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Go to: YouTube Reinstates Pat Condell

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Glad he's back; I find myself agreeing with 95% of the content in his diatribes. So far, I only disagree with Pat on Iraq, where I'm very much with the Hitchens 'Neocon', George Bush, Paul Wolforwitz view. Pat's also rather amusing, and entertaining, and that helps!

But of course, whether I disagree or agree with Pat on any particular issue, is not really the point is it....No, the point is freedom of speech, this includes freedom to offend and insult. Pat doesn't incite and that enough.

Folks that don't get this are in essence anti democratic, anti liberal (liberal in the classical sense, not the US 'Lefty' sense) and I posit that the biggest political divide these days is not between Left & Right, it's between advocates of plural democracy and authoritarians and their apologists.

Sun, 30 Nov 2008 23:44:00 UTC | #280344

Go to: 'Atheist bus' more like a bandwagon on highway to hell

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Oh and a third:

On the matter of Joylessness...on one of my first foot patrols as a young Lieutenant in Northern Ireland in the early 80s, we came across a kids playground. The swings and roundabouts were all chained and padlocked. When I asked why I was told that this is what happens on a Sunday in 'good' Protestant areas!

Sun, 30 Nov 2008 23:09:00 UTC | #280337

Go to: 'Atheist bus' more like a bandwagon on highway to hell

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Two observations:

Firstly, the author seems to be rather irony challenged - she's projecting onto atheists exactly what she's up to!

Secondly - she's trundling out the consequences of belief fallacy; she's not arguing for the truth of her religion or any deity, only that believing it has positive consequences.

Sun, 30 Nov 2008 23:02:00 UTC | #280335

Go to: Lying for Jesus?

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A little bit overly emotional by Richard. The ad hominems were not necessary and detracted, rather than added to Richard's strong, even crushing case. The political tangent is, I posit, apt to, at the very least, raise an eyebrow amongst erstwhile supporters who take a different political World view to Richard on how best to marshal resources for the greater good, but support his views on science and religion. I suspect that there are quite a few of us.

I confess, ever so feint echoes of operation Clark County, are ringing in my ears!

Mon, 24 Mar 2008 11:29:00 UTC | #141303

Go to: Don't blame Islam for terrorism, expert says

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This article must be a spoof.

Thu, 21 Feb 2008 22:58:00 UTC | #124524

Go to: Britain cannot put its faith in religiously divided schools

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I need to start my own atheist school, atheists only! No doubt that the fundies wouldn't approve. :)
That's a good point, it might be a good tactic too.

Rather than non-denominational schools, motivate for the state to fund schools, where the parents have to be members of the National Secular Society!

Or more realistically, it's a strong argument to use as a counter example - by way of Reductio ad absurdum - to set against arguments for 'faith schools' which use religious selection.

In practice, I wouldn't support atheist schools either. Schools should be non-denominational, religion should be taught as a subject - comparative religion, rather than any one 'brand' being inculcated into young, impressionable minds by indoctrination.

There should be no religious selection criteria in any school, for teachers or pupils; anymore than there should be any racial selection criteria. It should be seen as simply not-acceptable, anymore than it would be acceptable for the British Army, Tescos or the National Health Service, to have a selection process that favoured by race or's well time for the zeitgeist with regards religion in education to catch up with that regarding race. UK education is behind the curve when compared to the employment field, where outside of specific religious establishments, selection by religion, is getting to be just not acceptable.

We are in danger of slipping backwards, if the argument for religious schools holds, then why not for tertiary education institutions? I wont tangent in detail onto the disestablishment argument....but it does come to mind.

In practice, the biggest problem at the moment, is with Islam. Anlglicinism, the UK state religion, and Christianity in general, are in terminal decline in the UK.

Now personally, I don't see being an 'Islmophobe' as a pejorative at all, not in the slightest. Rather it's a tad oxymoronic, as 'fear of Islam' is anything but a 'phobia', meaning irrational - given Islam's koranic literalist mainstream form and it's history of being promulgated by violence since the time of the 'prophet'; something which manifests all over the World, to this day. This, combined with current Islamic demographics in the UK, as well as other countries, boosted by fecundity, serial immigration and massive global Saudi funding.

There are 150 new state funded Islamic schools in the pipeline in the UK, think about this good people! I think this is more than silly, and to put it mildly, is directly contrary to the UK's national interest.

We're going to see more of this sort of thing, which, to use a Kofi Annan-esque understatement, gives me cause for 'deep concern' - We want to offer Sharia Law in Britain

Sun, 20 Jan 2008 06:34:00 UTC | #108223

Go to: The Moral Instinct

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I doubt these examples will persuade anyone to favor Bill Gates over Mother Teresa for sainthood.

I needed no persuading! Even before Hitchen's nailed her as a 'toxic Albanian Dwarf' - who celebrated squalour. It's ironic that she turns out to have been an atheist fronting as a Catholic - she couldn't, despite her best efforts, bring herself to believe that tosh, so she was disingenuous too.

Gates does great charity work, and is managing Warren Buffet's fortune too.

Of course Richard Dawkins is the incumbent in the Charles Simonii sponsored - professor of public understanding of science. Simonii is one of the Microsoft billionaires.

Tue, 15 Jan 2008 22:35:00 UTC | #106583

Go to: Another critic who hasn't read the book

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It always astonishes me how men think a women's IQ is (in some fashion) dependant on how many men they have sleeping with them

It must be very stressful going through life constantly astonished, perhaps some stress relief therapy is in order...

Tue, 08 Jan 2008 12:27:00 UTC | #103999

Go to: Another critic who hasn't read the book

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PZed wrote:

Did Dawkins make a surprise visit to Minneapolis specifically to shoot Emily Condon's dog or something?

My darling mother would probably just put this down to her needing 'a jolly good rogering'. My Mum's usually right.

Anyway, it's a candidate theory that has the benefit of being plausible and, in the best spirit of Karl Popper, is eminently falsifiable. It just needs someone to err ...step up to the proverbial plate and do the 'field work'. Any volunteers?

Tue, 08 Jan 2008 11:53:00 UTC | #103988

Go to: Huckabee: Guns, God and rock'n'roll

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Hitchens adds some needed perspective

Thu, 03 Jan 2008 22:23:00 UTC | #101980

Go to: Huckabee: Guns, God and rock'n'roll

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The last two federal elections did have a nontheist third candidate. Furthermore, he didn't support the Iraq War either.

Well the Democratic nominee in the last US election - Kerry did vote FOR the Oct 2002 Iraq War resolution (No: 107-243), before he was against it.

With regards to this presidential race, I'd put Guliani as by far the most secularly inclined contender in both the Dems and the GOP. He is still, even after Iowa, the Republican front runner, though by a shrinking margin. Guliani didn't canvas in Iowa, as the Telegraph today points out...

The former New York mayor, 63, took the gamble of abandoning Iowa, where Republicans hold mostly church-going, anti-abortion views not predisposed to a thrice-married, pro-choice Yankee.

His decision will, however, allow him to dismiss what is likely to be a poor result. Coming third will be a triumph.

He has taken an even greater risk by winding down his campaigning in New Hampshire, hoping that none of his rivals will have significant momentum going into "Super-Duper Tuesday" on February 5, when 22 states vote.

He is still the national frontrunner, but the gap is closing all the time.

As for celebrity endorsements, US politics most certainly has no monopoly on that iffy practice, it's happens all too often in the UK too.

Thu, 03 Jan 2008 22:16:00 UTC | #101979

Go to: CBC News: Sunday - Richard Dawkins

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Really very good indeed, Richard is definitely getting better at responding succinctly, with verve, but without animosity, to the usual theistic 'boiler-plate' tosh.

He's turning into quite a natty dresser too!

Tue, 18 Dec 2007 10:40:00 UTC | #95567

Go to: Believe it or not

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Hey, we're the New Realists.
empericalist, rationalist and 'objectivist' are all good; but when I have to fill in forms that ask for one's religion - I put 'None'.

I don't really like defining myself by what I am not. Many if not most folks seem to see atheism as some form of philosophy or religion, and of cours that's uhmmm an a-factual view!

Wed, 12 Dec 2007 07:19:00 UTC | #93011

Go to: Is Infant Male Circumcision An Abuse Of The Rights Of The Child?

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Oh and even if it reduces HIV risk* that's not a good argument for routine MGM; anymore than giving girls a double mastectomy, which would reduce the risk of breast cancer in later life, is a good argument for routinely performing that procedure.

* I'm sceptical of this claim, but that's not the thrust of my argument.

Mon, 10 Dec 2007 05:18:00 UTC | #91736

Go to: Is Infant Male Circumcision An Abuse Of The Rights Of The Child?

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How many nerve endings do we lose because of the Jewish faith.

It seems male genital mutilation or 'circumcision', removes typically around 30% of your erogenous tissue; from my perspective I don't see that this is a good idea.

Our kids come through us, we don't 'own' them. We have no right to mutilate them in this way. If you want to chop bits off your own genitals, that's your call, do it when your of age but don't inflict it on minors. That's clearly child abuse.

Mon, 10 Dec 2007 05:04:00 UTC | #91731

Go to: Biologist fired for beliefs, suit says

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Good thread on this at the Volokh conspiricy on which I chirped a bit.

Sun, 09 Dec 2007 13:23:00 UTC | #91507

Go to: The God Delusion in Turkey

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I hope The God Delusion is translated into Arabic, but whether it's put on sale, is another matter.

From what I can glean, other than the Koran and Hadith, Arabs are not really into books.

Sat, 08 Dec 2007 01:52:00 UTC | #90955

Go to: Let us kill all the teddy bears

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Then I remember. I remember the remaining 1.2 billion Muslims of the world who are also reading about the Great Teddy Bear Blasphemy of 2007 and going oh holy hell no, please, Allah no, not this again, not these inbred fundamentalist jackals making us all look so horribly bad, and why does the media insist on showing such a harsh, fragmented picture of a generally peaceful (albeit overly militant) faith and is there really nothing we can do?

I think this is as good an example of wishful thinking as I've seen in a while!

Fri, 07 Dec 2007 00:48:00 UTC | #90533

Go to: Fox: 'Atheist Outrage' over holiday 'Tree of Knowledge'

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My, that priest is rather 'camp'!

Yul is a pagan ceremony held around the Winter solstice (Northern Hemisphere) purloined by Christians.

Thu, 06 Dec 2007 02:12:00 UTC | #90235

Go to: Bad Faith Awards: Vote for the winner now

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Oh and why oh why is 'Mother Teresa' not on the list; in the light of revelations about her closet atheism?

Thu, 06 Dec 2007 00:11:00 UTC | #90198

Go to: Bad Faith Awards: Vote for the winner now

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I'd nominate the New Humanists themselves for promulgating a 'bad faith' award whilst displaying very clear cowardice that amounts to self inflicted Dhimmitude by not even nominating one Muslim whilst we have

Wed, 05 Dec 2007 22:38:00 UTC | #90185

Go to: Nurses Told to Turn Muslims' Beds to Mecca

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The NHS would do better to spend their time and resources to ensure that their Muslim physicians are sticking to the spirit of their Hippocratic oath, and are not planning to self-detonate in airport lobbies.

Tue, 04 Dec 2007 14:54:00 UTC | #89679

Go to: Highway to hysteria

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Barking mad, difficult to credit, and yet you will get worse, and more malign in plenty of Mosques, including a goodly number in the UK. Stuff that'll make this lot of fruitcake's carryings on, look like the Reading Rotary club AGM. The US holds no monopoly on crazy religious credulity.

Tue, 04 Dec 2007 14:43:00 UTC | #89677

Go to: Atheism's Wrong Turn

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Have we forgotten that Dawkins has talked about nominating her for the Nobel Peace Prize?
I didn't know this, what has Ayaan Hirsi Ali done to deserve this? The company of 'Mother Teresa', Yasser Arafat, Henry Kissinger, Al Gore - the Michael Moore of climate change, and I shit you not, even Adolf Hitler.

No, being nominated for the Nobel Peace prize is hardly the mark of merit.

Mon, 03 Dec 2007 00:03:00 UTC | #89074

Go to: Debate: Ayaan Hirsi Ali vs Ed Husain

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Ed Husain is talking absolute shiite; the only reason anyone is listening to him, is becasue he no longer wants to kill all kuffar.

The problem IS within Islam itself, as Ayaan said - "the prophet Mohammed as a moral guide". Islam is a religion of the sword, no getting away from it, and it still is. No 'whataboutary' pointing to the historic excesses of Christianity, will change that.

Ed Hussain's argument, is to try to replace malign, openly treasonous ridiculous tosh, with less dangerous tosh. It's still tosh.

Ayaan needs a more practice in public speaking; but I'm sure she'll get there

Thu, 29 Nov 2007 23:14:00 UTC | #87868

Go to: In the name of God: the Saudi rape victim's tale

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Somewhat germane; Ayaan Hirsi Ali, interviewed in the Spectator

Thu, 29 Nov 2007 02:28:00 UTC | #87479

Go to: Turkey probes atheist's 'God' book

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Naah, it's clearly a cunning plot by RD's publishers, in cahoots with insiders in the Turkish judiciary, folks no doubt on the promise of kickbacks, to garner publicity and increase book sales.

Wed, 28 Nov 2007 16:14:00 UTC | #87378

Go to: Pupil defends teacher in Muhammad teddy furore

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incidents like these proof how much a personality like the reformer Martin Luther is needed
Yes Martin Luther, the 'charming' Germanic Monk is just what's needed...NOT.

He might have been a catalyst that broke the Papal monopoly of the Cathoholic church back when god was a boy; but I'm not sure his like is just quite what we need in the 21st century for Islam. His schism was not predicated on tolerance and reason; it was underpinned by Biblical literalism - a return to core principles.

A couple of gems from the Teutonic Herr Luther...

Reason is the greatest enemy that faith has: it never comes to the aid of spritual things, but--more frequently than not --struggles against the Divine Word....

Reason must be deluded, blinded, and destroyed. Faith must trample underfoot all reason, sense, and understanding, and whatever it sees must be put out of sight and ... know nothing but the word of God.

We don't need Koranic literalism - that's the nub of problem with Islam. The very basis of it is seeing the Koran as the literal word of God dictated verbatim by the angel Gabriel to the 'prophet' Mohammed. This makes it a particular pernicious meme, it's core tenets require re-proofing against the Koranic standard. This puts potential reformers immediately on the back foot, because if they challenge this, they are vulnerable to charges of apostasy.

More Lutherite gems here -

Henry the 8th would be a better model - but he is hardly 'kosher' as a 21st century example.

Rather just call Islam for the tosh it is; and nasty hateful tosh at that.

Wed, 28 Nov 2007 15:43:00 UTC | #87366

Go to: Islam and the modern world don't mix

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Good article; and in the Independent of all places!

Islam's 'share price' is definitely taking a tumble in Kuffardom. I think that's a good thing, it's simply a manifestation of the feedback loop of democracy.

Mind you, I'm not sure that this isn't a Zionist, Crusader, Neocon, conspiracy; to sell more of Ayaan Hirsi Ali's books! The same dastardly conspiricy that fully half of UK Muslims think did 9/11.

Wed, 28 Nov 2007 02:35:00 UTC | #87106

Go to: Golden Compass author hits back

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Rather get the nice Catholic kiddies to see a nice little Catholic romantic comedy directed by Mel Gibson.

Tue, 27 Nov 2007 12:18:00 UTC | #86951