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Go to: Richard Dawkins to be new Archbishop of Canterbury

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This Disqus format sucks. Where do all the comments disappear to? It's very unclear now who is saying what, to whom, and when.

Thu, 12 Jul 2012 11:04:33 UTC | #948960

Go to: Louisiana lunacy: tens of millions to be spent on faith-based education

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Sun, 10 Jun 2012 11:00:01 UTC | #946721

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

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This is a great development.

Now let's start focussing on the commercial hotel bedrooms of the world.

Perhaps offering TGD to be left alongside the Gideon Bible in the bedside drawer? Any other suggestions?

Sun, 27 May 2012 19:08:19 UTC | #943842

Go to: The Right’s Righteous Frauds

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Re Comment #7 by Roedy

In Britain, people set dogs loose on bulls to kill them for entertainment.

I presume this is past tense, not present...? Or if you know it's going on now, can you give details?

Thu, 17 May 2012 23:18:49 UTC | #942110

Go to: The Myth of America’s Christian Heritage

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re Comment 9 by JCarr



Mon, 14 May 2012 22:52:29 UTC | #941492

Go to: For Immediate Release

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All the best. These guys deserve supporting.

Fri, 11 May 2012 20:28:38 UTC | #941084

Go to: Cardinal Brady will not resign over 'abuse failure'

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I've tried now to type a comment three times...

But...words fail me.

Mon, 07 May 2012 10:31:54 UTC | #940273

Go to: Conversion on Mount Improbable: How Evolution Challenges Christian Dogma

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I think this is brilliant, particularly the paragraph investigating the orthodox Christian definition of sin.

Well done, Mr. Aus.

Mon, 07 May 2012 08:41:32 UTC | #940257

Go to: Protest against the “Punch your gay kids” Pastor – Sean Harris.

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re: Comment 45 by strangebrew

Thanks for the google research!

I wasn't questioning the existence of sex scandals within the evangelical community - that's all too plain to see. I just felt that Border Collie's description (see Comment #29) might have been construed as the usual behaviour of homosexuals, and I didn't want anyone to misinterpret it as such.

Sun, 06 May 2012 22:01:24 UTC | #940220

Go to: Family Battle Offers Look Inside Lavish TV Ministry

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Such a shame. Such a nice couple. And she has such lovely hair.

Sun, 06 May 2012 17:16:03 UTC | #940186

Go to: Protest against the “Punch your gay kids” Pastor – Sean Harris.

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Re Comment 29 by Border Collie

He'll get caught in some dirty public restroom in a public park, or maybe a truck stop, with his britches down and his private parts made public, just like all the rest of them.

I understand we all feel disgust at this particular man's behaviour, but perhaps you would like to be a little more careful in your expression here.... 'just like all the rest of '...who, specifically?

Sun, 06 May 2012 15:36:02 UTC | #940170

Go to: Holy Redundant

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E-mail sent. We have to keep the pressure up.

I had already written to the MP last week, asking her to state which way she was intending to vote on the general issue of House of Lords reform. I got back a long-winded essay (no doubt computer-generated) about government proposals etc., but would she declare her own hand...? Of course not. These people are incapable of answering straight questions. I included a veiled threat of withdrawing my support as constituent. (She never had it anyway - you reap what you sow!)

I used to live in the Netherlands, with their 'paarse coalities' ('purple' coalitions). Political life there seemed rather dull - an administration, but not a government. Nowhere is there a perfect system, only a choice of imperfect ones.

Thu, 26 Apr 2012 17:04:38 UTC | #937512

Go to: Why More Nonbelievers Are Openly Identifying

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Ah....this is all SOOOO reminiscent of how we gays felt back in the 1960-80s... The personal isolation made one feel extremely rare and endangered, until it gradually became obvious that the homosexual community (if 'community' is the right word) was a good deal more numerous than the straight world preferred to believe.

Thu, 19 Apr 2012 21:45:48 UTC | #935840

Go to: Jon Stewart Doesn’t Understand How Science Works Even a Little Bit

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It's a subjective opinion, of course, but I've always wondered if he's even a comedian.

Wed, 18 Apr 2012 14:18:11 UTC | #935479

Go to: How God Made the English

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My born-again Christian sister was lamenting the emptying of Anglican churches, seeing that as a symptom of all moral decline in England. She even said that during the war, George VI declared national days of prayer, on which everyone left the factories to go to church and this apparently helped the weather to change and so certain battles went in favour of the English. Seems a bit tough on the Germans who made it to church, but then, God is an Englishman, isn't he?

A quote from Frank Field seems appropriate here:

The fact is, the English have always been a pretty brutal race. Then all of a sudden, we changed dramatically. Our natures didn't change. We changed because we decided we should live as a community. That wasn’t due to Christianity; it was more or less a consequence of two World Wars. The effort of winning the war - particularly World War II - the surrender of freedoms, the commitment to the common good was so enormous that, I think afterwards, people wanted a break from the personal cost of that. Living standards also began to rise very substantially, and therefore there were choices, or ‘temptations’, which were there for the first time. The fruit of the tree was to be tasted - and why not? That's what human nature is about. I also think that we became too confident that somehow we’d cracked the way to raise children. It was as if people assumed it was in the air we breathed and hadn't realised just how recent it was that English society moved from being pretty vicious to being a peaceable kingdom. The case I’m trying to make is not that somehow we've always been very civilised; but rather we had an extraordinary interlude.

Mon, 16 Apr 2012 22:40:58 UTC | #935124

Go to: Cardinal Pell-"Jews intellectually and morally inferior"

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What a meshuggeneh. And he's the top Catholic in Oz? What can the others be like?

Mon, 16 Apr 2012 01:32:35 UTC | #934981

Go to: Something From Nothing - An evening with Richard Dawkins and Lawrence Krauss - Canberra

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re Comment 6 by cgw

Then there's the nothingness the universe may "have come out of" (a phrase I don't like since it fails to emphasize that time is an intrinsic property of the universe and not external to it).

I don't understand what is wrong with using that phrase. It is in the past perfect tense, surely it implies time as intrinsic?

But at this point anyway we all start getting bogged down in semantics, and end up sounding like Pell, or the dear old Archbish of C.

Tue, 10 Apr 2012 13:29:33 UTC | #933632

Go to: University of Georgia - commencement prayer

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I am a Senior Tutor at a theatre department in a British university. Our graduation ceremonies have usually been held, appropriately enough for the vocational training that the students receive, in the local municipal theatre, and we have always had a warm welcome there. Some years ago the theatre was closed temporarily for refurbishment and we had to seek elsewhere for our ceremony. One of the few places available and capacious enough for the day was the local cathedral, and the Dean and Chapter eagerly extended an invitation. We finally accepted, but we had quite a hard task insisting that the ceremony should remain entirely secular. To their credit, they did eventually keep their hands off - but it never felt quite right to me, sitting amongst all the Xtian paraphernalia. Everyone was relieved when we were able to return to the status quo ante.

Tue, 03 Apr 2012 02:02:48 UTC | #932041

Go to: Concert at Army post in NC geared toward atheists

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Griffith said he and other non-religious soldiers are not permitted to hold atheist meetings at the post

This is shocking. Land of the Free?

Mon, 02 Apr 2012 10:59:57 UTC | #931855

Go to: Can the Reason Rally resonate in this most religious of democracies?

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I'm all for saying that people who hold ridiculous views/beliefs make themselves ridiculous. Indeed, ridicule is sometimes the only appropriate response. It seems a little mealy-mouthed of us to shout 'ad hominem' every single time. It seems to line up with the theist 'hate-the-sin-love-the-sinner' logic.

Having said that, appropriately targeted ridicule: yes, expletives: no, hurled bricks: definitely no.

Wed, 28 Mar 2012 15:56:06 UTC | #930952

Go to: Blessed are those with a persecution complex?

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Hear hear. Eloquent and clear-sighted. Keep 'em coming, Paula.

Sat, 24 Mar 2012 00:10:33 UTC | #930007

Go to: Rock Beyond Belief: An atheist victory at Fort Bragg

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I don't know why I am shocked at the underhand and mendacious tactics of the Christian lobby. All kudos to Sgt Griffith's initiative and determination.

Sat, 17 Mar 2012 12:52:58 UTC | #928072

Go to: Westboro Baptist Church to attend Reason Rally with special message for atheists

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These people are beyond satire.

Mon, 12 Mar 2012 23:20:10 UTC | #926553

Go to: Refute This, Hoax Lovers: More Proof Men Totally Walked on the Moon

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All I can say is it looks a bit desolate. A bit like Salisbury Plain.

Fri, 09 Mar 2012 10:20:46 UTC | #925582

Go to: Earworms: Why songs get stuck in our heads

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I'm a professional musician and get very irritated by getting Andrew Lloyd Webber tunes stuck in my head.

I think it was Noel Coward who said: 'cheap, potent music' - but can't remember who he was referring to.

Tue, 06 Mar 2012 23:48:42 UTC | #925012

Go to: Stephen Fry & friends on the life, loves and hates of Christopher Hitchens - IQ2 talks

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Re: Comment 9 by George Lennan

What is wrong with you?

Fri, 02 Mar 2012 20:23:59 UTC | #923844

Go to: Crazy Watering Can

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Exactly - if youtube has now decided atheism is to be censored, this would be a disturbing development indeed. But I cannot believe this - I am a regular fan of the Atheist Community of Austin and often access their excellent shows via youtube.

This video is brilliant, by the way. Demonstrates the sheer inanity of it all.

Tue, 28 Feb 2012 10:49:26 UTC | #922727

Go to: Ireland is also more secular than we thought

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'...led to many fights for the legal right of individuals to do such things as use contraception (1985), get a divorce (1994), or obtain an abortion (still illegal in Ireland, with its elimination being vigorously campaigned against by the Church)...'

I'm confused. Surely the elimination of abortion in Ireland is being vigorously campaigned for by the Church?

Mon, 27 Feb 2012 10:35:18 UTC | #922381

Go to: Life Without God: An Interview with Tim Prowse

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I found this report really touching.

Fri, 17 Feb 2012 13:36:32 UTC | #918781

Go to: RDFRS UK/Ipsos MORI Poll #1: How religious are UK Christians?

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“When it comes to belief, practice or even the most elementary knowledge of the Bible, it is clear that faith is a spent force in the UK, and it is time our policy-makers woke up to that reality and stopped trying to impose beliefs on society that society itself has largely rejected." [Richard Dawkins]

I find myself wondering what Richard meant:

'It is clear that: faith (in general) is a spent force...'


'It is clear: that (particular) faith is a spent force...'

There is no punctuation here to guide us. We still have the rise of Islam in the UK to consider.

Tue, 14 Feb 2012 12:13:55 UTC | #917640