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I'm plucking that out of thin air

  • multiple ironic lols
  • Fri, 07 Jan 2011 15:22:17 UTC | #574585

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    Invocation- Christ that actually sounds pagan, like conjuring the Daemon of goodwill with the blood of a virgin- wtf

    Fri, 07 Jan 2011 15:18:07 UTC | #574582

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    beanson's Avatar Jump to comment 37 by beanson

    heavy

    Thu, 06 Jan 2011 17:52:17 UTC | #574185

    Go to: Punjab Governor Salman Taseer assassinated in Islamabad

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    Comment 17 by HughCaldwell

    Let us salute Muslims who oppose medieval barbarism.

    I don't know how many in Pakistan stand against medieval barbarianism- check out the comments from Pakistanis on BBC site- the majority say that he deserved what he got. eg:

    Even moderate Muslims know that his statement on the blasphemy law wasn't appropriate.

    and

    He was a notorious and hated person.

    also

    it should be noted that any person who dares to go against general public sentiments may have to face this kind of fate.

    Punjab governor shot dead: Your reaction

    Tue, 04 Jan 2011 18:57:09 UTC | #573358

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    The jury was still out, he wrote, on whether Islam, "the crescent of the east", was infused with "the lust of slaughter"

    I think that particular jury has now delivered its damning verdict

    Tue, 04 Jan 2011 07:31:22 UTC | #573038

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    Sun, 02 Jan 2011 11:09:25 UTC | #572233

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    That's not a gratuitious insult but fully deserved.

    What have I got against humanism? Well the fact that it (sometimes) wants to be included under a religious umbrella as per the article surely goes some way to explaining my dislike. As Steve Hill says they are a belief system and as such (sometimes) to be ranked among other religious belief systems.

    And as I suggested they muddy the waters, as an atheist I don't want to be associated with any group of people connected by a common set of aims, philosophy or (god forbid) "mission statement"

    Comment 8 by Stevehill I'm not a BHA member, but am supportive of a lot of what they do (such as the Atheist Bus Campaign).

    Well, I support (morally) some of the work of that bastion of evil the catholic church

    Wed, 29 Dec 2010 11:19:08 UTC | #570052

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    It's not atheists who want to be included- it's humanists- those sad, would-be-atheists who really do live up to that annoying debate point: "atheism is in itself a religion"

    Wed, 29 Dec 2010 07:38:19 UTC | #570017

    Go to: Religion: respecting the minority

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    re: Comment 23 by HughCaldwell

    If the tiny minority of atheists wants respect, they'd be better to respect others. That doesn't mean 'agreeing with', obviously.

    What's with this pathetic desire for respect anyway- I couldn't give a toss if the religious fools don't repect the atheist position- they're wrong we're right, that's all that matters. I certainly don't respect stupid notions about fantasy dictatorships- it's bullshit, if the religious can't live with us telling them that then they can fuck off

    Sat, 25 Dec 2010 14:51:28 UTC | #568760

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    happy x-mas to all

    Sat, 25 Dec 2010 07:12:24 UTC | #568675

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    a development that would have astonished our ancestors who built a Britain on the basis that we were and would remain a predominantly Protestant people

    arbitrary/chauvanistic temporal choice

    Sat, 25 Dec 2010 07:09:40 UTC | #568674

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    Wolves, Coyotes and Dogs can interbreed

    We have no Neanderhall DNA

    Thu, 23 Dec 2010 10:09:11 UTC | #567793

    Go to: DNA says new human relative roamed widely in Asia

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    some species can interbreed

    Thu, 23 Dec 2010 07:33:43 UTC | #567764

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    Atheists' numbers doom them to irrelevance

    By TOM SEARS - DAILY STAR

    so why is this cretin writing about them then

    Tue, 21 Dec 2010 15:23:06 UTC | #566690

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    Interesting that their relative positions don't seem to have changed in 8 months- I wonder how far out, in conparison with venus, the innermost planet is. I realise that it is hugely bigger than our innermost rocky planets.

    Tue, 14 Dec 2010 14:26:28 UTC | #563105

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    Sun, 05 Dec 2010 06:30:22 UTC | #558680

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    It is not "logical" to imagine that faith could disappear anyway. It is natural to seek hope beyond the trials and finity of existence. If the big religions were destroyed, humanity would simply invent new, smaller, madder ones. Thousands of them. The man who attempts to argue both that religious difference causes violent bloodshed and that the big faiths should be dismantled is therefore being short-sighted, obtuse and not very clever.

    blonde argument

    Sun, 05 Dec 2010 05:15:15 UTC | #558665

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    I think christmas is not really that important to x-ians anyway, it's easter that gets them creaming- they love to celebrate the death and then the dawn of the dead when the zombie rises.

    But Yule logs, mistletoe and holly and easter bunnies and eggs show that these are older fests which have been hijacked by the xians

    Fri, 26 Nov 2010 09:56:32 UTC | #553418

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    What I find strange in these testimonies is that they all seem to be cognitively struggling towards the great revelation, the reveal- that there is no magic man in the sky. As if it requires prolonged thought or complex reasoning to discover. Surely this is bollocks. No tortured ratiocination need be involved, you just need to refuse to give your consent to bullshit. It seems to me that their descriptions of how they got to the obvious position are just so much window dressing.

    Mon, 22 Nov 2010 07:17:19 UTC | #551316

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    Ass-lick god and he'll let off a few he was gonna kill this year- there's a nice god

    Sun, 21 Nov 2010 16:01:18 UTC | #550991

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    Samia Rahma: Not wishing to enter into this sense of victimisation but there is quite a marked Islamophobia which exists, not just in the UK but across Europe.

    another amusing quote- so I guess Samia has added something: a frisson of levity

    Question: why does Cruddass keep identifying Atheism with Metropolitanism, I'm proud to be a pastoral dissenter

    Sun, 21 Nov 2010 08:55:55 UTC | #550849

    Go to: Is religion a force for good . . . or would we be happier without God?

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    There are too many people involved in this debate- should not have included the accomodationalist Samia Rahma, her points are insipid- probably just there for ethnicity- doesn't add anything to the debate

    CO: "Anthony – you must stick to philosophy, do not venture into unknown territory. The Catholic teaching is not about ours being the only way."

    funniest comment so far

    Sun, 21 Nov 2010 08:34:42 UTC | #550846

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    I have no interest in an atheist 'community'- I couldn't care less if non-whites are not coming forward as atheists- more fool them I say. As RD keeps banging on: it's the truth of statements that is of primary concern- alll the other guff (diplomacy, community, strategy etc) comes a poor, distant second

    Wed, 17 Nov 2010 16:58:07 UTC | #548888

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    wow!- Hitchens vs Blair, that I got to see! He'll destroy the supercillious, pontificating minimus

    Sun, 14 Nov 2010 16:36:50 UTC | #547305

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    F-ing funny to see some people posting here thinking that this is a real image of the Milky Way (our f-king gallaxy!!) photgraphed from 200,000 light years away- when do you think photography (let alone space travel)was invented?

    Some people here pretty ignorant of their basic science (lol)

    Thu, 11 Nov 2010 06:26:02 UTC | #545611

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    many muslims have all the virtues of civilized persons

    actually makes a substantial point- it tells us something (surprising); whereas

    many atheists have all the virtues of civilized persons

    is just perjorative without saying anything useful about the world- (as there is no logical link between atheism and any other value therefore no deduction can be made about a group of atheists other than the obvious)

    so PZ or anyone could be consistant in feeling justifiably outraged at the atheist jibe and not so at the muslim fact

    Wed, 27 Oct 2010 08:40:18 UTC | #538929

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    This from a comment posted by Dr Doctor (not his, but endorsed by him presumably)

    If she had said that "many atheists have all the virtues of civilized persons" we'd see some entirely justified outrage from PZ.

    that's just totally stupid- unless you can point to systematic human rights abuses from large groups of atheists- in the Name of ATHEISM

    Islam, as Sam Harris has noted, really is less morally worthy and it is genuinely surprising to witness those soaked in muslim ideology espouse views which tally with the enlightened western mind

    Wed, 27 Oct 2010 07:08:05 UTC | #538919

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    I am totally, 100%, appalled at those who want to burn the Koran

    the only statement of hers I took issue with

    Wed, 27 Oct 2010 06:52:59 UTC | #538918

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    A good example of the "you're not talking about my god" strategy in the middle of this silly article. Apparently jebus didn't die for all our sins after all... there's no afterlife... god's kingdom is here on earth... etc. [yawn]

    Lets get this straight- yes we know that religion and science CAN be compatible as long as you give up all biblical and magical claims (on science)- ie rip up your bibles and become Deists...

    however MOST X-ians won't run with this

    [love the model of Adam and Eve though . EVE: "whoa! what the hell is this- you've got nipples? WTF!"]

    Wed, 20 Oct 2010 06:33:40 UTC | #536048

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    It is impossible to know what morality would look like without religion.

    No it isn't- just take a look at the world right now. It would be exactly the same. Can you reall imagine the alternative which would be like someone saying "I'd really like to kill that person but I'd better not because I read in this short list that God doesn't want me to"

    Tue, 19 Oct 2010 07:36:44 UTC | #535413