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Go to: Church accused of 'scaremongering'

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Comment 4 by CarolineMary :

The best thing i saw was the headline on the Times, today (sorry, Pay site, I refuse to link).

"Gay marriage plan could divorce Church from State".

I can't be the only person thinking well, let's DO it then.

Similar to my reaction - if this brings about disestablishment, then do it yesterday...

Tue, 12 Jun 2012 17:12:24 UTC | #947080

Go to: Evolution skeptics will soon be silenced by science: Richard Leakey

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"It is difficult to get a man to understand something when his job depends on not understanding it."

Upton Sinclair

Tue, 29 May 2012 14:53:44 UTC | #944233

Go to: Insulting religion

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Comment 26 by RomeStu :

Comment 17 by Peter Grant :

Keep blaspheming Pat! :D

This phrase just made me realise that the religious have such a nice word to describe anything that offends or criticises their entirely made-up viewpoint, yet we do not have a similarly punchy and easy-to-understand word to describe the the sort of poisonous rhetoric which denies proven fact.

And to think they want anti-blasphemy laws!!!!! There should be laws against denying scientific evidence. At least it would have some basis to it.

IMO religion needs defending with laws, cuz it's BS, the truth doesn't.

The only defence BS has is laws, truth just needs people to seek it out

Sat, 16 Jul 2011 13:28:11 UTC | #850155

Go to: The God of the Old Testament ...

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I'm guessing a lot of these can be found at the sceptics bible...

Far be it for me to claim their work as my own

Sun, 26 Jun 2011 21:12:00 UTC | #843066

Go to: Richard Dawkins and PZ Myers in conversation

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Would love to go, but live in a foreign part of the country - not London.

Recording pls?

Wed, 18 May 2011 19:48:31 UTC | #628126

Go to: Our inner fishes

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Comment 10 by adj456 :

I think it's on the BBC news health page because the programme that it came from - Inside the human body, went on to explain the causes and treatment of cleft pallets.

It's palates btw.

I was born with this, and I think that imperfections such as these are a good proof of evolution rather than a designer

Sat, 07 May 2011 21:05:06 UTC | #624309

Go to: It was awfully nice of him not to demand my immediate arrest

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Comment 5 by Steve Zara :

I was against PZ's cracker gesture when I heard he was going to do it. It seemed a petty gesture that was not targeted at the Catholics who at the time were causing a problem.

But, when I saw what he did, I could not help but admire him. It was magnificently done, with wit and style.

I'm just wondering if PZ had been informed that his cracker protest was going to result in people dying, would he have went ahead with it? Would any right thinking person for that matter, even if it was to be seen as a sop to radical fundamentalism?

That is an extremely interesting question. I think it is morally wrong to proceed in such circumstances, but should not be legally wrong.

I would say by not doing so he shows himself to be a morally better than the murderers and those that use such trivial acts to justify heinous ones

Mon, 04 Apr 2011 21:20:23 UTC | #611805

Go to: "No religion" census campaign

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View from inside the civil service....

This is the last one to be held by door-to-door collection using forms, there is a project to find a replacement method of data collection (to save the money it costs to process all them forms ).

Fri, 29 Oct 2010 19:17:52 UTC | #539986

Go to: Druidry to be classed as religion by Charity Commission

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Comment 41 by Hubriss :

I like to play as a druid in my rpg games. I can turn into bears and summon animals and heal people and do all kinds of nature magic. Being a druid is cool.

Is that what they're talking about...?

i got a warcraft druid, think i'll join the religion!

Sat, 02 Oct 2010 17:46:11 UTC | #528126

Go to: Druidry to be classed as religion by Charity Commission

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Comment 22 by Ivan The Not So Bad :

This has just been discussed on the BBC World Service:

Newshour (segment starts 14 minutes in)

For stupidity, pot calling kettle black, incoherence, lack of self-awareness, arrogance and an attitude of threatened entitlement, the Church of England spokesperson is a delight ("........[Christianity is] based on the word of God, which is the Bible, so there is no mythology and no nonsense in it........").


I loved this too, the way she tried to use logic on druidry, but hated it being pointed at her....

Sat, 02 Oct 2010 17:44:33 UTC | #528124

Go to: Joining in religious ceremonies

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At a recent funeral for one of my close relatives, I told my nearest and dearest I would not be going in, instead I stayed outside and met everyone afterwords.

I said that I didn't need telling by a man who had not met my relative what they were like and how I should respond. Everyone knows I have no respect for religion and left it there.

I could not bring myself to attend a religious festival for someone who had not attended for a looooooong time. There is only so much hypocrisy I could take.

In my opinion, tell people beforehand and there will be no discussions on the day, but do what you think is right.

Sat, 11 Sep 2010 20:16:59 UTC | #516247

Go to: Catholics, it's you this Pope has abused

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Comment 29 by legless :

For a banner slogan I like "What kind of shepherd employs wolves to protect his flock?

Love it ;)

Thu, 09 Sep 2010 20:34:34 UTC | #514915

Go to: Saudi judge asks hospitals to paralyse man

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As Ghandi said "An eye for an eye leaves the whole world blind" (or was this a mis-quote?)

Fri, 20 Aug 2010 12:12:39 UTC | #502883

Go to: Bringing the Vatican to Justice

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must admit i dont like new site, harder to use and post, so it's bye from me.

(btw i work in IT so am not an ignoramus about this!)

Wed, 12 May 2010 20:49:18 UTC | #469337

Go to: Diplomat disciplined over Pope memo is named

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I think this CS knows the bigoted Catholics all too well...

Most people in this country know them well, cuz they try and shove their agenda down everyone's throat at the slightest opportunity, anti-abortion, anti-gay, anti-stem cell research, anti-any other faith - am I getting close?

(Not bad for a non-Catholic)!

Tue, 27 Apr 2010 13:34:00 UTC | #463346

Go to: Ministers apologise for insult to Pope

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Don't tar all civil servants with the oxbridge brush. I'm one who didn't go to university, nor public school (comprehensive for me!)

I'm also an atheist, who would gladly have written the memo given the right circumstance, but I'm stuck in a lowly welsh office...

Mon, 26 Apr 2010 19:56:00 UTC | #463170

Go to: Violating Cardinal Newman's wishes

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I would say "You couldn't make it up!!", but obviously you can.

This is obviously more about politics/economics than reality...

Mon, 26 Apr 2010 19:31:00 UTC | #463158

Go to: Pope 'could cancel UK visit' over 'offensive' Foreign Office memo

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Result - if only I could achieve such a result, most of my memo's don't get out the

Sun, 25 Apr 2010 20:43:00 UTC | #462813

Go to: Faith and unbelief aren't what they used to be

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Jos: Nice post, I got tired of reading the strawmen and weasel words after a few lines, you have greater patience than me...

Sat, 03 Apr 2010 14:47:00 UTC | #455583

Go to: An Apology

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As a rare visitor to the forums, and only heard about the storm from an article on another website (timesonline? - spit!).

I think as others have said, that a sincere apology has been given, and everyone should try to go forward.

The cats in this herd have got a few too many claws sometimes ;)

I, for one am extremely grateful for the oasis of reason presented here, away from the tripe of celeb driven news.

Thankyou for your continued efforts on behalf of us mere mortals.

The road to hell is paved with good intentions....

Sun, 28 Feb 2010 21:49:00 UTC | #445017

Go to: Atheist Richard Dawkins aids Haiti, touts God-free giving

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gave good old British £10 - split 50:50, not fussy who gets it...

Sun, 17 Jan 2010 22:28:00 UTC | #432387

Go to: If anyone's a real Christian, it's Pat Robertson

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So theodicy is not theist(plus)idiocy


Sun, 17 Jan 2010 16:36:00 UTC | #432273

Go to: Put children's lives above dogma

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ain't this good old-fashioned murder?

Tue, 12 Jan 2010 17:06:00 UTC | #431314

Go to: Atheist Ireland Publishes 25 Blasphemous Quotes

Go to: Church recruiting drive targets two-year-olds

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RE: 54. Comment #444477 by Stonyground

No doubt you didnt forget the ending...

Far away across the field
The tolling of the iron bell
Calls the faithful to their knees
To hear the softly spoken magic spells

Thu, 24 Dec 2009 23:25:00 UTC | #425981

Go to: Chuck Norris: Mary Might Have Aborted Jesus Christ Under ObamaCare/'Herodcare'

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Lucky they don't execute people for being retarded - Oh hang on a minute they (the US) do!

Edit: I know the guy wasn't executed for being retarded, but it was not a valid defence...

Tue, 22 Dec 2009 21:46:00 UTC | #425496

Go to: A message from Simon Singh:

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Signed, for what it's worth I had a postcard from my MP, but I am not convinced he'll take much notice...

Sat, 12 Dec 2009 16:37:00 UTC | #422857

Go to: BHA celebrates successful Billboard campaign

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Worked fine for me rod ;)

Tue, 01 Dec 2009 15:17:00 UTC | #418885

Go to: Renounce your pomp!

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How about calling you "Prisoner number 282186"?

Sat, 28 Nov 2009 17:14:00 UTC | #417659

Go to: The Great Tennessee Monkey Trial

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Excellent post:

3. Comment #434129 by FishNChimps on November 23, 2009 at 1:26 pm

Mon, 23 Nov 2009 14:07:00 UTC | #415739