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Go to: A lawsuit too far?

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At Thanksgiving last year, Mr.Chaikowski taught the class to sing the following prayer: Thank you for the world so sweet Thank you for the food we eat Thank you for the birds that sing Thank you God for everything.

Definitely against the First Amendment. If the school district fights this, they will lose and have to pay big bucks for lawyer fees. Pretty stupid waste of taxpayers money to push your nonsensical agenda.

Sat, 18 Aug 2012 06:31:39 UTC | #950989

Go to: The Dark-Matter Ages

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If you want the U.S. to lead the world in dark matter research, propose a way to weaponize it.

Fri, 15 Jun 2012 02:55:42 UTC | #947511

Go to: The Dawkins Challenge

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This guy writes for "The Catholic Thing"?

That's one of the problems. Too many altar boys have seen "The Catholic Thing".

Thu, 14 Jun 2012 00:16:49 UTC | #947287

Go to: Belief In God Plummets Among Youth (CHART)

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Muhahaha!

Thu, 14 Jun 2012 00:12:31 UTC | #947283

Go to: Cleric says polio vaccination 'un-islamic', warns of jihad against docs

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I agree with the cleric that vaccines are un-islamic. The rational thing to do is to get the vaccine and rationalism and islam don't go together.

Thu, 14 Jun 2012 00:09:08 UTC | #947281

Go to: A Religious Military? Spiritual Fitness Test or Rationality Fitness Test?

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Well spoken, as usual. Good point about Nidal Malik Hasan probably acing the spiritual fitness test before he started gunning down his fellow soldiers.

Wed, 13 Jun 2012 01:15:06 UTC | #947143

Go to: My Journey

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Well done.

Tue, 12 Jun 2012 08:23:47 UTC | #947010

Go to: Church pastors become atheists

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Unfortunately, there is no shortage of ministers. If a thousand leave, there will be ten thousand lining up to take their place (with the exception of catholicism).

To answer what these people can now do for a living, I would suggest used car sales person, maybe selling Amway products, or perhaps working with non-profits (or non-prophets) to help people in need (since many were driven to the ministry to help their fellow humans). Also they may have many skills that are useful, fundraising, public speaking, and organizing (just to name a few).

Tue, 12 Jun 2012 08:18:54 UTC | #947009

Go to: Spanish artist faces prison over 'how to cook Christ' film

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Someone told him to serve god, he just misunderstood.

Thu, 07 Jun 2012 22:21:19 UTC | #946224

Go to: An Asian Origin for Human Ancestors?

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This would certainly change things if there was more proof, interesting to say the least.

Funny that the article was written by Gibbons.

Tue, 05 Jun 2012 00:05:57 UTC | #945609

Go to: The Dangerous Fallacy of Ceremonial Deism

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I clicked on the " then shouted 'under God!' at her." link in the article. It took me to "The Blaze", Glenn Beck's website (which I didn't notice until I started reading the comments). Now I just want to gauge my eyes out after seeing those stupid, ignorant comments. So many morons in one place.

Mon, 04 Jun 2012 23:59:32 UTC | #945607

Go to: Living in a very religious country

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Mon, 04 Jun 2012 08:01:48 UTC | #945420

Go to: Living in a very religious country

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Blame Spain, they ruined a lot of people's lives spreading their catholic nonsense. On the bright side, there are fewer muslims there.

Mon, 04 Jun 2012 08:00:52 UTC | #945419

Go to: Why make the battle just over religion?

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This is The Richard Dawkins Foundation for Reason and Science, not the RDF for Atheists. Atheism is just one subset of rational thinking. Many atheists are not rational thinkers. We had one woman who used to post here as an atheist, who ran a homeopathic store or something. She was always spouting nonsense about homeopathic universities and practitioners and what wonderful work they do. Every time she'd start up, Tyler Durden and I would pounce on her. I think she finally left.

My point is, atheism is just a lack of belief in deities. That's it. Hopefully, if you're smart enough to be an atheist, you're also going to try to approach other topics with a rational mindset. Sadly, it doesn't always work that way.

Mon, 04 Jun 2012 07:37:16 UTC | #945414

Go to: Alienated atheist in Pennsylvania seeks people of like mind

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I used to have a similar problem, I live in area that has roughly 85,000 people and had lived here for 15 years without meeting another atheist (doesn't usually come up in conversation). Then around 2006, after Richard's book came out, I went to CafePress and ordered a couple of T-shirts and a sweatshirt that had ATHEIST across the front in big block letters. It's a pretty conservative area, so I thought I'd get crap from a lot of people. Just the opposite happened. Of course, I'd get the occasional dirty look or nasty remark, but 90% of the people who commented were positive (I like your T-shirt). Many, and I mean many, stopped me, introduced themselves and we had pleasant conversations. I made some pretty nice friends, all fellow atheists. Try it, it works.

I don't recommend this for everyone though. I did have a couple of clowns that I thought were going to fight me and were abusive. One guy in Home Depot was screaming "heathen bastard" at me, until the store employees kicked him out. I thought I was going to have to pound him for a while and then sue his ass for a hate related assault.

Mon, 04 Jun 2012 07:14:48 UTC | #945412

Go to: Nobel laureate joins anti-vaccination crowd at Autism One

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Hey, even good scientists go off the deep end, it happens.

And McCarthy isn't a "former playmate", she's agreed to do a new spread now that she's turning 40. I think she should stick to what she's good at, which is taking her clothes off in front of cameras and leave the science to scientists who get published in peer-reviewed journals.

I jest, but this is serious, this woman and Oprah and these quacks are killing children. They're sick and disgusting.

Mon, 04 Jun 2012 03:58:43 UTC | #945392

Go to: Does this candidate have a prayer?

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I don't understand what you guys are arguing about. He didn't like the law and wanted to change it. His lawyer friend informed him that in order to sue he would have to run for office so that he would have standing in a court of law. He ran, not to become governor, but to have the law overturned, which is what Michael has been saying. Once the law was overturned, he hoped a more serious atheist candidate could run and perhaps win (think about Obama here). It might be 50 years before this happens in SC, but who knows?

Sun, 03 Jun 2012 07:02:01 UTC | #945281

Go to: Does this candidate have a prayer?

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Comment 1

They were both going through a Twelve Step Program at the time.

Sun, 03 Jun 2012 02:28:51 UTC | #945244

Go to: Sixty Years of British Science Innovation

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They didn't even mention the invention of the Dyson vacuum cleaner....now that's innovation.

Fri, 01 Jun 2012 14:45:39 UTC | #944985

Go to: How to tell if you’re an atheist

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Anton’s Syndrome, a well-studied phenomenon in which patients have been struck blind by a cerebral accident, but don’t realize it.

...until they get behind the wheel of a car and reality smacks them in the face.

Wed, 30 May 2012 22:59:13 UTC | #944653

Go to: In God We Teach

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I'm very impressed with this young man. To be THE guy that everyone picked on when he was younger and then still be willing to stand up for what is right and to take flak from most of the students and the town shows courage beyond his years. We need to be graduating more students like this.

And to the clown at about the 9 minute mark who stated that this kid was all for freedom of speech for himself, but when a teacher wants to talk about jebus, freedom of speech goes out the window., I say "you need to listen more, and talk less". For the others who think that it is "majority rules" when it comes to constitutional rights, that's not how it works morons.

Wed, 30 May 2012 19:17:36 UTC | #944582

Go to: [Update] note from Richard - CFI student leaders need your help!

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DebGod

You're using an article written by Barbara Bradley Hagerty to defend CFI's non-accommodationism credentials? A woman with ties to christian evangelicals and who received a Templeton Fellowship is reporting on how strident CFI is? Oooh, they MUST be militant!

I did notice this though:

"Stuart Jordan, Science Adviser for CFI [with the painting Jesus Does his Nails]. Jordan says he would prefer that atheists and secularists not be associated with such artwork". Why not? Too offensive to christians? Can't upset the believers now can we? I think you're making my point.

Wed, 30 May 2012 00:19:14 UTC | #944340

Go to: [Update] note from Richard - CFI student leaders need your help!

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Comment 4 by DebGod

In my first comment I stated that I don't know if these issues have trickled down to the CFI's student affiliates and that I hoped they haven't. I didn't recommend that anyone not support your organizations, I did state however that CFI on the national level has lost my support and I stand by that. If you read the WEIT link, you'll notice that they have lost a lot of support from many long-time contributors.

When was the last time you heard anyone from Richard Dawkins' Foundation defending themselves against charges of accommodationism? How about Jerry Coyne, PZ, Ophelia Benson (need I go on?)? I can answer that for you. Never! They don't have to because they do not write articles or have radio programs supporting accommodationism or criticizing Gnu Atheists as being strident, militant or unknowledgeable about theism . The fact that Ron Lindsay, Melody Hensley and Simon someone have to be defending their organization is because they do have radio programs that do this and their leadership does write articles that are ridiculous on these topics.

If this makes you sad, I'm sorry, but sometimes the truth makes people cry.

Tue, 29 May 2012 21:52:49 UTC | #944321

Go to: Church puts Pat Tillman on a Christian cross for Memorial Day

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Comment 12 by sbooder

I know this action of putting the name of Pat Tilman on a cross shows a lack of respect but hey, he is not exactly spinning in his grave now, is he?

I don't know if you saw the funeral services, with people praying and doing other christian stuff. The brother gave a pretty emotional and angry speech saying that he's not in heaven, he's dead. That's it. I'm sure Tillman's family is not happy with stuff like this.

It's similar, I think, to the mormons converting Holocaust Jews into mormons. Just stoopid and they should be called on it. Each and every time, they should be called on it. I just saw something on the news where Oakland Public Zoo has a big stone monument with the ten commandments on it. Some guy who was molested by priests when he was an altar boy and is now a wiccan or something is trying to force them to remove it or let him put up a wiccan monument. Don't let them get away with anything, they've been getting away with crap for too long.

Tue, 29 May 2012 05:58:45 UTC | #944155

Go to: Church puts Pat Tillman on a Christian cross for Memorial Day

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Yeah, it's always bugged me that the Air Force calls its E5's SSG, when the Army it's E6.

Tue, 29 May 2012 02:34:32 UTC | #944133

Go to: Church puts Pat Tillman on a Christian cross for Memorial Day

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His rank was Corporal, not Specialist or Staff Sergeant...in the Army he'd have to have been in the service longer than he was to be Staff Sergeant.

S. Austin

I'm not sure what you're on about, but Justin's outrage got the part about Pat's name being on a cross removed from the news piece. This woman may have made an innocent mistake, but you'd have to have been living under a rock not to know that Tillman was an atheist. The news station knew for sure or should have. When you're in the military you take these things seriously because it matters, a lot.

Tue, 29 May 2012 00:03:20 UTC | #944105

Go to: [Update] note from Richard - CFI student leaders need your help!

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PERSON

Well, the problem has been going on for a while and the problem is their accommodationism. I have described it elsewhere on RD.net, but let me give you a link to WEIT instead, where more erudite writers than myself have discussed the situation. If you need more, please do a search for CFI and accommodation on the WEIT homepage. Other blogs have also discussed this over the last couple of years, but I'm too lazy to go looking for it. I remember Ronald Lindsay and others from CFI coming out and defending themselves vigorously, but were unconvincing, to me at least.

Mon, 28 May 2012 16:12:25 UTC | #943993

Go to: Richard Dawkins & Lawrence Krauss Tribute to Christopher Hitchens - 2012 Global Atheist Convention

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Boy, I miss Hitch....no one, absolutely no one, can replace this wonderful man.

Sun, 27 May 2012 07:15:32 UTC | #943781

Go to: Military Proselytizing by the Gideons – and how we stopped it.

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Good work. I went through this 40 some years ago and when I tossed the gideon bible in the trash I got yelled at by some NCO. Being a new recruit is a bit intimidating, so it's a bit difficult to stand up for yourself. Years later, as a senior NCO they tried to make me go to a mandatory lecture by some xian group. I asked if they were christian, they said yes, I got up to leave and was told I wasn't allowed to. I replied, try to stop me and left. After that, all but 2 or 3 of the audience followed me out. Sweet revenge.

As far as the "kill 'em all and let god sort 'em out", that's not limited to the Marines, the army uses it also. It's really not a religious statement, more of a macho thing.

Sun, 27 May 2012 06:22:18 UTC | #943776

Go to: Do Atheists Understand and Appreciate Black Bodies?

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Comment 85 by xmaseveeve

For example, in the US, there's a vast discrepancy in sentencing for possession of powdered cocaine and crack cocaine...

This hasn't been true for a couple of years since Obama signed a new law. The previous disparity in sentencing was 100:1 and it is now 18:1. This had Republican support, so it may be because more white kids are using crack.

Sun, 27 May 2012 02:35:20 UTC | #943750