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Go to: Conspiracies taking over where religion left off

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I'm not particularly fond of G. K. Chesterton's "When people stop believing in God, they don't believe in nothing -- they believe in anything.", because it's simply an appeal to "belief in belief", but it's still probably true, though.

But of all dumb replacements for religion the worst one is not a conspiracy theory, but simply political correctness. Also known as 'The Matrix", for those who took some time to analyze the film by the same name. That one is the true mind killer. The consensus which thinks for you. And if people aren't simply dumb, they're either hysterical or dogmatic. There's no pill against that.

Sat, 21 Jul 2012 17:47:10 UTC | #949764

Go to: Should Depressed People Avoid Having Children?

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If smart people stop having children the religious ones will simply outbreed them even faster. Enjoy the caliphate, kids!

Thu, 07 Jun 2012 19:32:38 UTC | #946186

Go to: How Humans Became Moral Beings

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Comment 4 by Ignorant Amos :

Comment 3 by All About Meme

What's wrong with Brussels sprouts? I like them. }80)~

You are a filistine and a plasphemer and ought to be stoned!

Wed, 06 Jun 2012 20:29:32 UTC | #945952

Go to: Sharia Law: neither equal nor free

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@ Border Collie:


Fri, 01 Jun 2012 13:44:36 UTC | #944967

Go to: Norway abolishes state sponsored Church of Norway

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Comment 31 by Border Collie :

In other news ... They're about to be taken over by Islam anyway. This'll probably just make it easier.

Correct. One of the new paragraphs in the new constitution declares that all faiths should be treated and funded equally. Unless Islam is defined as an ideology, which it probably won't, this means Islam will start to expand even more rapidly.

72% of Norwegians might be atheists, but they aren't non-religious, though. Far from it. Most of them subscribe to the virulent replacement religions of Marxism (in one form or another), Multi-Culturalism and Political Correctness.

One of the other commenters here said she might move back to Norway because of the constitutional changes. I live in Norway and I'm currently looking for a place outside of the soon-to-be islamified Europe to move to.

Sat, 19 May 2012 13:59:37 UTC | #942288

Go to: Human Races May Have Biological Meaning, But Races Mean Nothing About Humanity

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Comment 20 by xsjadolateralus

Comment 21 by Richard Dawkins


That was rather... cutting


Fri, 04 May 2012 02:59:00 UTC | #939520

Go to: Any other former Muslims out there?

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@ comment 21 by Roedy

That was a very interesting read, thanks for sharing. Do you live in Sudan now, as an under cover Muslim?

(Under cover Muslim? That sounded weird, considering how some Muslims cover themselves to show how Muslim they are, instead of the other way around.)

Mon, 30 Apr 2012 01:02:10 UTC | #938253

Go to: Synthetic Genetic Evolution

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@ darwinanika

rod-the-farmer was making a joke.

Wed, 25 Apr 2012 04:12:36 UTC | #937128

Go to: Any other former Muslims out there?

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I've never been a Muslim, so I can't help much except ask you to heed AtheistEgbert's advice, but I have a bit of an opposite problem, sort of. Since I am an inhabitant of a little something called Eurabia I will have to become a muslim in perhaps a couple of decades or three. Any advice for atheists in my situation?

Wed, 25 Apr 2012 03:55:18 UTC | #937124

Go to: Faith: A Barrier to Rational Thought (Podcast)

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Comment 23 by Border Collie :

Faith, more like a symptom of irrational thought.

And sometimes the other way around.

Sun, 22 Apr 2012 21:55:02 UTC | #936533

Go to: My People! My People!! This Witch Hunting Must Stop

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Comment 5 by Border Collie :

"Freedom of religion is a human right and should be promoted, protected, defended and guaranteed. But inciting abuses or inflicting harm on people in the name of religion is a crime, and perpetrators should be punished."

I wish HItchens was still with us to respond to this. I simply can't come up with anything. I read it and my mind shorted out.

What dou you mean? Do you disagree? Apart from thinking that freedom of religion should include freedom from religion, I don't see anything wrong with the statement.

Fri, 20 Apr 2012 21:00:11 UTC | #936113

Go to: Richard Dawkins on Beautiful Minds - BBC Four Wed April 25

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Comment 8 by squeegee :

never did understand why people cry at Christian funerals. Why aren't they all singing with joy ?

I agree Michael, if the Christian afterlife is true then, among other things, the word "tragedy" should never be used when describing sudden's not like they're never going to see their family members again.

And this is why certain other religious people actually celebrate death to the point where it seems they can't get enough of it.

Fri, 20 Apr 2012 20:52:41 UTC | #936112

Go to: Following the Crowd Isn’t Just for Teenagers

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So if other primates had religion, the chimps would have it but orang utans would not? I knew there was a reason why I prefer orang utans to other tree climbers...

Fri, 20 Apr 2012 20:44:07 UTC | #936107

Go to: What Is Science? From Feynman to Sagan to Asimov to Curie, an Omnibus of Definitions

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Comment 10 by Mr DArcy :


Science = Reality

If I could amend that a bit:

Science is the best current understanding of reality.

How about: Science provides the best means to understand reality.

Mon, 09 Apr 2012 19:58:17 UTC | #933421

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

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Newspaper commentators. What a useless breed of intellectual parasites.

Sat, 31 Mar 2012 18:14:22 UTC | #931551

Go to: NASA scientist denounces Quran astronomy miracle claims made in his name

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@ comment 6: Invention is a sin in Islam? I thought Islamic countries were backwards and non-inventive because the Islamic belief system restricted Muslims from thinking critically, not because invention was an actual sin in itself. Good grief...

Fri, 30 Mar 2012 16:04:32 UTC | #931377

Go to: Civility in American Politics: How to Get (Some of) it Back

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Comment 5 by Achamian :

I'm always skeptical whenever I hear this yin/yang balance metaphor expanded to politics. I don't buy this notion that both sides always have something to offer and if we can just come to the center and compromise, that's the best outcome. Maybe it's the only politically feasible outcome, but that doesn't mean the ethical zenith is in the middle. This is especially apparent with civil rights and equality for gays, women, and ethnic minorities. Compromising with bigotry (often religious) on these issues will cause societal stagnation and decay.

There seems to be this implied argument that because these moral intuitions have evolved in our species, that they are all valid and good for our well-being. This is a naturalistic fallacy if I've ever seen one. I agree with the comment 1 that we should be applying evidentiary reasoning to politics.

I think yin/yang works pretty well for politics, where left/right coincides with tender minded/tough minded, matriarchy/patriarchy and safety for the group vs. freedom for the individual, but it doesn't automatically have to mean that the ethical zenith has to be in the exact middle, just somewhere in between. And maybe not in an exact spot on an axis, either, but more of an area on a map.

Tue, 27 Mar 2012 21:29:49 UTC | #930822

Go to: Study reveals why our ancestors switched to bipedal power

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I somehow feel an urge to chime in on this subject...

Thu, 22 Mar 2012 15:20:10 UTC | #929625

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

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Comment 55 by hierax :

I don't get all the anger towards jihadwatch - apart from being sympathetic to christians and jews, I think claiming to be christian himself, spencer does nothing but post and quote factual information from the arab world.

Not all atheists are non-religious. A lot of us suffer from a need to belong to some kind of consensus no matter how irrational the consensus in question may be, and have found it in the replacement religion of political correctness and cultural relativism. They just can't cope with the fact that all religions are not created equal or that any culture isn't as good or bad as the next one because this would halt their project of tacking labels of moral parity on every conflict they find. Insisting on moral parity exempts you from giving a damn, you see.

Thu, 22 Mar 2012 15:11:41 UTC | #929621

Go to: Richard Dawkins to be new Archbishop of Canterbury

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Comment 2 by AgriculturalAtheist :

Humorous, but appropriate?

Humor is rarely appropriate. Otherwise the humor wouldn't be funny.

Sat, 17 Mar 2012 20:14:41 UTC | #928142

Go to: Australian Atheist Bus Ad Says God Better Have ‘a Good Excuse’

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Comment 12 by tyga :

Try changing that to “If Allah exists, I hope he has a good excuse." and then see what happens.

Free speech is alive and well, so long as it fits the PC agenda.

Such a slogan wouldn't make much sense since Allah is obviously even more evil than Yahweh. In other words: Why would anyone expect apologies from creatures like those guys?

Fri, 16 Mar 2012 15:55:18 UTC | #927837

Go to: Melvyn Bragg attacks Richard Dawkins' 'atheist fundamentalism'

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"Other ways of knowing" and yada, yada. Bleh! Oh, they are so mysterious these emotions of ours! Must be God, then. What a ponce.

Fri, 16 Mar 2012 15:19:23 UTC | #927823

Go to: Chaplain Demands Atheists Canceled At Fort Bragg - Chaplain Thinks Organizers Want to Set Fire to Churches

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Where's that picture of Capt. Picard's facepalm when you need it?

Thu, 15 Mar 2012 20:31:34 UTC | #927581

Go to: Sayonara Sweet Tooth - Many carnivorous mammals have lost their sweet taste receptors.

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Comment 5 by susanlatimer :

Comment 4 by buxxee

My cat nearly suffocated after getting her head stuck in a half-empty container of Haagen Das. Have you done any research on sweet gums, sweet tongue, sweet palate, or sweet throat?

It was the cream what done it. Not the sugar. And of course, curiosity.

It can't be curiosity if the cat survived it.

Thu, 15 Mar 2012 20:19:31 UTC | #927577

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

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Oh. The religion of rape strikes again. Who'd have guessed? But since Morocco is safely within the borders of good old dar al-Islam it seems I can't blame this one on multiculturalism, though. Now what?

Militant non-stamp collector mentioned taqiyya. I currently live for the day when every rational persons favorite professor will bring up juicy bits like taqiyya, dhimmitude and jizya the next time he takes a blowtorch to religion in public.

Thu, 15 Mar 2012 20:13:33 UTC | #927575

Go to: Yes, life without God can be bleak. Atheism is about facing up to that

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Comment 19 by inquisador :

(...) Let's withdraw the privileges of religion until they prove the claims they make. Better still let 's proscribe the cults that cause the most active harm. Especially that one that is the worst of the lot. Does anyone not know which one I mean?

Religions are all the same, and if they're not, then the Carpenter's Cross Cult has to be the worst, because that's the one we're all familiar with. To claim differently is just right wing extremist xenophobia and racism.

In order to stay on the subject I'd like to point out that the article seemed somewhat pointless, so let's not stay on the subject after all and go tear Mohammedanism and the secular replacement religion of political correctness a couple of new ones, instead.

Something to ponder: Adolf Hitler was a huge fan of Islam, "that cult which glorifies the heroism and which opens up the seventh heaven to the bold warrior alone."

I wonder how he would have felt about political correctness?

Mon, 12 Mar 2012 09:13:40 UTC | #926353

Go to: What leads some to never accept religion at all?

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Because it's stupid.

Wed, 29 Feb 2012 00:38:28 UTC | #922965

Go to: The Winner of the Ten Point Vision Contest!!

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Comment 3 by notany :

Well that was just beautiful! Brought a tear to my eye.

Same here.

Tue, 28 Feb 2012 00:38:01 UTC | #922609

Go to: Mormons baptize Holocaust victim Anne Frank posthumously, says report

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Fri, 24 Feb 2012 23:49:19 UTC | #921662

Go to: Richard Dawkins - The Census Research Explained

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Comment 57 by Steve Zara

Jolly good, old chap. :-)

Wed, 22 Feb 2012 14:58:05 UTC | #920752