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Lana's Avatar Jump to comment 49 by Lana

I feel so relieved that I'm not the only one to have clicked on "none" so often. I'm with my own kind.

Fri, 13 Nov 2009 19:26:00 UTC | #413293

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I went to college at night while working full time and raising a child so I tried to get by with as little work as possible. I once submitted the same paper to three classes titled "Bipedalism - one small step for humans, one giant step for humankind." I think I got three different grades.

That was okay. I was just trying to keep from flunking out and was happy to use the same paper for three very different classes. This was in the olden days before computers and I'm still a lousy typist.

Wed, 14 Jan 2009 15:23:00 UTC | #304495

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It's playing in several theaters near Washington DC. My husband and I might see it this weekend. I find Maher insufferably smirky at times but often funny. And I'd like to see anything that makes fun of religion.

Fri, 03 Oct 2008 10:42:00 UTC | #246007

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Uh, oh. Here we go again.

Thu, 14 Aug 2008 11:18:00 UTC | #217895

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Thanks, Bill, for those encouraging words. (comments 41 & 43)

There are smart and thoughtful people everywhere and we shouldn't write off an entire state because of the yahoos. That's a great idea to have Dawkins and PZ come to LA next year. The publicity would be great.

Thu, 10 Jul 2008 05:20:00 UTC | #197138

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I second the comments of hungarianelephant. When I was in Catholic school in the 50's and 60's, the nuns would smack our hands with rulers. We wouldn't dare tell our parents because we'd get spanked by them under the theory that Sister must have had a good reason.

Mon, 19 May 2008 04:37:00 UTC | #172767

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A Catholic friend pointed out this excerpt to me the other day when it ran in Rolling Stone. She thought I'd like the headline - "Jesus Made Me Puke".

Thu, 08 May 2008 06:26:00 UTC | #167811

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Wow. That was amazing. But just what are those "rational, scientific" reasons to believe what they believe? Somehow, he never says.

Wed, 06 Feb 2008 11:28:00 UTC | #117005

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I read PZ's blog every day and I am definitely not a scientist. I think he and other scientists should debate these guys because they just might reach someone - not necessarily the participants but the kids who may be forced to listen to this stuff.

I know you risk giving credence to the other side, but I think it's worth it. Information is always good.

Fri, 01 Feb 2008 13:06:00 UTC | #114466

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That makes no sense from a marketing standpoint. The church had been down to 12 members and it's kicking people out? And people who contribute 10% of their income?

It would be nice if this experience would make Mrs. Caskey realize it's all a crock.

Wed, 23 Jan 2008 12:16:00 UTC | #109557

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That's exactly right, dgr8test97. (May I call you digger?) It's a trust issue. Certainly, people may be attracted to others, but if they've given their word, they should abstain from acting on the attraction until they've extracted themselves from the relationship. I must admit I haven't always lived up to that ideal, but I've never tried to rationalize it away either.

Are others also unsettled by this article? It's like he's seeking the justification to cheat. I had never thought about his personal life before but I find this a bit disappointing for no rational reason.

Thu, 29 Nov 2007 13:31:00 UTC | #87633

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I still don't know what point the priest was trying to make - that no one should make a movie that denigrates Catholics? If you think you'll be offended, don't see it. If you think it harms children, don't let your kids see it. I guess the segment was aired so Fox viewers would have a chance to get mad and self-righteous.

Wed, 07 Nov 2007 06:36:00 UTC | #81907

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People should be allowed to wear what they want to wear unless it interferes with their job. Yes, a full covering of the face would interfere. A scarf or a cross on a necklace wouldn't. I think the same rules should apply to students.

Big deal. Who cares?

I must admit there are times I'd like to be able to wear a scarf because of a bad hair day.

Wed, 10 Oct 2007 10:04:00 UTC | #74074

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That's one of the arguments I use when confronted with the "atheists have no morals" charge. If people allow some supernatural being to determine good and evil than what's to stop the being from changing his mind? People who depend on others to decide morality are dodging their responsibilities as an adult in this society.

Tue, 02 Oct 2007 06:52:00 UTC | #71671

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They should also go to Afghanistan, there are lots of people to be converted there. Just ask the South Koreans.

Wed, 19 Sep 2007 10:11:00 UTC | #68122

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Now, that was embarrassing as an American woman. They're not typical, honest! At least I hope not. I think Joy (the one next to Whoopi) also made a few points, albeit in a too polite way.

Wed, 19 Sep 2007 09:56:00 UTC | #68117

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Corylus, I practice in the U.S., in Virginia, where the unspoken presumption often seems to be that the defendant must be guilty if the police said so. I don't know if having a woman as attorney helps or hurts in such cases. Some jurors might think, if his attorney, a WOMAN, doesn't think he's so bad than maybe he isn't. I don't know the psychology. I really had no problem separating the emotional from the facts and always hoped I'd get a jury that could do the same.

Fri, 14 Sep 2007 12:19:00 UTC | #66767

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Okay, Corylus, I can't let the lawyer comment pass. I used to be a criminal defense attorney and represented some pretty reprehensible people. How could I represent a child molester? Easy, he wasn't a child molester until a judge or a jury determined he was. My job wasn't to get the guy off but to make sure the prosecution did its job. If the prosecution couldn't prove guilt beyond a reasonable doubt, the defendant should go free. Actually, my job usually involved negotiating the best deal I could because most of my clients were guilty and didn't want to go to trial.

Fri, 14 Sep 2007 11:05:00 UTC | #66755

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Wonderful posts, Northern Bright. Thank you for reading Darwin's Angel so I don't have to.

Fri, 14 Sep 2007 10:57:00 UTC | #66753

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That poor girl. But I think she's brave. It's hard to overcome the indoctrination of a childhood. Her entire life she's been taught that she'll burn in hell for all eternity if she doesn't do what she's told. It's heartening that she rebelled at all. I think she has a chance.

Fri, 14 Sep 2007 10:02:00 UTC | #66739

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That makes a lot of sense, HeathenAngel. I also have trouble with his views on women. "All women would rather be called hot than smart" - that sort of thing. He's a smirking little jerk much of the time. But he's funny and sometimes insightful. And I love how he takes on religion. I wouldn't want to hang out with him but I don't miss his show.

Thu, 13 Sep 2007 04:56:00 UTC | #66428

Go to: The smallest signs of retreat

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I truly don't understand what she's talking about. But I only read it once and I regret the time I wasted. Did you read the same book we read? Did she hear the same "debate" we heard? Talk about crazy reading.

Fri, 07 Sep 2007 05:51:00 UTC | #64972

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Thank you for providing this. I thought it was very well done. But I don't understand people who think RD is strident and rude. He's a gentle, thoughtful man and far more polite than I would be faced with such nonsense.

I definitely would have smacked Deepak.

Fri, 24 Aug 2007 11:02:00 UTC | #62108

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I don't remember where I saw it but I like:

Jesus loves you.
Everyone else thinks you're an asshole.

Mon, 30 Jul 2007 09:41:00 UTC | #56486

Go to: The Stupidity of Fox News is Truly Beyond Belief

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Sure, polls may show that 90% of people believe in god. But they disagree on exactly who it is and what he says. And I suppose one could speculate there might be a supreme being by observing all the wonders in life. But where is Father John finding evidence of his particular religion; the one involving virgin birth, resurrection, transubstantiation etc.? Oh, never mind.

Tue, 26 Jun 2007 12:05:00 UTC | #49151

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This wasn't a book review, just a funny essay. And I thought it was funny. And I like that the book has gained enough attention to be used as fodder for humor writers.

Wed, 23 May 2007 06:15:00 UTC | #41223

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His comment is the subject of the most recent Jesus and Mo.

Mon, 02 Apr 2007 13:15:00 UTC | #26956

Go to: Dawkins says religion is 'like sucking a dummy'

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His comment is the subject of the most recent Jesus and Mo.

Mon, 02 Apr 2007 13:15:00 UTC | #26957