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Go to: Air Force Base denies atheist display, allows Menorah and Nativity Scene

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Comment 3 by chris 116

I agree, I mean Christmas has stolen so much from paganism as it is. Shouldn't the pagans get some representation this time of year too?

Sat, 17 Dec 2011 02:46:47 UTC | #900147

Go to: What's God got to do with it?

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The answer is in the wording of the resolution voted on: "Whereas if religion and morality are taken out of the marketplace of ideas, the very freedom on which the United States was founded cannot be secured."

How can we possibly expect someone to actually give a reasonable evaluation of the issue when they characterize the debate in such a manner? No one is advocating taking religion out of the marketplace of ideas and especially not morality! We just don't think this motto should represent all Americans.

What a load of shit.

Sat, 05 Nov 2011 01:15:13 UTC | #887490

Go to: Whitehouse Response to "One Nation Under God" Petition

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The guy that gave the response is the head of the Office of Faith Based and Neighborhood Partnerships in the Executive Office of the President of the United States. So the guy in charge of unconstitutional religious programs in government replies to a petition made concerning something similarly unconstitutional. How inconsiderate can you get?

Sun, 30 Oct 2011 16:33:13 UTC | #885436

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So what does this say about the perceived age of the Universe? Also, should this make me more afraid of the end of the world than I already am?

Tue, 04 Oct 2011 15:15:47 UTC | #877798

Go to: Whitehouse.gov has been redesigned with petitions!

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Signed, thanks for the heads up.

Sat, 24 Sep 2011 01:33:24 UTC | #874654

Go to: Atheism on the upswing in America

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Not real sure about the whole "varying degrees of atheism" part of the article. The overall results are what matter.

Wed, 21 Sep 2011 21:16:23 UTC | #873721

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Comment 33 by InYourFaceNewYorker

Anyway, is there a way to get this book if you don't have a Kindle?

A few people, including me, have already mentioned this but if you go to amazon go to kindle and select free kindle reading apps from the menu it will bring up an option that will allow you to download a free kindle reading app onto your pc, in the event that you don't have all of the other crap that they have it for. It doesn't have all of the features of the normal kindle like the "read to me" software but it works well. I don't have a kindle either and I use it.

Wed, 21 Sep 2011 03:24:28 UTC | #873405

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Comment 15 by Starcrash

Not that I'm trying to advertise for amazon or anything but they have a kindle app for your computer which is free.

Tue, 20 Sep 2011 22:46:35 UTC | #873334

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It's okay to lie as long as your doing it to promote morality, like for example why you shouldn't lie.

Tue, 20 Sep 2011 21:15:21 UTC | #873290

Go to: God hates koalas

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Comment 4 by gr8hands

I submit this video as evidence of the koala menace that threatens the lives of all Australians and tourists.

Mon, 19 Sep 2011 23:17:00 UTC | #872862

Go to: God hates koalas

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Comment 2 by JHJEFFERY

The above exhausts my knowledge about the koala except that it is not a bear and has a lethal bite that kills more tourists than the crocs.

Yes, they've been known to drop down out of the trees and drain the blood of tourists.

Mon, 19 Sep 2011 21:57:09 UTC | #872828

Go to: Atheists are as big a threat as climate change deniers

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Christians say the darndest things.

Sat, 17 Sep 2011 19:09:57 UTC | #871990

Go to: Missing God

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Maybe you should just give it some time. I remember when I gave up on god it took years before I finally gave up on all of the habits and patterns and psychological nonsense I'd developed because of religion. It's difficult to deal with at first but eventually you come to accept that you never did need god for hope, you just convinced yourself that you did.

Mon, 12 Sep 2011 22:39:22 UTC | #870020

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That's because Christians and a few other religions don't believe that homosexuals actually exist. I wonder how the Catholic church would define a marriage where one of the people involved were transgendered. Doesn't seem like god gave those people much of a chance. Does the priest lift up the bride's skirt before the ceremony just to make sure?

Mon, 12 Sep 2011 15:06:43 UTC | #869795

Go to: In superstition we trust

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Comment 3 by QuestioningKat

Yes I live in the North, but I wonder where all these statistics come from.

I don't either, but either way I think the number is probably closer to 12%, but then again my source is just a survey referenced by census.gov, taken in 2008 and it only uses the continental United States as a sample, though it is a fairly large sample. I think if you put Hawaii and Alaska in the mix as well the numbers might even show a higher percentage.

Mon, 12 Sep 2011 02:58:10 UTC | #869548

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I had a great experience in the scouts. One of my favorite questions: If you were going to be stranded in the wilderness and you could only take one book with you what woud it be?

I don't think many people would pick the Bible over the Scout's handbook in that situation, even though they claim the Bible has all of the answers.

Thu, 08 Sep 2011 14:49:32 UTC | #868607

Go to: The Evangelicals Engaged In Spiritual Warfare

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Comment 56 by Red Dog

I'm sorry but I think that smart people like you that can't be bothered with voting are part of the problem. So I use emotive language to make a point. The fact that you can't respond to the argument but just complain about the style indicates to me that you realize I'm right but just can't bring yourself to admit it.

Part of the problem here is that you haven't really been paying attention.

Comment 34 by mjs31

I obviously haven't always sat out the presidential elections, but I did sit out the last one. It's looking more like I may have to vote this time just because the thought of Rick Perry becoming president is so appalling to me.

Comment 29 by mjs31

I don't vote for presidents, that doesn't mean I don't vote period.

So you're insistence that I can't be bothered to vote doesn't even have any merit. Yet you continue to repeat it over and over again.

But that doesn't mean I think that every argument has to be based on pure reason.

Every good argument should have a rational basis otherwise you're just fighting and or babbling and I'm not saying that I've never done either, I certainly don't think that highly of my opinions or ability to reason.

The fact that you can't respond to the argument but just complain about the style indicates to me that you realize I'm right but just can't bring yourself to admit it.

I did respond to the argument, but as I recall you called it an excuse and a self-fulfilling prophecy. Well my argument may have had the qualities of both of those things but I also said that I would most likely vote in this election. I'd also like to point out that whether I'm using that as an excuse or not, the results will still be the same, though I will most likely cast my vote in opposition to the Republican party (unless by some miracle they come up with a candidate that is worth my time) and no amount of Iranians, Egyptians or Libyans getting abused for the right to vote is going to change that.

Also, I don't entirely disagree with your argument, never said I did.

Wed, 07 Sep 2011 14:03:15 UTC | #868238

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Comment 52 by Red Dog

I come back to my original point in Iran, Egypt, Libya people are putting their lives on the line just to get the chance to vote and you that have it can't be bothered?

You know while I appreciate the rational points you try to make, the argument from emotion is getting a little tiresome. You don't know the first thing about me, yet you assume I'm just some apathetic jackass who doesn't get involved in anything. I'm not the type of person that would try to use this statement to make your entire argument invalid, but it certainly doesn't endear me to it.

Wed, 07 Sep 2011 02:54:55 UTC | #868082

Go to: Free Kindle edition of evolution book

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Still says free in the U.S.

Tue, 06 Sep 2011 13:43:19 UTC | #867886

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Comment 36 by Quine

Sounds good to me.

Tue, 06 Sep 2011 02:58:03 UTC | #867753

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Comment 32 by Red Dog

As for (Bomb Bomb Bomb, Bomb Bomb Iran) McCain, if you look at his various statements he has consistently advocated for staying in Iraq and for attacking Iran. I think the atrocious Palin choice shows the kind of leader McCain was. No judgement, just shoot from the hip. I actually think he would have been a disaster, as bad or worse than Bush.

Those were not his views when he was running for president, his perspective has changed since then, which I'm not really sure how to explain. People change their mind, Obama hasn't pulled troops out of Iraq and Afghanistan yet and I somehow get the feeling that he wants to use as part of his campaign.

McCain made a lot of different attempts to get various VP's before finally settling on Palin and stupefying the country, but part of it was that he let other people talk him into it not that just said "fuck it how about that her she's hot." But I could be wrong.

I agree that Gore won. But if more people had voted for Gore then it wouldn't have been close enough for Bush to steal.

I'm not saying that people could not have possibly voted Gore into office, but there was some foul play afoot.

So again why does it make sense to sit out the presidential elections?

In my particular case I live in an overwhelmingly Republican state that is going red no matter what. So even though the county I live in will probably go blue, it won't make a difference overall. However, I obviously haven't always sat out the presidential elections, but I did sit out the last one. It's looking more like I may have to vote this time just because the thought of Rick Perry becoming president is so appalling to me. However, it doesn't give me much hope for the future of presidential elections, but we shall see. So even though my vote isn't really going to matter in this election I will at least vote against this lunacy. I suppose I'll just have to hope Obama makes a better show of things.

Tue, 06 Sep 2011 02:01:29 UTC | #867726

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I think I'd be fine with living for a few thousand years in good health. Just long enough to see religion go away forever.

Tue, 06 Sep 2011 01:38:51 UTC | #867718

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Comment 30 by Red Dog

That really has nothing to do with what I just said but okay I'll bite. No I don't think McCain would have done most of the things you say he would have done, except possibly with the Egypt scenario. I might be wrong, but McCain did cross the aisle plenty of times, and though I don't agree with him on most of what his platform was and I think Palin as a VP choice is atrocious, I don't think she would have been much of a factor. The biggest concern was his age and what would happen if he were to die and also some people thought he might be senile. So yes I think the US would be in pretty much the same boat if McCain had won but there's no way to be sure.

I was actually a fundamentalist at the time Bush was running for president and that was a vote I definitely regret and part of the reason that I'm not that I'm not like that today. And you can make a pretty good argument that Gore actually did win, but that's irrelevant now. I think the outcome with Bush vs. Gore is definitely more extreme than the McCain vs. Obama outcome.

Tue, 06 Sep 2011 01:02:28 UTC | #867704

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Comment 28 by Red Dog

I don't vote for presidents, that doesn't mean I don't vote period.

Tue, 06 Sep 2011 00:42:09 UTC | #867696

Go to: Free Kindle edition of evolution book

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Comment 12 by lazarus

What's that you say? Invest in foreign currency, good idea.

Tue, 06 Sep 2011 00:18:47 UTC | #867690

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Comment 21 by Red Dog

Gee, don't strain yourself. See my comment above, by all means sit out another election.

But all the candidates that have a chance to win are so shitty.

Mon, 05 Sep 2011 23:52:33 UTC | #867684

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Comment 9 by some asshole

Why Evolution is True is the name of Coyne's blog, it's referenced that way every single time an article is referenced from it on this website from what I've observed, the blog is the source for where the information about the free book came from. There's nothing deceptive in this.

Mon, 05 Sep 2011 23:49:21 UTC | #867683

Go to: Free Kindle edition of evolution book

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Woah, I saved 69.99, that's a good deal.

Mon, 05 Sep 2011 22:34:25 UTC | #867648

Go to: Free Kindle edition of evolution book

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Free, well in that case.

Mon, 05 Sep 2011 22:33:15 UTC | #867647

Go to: Harmless soil-dwelling bacteria successfully kill cancer

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2013? Hopefully they can test it sooner than that.

Mon, 05 Sep 2011 22:30:59 UTC | #867646