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Go to: The Devil, the internet, Richard Dawkins and God

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Logico-ad-absurdum

The Internet is evil.

Richard Dawkins is on the Internet.

Therefore Richard Dawkins is evil ..

Fri, 17 Feb 2012 17:31:30 UTC | #918922

Go to: Freedom of and From Religion

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Religious Americans Enjoy Higher Wellbeing

PRINCETON, NJ -- An analysis of more than 676,000 Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index interviews conducted in 2011 and 2010 finds that Americans who are the most religious have the highest levels of wellbeing. The statistically significant relationship between religiousness and wellbeing holds up after controlling for numerous demographic variables.

Then what explains the Tea Party ?

Fri, 17 Feb 2012 17:04:11 UTC | #918908

Go to: Sex & God: How Religion Distorts Sexuality

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@Comment 11 by xmaseveeve: "Could I just say that I was quite shocked at the outraged posturing of Michael Masden (Madsen?) .. The scarlet woman Denise Welch is now a hero of mine"

You have got to be kidding, Welchs poor-me act was quite rightly called out by Masden and none of the rest displayed any star quality.

Mon, 30 Jan 2012 18:30:52 UTC | #912749

Go to: Dawkins’s Theory of God

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@Comment 4 by Big Gus: 'I can hear the quote miners now! "Richard Dawkins who has stated that he hates babies and reindeer."`

"Richard Dawkins hates the poor" :)

Atheists Strangely Quiet on Bishops in Welfare Debate

Wed, 25 Jan 2012 18:33:16 UTC | #911415

Go to: To name the unnameable

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It was and still is shameful, the lack of response by the western establishment, to the incitement to murder by some Iranian religious crackpot ..

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  • In the name of Him, the Highest. There is only one God, to whom we shall all return. I inform all zealous Muslims of the world that the author of the book entitled The Satanic Verses – which has been compiled, printed, and published in opposition to Islam, the Prophet, and the Qur’an – and all those involved in its publication who were aware of its content, are sentenced to death.

    I call on all zealous Muslims to execute them quickly, wherever they may be found, so that no one else will dare to insult the Muslim sanctities. God willing, whoever is killed on this path is a martyr. In addition, anyone who has access to the author of this book, but does not possess the power to execute him, should report him to the people so that he may be punished for his actions.

    May peace and the mercy of God and His blessings be with you. Ruhollah al-Musavi al-Khomeini, 25 Bahman 1367 [February 14, 1989].

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  • Mon, 23 Jan 2012 15:29:52 UTC | #910913

    Go to: [Update YouTube Part 2 added]-Richard Dawkins Interviews Rabbi Tamara Kolton

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    re: For those having problems with viewing the video

    764 MG, for a sixteen minute video, come on, you cannot be serious ...

    Mon, 09 Jan 2012 17:55:36 UTC | #906687

    Go to: Magicians say their craft makes them see faith as just hocus-pocus

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    Comment 22 by Bernard Hurley: re: hocus-pocus in Latin

    It always strikes me as most curious that the magic incantations must be utterred in Latin the language of the oppressor of gods chosen people.

    Wed, 02 Nov 2011 00:48:57 UTC | #886231

    Go to: Faircloth discusses his new book "Attack of the Theocrats: How the Religious Right Harms Us All & What We Can Do About It."

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    @Comment 1 by Librarian: "I am reading it on my Kindle".

    Why does the screen have to flash negative before moving to the next page, I understand it's to do with the display, but couldn't they do it different ....

    Fri, 21 Oct 2011 18:01:02 UTC | #882954

    Go to: Does God exist?

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    @Comment 50 by Schrodinger's Cat: "The age old problem is.......what does one actually mean by 'God' ?"

    He's a superior transcendental being existing outside the material universe, who has existed for an eternity, who created the universe and humanity. Is given to destructive rages if his created don't endlessly praise him.

    Tue, 04 Oct 2011 08:17:57 UTC | #877701

    Go to: Does God exist?

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    "I will put my cards on the table. I am an atheist myself"

    From what follows, no you are not ...

    "as long as God does not intervene in the contemporary universe in such a way as to violate physical laws, science has no way of knowing whether God exists or not. The belief or disbelief in such a Being is therefore a matter of faith .. In my opinion, Dawkins has a narrow view of faith"

    Enough already ... yet another `atheist' who only wants to talk about God.

    Tue, 04 Oct 2011 08:13:28 UTC | #877700

    Go to: The mysterious suicide that has rocked the Vatican

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    @Comment 6 by Tirnamona: "Let us not rush to judgement. A man has died by own own hand"

    That has yet to be ascertained

    Tue, 04 Oct 2011 07:57:12 UTC | #877696

    Go to: The mysterious suicide that has rocked the Vatican

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    "I suspect we are talking about illegality and I hope that sooner or later that prosecutors will investigate it"

    I propose the Vatican and the Mafia jointly set up a committee to investigate the circumstances of the suicide. Why would someone in a hospital use a gun when there would be access to many deadly pharmaceutics?

    Tue, 04 Oct 2011 07:54:06 UTC | #877695

    Go to: Balancing Acts in Science

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    comment 4: `discredited scientific theories'

    @Red Dog: "One of the things that I find a bit disturbing is how long theories that have been discredited scientifically can still stick around .. one of the best (worst) example is Freudian psychoanalytic theory"

    A lot of people have a financial interest in promulgating psychoanalysis. Of course it's more a cult than a scientific school of thought. Given what we now know about brain processes, memory and learning such things as `dream interpretation' are now totally discredited.

    Mon, 26 Sep 2011 03:19:55 UTC | #875178

    Go to: Scientology: Game Over? Australia May Be About to Bankrupt Church Operations Down Under

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    @Comment 11 by Steven Mading

    There is one way in which $cientology differs from an actual religion .. Members of other religions want to disseminate their scriptures .. $cientology, on the other hand, uses intellectual property law to stifle dissemination of their scriptures ..

    No they just charge huge wads of cash for access and don't want people reading it early in case they percieve it to be the deluded ravings of a science fiction author that it it. And historically the one true church kept the word-of-god in Latin so as the common man couldn't read it.

    Sat, 03 Sep 2011 01:17:58 UTC | #866782

    Go to: Catholic clergy 'abused children for decades in County Donegal'

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    @Comment 44 by mattlennon

    Here we go again....the loose morals of the 1960's and '70's at work again. Can't we agree that the real victims here are the priests who were under assault from a culture run amok?

    AD60-100 the Didache: "Thou shalt not seduce young boys"

    AD309 Council of Elvira:"Those who sexually abuse young boys, may not commune, even when death approaches"

    AD800 Penitential Saint Bede:"Clerics sodomising children should be punished"

    AD0151 Book of Gomorrah, Saint Peter Damian:"Rampant Child abuse and attempts to hide it by church superiors"

    AD1140 Gratian of Bologna:"called for paedophile priests to be put before secular courts"

    AD1568 Papal Order the Horrendum:"called for paedophile priests to be charged"

    AD1741:"Sacrementum Poeniteniae:"recommended the problem be dealt with internally"

    AD1917: Canon Law states:"cases to be handles with in secret with no requirement to report to secular authorities"

    AD1962: Canon Law states:"Cases to be handles with in secret with no requirement to report to secular authorities"

    AD2001: Cardenal Ratzinger:"abuse allegations should be delt with under the churches greatest level of secrecy, `PONTIFICAL SECRET'"

    Wed, 31 Aug 2011 21:41:54 UTC | #866055

    Go to: Religion and Disease

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    re: Oh no! More ammo for the christers

    Comment 1 by Neodarwinian: "Oh no! More ammo for the christers I meet in web combat at other sites! Watch the rationalizations come thick and heavy. " Even if god is not real religion is a force for good in the world. And so on, and so on!"

    I wouldn't go so far as to totally dismiss it as you do, the religious imperative has been largly responsible for the advancement of European civilisation for centuries, regardless of its source impetus.

    Sat, 27 Aug 2011 21:28:38 UTC | #864769

    Go to: Black Death study lets rats off the hook

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    Is the any correlation between the survivors of pneumonic plague and their decendents being susceptable to cystic fibrosis. As in those with a particular mutation in the gene would be more likely to survive an attack?

    Sat, 27 Aug 2011 21:12:10 UTC | #864765

    Go to: The Stanford Prison Experiment: History’s Most Controversial Psychology Study Turns 40

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    Forty years ago today, the Stanford Prison Experiment began — arguably history’s most notorious and controversial psychology experiment, which gleaned powerful and unsettling insights into human nature

    Insights into human nature? - I don't think so. Given the nature of human societies, the conclusions are hardly controversial. In order to survive our ancestors had to subsume their own interests to the those of the group. The penalty for anti-social behaviour was exclusion from the group. Exclusion from such a group meant certain death. As such given an environment where there is no such sanction, a sizeable number of the population will engage in such aberrations.

    That's why an outier group is also useful in any society, that way you can direct destructive anti-social tendencies onto them or if you don't have any home-grown underclass, invade somewhere.

    Thu, 18 Aug 2011 00:38:52 UTC | #861975