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Go to: 9pm and 11pm ET - The Big Picture - Katherine Stewart interviewed

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Book title: How the rise of the religious wrong has brought about the decline of the USA.

Wed, 14 Mar 2012 19:25:11 UTC | #927073

Go to: A Proclamation - Darwin Week

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I'm not sure this mayor did this on his own volition. I'm pretty sure someone brought this idea to his attention. But certainly kudos to him for agreeing to the idea and making it happen and also to the originator of the idea.

By the way...for curiosity, the city name comes from a first nations (Indian/native/aboriginal) group and it means 'where the rivers meet'. In this case the confluence of the North and South Thompson Rivers. Using English-ish letters it's spelled Tk'eml├║ps.

Wed, 08 Feb 2012 20:22:17 UTC | #915690

Go to: Colbert explains how to deal with Internet censorship protests

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For Canadians here...if you haven't found it yet or don't want to do the gyrations to work around the problem...CTV carries the show and the episode mentioned here is:

Sat, 21 Jan 2012 16:36:55 UTC | #910535

Go to: Arguments that just don't make sense in the first place!

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Fri, 02 Dec 2011 05:03:48 UTC | #894933

Go to: W.L. Craig claims L. Krauss thinks child rape "may be morally acceptable".

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I thought Krauss was a pretty lousy debater. I certainly don't side with WLC but he did present much better.

For's all the stupid questions that the debates are put to.

Is there evidence for god?

Is Religion a Force for Good in the World?

Does god exist?

The debate simply dies on:

No. Thank you. Any questions?

Can we be good without god

The same

Yes. Thank you. Any questions?

I think we need to debate these religi-nuts on all the myriad of problems in their book. Make them defend all the insanities in their book. This would illustrate to some fence-sitter believers what is actually written in their book and perhaps they would be swayed to come to enlightenment. This would force them to try to defend such reprehensible conduct and demands that their faith requires of them that are written in their book.

Sat, 28 May 2011 16:25:20 UTC | #631751

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Again...absolutely terrific article. I wish your last one on freedom hadn't disappeared. That too was excellent. I'm glad to see this whole article reproduced here.

Thu, 14 Apr 2011 00:03:13 UTC | #615215

Go to: Near-Record High See Religion Losing Influence in America

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rod-the-farmer wrote:

Any suggestion as to the cause of the wild swing around 1968 ?

The groovy summer of love maybe...or the little argument in southeast Asia.

I would suggest that it could be interpreted that this poll isn't necessarily a good thing. It could very well be all these people lamenting the lessening of religious influence. They see it but don't like it therefore calling it lowering the influence.

It's a tricky question to ask.

I would like to see a poll of all members of society stating their preference about whether or not religion should have any influence on public/government policy.

I gather there are some religious believers that would be against religion influencing policy. These would be the good kind of believers. Y'know...the live and let live types.

Fri, 14 Jan 2011 19:33:09 UTC | #578471

Go to: The state, religion and the need for rational scrutiny

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I really liked this guys point in response to the old argument from godbotherers about helping people.

Roy G Biv ... You know, atheists/humanists actually do more for the poor than religion. It's called "government". The great step forward for the poor in the past couple of centuries has been secular governments replacing (unreliable, often egotistical, poorly targetted) charity with (reliable, more fairly targetted, better distributed) government provided social services. People don't need soup kitchens if they've got suitable public welfare, public housing, health care and education.

So: "When atheists[/secularists] step up as a collective and do what the churches do to assist everyone" - we did that about 150 years ago.

Well said.

Fri, 24 Dec 2010 03:49:04 UTC | #568272

Go to: Tired of religion in the music industry

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The biggest pop band on the planet are quite the god-botherers. U2 I like their music but I'm not interested in their lyrics.

Mon, 13 Dec 2010 18:55:58 UTC | #562621

Go to: Obama Speech on Religion

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I found a text version of the whole speech and he comes across as quite religious. However, he seems to have a strong belief to keep religious policy away from public policy. This video is very edited. Reading the whole speech gives a bit of a different perspective in my mind.

Tue, 07 Dec 2010 18:54:18 UTC | #559854

Go to: Teacher sued for comments about Christianity

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Well...I signed up to say something and now vjohn82 just stole my thunder.

The judge only used one bit of apparently 20 bits that the plaintiffs didn't like to hear.

Perhaps everything else he said could've been in a learning context but that this one comment was a negative opinion and not perhaps a piece of learning.

So I agree...a shallow victory.

Mon, 06 Dec 2010 20:58:49 UTC | #559444