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Go to: A lawsuit too far?

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The amount of Monday morning quarterbacking, nickel and diming, hairsplitting and hand-wringing that goes on here at every anti-religion move contemplated or executed is what goes too far if anything. What part of Religion (the scourge of humanity, remember?) Must be Opposed at Every and All Opportunity do we not understand? Especially if someone else is going to the trouble of doing it while we sit here and pontificate behind our keyboards.

Sun, 19 Aug 2012 14:43:53 UTC | #951045

Go to: Petition: Free Pussy Riot

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We whinge about the paucity of women in our ranks not to mention in the lead. Then, when young women perform historically never before seen highly creative spectacular extreme feats of desecration and ridicule of religion and totalitarianism at great risk to themselves in parts of the world infamous for a history of iron-fisted repression, what is the reaction on RDFRS, support? Prominent mention? Enthusiastic discussions? No. It’s crickets.

Meanwhile, instead, we get treated to yet another sanctimonious sermon by our leading luminary about why he won’t debate one group or the other. Ok, then don’t debate them. How about suing them for libel and preaching lies and misinformation?

The reason for the persistence of religions (which as we know peddle nothing but pure useless malignant nonsense) worldwide is because they co-ordinately work hard at it, want it badly, always try to impose themselves by hook or by crook and back their own with unstinting loyalty. On a scale from 1 to 10 of these attributes they always rank at least an 8. Where do we rank? Perhaps a 4.5 on a good day. Therein see reflected the rate of our progress: We have the truth on our side yet only an estimated 16% of the world population (1.1 billion people) are "non-religious."

Sat, 18 Aug 2012 00:59:58 UTC | #950982

Go to: Petition: Free Pussy Riot

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We have Pussy Riot, a group of young Russian women pulling of an ambush performance inside a Moscow cathedral ridiculing and "blaspheming" religion at great personal risk to their liberty.

And: "A topless women's rights activist hacked down a Christian cross in the Ukrainian capital Kiev with a chain saw on Friday in protest at the prosecution of the Russian feminist punk band, Pussy Riot."

And the only mention found on RDFRS (the supposed standard bearer of freedom from religion )of these events is this meager post and 4 miserable comments.

Whose side are we on again?

Fri, 17 Aug 2012 19:34:28 UTC | #950968

Go to: Living After Faith Podcast - Jerry DeWitt

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If emotion trumps reason in the general population as studies suggest this would indeed be the ally we need - the sweeping up of emotion in the service of reason is an invincible combination. It is not to be underestimated. Note Christopher Hitchens' tour de force during the intelligence2 debate with Stephen Fry against the Catholic Church where his speeches driven by indignation verging on rage must have turned quite a number of the audience to our side on the strength of the emotions evoked alone.

Mon, 09 Apr 2012 02:09:09 UTC | #933173

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

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Assiduously cultivate supernatural legends is a nice short definition what it is our Faithful friends do. And the "inventing of extravagant caricatures" for us - strawmen that they can then knockdown, ignore, or vilify with impunity is almost a meme grade phenomenon.

Case in point is the fragrant Krista Tippett, or as I have baptized her Tippett the Krista. She heads a lavishly produced Peabody award-winning (sponsored by generous grants from faith flogging organizations like the Templeton foundation) weekly show on National Public Radio nationwide in the US whose mission is extolling everything faith-based. A sort of ongoing neo-ecumenical belief-in-belief orgy. It used to be called Speaking of Faith. They changed the name of the show to On Being. I suspect to improve plausible deniability.

She has labeled Professor Dawkins and Sam Harris "polemicists and secular extremists". And even in spite of repeated requests by her audience to interview them and the late great Christopher Hitchens, she has refused. Ms. Tippett's reason: "...for the same reason I never interviewed Jerry Falwell, which is that he had all the answers for himself and everyone else. I'm not even saying that to pass judgment on what they have to say."

Here's a link if you want to test your anti-nausea medications: http://blog.onbeing.org/

Comments questioning faith or the proceedings are banned.

Sun, 26 Feb 2012 23:21:14 UTC | #922253

Go to: Dawkins & Krauss Discussion from ASU 4 Feb

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One thing that makes this so good is what it lacks: a moderator. May they henceforth and forevermore be banished from such settings!

Mon, 13 Feb 2012 02:05:56 UTC | #917055

Go to: Why Romney's Religion Matters

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"America should lead the world"; really Mr. Faircloth? So far it has been doing so and appears predicated on doing so in future (if Mitt Romney's recent speech is any indication) predominantly on the basis of military/economic bullying.

If the anti-theist crowd wishes to have international viability they're going to have to work on the tin ear they consistently display to politics in general and jingoism in particular. Start by reading some Noam Chomsky. If that seems too ambitious, try reading the unusually articulate (for youtube), unanimous and scathing push-back dealt Mr Faircloth on this topic in the youtube comments to his speech.

Wed, 01 Feb 2012 16:05:19 UTC | #913461

Go to: Human Rights Watch – You are Disgusting!

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Strangely enough, that doesn't really seem to be the case. At the risk of godwyning: Look at my native country of Germany. After being ruled by what is generally agreed to be the worst form of totalitarianism and fascism in human history by a movement that enjoyed overwhelming support in the population they started a democracy by a series of shady deals and keeping all the second-row criminals in office. Our first parliament consisted to 2/3 of former members of the NSDAP, all the leaders of the economy - like the Quandt family kept their money and power, the secret service consisted almost entirely of former SS-members and was heavily involved in assistinng the escape of the worst mass murderers of history.

The US wasted no time getting in bed (or, rather, inviting into their bed) Wernher von Braun and associates. Also, keeping the alt Nazis on tap in postwar Germany government and business with a nudge nudge wink wink, might have had something to do with the bulwark that had to be implemented against possible nascent internal socialist sympathies what with the new external threat - the Soviets - leering across the border. And who, recently again with a $60 billion arms deal, continues to prop up modern history's longest running absolute theocracy from the whence came the 15 hijackers?

The best way to turn people off to Islam is to have them be subjected to the full brunt of it. Let them vote their Islamic parties in to power. Better yet, hopefully in a situation which involves no power-sharing. So when the bearded ones with their seventh century mindset drive those countries into the ground, their populations will see clearly where to place the blame. And drive them out, especially now that they've seen that it is possible without having to sit through a Hosni/Muammar/Saddam Bashar al-Assad for Decades.

Mon, 23 Jan 2012 21:22:32 UTC | #910975

Go to: Christopher Hitchens obituaries

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I thought I had fully resigned to this, months ago. So what really surprised me was not that it happened but what a real (not figurative) physical punch to the gut it was hearing the radio announcer say out of the blue Christopher Hitchens is .... Wham!

The hazards, I suppose, of being so seamlessly in agreement with another human being's every argument. Of course Mr. Hitchens' arguments were seamless. And,…could that man ever, like no other, turn a phrase...

Did you hear that immense sigh of relief? That was Henry -"The illegal we do immediately. The unconstitutional takes a little longer"- Kissinger.

Sat, 17 Dec 2011 15:05:13 UTC | #900317

Go to: [UPDATE 9/14] AUDIO ADDED - Richard Dawkins talks about his new graphic science book

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Great,

He's on my local station coming up in a few minutes! Can't wait.

Wed, 14 Sep 2011 17:03:32 UTC | #870842

Go to: US cigarette makers sue over graphic warning labels - freedom of speech?

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it's amazing that this is even a topic of dispute. Asbestos is estimated to cause approximately 4000 deaths a year. We shut down the asbestos industry.

According to the CDC 440,000 deaths per year are caused by tobacco. Nowhere in the media, let alone Congress, will you even find a discussion of shutting down the tobacco industry. Yet, meanwhile, we spend billions on the entirely ineffectual (for 40 years now) war on drugs®. That's the real scandal. I'm not talking about outlawing tobacco. If you want to grow your own in your backyard for your own consumption that's fine.

Fri, 26 Aug 2011 03:26:34 UTC | #864343

Go to: 20 Christian Academics Speaking About God

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And now it's time to once again trot out H. L. Mencken's assessment of theology:

"The effort to explain the unknowable in terms of the not worth knowing".

Fri, 12 Aug 2011 14:54:19 UTC | #860447

Go to: Rick Perry, Texas governor, speaks at "The Response", August 6, 2011

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Only in America where at least 40% of the population believe that their god created human beings within the last 10,000 years, can slick, grotesque, holier than thou, glad-handing, snake-oil selling carnival barkers of the Perry, Palin, Bachmann, Huckabee ilk gain such prominence in politics.

Anywhere else in the developed world parading ones religiosity or making religious references would mean instant political suicide. In the US it's a requisite for a viable candidacy. The founding fathers, especially Jefferson, are spinning in their graves.

Mon, 08 Aug 2011 20:07:41 UTC | #859210

Go to: Francis Collins: Atheist Richard Dawkins Admits Universe's Fine-Tuning Difficult to Explain

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Between 0 Kelvin and the Planck temperature (about 100 million million million million million degrees) there's only a minuscule range of a few degrees in which you can make and enjoy ice cream. Not to mention everything else that has to be just right -the ingredients: sugar, cream, milk, flavor all in the right proportions, fresh and properly mixed and brought to a simmer for the right amount of time before freezing while stirring to prevent ice crystals etc.

Do we marvel at all the fine tuning that is involved to let ice cream come about?

For an orchestra to sound good at the very least all the instruments have to be in tune. Do we marvel at the fact all orchestras tune up before starting to play?

The universe and matter being the way they are is inseparable from the constants being the way they are. Why do we insist in making this such a source of mystery and consternation?

Why do the best minds on our side persist in entertaining this category error thereby handing the god botherers, whose only constant is perennial intellectual dishonesty, free cheap shots?

god dammit.

Wed, 29 Jun 2011 22:55:46 UTC | #844586

Go to: Forgery in the Bible

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A small forgery found in the bible? What a relief that the rest of it is true.

Thu, 19 May 2011 16:20:35 UTC | #628494

Go to: John Paul II's coffin brought out before beatification

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Comment 69 by Vogon42 :

Comment 68 by godsbuster :

Comment 41 by Teknical :

I would be very impressed if he climbed out and walked around a bit.

Well, the conditions are very similar to the last time it happened about 2000 years ago: the empty tomb®, followers persecuted and ridiculed (just read the mean comments here), drooling deluded masses as far as the eye can see and beyond, empires on the wane....

Two thousand years ago the Roman Empire was most definitely not on the wane. It was approaching the peak of its powers and the Parthians were equally strong. I suppose the religious don't need to bother about facts when constructing their comments.

would you have caught the sarcasm had it instead read "Empires morally on the wane"?

Mon, 02 May 2011 09:07:05 UTC | #621929

Go to: SETI Allen array mothballed for want of £1.5 million

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Perhaps we could urge the astronomer Royal Sir Martin Rees to put in a good word for it with his new-found fast friends over at the Templeton foundation.

It would only be an additional half million quid over what it cost them to buy him. His pitch could read something like this: "Imagine how you could shut up the anti-theists once and for all if we found a planet out there where Jesus had already returned. Mua ha ha ha ha ha....."

Mon, 02 May 2011 08:55:52 UTC | #621924

Go to: A.C. Grayling interviewed by Stephen Colbert

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The Colbert humour does not cross the pond well.

Mon, 02 May 2011 04:20:25 UTC | #621874

Go to: John Paul II's coffin brought out before beatification

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Comment 41 by Teknical :

I would be very impressed if he climbed out and walked around a bit.

Well, the conditions are very similar to the last time it happened about 2000 years ago: the empty tomb®, followers persecuted and ridiculed (just read the mean comments here), drooling deluded masses as far as the eye can see and beyond, empires on the wane....

Sun, 01 May 2011 21:41:36 UTC | #621733

Go to: Swiss TV: Interview with Richard Dawkins on The God Delusion

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Swiss German is about as far removed from Hochdeutsch as Portuguese is from Spanish or Afrikaans from Dutch. If you listen long enough you'll eventually hear words that sound familiar from which you can extrapolate or between which you can interpolate a rough idea of what's being said.

Of course then you also have the extreme variation between Swiss German dialects and indeed between dialects found in Germany, as CFM points out, not to mention Austria.

Translating The Greatest Show On Earth into "Die Schöpfungslüge - Warum Darwin Recht hat" -The Creation Lie -Why Darwin Has Got It Right- looks like a ploy by the German publisher to piggyback on the "controversy" driven success of the God Delusion.The latter having received the most literal translation possible: "Der Gotteswahn". In fact, the German press critics quoted in the editorial review found on amazon.de while extolling the "vivid engrossing detail with which Dawkins tells us the story of evolution" all point out that "this book, too, is a testament to the soundness of the Darwinian Theory of Evolution and it is clearly directed at deniers of history -creationists, all of whose attacks it dispatches with the customary entertaining, ruthless and impudent turns of phrase."

"Der Gotteswahn"....."Die Schöpfungslüge"..... also has a very sequelish ring to it. If this helps sell it, what's not to like?

Sun, 13 Mar 2011 07:04:08 UTC | #602171