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Go to: Anglican newspaper defends 'Gaystapo' article

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I'd just like to say my brother and his husband have adopted two children (girl and boy) and they will be 11 and 12 this year, respectively. Not only are the kids terribly well behaved and smart, but their parents are some of the most loving people I know.

Anyone who says gay couples shouldn't be able to adopt is simply being homophobic. There are homosexual couples out there right now raising children just as well as heterosexual couples do. Far be it from anyone who isn't adopting some of the millions of children that need a home to judge those willing to provide for them (without shoving religion down there throats in most cases either).

Tue, 15 Nov 2011 22:42:57 UTC | #890566

Go to: As ultra-Orthodox flex muscle, Israel feminists see a backsliding

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Thanks for letting us know that you have an un-fulfilling love life Pat, but I think we should steer back on topic.

Mon, 14 Nov 2011 18:42:38 UTC | #890148

Go to: Women & Islam: The rise and rise of the convert

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I'm willing to bet 80% of those converts were due to marriage. The rest of them were either mentally ill, emotionally unstable, or some combination of the two.

Sun, 06 Nov 2011 16:24:15 UTC | #887904

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

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Funny thing is, this move to "reaffirm," wasn't even necessary. It didn't need to be voted on. Nobody brought a congressional case against it (despire the fact I agree it has no place on our currency) in today's house.

The republicans did it simply to show they could. They did it, in the words of John Stewart, "to be dicks." Because "Obama had forgotten," or some such nonsense...

I cede the rest of my time to the floor. I have to go vomit.

Fri, 04 Nov 2011 21:43:20 UTC | #887452

Go to: French Newspaper Firebombed After Satire Involving Prophet Muhammad

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His comment that they are not true believers is eithera) a simple insultb) a goad to get them to respond and go on record stating theirs was indeed the work of true Muslimsc) an encouragement to the notoriously silent moderate muslims to disown them publicly.d) all of the above.

Fucking brilliant!

Thu, 03 Nov 2011 02:35:01 UTC | #886679

Go to: Fighting for Country, Not for God

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Posting in support of our fellow atheists in the military.

Feel free to Chomsky me to death in response. =)

Fri, 21 Oct 2011 00:01:43 UTC | #882706

Go to: Opinion: The Burden of Borders

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I pine for Canadian citizenship so that I can laugh at that joke without feeling guilty.

Wed, 19 Oct 2011 01:05:28 UTC | #881994

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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its a mistake to say that its only been the conservative Christians who have created this mess.

Yep and it's too often mis-labeled a right-wing-only problem. The left has cells of absolutely retarted religious vigor too (Sharpton is a huxter if ever there was one) and they need just as much addressing as the standard fare. Curiously, the religious moderates on the left often do the most apologizing for the crazies on the right. Perhaps mental battles should be pitched against the more reasonable first?

Tue, 18 Oct 2011 21:00:36 UTC | #881937

Go to: Opinion: The Burden of Borders

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We'll gladly give back Texas to Mexico, free of charge, just to keep their politicans out of Washington.

Tue, 18 Oct 2011 20:53:17 UTC | #881935

Go to: Richard Dawkins Tells All in Episode 46 of The Geek’s Guide to the Galaxy

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I'm looking forward to the "activism section," Richard mentioned. That sounds delightfully progressive.

Sun, 16 Oct 2011 21:27:57 UTC | #881325

Go to: Guest post: Baroness Greenfield, junk neuroscience, and the dangers of video games

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I think the original article by Baroness Greenfield was indeed mostly pseudo-science. However, I have to say I don't find the concerns of the Baroness to be groundless. It is disturbing how much time children spend playing video games many of which are extremely violent, misanthropic, and misogynistic.

As oppose to how much time children used to spend playing sports of various kinds, jumping barbed-wire fences to swing from dangerous tree branches (one of my childhood favorites), or any number of other leisure time activities a child of years gone by might have selected instead?

I can see legitimacy in argument around video-games and lacking physical health (ie. not enough exercise), but linking them to social disorders seems weak at best. I have read far more disturbing things in classic novels than i've seen in any video game premise and we rightly consider that stuff to be art. I'm not going to assert that Grand Theft Auto is high modern art, but we shouldn't view new culture negatively simply because it isn't what we grew up with. Dean is right to take an empirical appraoch and discredit the pseudo-scientific tirade of Ms. Greenfield.

Sat, 15 Oct 2011 17:26:02 UTC | #881110

Go to: [UPDATE]Heads-up to everyone - Bill O'Reilly response expected on Friday Oct 14th

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Pretending to be a theist is not reprehensible on-face. It's a necessity where I live and it's a necessity if you want to run for high office in the US.

Pretending to be a theist AND condemning rational people, being a mouth-piece for the most vile and toxic conservative know-nothings in the media, and all the while trashing the very intelligencia that spawned you to make a career as a pundit(O'Riley) is reprehensible. I'm sure Bill could have had a job as a legitimate journalist, and there's the distinct possibility that even ivy leaguers from liberal backdrops can end up center-right with a niggling desire for religion.... but there's no excuse for the length to which Bill has departed reality in order to peddle his far-right republican smut for personal gain.

Fri, 14 Oct 2011 22:41:04 UTC | #880980

Go to: [UPDATE]Heads-up to everyone - Bill O'Reilly response expected on Friday Oct 14th

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You were spot-on until that last paragraph. I'm not sure that would be in-character for him.

Fri, 14 Oct 2011 01:25:00 UTC | #880725

Go to: Title II of the Federal Civil Rights Law of 1964

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A country club, violating civil rights law? Surely a first in the country... LOL.

Well played sir.

Tue, 11 Oct 2011 18:15:56 UTC | #879901

Go to: Deepak Chopra reviews Richard Dawkins

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I think he has the backing of 'The Oprah,' so I doubt he's going anywhere.

Tue, 11 Oct 2011 18:11:34 UTC | #879899

Go to: Ultra-Orthodox Jews picket girls' school

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Good to see jews don't miss a chance to prove their reilgion isn't innocent either.

Fuck em all.

Tue, 11 Oct 2011 18:08:04 UTC | #879898

Go to: Extremism – and its religious exoskeleton

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Also during the Second World War, American citizens were sent to internment camps with no due process simply for being of Japanese decent.That something was once done is not, in itself, sufficient grounds to keep doing it.

And where did I suggest that, alltogether diffirent practice, continue aswell? The context here is a citizen leaving the country to join the opposing side of an ongoing war. That fits exactly with what Mr. al-Aulaqi did. AFAIK, no muslim citizens have been interned and had their rights suspended during this time of war as the Japaneese were duing WW2, so i'm afraid your point is totally invalid.

The prescedent here is clear and that is precisely why there is no great legal debate over the issue going on now. He was clearly working for AQ, had left the country to a location that would make extradition difficult, and became an enemy soldier no diffirently than the American Germans who served in the German military.

Anyone arguing that the US should have gone out of it's way to put a bunch of soliders on the ground in Yemen and extradite him is simply not in touch with the reality we live in. That would have caused far more collateral damage, far more death of American citizens (the soldiers sent in to get him), and far more of a political circus over where he would be tried and what the rammifications would/should be.

Thu, 06 Oct 2011 18:22:56 UTC | #878487

Go to: Jesus and Mo: Everything that has a beginning ...

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so, who invited whom out for a drink in the bar?

This is the important question.

Wed, 05 Oct 2011 20:02:07 UTC | #878253

Go to: Extremism – and its religious exoskeleton

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What we should also not do is dismiss valid concerns about rule of law and due process.Al-Aulaqi was a US citizen. As a lawyer Sean you are no doubt aware that we are a nation of laws. Treasury officials (this is the article you are citing) cannot decide anyone's guilt or innocence. This is something only a judge or jury can do. Al-Aulaqi had never been indicted -much less convicted- of any crime by a US court.

German Americans who went to fight for their hereditary homeland were given no such privlidge during the World Wars. I don't see the reason why America would go out of it's way in time of war to give due process to an explicitly treasonous citizen who went abroad to spread a message of war against them.

@Sean, I think you have made good points, but I find the suggestion that 99% of all religious persons don't adhere to a very convicted and possibly dangerous dogma a bit generous. This can be said of Christians and Muslims (not to mention Settler Jews in Israel) and I think that figure is higher than we in the progressive parts of the world would like to consider.

Wed, 05 Oct 2011 20:00:17 UTC | #878252

Go to: UPDATED: Life as a humanist with the armed forces in Afghanistan

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"but I find "not judging the morals of other cultures as a[n] external observer," to be a repugnant position"Well I find that having the absolute conviction that you are right and your morals are absolute and anyone a tiny bit different from you is wrong a repugnant ideology and automatically makes you unfit to have any opinion on human rights or how different cultures and nations should treat each-other.

Well, as i've stated, I don't pretend to be the arbiter of absolute morality. That; however, does not excuse me from attempting to measure the positive and negative outcomes of my own actions and the actions of others. It's apparent to me that the rule of the Taliban is a deeply negative state of being for those in Afganistan and would impact them in a far more crippling way than a well-meaning, but humanly flawed, campeign to rid them of the menace that is Taliban rule.

The Korean war was also rife with negative consequence, but I don't think anyone in South Korea would wish that the Americans had left them to the fate of being Annexed by the North.

Tue, 04 Oct 2011 20:07:30 UTC | #877898

Go to: UPDATED: Life as a humanist with the armed forces in Afghanistan

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I don't think that a soldier is going to bother over his definition of the term humanist. He's just out of grade school, not a trained philosopher.

Far be it from me to suggest that Afganistan is better off with military intervention keeping the forces of hardcore islamic law at bay, but I find "not judging the morals of other cultures as a[n] external observer," to be a repugnant position. If one is not willing to declare the foul mistreatment of women, homosexuals, arts, literature, etc. a bankrupt position, then one has no business speaking on the consequence of wartime human rights violations in the same breath.

Tue, 04 Oct 2011 02:49:08 UTC | #877670

Go to: Mon Oct 3rd - Richard Dawkins book tour schedule

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It won't be the first time Richard has been on the Factor or interviewed by the Fox conserva-thugs. I'm glad he is going to do it again though, it's the best way to reach that "captive," Fox audience and possible save all those trapped and wasted human minds from the grip of religion.

Mon, 03 Oct 2011 18:04:31 UTC | #877510

Go to: UPDATED: Life as a humanist with the armed forces in Afghanistan

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Military force is necessary in a world governed by irrational people. We just have to try and be more rational with our own troops than the rest. Of all the places to be picking on military action i'd say Afganistan is the least plausible. The Taliban are anti-secular, anti-women, pro-islamic-autocracy, and have demonstrated a deep-rooted desire to aid islamic militants in their international campeign of jihad.

My hat is off to those, of any nationality, serving there. They do not represent squandered lives or an un-just cause. They are doing us a favor. Anyone who thinks a humanist can't be pro-conflict for any reason should try and explain that to Christopher Hitchens.

Mon, 03 Oct 2011 18:00:46 UTC | #877509

Go to: Does God exist?

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New-age religious liberals make me sick to my stomach.

Mon, 03 Oct 2011 04:02:38 UTC | #877275

Go to: Live stream - starting 8 minutes ago, 4pm ET- RD and Harry Finder - The New Yorker

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@ UGAtheist - it's 'can't be arsed'!

I'm not from that side of the pond, mate. =)

Sat, 01 Oct 2011 23:21:41 UTC | #877040

Go to: Live stream - starting 8 minutes ago, 4pm ET- RD and Harry Finder - The New Yorker

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Figured I was leaving that one wide open.

Sat, 01 Oct 2011 22:02:16 UTC | #877022

Go to: Live stream - starting 8 minutes ago, 4pm ET- RD and Harry Finder - The New Yorker

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I subscribe to the New Yorker and can't be asked to log into their obnoxious system.

No shame in them trying to profit off journalism, but good grief their IT folks dropped the ball.

Sat, 01 Oct 2011 21:16:29 UTC | #877018

Go to: Rachel Maddow Rips Anti-Abortion, Gay Marriage Bills (VIDEO)

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The entire institution of marriage should be abolished. It's outdated and serves no purpose other than making divorce lawyers rich.

Too true.

Fri, 30 Sep 2011 18:58:20 UTC | #876708

Go to: Pastor faces execution in Tehran for apostasy

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Evolved Primate: "Shame on Christians everywhere."I knew, even before reading the comments, that it would be Christians that would be blamed, that Pastor Nadarknani would be in the wrong, and that (see UGAtheist) somehow American Christians would be smeared.I am disgusted.

American Christianity deserves any bad press that it gets and I'm a lot more disgusted that you would isolate your disdain for islam in this case when it is more than abundantly clear this fellow has been given a choice to nominally recant (his wife is already off the hook) his equally illogical fantasy viewpoint.

I hate the Islamic ideology that created this problem and said that the Iranian clerics were to blame, but that should not give the Christian a pass on the merit of victimhood alone. He is willing to die for Christianity and I would hope that everyone here agrees that is a wholly idiotic waste of his potential human life.

The idea that the majority view around here is in apology for islam couldn't be further from the truth.

Thu, 29 Sep 2011 20:52:32 UTC | #876435

Go to: Pastor faces execution in Tehran for apostasy

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It is most certainly Iran at fault, much more so than the christian evangelical fellow and this is an issue of human rights. Having said that, they're both presenting dogma. Even if Iran were to back down on this, it wouldn't be for the sake of religious pluralism or tolerance in general. If the guy gets a pass it would only happen because he is still going by one of the "people of the book," faiths.

To put it bluntly, it's a no-win situation for the international community. Christians will probably see it as incitement. Muslims will certainly see it as incitement if it gets derailed by the international community. Ironically, i'm betting some of the most bitter fundies to rage about it will be right-wing protestant christians and sunni muslims who would (under any other circumstance) not identify at all with the christian defendant or shi'a muslim government in quesiton.

Thu, 29 Sep 2011 04:38:41 UTC | #876204