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Go to: The rival to the Bible

a-teapot-ist's Avatar Jump to comment 62 by a-teapot-ist

I really can't see the furor, here . . . though I'm less than inept when it comes to math, I was a helluva lot more enthused when Archimedes' palimpsest was rediscovered. Something of worth to science, in contrast to yet another conflicting copy of a violent book of fables.

Wed, 08 Oct 2008 08:55:00 UTC | #248810

Go to: Bill Maher's Religulous Opens Today

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Just saw it, and it was pretty cool. Basically made the argument that Sam Harris does (Harris doing it far more eloquently, admittedly) regarding bronze age mentality meeting modern day technology. And he's rather civil and less overbearing than you'd think. Also, kindly spare us the Expelled comparisons, because anyone who was asked about an interview with BILL MAHER, and isn't in another country(of which there were a few, ok), knew what they were getting into. My only real problem was his trifling bit of patronizing the audience when he got thrown off the Mormon temple grounds. That was rather Moore-ish, but hey, it's a sin I can forgive *wink wink nudge nudge* So I'd say see it, if only to make a statement while being entertained.

Mon, 06 Oct 2008 14:43:00 UTC | #247800

Go to: I always aim to misbehave

a-teapot-ist's Avatar Jump to comment 52 by a-teapot-ist

Go PZ, go PZ, go PZ XD After that, and the crazy vid on youtube, I can't help but hang the pseudonym of Pimp Zed Myers on ya^^ Smack those hoes up!

Sun, 30 Mar 2008 15:18:00 UTC | #144584

Go to: The Year of Living Biblically

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Someone needs to explain to Mr. Jacobs that christianity is not the only religion out there. So he needs to specify that he went, like every other believer, and took the faith to task that was most convenient. His always referring to "religion", when he only delved into one, is kind of disingenuous.

Sat, 03 Nov 2007 11:20:00 UTC | #80879

Go to: I am creating artificial life, declares US gene pioneer

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I hope Dr. Venter's lab has some strong security measures, because if there are maniacs willing to kill abortion doctors, there certainly will be similarly "passionate objectors" to this latest development. In truth, if the agricultural revolution wasn't already a leap into god's domain, I'd like to know what is. So long as they've prepared for whatever possible consequences lie ahead, I say run with it as far as they can.

Sat, 06 Oct 2007 13:06:00 UTC | #73003

Go to: Letters: Theology has no place in a university

a-teapot-ist's Avatar Jump to comment 29 by a-teapot-ist

Might I suggest that the good Prof. Dawkins offer forth Terry Jones's "Lady Cottington's Pressed Fairy Book" as something he'd take just as seriously as anything the theologians in question would have to offer? Certainly more colorful than the samba on a pin they're supposedly capable of . . . though not nearly as aerobic as the mental gymnastics these "learned" men perform on a daily basis. Imaginings versus evidence, no holds barred. Logical fallacies, however . . .

Mon, 01 Oct 2007 08:03:00 UTC | #71382

Go to: I'm gonna be a MOVIE STAR

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I declare, fraud, fraud, just like god! I'd like to clip that flick up, and insert the scene where the "Great and Wonderful Oz" is revealed at strategic points. Then have George Carlin's rant about god play during the credits. What's most annoying is that it'll get the same audience that made box office history for "The Passion", thereby lending the illusion of seeming validity to its message. Must we fight a new dark age into the new millenium?!?

Thu, 23 Aug 2007 06:57:00 UTC | #61861

Go to: Authors at Google: Christopher Hitchens

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I find the whole abusive relationship analogy rather apt, because what usually happens in the aftermath of such interventions is happening now as well. i.e. the "wife" turns on the self-elected protectors, shielding and singing praises and excuses for the husband. Now to add a few more details, let's say these knights in shining armor kept buying tons of bats for every time they threatened the asshole, and this while their own children and spouses were starving and lacking for an education. We have problems of our OWN to deal with before we try solving other countries' difficulties. A nation who can't fully work out that neither abortion nor homosexuals are evil and stem cells aren't deserving of a number in the phone book really has no place trying to sort out the affairs for anyone else.

Sat, 18 Aug 2007 19:37:00 UTC | #60906

Go to: Interview with Richard Dawkins about 'The Enemies of Reason'

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Randi and Dawkins ought to do a book together on this kind of pseudo-science clap-trap.

Sun, 12 Aug 2007 19:58:00 UTC | #59703

Go to: Hitchens and Prager Debate

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What is most telling is that it's Prager's focus that he was misquoted, and not what Hitchens said thereafter. A great number of atrocities have been incited due to specifically "Bible studies", of which he names only a few of his own experience. I'm quite certain Prager would have been less quick to ask an African-American or a Jew this question . . .

Wed, 06 Jun 2007 05:49:00 UTC | #45065

Go to: Teachers rebel over atheism promotion

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I must inquire, when the bleedin' hades did this start? I've long since finished primary school, but if memory doth not fail me, the only thing I needed to take home outside of homework were the rare field trip permission forms. At what point did children become unwitting solicitors? And these educators' religious rights should have kept them out of the realm of education to begin with, if they object to something that promotes inquiry and evidence based thinking.

Sat, 26 May 2007 23:20:00 UTC | #42409

Go to: Group Threatens to Sue Pentagon Over Military Role in Evangelical Festival

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This isn't as frightening as the clips shown on the news lately regarding Falwell's death. Seeing high ranking military officials participating in a prayer meeting with that poison spewing freak only sickeningly reminds me that Haggard had W's ear this whole time. I still would prefer not having my tax dollars even manipulated in order to further the illusion that this is a xian country. If they want to show armed force, they can go find their local militia, and have a crusade parade. Not on my dime, though.

Sat, 26 May 2007 22:37:00 UTC | #42399

Go to: Aiming for knockout blow in god wars

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I always love the 'dogmatic' accusation. It's much like the 'fundamentalist' one, which is like the pot calling milk black. If Dawkins, Hitchens or Harris are at all dogmatic, it's because they take what is written in these ancient blood soaked books by their face value. And common ground . . . oh yeah, xians who like to push their noses in other's personal lives always seem to be big on common ground, the better to control it.

Sat, 26 May 2007 22:27:00 UTC | #42397

Go to: Al Gore on Reason

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PS, Dave, look up ad hominem, and perhaps you'll understand the point I was trying to make re: baby raping cannibals.

Sat, 26 May 2007 22:14:00 UTC | #42395

Go to: Al Gore on Reason

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Hey, Combine Dave, I never stated that Gore was a scientist. I simply state that he consulted a number of them before putting forth his movie. Or perhaps you're stating that the worldwide concern over greenhouse emissions is simply a front by which Gore might sell both his movie and his books?

Sat, 26 May 2007 22:07:00 UTC | #42391

Go to: Al Gore on Reason

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It appears as though those who still question the damage we're doing to our own environment need to share a bench with those who think that tobacco is a perfectly fine "natural substance", and the cancer "supposedly" caused by it is just a fiction created by the medical establishment. You folks seem to work the creationists' strategy of "still not enough evidence". What do they need to do, convene a meeting of all the leading scientists in these fields in your FSM forsaken living rooms, and present charts to you in three different languages in order to get the point across??? And here's a query to the Gore haters in general; if some baby raping cannibal stumbled over the cure to either AIDS or cancer, would you toss it aside due to the perverse character of its discoverer? I'm still dealing with my shattered perceptions of the Dalai Lama and Gandhi thanks to the "Holier Than Thou" Bullshit episode, but still think that they help(ed) society too much to be easily demonized. This may come as a shocker, but if you want to toss aside any theist leanings, belief in an atheist saint needs to hit the dustbin alongside them. Hitchens's view on the Iraq war doesn't impress me, but I still agree with much of his sentiments re: religion. And I'm not going to just snidely say, "He's just a tool of the neo-cons. Who wants to hear what he has to say, anyway?" Someone who can surprise publishers by demand for their writing being far greater than the supply for the better part of a month is worthy of respect. As is Gore, who dealt with the farce of an election 7 years ago with composure, and headed up an administration that advocated science over wishful thinking. The only one that I've experienced, in memory, thus far.

Sat, 26 May 2007 20:33:00 UTC | #42381

Go to: Hitchens on Falwell

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criminitley, Hitchens is an avalanche once he gets started . . . on a podcast interview he also gave that host a helluva time trying to get a word in edgewise. Him, alone, vs the Comfort/Cameron duo would be a bloodbath.

Thu, 17 May 2007 07:23:00 UTC | #39137

Go to: Television evangelist Falwell dies at 73

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Much like when the grand wizard of the Klan died a while back, I feel the crimes of humanity against itself have lessened yet another iota. My condolences to his family, of course, but someone who was as sick in the head as he was was a true threat to the future of humankind. May there be no 'faith vacuum'(redundancy, in truth, as faith is a logic vacuum in and of itself) by which another guilt pushing blowhard will acquire a pulpit of similar infamy.

Wed, 16 May 2007 04:25:00 UTC | #38707

Go to: Here Comes the Fourth Musketeer.

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Sweet reason appears to be on the march, as I have failed to locate a copy at both my local major book retailers(Borders and Barnes & Noble) due to the fact that they've SOLD OUT of them. Hitchens will be carving his own name in the bestseller list, fully living up to his musketter status.

Tue, 08 May 2007 02:33:00 UTC | #35785

Go to: Atheism's Big Night In Little Rock

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--Hmmm. "Official religion", "four old ladies". I wonder why religion in the Islamic states isn't reduced to "four old ladies."

Where one's enforced at the end of a ruler during childhood, the other via gunpoint and machete for life, I think it's easy to understand. As for Bush, it's no surprise, since all speeches made away from his Blight House have an audience screened and rehearsed for his load of neo-con pabulum. I can't wait until this farce of an administration files out in '08. Then we can see to the damage control, and put some ointment on America's various bleeding orifices.

Sun, 29 Apr 2007 20:00:00 UTC | #33445

Go to: New Noah's Ark ready to sail

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So is there a rainbow at the end of the tour? Somebody oughta plant some Lucky Charms near the exit, if so. If some grandfather figure in the sky is plausible, then they may as well go on a leprechaun hunt after the main event.

Sun, 29 Apr 2007 19:38:00 UTC | #33442

Go to: Atheists Take On Religion

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They certainly did some thinking in this report. Had the stained glass background, to give it that "we're amongst the faithful" feel, and made any legal cases supporting church-state separation seem purely put forth by atheists, when there are secular theists also wishing that wall to stay in place.

Mon, 05 Mar 2007 00:38:00 UTC | #21921

Go to: Was there ever dog that praised his fleas?

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Ah, 'twas inevitable as the tides . . . praise be to Neptune, donchaknow.

Sun, 04 Mar 2007 13:07:00 UTC | #21840

Go to: Richard Dawkins interview with Paula Zahn

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Very cool! Nice and to the point was Prof. Dawkins, and no-one can say he came across at all abrasive. I truly hope this might lead to interest by the US networks to bring "Root of All Evil?" over. I've seen it, but not enough of the secular (North) American populace has.

Tue, 13 Feb 2007 03:40:00 UTC | #20015

Go to: The Chronicles of Kearnya, or, Principles of Evolution Observed in the Field at Kearny High School

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I fail to understand the mentality, here, because if my tax dollars are being used to pay the teachers and maintenance of these schools, then I think it'd be best on everybody's behalf if both video and audio surveillance was allowed. We'd know what the teachers would be doing, and no Salem mob controversy inspired by malicious students would occur.

Sun, 04 Feb 2007 15:05:00 UTC | #18515

Go to: Interview with Neil deGrasse Tyson

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"Aw, ****, I didn't carry the two!" lmao So not only is Stewart something of a history buff, he's got some interest in astronomy and physics. Multi-faceted, this liberal fashion plate, eh what?

Fri, 02 Feb 2007 04:24:00 UTC | #18315

Go to: 'God Is Not a Moderate'

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My issue with the mentioned "benevolent actions of fundamentalists" is that how many of such don't require the beneficiaries to be proselytized? And as for receiving "interest, empathy and friendship", it's likely due to their being of the same faith, never mind the strength by which each keeps to the letter of it. So in this respect, Sullivan fails to comprehend the tunnel vision Sam, as an atheist, can see him falling prey to.

Mon, 22 Jan 2007 16:52:00 UTC | #16718

Go to: Mr. Deity

a-teapot-ist's Avatar Jump to comment 13 by a-teapot-ist

Beautiful!! Great concept . . . this looks to have stronger potential than "The God Awful Truth" series has.

Sat, 20 Jan 2007 10:44:00 UTC | #16395

Go to: 'God Is Not a Moderate'

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I admire both for being civil and yet still candid. And while I'm certainly on Sam's side in this, I truly hope he keeps from the "mushroom cloud's silver lining" argument, because I'm sure a fellow as intelligent as Andrew must have a fitting rebuttal for it by now.

Thu, 18 Jan 2007 04:59:00 UTC | #16071

Go to: Beliefwatch: Blasphemy (Challenge)

a-teapot-ist's Avatar Jump to comment 26 by a-teapot-ist

lmao . . . blackmailing an omniscient deity XD Well, one works with the example provided, eh what? And considerin' what are called "acts of god", this guy must still be in his terrible twos. As for myself, the holy spirit ain't nothin' but a shared opium dream between the early church "fathers", put on paper to give their taskmaster Guilt that much more a schitzo persona. Want a true blasphemy? Cheesewhiz on a biscuit! Now that's a southern North American curse!

Mon, 01 Jan 2007 20:08:00 UTC | #13739