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Go to: Muslim Sharia Law In Australia

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                 Comment 81 by Skeptic Jim> But don't fall for this kind of scare mongering from a new source that spends the rest of its time harassing single mothers and chasing dodgy plumbers down the street.> The facts are the facts.....regardless of who reports them. There's almost no totally unbiased news sources, so one has to discern what is fact and what is spin. So, any unreliability of the source does not alter the fact that Sharia law is being allowed to arbitrate Australian disputes.

Arguments are arguments, no matter how much you chose to misrepresent them by splitting them in half and quoting them out of context.

The crux of my argument was the part you conveniently (cowardly) omitted from your comment.

Any parties can choose to have a dispute mediated. Is it ok for you and your next door neighbour sign up to allow judge judy to arbitrate your dispute? If so, why isn't it ok for Muslim people to do the same?

Some western countries have given sharia courts legal jurisdiction. That's a real problem. That's something to talk about and expose. What's happening in Australia is not. It's a bunch of scare mongering and junk journalism.

Tue, 09 Aug 2011 09:46:16 UTC | #859368

Go to: Muslim Sharia Law In Australia

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As these "courts" are not recognised by the government, how is this any different to "Judge Judy's law"?

Judge Judy's court is not a real court. The rulings are only binding because the defendant and accuser sign a contract to say it will be binding in advance of recording the show.

Same thing here. What we're witnessing is nothing more than junk tabloid journalism.

I understand that sharia courts have been given real legal powers in some other countries and I am 100% against that. But don't fall for this kind of scare mongering from a new source that spends the rest of its time harassing single mothers and chasing dodgy plumbers down the street.

Sun, 31 Jul 2011 12:30:18 UTC | #856194

Go to: 'Weasel' attack on Catholic spokesman in Hugh Dallas furore

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"In other news, 3rd World War is about to break out in the East"

No it isn't.

"...and Prince William is still set on marriage."

Who cares?

Wed, 01 Dec 2010 14:09:03 UTC | #556598

Go to: Prince Charles blames world’s ills on 'soulless consumerism' and Galileo

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This idiot is going to be our King soon.

Thu, 10 Jun 2010 08:40:32 UTC | #478760

Go to: Moon's Water Comes in Three Flavors, Scientists Say

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"Until recently the moon was thought to be bone dry"

Last I checked the water they found was frozen which would mean the moon is still as dry as they thought it was before!

Wed, 24 Mar 2010 13:40:00 UTC | #451843

Go to: Ahern proposes Autumn referendum on blasphemy

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I live in Ireland and I can assure you that the majority are not in favour of this law. Even the catholic right wing think tank 'the Iona Institute' are against the law.

This was nothing but a lazy attempt to adhere to an old constitution. Now he is being forced to correct the issue properly through a referendum which is what all of us at Atheist Ireland wanted all along.

Sun, 14 Mar 2010 23:00:00 UTC | #449399

Go to: Did Cooking Make Us Human?

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godam BBC. They broadcast into my livingroom but can't offer Ireland access over the internet :-(

Fri, 05 Mar 2010 14:08:00 UTC | #446746

Go to: Richard Dawkins interview

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ah tis working now. Dick Fidler has quite an unfortunate name ;-)

Thu, 04 Mar 2010 13:29:00 UTC | #446553

Go to: Richard Dawkins interview

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Last time I tried to listen to this the link went to the Fran Kelly Radio National interview. Now th sound doesn't work at all

Thu, 04 Mar 2010 13:24:00 UTC | #446551

Go to: A hunger for more big ideas

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Steger is the same tool who when reviewing the God Delusion on ABC tv (Australia) back in 2006 claimed that Dawkins didn't consider the 'art' and 'beauty' brought to the world as a result of religion. He even used St Paul's cathedral as an example... the same example Dawkins used... in the god Delusion... when discussing THE ART AND BEAUTY BROUGHT ABOUT DUE TO RELIGION!

Tue, 02 Mar 2010 10:10:00 UTC | #445789

Go to: New Study Links Religion to Immoral Behavior

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And another thing, there were far more free settlers to Australia than freed convicts. I recently investigated my own family history and was disapointed to discover I that I don't have a single convict ancestor. In fact my earliest 'Australian' ancestor entered the country in about 1840 to open a business. Others came as late as 1920. There were waves of immigration to the Australian continent since first settlment. The last big one was probably during the 1950s.

Mon, 22 Feb 2010 11:16:00 UTC | #443068

Go to: New Study Links Religion to Immoral Behavior

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Hi Reckless,

"plenty for Murder and Rape too it must be said"

You need to put comments like that into perspective. During colonial times the British Empire had the death penalty for serious crimes such as murder (not sure about rape).

It is true that there were cases where murderers were shipped to Australia, but they were also exeecuted there.

Also 'criminals' weren't only shipped from England. Plenty were shipped from Ireland for the crime of stealing food to feed themselves and their families during the potatoe famines.

Mon, 22 Feb 2010 11:06:00 UTC | #443065

Go to: New Study Links Religion to Immoral Behavior

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This is an old study and an old news interview. I think it's from about 2005.

Mon, 22 Feb 2010 10:27:00 UTC | #443060

Go to: Mr. Deity and the Wrong Number

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LMAO. Stick it to the PC thugs ;-)

Fri, 18 Dec 2009 14:23:00 UTC | #424306

Go to: Talkback: the disbelievers

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This was pretty crap to be honest. That agnostic woman was the worst. Her position was very cowardly. She's basically hedging her bets and hoping like hell that god will let her into heaven if he exists cos she had a rough time as an atheist and as an agnostic.

She obviously hasn't given it a lot of thought or done any reading on the topic.

Fri, 18 Dec 2009 13:52:00 UTC | #424301

Go to: Irish Church accused of abuse cover-up

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This report failed to mention the fact that the police were involved in the cover up; the fact that a cardinal took the gov. to the high court in an attempt to prevent the documents going to the investigative commity; and the fact that when the commity asked the vatican for information the response they got was a complaint raised with the Irish government because the commity didn't go through the 'correct diplomatic channels'.

The entire situation is fucked up.

Fri, 27 Nov 2009 11:28:00 UTC | #417298

Go to: Michelle Malkin: Atheists Should Be Treated Like ''Trolls''

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Isn't this... really really old?

Thu, 26 Nov 2009 13:55:00 UTC | #417034

Go to: Mr. Deity and the Woman

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Mr Deity Said: Are we really supposed to treat women with such "kid gloves?" Are they really that fragile? Is it impossible for them to laugh at their foibles, unlike us men? That seems sexist to me.
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Too bloody right. The entire suggestion that women need special protection from ridicule is tantamount to suggesting they are not strong enough to deal with it.

As for it being an innacurate caricature, that is BS in my experience. Of course it is exagerated a bit but it isn't inaccurate in my experience. Every woman I have ever lived with (including wife, girlfriends, mother, sister, cousin, grandmother, aunts) have at some time expected me to read their godam minds in this way and treated me like a monster when I couldn't.

I found this episode hilarious because it brought back memories of horrible experiences and put a humorous light on them. No PC thug is going to take that away from me *sticks out tongue*

Wed, 25 Nov 2009 08:30:00 UTC | #416365

Go to: Mr. Deity and the Woman

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But hey, that's just my opinion- and my feeling ridiculed.

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Ah... cheer up toots ;-)

Tue, 24 Nov 2009 17:13:00 UTC | #416147

Go to: Mr. Deity and the Woman

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Ygern, I take it you've never visited Dundrum or Dun Laoghaire ;-)

Tue, 24 Nov 2009 14:45:00 UTC | #416095

Go to: Mr. Deity and the Woman

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If they had made a bit that relied completely on an overblown of caricature of a black person, would it have been ok?
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That's a false analogy. Not all black people are the same.

Tue, 24 Nov 2009 14:34:00 UTC | #416091

Go to: My AAI 2009 talk: Religious 'belief' is a public gesture, not a private mental state

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"The acts are irrational so why would accept the prepetrator's description of their motives"

He's begging the question here. This works only if you accept that the acts are irrational. If the terrorists actually believe their religion then the acts are not irrational at all.

The people who flew the planes into the buildings were not bumbling idiots either. They were engineers & architects and some of them had PHDs.

Fri, 16 Oct 2009 06:46:00 UTC | #405859

Go to: Science writer Simon Singh wins ruling in chiropractic libel battle

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woohooo!

Thu, 15 Oct 2009 14:15:00 UTC | #405688

Go to: LDS Apostle Compares Anti-Mormon Backlash To Blacks' Civil Rights Struggle

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I just sent this off to a few newspapers.

I wonder if anyone else noticed the complete and utter hypocrisy expressed by the LDS church this week in the United States. Elder Dallin H. Oaks was complaining about being discriminated against by the community in the aftermath of their support for proposition 8 (opposing same sex marriage in the state).
Ultimately, the complaint is that they're being discriminated against for discriminating against others!

Apparently that in itself wasn't enough hypocrisy because the good Elder went on to compare this discrimination to that experienced by the African American population during the civil rights movement. This too is a bit rich when you consider that prior to 1978 black people were forbidden from joining the priesthood or entering a temple in the LDS church. At the time of the civil rights movement this was an openly racist organisation!

Thu, 15 Oct 2009 09:18:00 UTC | #405617

Go to: Happy Blasphemy Day

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Penn Jillette only allows americans to watch his channel these days. It sucks arse :(.

Thu, 01 Oct 2009 09:21:00 UTC | #402491

Go to: Richard Dawkins on The Late Late Show, 18.09.09

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"At least Dawkins gets to sell a book or two. But the studio audience who probably came for an interesting conversation were just used as a backdrop for this ambush and essentially wasted their time."

Nah, not that audience. They would have been standing up and cheering if he were interviewing a psychic. The late late show is basically a show for the credulous masses and grannies. It's a disgrace that I'm forced to pay for it through tv licencing :(

Mon, 21 Sep 2009 07:43:00 UTC | #399427

Go to: Frank Schaeffer on Rachel Maddow

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Stats like that destroy any argument from liberal christainity suggestsing that the fuit loops are on the fringes.

Sat, 19 Sep 2009 14:26:00 UTC | #398958

Go to: Richard Dawkins in conversation with James Harding, Editor of The Times

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Banana man is a Kiwi not an Aussie :-(

We already have enough to be embarassed about with Ken Ham without you attributing New Zealand's trash to us!

Sat, 19 Sep 2009 13:27:00 UTC | #398948

Go to: AC Grayling: Derren Brown's Lotto stunt was a trick too far

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@ Comment #415771 by Quetzalcoatl

It couldn't be that difficult to do if some ameteur on youtube was able to do it.

Thu, 17 Sep 2009 11:33:00 UTC | #398073

Go to: The Chaser's War on Everything: Do you Believe the Bible is True?

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I prefered that episode of John Safran Vs God where he went door knocking to mormons in Salt Lake city preaching atheism. It was hilarious!

Mon, 03 Aug 2009 13:40:00 UTC | #384621