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Go to: Religious Olympics

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Dancing on a pin head? Angels only event. Burning at the stake, opening ceremony involving the Olympic flame. Possibly entertaining some instantaneous bush burning as well. Stoning adulterous women, like shot put for the religious. Circumcision by archery, precision event. Slaying innocents, time trials. Arc racing, water sports. Sheep dog trials (for arc event). Proselytising, again a time trial event, first to convert an believer of another religion then moving to unbelievers in the final. Like a marathon.

Tue, 24 Jul 2012 15:03:26 UTC | #949987

Go to: Petition to defend Indian rationalist from false accusations

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Signed

Fri, 08 Jun 2012 09:56:33 UTC | #946294

Go to: South Korea surrenders to creationist demands

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Dr Wonderingaboutlife, why is the flue vacine from last year not having any effect on this year's flue strain?

Wed, 06 Jun 2012 10:23:17 UTC | #945839

Go to: Sharia Law: neither equal nor free

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Sadly, here in the UK, we have a religious body in our parliament, 'helping' to make law. In that sense we have theocracy enshrined in our 'democracy' with a queen who is so deluded that she thinks she is appointed by god to her post. We are now able to celebrate the jubilee (of a benefits cheat) this weekend as her subjects. And my wife has bought all the flags and bunting and stuff and I feel so depressed. She says I am just a misery and should join in the 'fun'. Help!

Thu, 31 May 2012 20:58:21 UTC | #944842

Go to: Orwell prize: Christopher Hitchens honoured with memorial award

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A glass of JW to your memory sir.

Sat, 26 May 2012 20:18:15 UTC | #943691

Go to: Australia, South Africa to share super telescope

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Seems unduly complicated by politics and nationalism.

Sat, 26 May 2012 20:15:24 UTC | #943690

Go to: Debate: Can Atheists and Believers work together for the common good?

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No, not on anything useful.

Mon, 21 May 2012 16:43:14 UTC | #942624

Go to: Debate: Can Atheists and Believers work together for the common good?

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No, not on anything useful.

Mon, 21 May 2012 16:42:42 UTC | #942623

Go to: Just Say Yes…To Sexist Stereotyping?

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Never liked abstinence. Still don't.

Thu, 17 May 2012 18:51:14 UTC | #942080

Go to: Queen 'should remain Defender of the Faith' - BBC poll

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I fail to see why getting rid of the monarchy makes it imperative to have a President. Why? Our system can be tweaked to run pretty much as it does now, without a superior being. Whilst we are at it we could weaken the party political system, separate church and state, stop tax avoidance for religious and cult followings, as well as tax avoidance for the rich (oh and Amazon).

Wed, 16 May 2012 12:31:26 UTC | #941821

Go to: Queen 'should remain Defender of the Faith' - BBC poll

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Why do people insist they are irrelevent? They are still there! Doing what they do in spite of reason and veracity. And on my bloody taxes!

Tue, 15 May 2012 19:13:30 UTC | #941663

Go to: Scientific evidence proves why healers see the 'aura' of people

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Personally, I think they are just taking the piss (and money). I don't think they are cross wired, just bent.

Tue, 15 May 2012 17:30:40 UTC | #941640

Go to: Norway abolishes state sponsored Church of Norway

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Marvellous. Now for the less well enlightened parts of Europe.

Tue, 15 May 2012 17:28:32 UTC | #941638

Go to: Queen 'should remain Defender of the Faith' - BBC poll

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I really love my country but I absolutely despise being a subject! And they are not irrelevent. They are the heartbeat of the established elite who get their rights via vagina. If they are, as is often said, just a figurehead, then why can't we have an inanimate object as such? Maybe a teapot? Ridiculous. I find I am getting more strident and angry as I get older. Is that normal?

Tue, 15 May 2012 17:26:38 UTC | #941636

Go to: The Myth of America’s Christian Heritage

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Check this out. Talk about creepy! Mitt Romney telling thge US about Christianity and America.

http://video.msnbc.msn.com/the-last-word/47422693#47422693

Tue, 15 May 2012 14:37:04 UTC | #941605

Go to: Stone-Throwing Chimp Thinks Ahead

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Are we the only species that could become bored by alleged compassionate captivity?

Mon, 14 May 2012 19:40:38 UTC | #941465

Go to: The Myth of America’s Christian Heritage

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Comment 3 by JHJEFFERY

That's just how Goebbels would have put it.

Mon, 14 May 2012 19:01:19 UTC | #941456

Go to: Stone-Throwing Chimp Thinks Ahead

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Goodbye and thanks for the fish! I miss that humour.

Mon, 14 May 2012 18:23:27 UTC | #941448

Go to: The Myth of America’s Christian Heritage

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If you tell a lie big enough and keep repeating it, people will eventually come to believe it. The lie can be maintained only for such time as the State can shield the people from the political, economic and/or military consequences of the lie. It thus becomes vitally important for the State to use all of its powers to repress dissent, for the truth is the mortal enemy of the lie, and thus by extension, the truth is the greatest enemy of the State.” Joseph Goebbels.

He also said: “The most brilliant propagandist technique will yield no success unless one fundamental principle is borne in mind constantly - it must confine itself to a few points and repeat them over and over

Mon, 14 May 2012 18:12:57 UTC | #941444

Go to: Stone-Throwing Chimp Thinks Ahead

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We seem to always underestimate animals when it comes to it. Sharks that have to swim to breathe, groomed by fish in service stations, Orcas that learn to make a wave to wash a seal off an ice flow, ants that wage war, the list is endless. Personally, Bonobos seem to have it cracked, sexual politics, couldn't see it with Maggie though. Seems as though this chimp would fit quite easily into the House of Commons.

Mon, 14 May 2012 18:07:30 UTC | #941442

Go to: Crows know familiar human voices

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Corvids are wonderful creatures. We have a good relationship in our garden as we feed all our birds every day. My wife religiously (oops) feeds at the same time and they wait patiently for the food, accepting close personal space and keeping an eye on what food we put out. Clever creatures.

Sat, 12 May 2012 18:06:31 UTC | #941214

Go to: Sean Faircloth on The Secular Buddhist podcast

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My pal keeps hammering on about the East and Buddhist teachings, despite being against religions of most kinds. It’s like he gives it a clear pass. Personally it seems to fit into the same sort of woo woo seen elsewhere. There are aspects such as meditation (read cognitive therapy) that are perhaps useful but as soon as the Dali is mentioned I lose it. So often the anti religious here in the West seem to think the East has discovered something mystical that we have missed. I think not. I can’t understand why the rambling of the Dali are even given air time when he arrives at some ‘event’ to offer his views. Seems he only exists to attract Hollywood celebs looking for Karma. As for George Harrison, great singer/musician but what a waste of time his obsession with Buddhism.

Wed, 09 May 2012 17:34:28 UTC | #940752

Go to: BBC Radio 4 request for participants

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Comment 5 by Saganic Rites

Yup.

Tue, 08 May 2012 21:04:49 UTC | #940610

Go to: BBC Radio 4 request for participants

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It's not exactly The Only Way is Essex is it? I at least learned what a vagazzle was.

Tue, 08 May 2012 17:27:15 UTC | #940568

Go to: The Case for Naturalism

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Red Dog, The right wing raise the bogyman of the elite because they prefer their prey to be stupid Anyone who thinks is a ‘liberal’ in their view. How else can you explain a mindset that tells people that they should vote for someone who owns much more than you but should be allowed to pay less tax than the average Joe. They demand a Darwinian social environment and yet most are creationist in propaganda terms. Irony runs deep. Still well done with your daughter Lone Wolf!

Tue, 08 May 2012 16:27:17 UTC | #940557

Go to: The Case for Naturalism

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I like the word naturalist. Didn’t like bright as it has connotations which to working class can sound snobbish. Agree that describing oneself as an atheist can only describe one area of one’s existence.

Red Dog, I too have brought up three boys from my wife’s previous relationship and I brought them up as my own, despite having to give up some of my ambitions and aims. I would suggest this is not entirely against natural selection as possibly you could unconsciously observe your partners ability to conceive. It is also a mark of the love and feeling for your partner. We went on to have two wonderful children of our own. I am sure your daughter is very grateful and returns your humanity.

Tue, 08 May 2012 10:08:31 UTC | #940513

Go to: Admitting you're an atheist while travelling in the Middle East

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Good question huzonfurst.

I for one went initially out of curiosity and possible enrichment. Didn’t get rich in terms of money (in fact lost a lot) but was immensely enriched with the amount of knowledge I came back with. It was good to get away from my cultural crutch and see how others lived. It was also immensely rewarding to find that now I feel the benefits of my own cultural history, not least through our fight against tyranny in its many forms, religious, dictatorial etc., which has led us to where we now are. It has also opened my eyes as to the threat of tyranny and oppression that would heave back into view if allowed. The greedy psychopaths who always try and dominate society are only flushed out into the open when the lower orders are allowed or take the chance to gain knowledge. Knowledge is the difference between a race of subjects and that of free people. The lack of or withholding of knowledge is a powerful thing. No wonder the priests were against the printing press and translations to normal English (read German, Italian whatever), it allowed ordinary folk to see what they had apparently withheld. In the Middle East all the ruling families, Kings, clerics and Dictators try to hide the truth from their subjects. The internet is slowly unpicking the lock. As the dictator or king falls the clerics ooze out to take their places. They in turn will try to control. They will eventually be defeated by knowledge and scientific progress but expect a lot of bloodshed in the mean time.

Yemen is a dangerous place. The dictator has fallen and the vacuum is attracting the clerics and others who would take his place. The young people there want none of this. They can see on their screens how young people elsewhere live and they want something similar. It will be a long battle for hearts and minds.

Here in the West, the corporate and the well healed thieves are doing their best to control and coerce. It was ever thus. In Yemen you could have your head cut off me a medieval believer, here you can be killed on the whim of an oil company boss or ridiculed as a warmist akin to being like Hitler (the new Heartland campaign see http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/blog/2012/may/04/heartland-institute-global-warming-murder?newsfeed=true ) simply because you regard the scientific method as being important in making up your world view.

In conclusion, travel does broaden the mind but an appreciation of risk is very important. I would suggest the more knowledge available leads inevitably toward a sceptical outlook and possibly a rejection of faith but then that is just my opinion.

Sun, 06 May 2012 12:11:30 UTC | #940140

Go to: National Day of Reason

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Great interview. Well done Sean! Interviewer also helped. Didn't waffle or interupt. Defo not Faux news.

Sat, 05 May 2012 12:05:13 UTC | #939878

Go to: One in seven thinks end of world is coming

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Wonder if it's worth getting a large bank loan. Won't have to pay it back at least.

Fri, 04 May 2012 09:10:37 UTC | #939593

Go to: Indonesian atheist faces long jail sentence for posting "God doesn't exist" on Facebook

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Not sure how the Budhist or Hindu gell with the one god thing? The 'faiths' always stick together when challenged, as if you can undermine one, the whole pack of cards collapses.

Thu, 03 May 2012 18:37:18 UTC | #939414