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Go to: Turf wars expose the rot within Holy See

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"I still believe that Catholicism is not that bad."- That could be said of almost any religion that one was once a member of and had relatively good memories of it. However, Catholicism along with all other forms of religion have been the enablers and instigators of immense suffering to date. I'm not saying it's bad to have fond personal memories of your past superstitions, but to say Catholicism isn't that bad is to trivialize and ignore the murder, rape and general mayhem that it has caused in years since it's inception.

Sun, 03 Jun 2012 21:27:11 UTC | #945355

Go to: Just Say Yes…To Sexist Stereotyping?

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Comment 29 by sheepcat- "The WORST thing you can ever tell your kids is that sex and love are two halves of the same thing, utter rubbish." There are lots of kinds of love and one type of love is very definitely tied directly to sex. If you're of the mind that monogamy makes you feel comfortable (I'm kind of like that), then it feels very natural to closely connect love and sex together as one.

But a couple has to be wise enough to know that if one of them wants out, sex can't be used as a tool. That's easily done if both people know that sex is not "sacred" and it is not "shameful" to have sex with other people- either monogamously or manygamously (yup- just made that one up!).

Fri, 18 May 2012 13:45:47 UTC | #942181

Go to: Protest against the “Punch your gay kids” Pastor – Sean Harris.

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Comment 55 by rationalmind- "People attracted to authority roles tend to be hostile to those who are different..."

I could see how this makes sense superficially, but is there any real evidence of that?

Mon, 07 May 2012 18:49:13 UTC | #940364

Go to: Protest against the “Punch your gay kids” Pastor – Sean Harris.

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Two questions:

A) This is too also a religious issue. Is it possible to name a group of people (large or small) that are so homophobic With Out some religious reasoning? I can't think of any.

B) Is it safe to assume Sean Harris's wife deserves a more appropriate sexual partner than her husband, the xtian wackjob?

Mon, 07 May 2012 02:49:39 UTC | #940239

Go to: Open letter and video re threat to GM Research

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Comment 68 by worldofislands- Traditionalism isn't a good argument, either. India is the worlds largest democracy (if only technically) and are part of "Western law".

Sat, 05 May 2012 01:36:25 UTC | #939811

Go to: Patrick Coffin, with Edward Feser, Receive a Call from Sean Faircloth of the RDFRS (US)

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I think it would be a good thing for RD to debate "the little one" (t.l.o.). But he should start out the debate by stating clearly the reasons why he hitherto refused to debate t.l.o.. also, RD should point out that as useful as Philosophy is, he himself is not one and that they should stick to a more neutral (fair) framework in the debate. In other words, t.l.o. could not use Philosophy only and RD could not use Evolutionary Biology only to win the debate

Fri, 04 May 2012 13:50:13 UTC | #939656

Go to: Patrick Coffin, with Edward Feser, Receive a Call from Sean Faircloth of the RDFRS (US)

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I have to agree with Starcrash and disagree with most other comments here. I am a big S.F. fan (I live in Maine- Sean's home state) and I love his unemotional, reasoned, concise answers- very similar to Sam Harris. But he did seem to be stubbornly staying on the genocide- women's/gay's rights issue which were only indirectly related to the questions. I REALLY wanted him to immediately rip into the debater when he called R.D. (implicitly) a loudmouthed ignoramus (type of Atheist). Sean could have simply asked for clear examples of this phantom Dawkins Feser spoke of. And he surely could have diffused the moronic William Lane Craig issue by mentioning that Dawkins is an Evolutionary Biologist, not a philosopher. R.D.s entire expertise revolves around empirical evidence. Let Cartomancer debate W.L.C. and deflate is ego and his stature!

Thu, 03 May 2012 13:45:21 UTC | #939352

Go to: Madison making way for the 'Nones'

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"We're not here to convert people ..."-

That's right- they should be there (partially) to DEconvert people!

Sat, 28 Apr 2012 19:18:02 UTC | #938032

Go to: Doing Good...Without God

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Comment 2 by adiroth- I see a whole lot of talk about "we". Are you part of "we"? Instead of just saying that The Thinking Atheist's proposal isn't going to be a panacea, why don't you yourself contact The Thinking Atheist, or anybody for that matter and organize this wonderful idea of yours, instead of saying what won't work.

Every damn time someone goes out of their way to actually do something, there's always a host of people like you criticizing it because it's not perfect.

People doing things instead of armchair suggestions should be applauded and looked up to.

Thu, 12 Apr 2012 01:28:18 UTC | #934048

Go to: Are You a Believer? Take The Dawkins Test.

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I would call myself a 7, understanding that "certainty" is a word used quite often and I'm comfortable with the implications of the word.

My mother is certain that I am her son. How could her certainty be wrong? If she was mentally ill and delusional- or if I was a look alike being from another dimension-....um....uh....

yep- that's about it

So other than me being delusional (? !) or perhaps there is something like a generic god who/which was TOTALLY unknowable to us, I'm very comfortable stating I'm a 7.

Mon, 09 Apr 2012 18:43:42 UTC | #933405

Go to: This is a short promo for the two-hour documentary, "In God We Trust?" by Scott Burdick.

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I think calling it mass insanity is an easy answer that's just wrong. I think it's closer to a meme that is automatically brainwashed into children by people who were brainwashed as children ...

It's just (okay, now it seems like I'm simplifying things:) ) that some people have the ability to recognize the sheer impossibility of these myths and some don't have the ability.

It might be something as simple as (damn, I can't stop using that word!) people who either a) accept things because it makes their world easier to understand and it makes them feel secure or b) people that accept things because they think the majority of evidence points that way regardless of whether the outcome is favorable to their well being or not?

Sun, 08 Apr 2012 22:01:28 UTC | #933133

Go to: This is a short promo for the two-hour documentary, "In God We Trust?" by Scott Burdick.

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"Comment 10 by stuhillman- "That happy-chappy Mormon boy scared the crap out of me."

Not me. He obviously got the answer wrong, BUT, he didn't just blurb out "Yes, of course..."- he did look to be honestly perplexed. Sad to say that in America that's actually not as extreme as some of the whackos that are in the United States of Religious Indoctrination!

Sun, 08 Apr 2012 21:50:51 UTC | #933131

Go to: Can the Reason Rally resonate in this most religious of democracies?

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I think it's kind of goofy and even pedantic to draw any kind of correlation between the sign "Fuck this guy" and sex. I know well enough that Americans and Brits use different slang, but isn't it obvious that the expression "Fuck this Guy" is just a variant of "Fuck you"? When was the last time you heard someone say that and you actually weren't sure if it meant a direct insult or copulation?

From the article: " But religious believers are important allies in forging coalitions to support a secular government, and alienating them isn't helpful."- Yes, technically this is true, but you know the author probably means it in a much stronger way. A lot of people still don't understand that someone atheists use ridicule (even severe ridicule) and some don't. I definitely think its a good thing and about time atheists and secularists coalesce for political purposes (certainly in the USA). However, we all don't have to act the same and use an approved "atheist attitude" strategy. Fuck that! (and I don't mean copulate! :)

Thu, 29 Mar 2012 02:54:04 UTC | #931100

Go to: UP w/ Chris Hayes

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Dawkins says we (atheists, secularists) have reached critical mass- I'd love to perform a Critical Mass in a church! Perhaps it could be designed so well that it would be the last religious mass ever.

Mon, 26 Mar 2012 13:34:03 UTC | #930551

Go to: UP w/ Chris Hayes

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Thanks for the youtube link, drumdaddy- super music! Afro funk jazz- awesome

Mon, 26 Mar 2012 13:18:55 UTC | #930549

Go to: More See "Too Much" Religious Talk by Politicians - Santorum Voters Disagree

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Still, 38% is very embarrassing. The fact (if accurate) that 62% don't think there's too much religion in elections is awful. However, it is moving in the right direction- lets hope it continues in that direction.

Thu, 22 Mar 2012 16:51:07 UTC | #929642

Go to: Military A-Week: How to put ATHEIST on your records (all branches)

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Comment 14 by Carl Sai Baba- "..."atheist" should be in parentheses like a negative number on a spreadsheet."- That's excellent! Atheism isn't a religion, but it IS a stance on the question of religion. It pretty much is the same as "no religion" but as long as the military wishes to ask people what their religion (or stance) is, then not having a religion (atheism) has to be included in that section. We can't get overly pedantic about it, or it would appear to the military that atheists are so different from theists, they don't even want to call them selves anything.

Thu, 22 Mar 2012 01:15:03 UTC | #929482

Go to: Destroy all churches in the Arabian Peninsula – Saudi Grand Mufti

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I've just thought of a wonderful new statement: Religion poisons everything. What do you think?

Mon, 19 Mar 2012 13:21:07 UTC | #928615

Go to: Christians have no right to wear cross at work, says Government

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Comment 228 by Schrodinger's Cat- "Somehow one suspects that this thread would have a very different perspective were it an atheist being banned from wearing a letter A on a necklace."- Not me- if an employer didn't want me to wear a symbol declaring a stance on religion/god, then I would understand- as long as the employer was consistent with all such symbols. I'd consider myself free to wear my letter A off of my work hours in public. I wouldn't feel restricted or offended if that were to happen (even though I don't wear a letter A anywhere).

I think your devil's advocate stance doesn't hold up.

Wed, 14 Mar 2012 02:43:57 UTC | #926828

Go to: Christians have no right to wear cross at work, says Government

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Comment 122 by Cartomancer- Thanks A LOT, Carto. I carefully read through all of the comments to see if my point that there shouldn't be ANY exceptions for religion was already mentioned, and I was doing pretty well until I read yours. You beat me to it!

The idea that religious people should be exempt from ANY of the laws and regulations of a nation is blatantly unfair, not to mention it is quite offensive to non religious people.

I realize that although this isn't necessarily of topic, it's presently a moot point because a) religious exemptions are already in place, and b) I don't even hear that many people expressing this opinion of mine, Cartomacer's and ....anybody else out there?

Mon, 12 Mar 2012 13:54:31 UTC | #926398

Go to: “Forget Jesus” – Controversy at the Intersection of Miley Cyrus, Lawrence Krauss, Christianity, Atheism, Physics, Astronomy and Cosmology

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I do think this is another case of someone mentioning something from an Abrahamic religion that's not accommodationist and it becomes a big deal... It's sad.

Fri, 09 Mar 2012 03:20:37 UTC | #925529

Go to: “Forget Jesus” – Controversy at the Intersection of Miley Cyrus, Lawrence Krauss, Christianity, Atheism, Physics, Astronomy and Cosmology

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I don't have a clue who Miley Cyrus is- if she's a pop artist (artist?) then I'd have no clue. That may sound snobbish- perhaps it is!

Fri, 09 Mar 2012 03:17:26 UTC | #925527

Go to: Afghan clerics' guidelines 'a green light for Talibanisation'

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Comment 23 by johnhoman- "Why do men suppress women?"- Because they could? Sadly, I think the answer is that simple.

Wed, 07 Mar 2012 14:27:36 UTC | #925135

Go to: Afghan clerics' guidelines 'a green light for Talibanisation'

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Comment 10 by AtheistEgbert- I think the Arab Spring was also a liberal revolution - but the fundamentalists still hold the power, so they are who is heard the most.

Wed, 07 Mar 2012 14:26:09 UTC | #925134

Go to: A New Way of Thinking -- Faircloth Interview

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Comment 2 by AtheistEgbert - "You people (Brits) are dry like toast"- says Gus from the movie "My big fat Greek wedding". Of course Gus was comparing reserved Protestants to his people- giant loud Catholic families.

almost the same thing

Tue, 06 Mar 2012 19:42:13 UTC | #924931

Go to: Stephen Fry & friends on the life, loves and hates of Christopher Hitchens - IQ2 talks

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God is hysterical sex.

Mon, 05 Mar 2012 02:54:12 UTC | #924503

Go to: The Winner of the Ten Point Vision Contest!!

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very good

I liked it- especially the senior's comment about euthanasia

But (did you feel it coming?) I remain unhappy with the word believe.

Sat, 25 Feb 2012 14:24:16 UTC | #921814

Go to: Romney Defends Conservative Values, Says Obama Has ‘Secular Agenda’

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Personally, I think Obama is a shoe in for a second term simply because of the fact that the economy is turning around, albeit as slow as molasses.

When the economy is either doing well, or on the upswing, the incumbent stays in.

That's why the republicans more than ever are focusing on faith. During most of Obama's term, the republicans have been attacking him on the economy. Now that it's slowly getting better, they can't use that any more- so......lets play the religion card! I think they're doomed, no matter who wins the republican primary.

Thu, 23 Feb 2012 04:22:22 UTC | #920922

Go to: Graham Not Sold on Obama’s Christianity, Santorum Warned of Satan in 2008

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"Likewise with homosexuality, he has said he would not vote for a law to outlaw homosexual behavior"- Well isn't that nice- he's a moderate right wing xtian dumb superstitious motherfucker. Even though it's doubtful he will become the next American President, the fact remains that people of this ilk can actually be considered as candidates by a large mass of people (sheeple).

I've all but lost hope for my country. No matter how much good is being done, and how many decent secular minded people there are in the USA, there simply isn't enough to counter act the stupid.

This country is sinking and I don't think it will rise again.

Thu, 23 Feb 2012 04:10:21 UTC | #920921

Go to: Jon Stewart Rips Fox News Christians For Comparing Obama Birth Control Mandate To Nazi Germany (VIDEO)

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the Hitler of Ice Cream- now THAT sounds like a harbinger to the end of civilization

Fri, 17 Feb 2012 17:48:08 UTC | #918933