religion is a bulwark against totalitarism. For two years I have been hearing this discourse from the mouth of some Spanish bishops and it seems that is the new watchword of the Roman Catholic Church.

Thu, 23 Feb 2012 00:27:44 UTC | #920876

Go to: Britain being overtaken by 'militant secularists', says Baroness Warsi

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It seems that religions have agreed to attack secularism using a common tactic: secularism leads to a totalitarian state. The Current Pope (Nazi Ratzi) has been preaching this discourse in recent years and it seems that Baroness Warsi (Muslim apologist) wants to join forces with the Pope using the same speech. These religions have a selective memory and forget that they have been part of the totalitarian ideas of the past (and present) by creating an ideological corpus used by many dictatorships. A secular state does not intend to ban religions but to guarantee the respect and freedom to the different religions and beliefs preventing any one of them from dominating the others. It is regrettable to see how some religions that despise each other join forces when they believe others can compete with them.

Wed, 15 Feb 2012 13:02:08 UTC | #918011

Go to: Pope 'exorcised two men in the Vatican', claims new book

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The Witch Doctor doing his job.

Thu, 09 Feb 2012 23:14:47 UTC | #916058

Go to: Indiana Senate passes bill putting religion in science class

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the Indiana State Senate is made up of morons.

Wed, 01 Feb 2012 21:36:56 UTC | #913579

Go to: Beyond the Sacred

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Power and religion always go hand in hand. When Napoleon proclaimed himself First Consul the first thing he did was to restore most of the rights of the Church, that the Republic had abolished, arguing that a people without religion is very difficult to rule, and he added that people could do without God but not without religion. Yes, indeed, religion only supports the established power in order to get the most of it. Dictators have always sought the support of the local religion, and Communist dictators turned their ideology into a religion. Poor old God has been out of business for quite a long time.

Tue, 31 Jan 2012 16:53:45 UTC | #913111

Go to: Spanish version of "La magia de la realidad" now available

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I am reading the Magic of Reality in Spanish (Iberian Spanish) and is really very interesting. The translation is much better than the God Delusion because the original text in English is much easier to translate. I recommend this book not only to children but also to adults without scientific education. Its reading should be compulsory in schools.

Mon, 23 Jan 2012 23:58:32 UTC | #911007

Go to: Growing use of Sharia by UK Muslims

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Comment 99 by keyfeatures "It's not "our" country. "We" are not the host. It's a planet. There's a species called homo sapiens living on it. The borders and laws are arbitrary. Everyone has as much right to be in the bit of the world called Britain as anyone else."

Yes, Homo sapiens inhabits the earth, but occupies different parts of the world, with different geography and history, which in turn have helped to shape the laws. The laws that are the product of nomadic desert societies cannot be imposed on urban societies with different geographical and historical backgrounds.Imported laws are more arbitrary than local laws.

Wed, 18 Jan 2012 16:00:33 UTC | #909558