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Go to: Insulting religion

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it makes me want to have this as a video signature for every email I send. outstanding.

Sat, 16 Jul 2011 12:08:38 UTC | #850135

Go to: Austrian driver's religious headgear strains credulity

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I find this offensive. For somebody to claim that some simple "pastafarian" nonsense constitutes a church is absurd and demeans the one true church that recognizes true Semolina. The purity of Semolina Pasta must be preserved and heretics such as this should be dealt with in the most severe sauce.

Wed, 13 Jul 2011 14:46:01 UTC | #849384

Go to: "God is so good!!!" - GOD IS SO GOOD THE VIDEO TAMTAMPAMELA TRIED TO REMOVE!

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If you look at her other video you may come to the conclusion as I did that she is quite serious. While I find it rather sad, keep in mind she is a young person and still learning a great deal. It may very well be that in a few years she will be very embarrassed at what she has said here. I'm confident that if a tape of my younger years were played back to me I could find horribly embarrassing moments but luckily the net didn't exist to archive my youthful stupidity.

Tue, 15 Mar 2011 01:35:35 UTC | #602822

Go to: "God is so good!!!" - GOD IS SO GOOD THE VIDEO TAMTAMPAMELA TRIED TO REMOVE!

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I've never had to do this before to my own post but

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That's all I can say.

Tue, 15 Mar 2011 01:32:39 UTC | #602821

Go to: It's not a phobia – it's rational to fear Islam

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Pat Condell (sp?) did a video explaining that in his opinion, Islamaphobia is a misnomer because it is not an unreasonable thing to fear Islam. I'm not sure how one can argue with that. I didn't hear the speech and don't know what was inflammatory but it seems to me that it is a fact that Islam has given rise to horrific actions and it is reasonable to be fearful of a religion who's holy book cries for converting or killing anyone who doesn't believe in Islam. To be fair and balanced I believe there are plenty of Christians who, if given the chance, would be equally barbaric and history shows us the Christian church can be just as frightening. I think the "Christianphobia" that is shown by radical Muslims also has a basis in a reasonable fear when viewed from their cultural perspective. As an atheist I think "religionphobia" is a reasonable thing. I can't think of anything to fear about Jainism, but the religious teachings of both Christianity and Islam have such potential for violence and stupidity that I think phobia is an inappropriate word to describe concern with their teachings. The problem comes when people carry the reasonable fear of religious teachings to a fear of Christians or Muslims in general and ascribe the worst of either set of religious beliefs to all of the religions followers. Most Muslims and Christians may be reasonable, but the foundations of their beliefs are not.

Mon, 24 Jan 2011 19:04:30 UTC | #583602

Go to: [UPDATE - Ophelia Benson] Az. Hospital May Lose Catholic Status Over 2009 Abortion Case

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Who gives a ratzinger's ass? At first I thought it meant the hospital would lose all it's funding but it turns out the church didn't support the hospital at all! All they lose is the ability to have mass at the church. Big effing deal...actually a plus in the greater scheme of things. As far as I can tell, there are no downsides to being dumped by the church.

Mon, 27 Dec 2010 17:48:06 UTC | #569328

Go to: Atheists' numbers doom them to irrelevance

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What was the point in providing this yahoo with further exposure?

Tue, 21 Dec 2010 17:51:52 UTC | #566835

Go to: That’s not the afterlife – it’s a brainstorm

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great quote, Aztek. Tim Minchin is a fucking hoot.

Mon, 31 May 2010 17:17:51 UTC | #475140

Go to: BHA e-bulletin special: Take action today to protect children's SRE

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The problem isn't the amendment. It sounds like the amendment makes sense. How can you have a faith based school that doesn't teach bigotry and homophobia? The problem is funding religious teachings with public funds. Religions are rife with discriminatory, bigoted stupidity. If you gut that then what is left simply won't be acceptable to most religious people. No...the problem isn't any amendment, it's the over-all problem of allowing a government to support religious instruction that should be targeted. Once you say "you can teach from a Christian or Muslim or Satanic viewpoint" then you have to accept the fact that the instruction is going to be stupid-based.

Fri, 19 Feb 2010 14:39:00 UTC | #442354

Go to: Uncivilized Tactics at UC Irvine (Rough Cut)

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Many of my family members are jewish but I understand the anger by supporters of the Palestinian people. It's unclear from the video if the disrupters were simply anti-jewish religious bigots or exactly what their point was. I do think, however, that Israel's actions with regard to the Palestinian people is criminal behavior of the worst kind. Nobody would be surprised at a demonstration against apartheid and nobody should be surprised at demonstrations of hatred directed at Israel. The lack of civility is a shame, particularly at a University, but it's no great surprise to me and frankly, isn't without cause. Sadly it's one more example of the hatred that results from religious beliefs. Israel's current policies and atrocities flow directly from their ignorant religious beliefs, as does the basis for much of the entire Mideast conflict.

Fri, 19 Feb 2010 14:07:00 UTC | #442338

Go to: Christopher Hitchens: The Orthodox Protestant Atheist

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Many people grow up being told they are christians but realize the stupidity of the idea of virgin birth and such. So they cherry pick what they want to believe and what they don't want to believe and call that christianity. They see nothing odd about that, but it just makes no sense. To an outsider (atheist) that sees so many diverse claims to what defines a "christian", the only thing that gives some objective meaning to the term is the bible. To the degree a person believes in the bible, they are christians. Same with the holy books of other religions and their followers. Thus fundamentalists are most easily identified with their religion in spite of the fact that plenty of folks call themselves christians that may not even believe Christ existed. And many of those claim they are "true christians". It boggles the mind.

Mon, 15 Feb 2010 04:00:00 UTC | #441397

Go to: Beyond belief

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Here is why the "new atheism" and atheism in general is gaining ground. As a species, we learn. We get smarter by learning right from wrong, generation by generation. We still have bigotry and war, but if you look at the world today compared to 500 years ago, compared to 1000 years ago, compared to 5000 years ago...we continue to make progress. Very slowly, with backsliding here and there, but the progress is there. Eventually religion will be a thing of the past. Eventually few if any will believe in a fairytale god, or heaven just as we no longer believe in the need for human sacrifice. I won't live to see it and who knows...maybe the human race won't live to actually make it that far, but that's the path we are on. It's the path of science, truth and materialism and it's a good, steady, inexorable path that gives me great comfort. I pray for it every night. :)

Sun, 10 Jan 2010 07:16:00 UTC | #430648

Go to: The God Fraud

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Karen Armstrong gets it RIGHT !

If the religious can cherry pick, so can I and I choose to ignore all of Armstrong's nonsense and quote the one intelligent line from her diatribe, "As soon as we became recognizably human, men and women started to create religions. ". What??? That's right. She admits that humans "create religion". What does that imply. She seems to not understand her own comment. Religions spring from our own silly minds. They don't exist in reality. God doesn't exist apart from our idea of god. We create the idea in our mind and then run with it as the most important thing there can possibly be and make up rules for ourselves to live by and rules that make it OK to kill others and subjugate them based on all sorts of ignorant criteria. We create the problem. No question about that.

Wed, 06 Jan 2010 17:59:00 UTC | #429420

Go to: Lawrence Krauss blasphemes Our Lord

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Why is the video so yellow? RDF should be able to at least color correct a simple video. I'll be happy to volunteer if it's needed.
In spite of the poor technical quality, the original video is earth shatteringly great. All one can do with regard to people like Ken Ham is shake one's head and roll the eyes.

Wed, 30 Dec 2009 14:27:00 UTC | #426824

Go to: Divine Impulses: Richard Dawkins on 'the arrogance of religious persons'

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the video started out and then after about 20 seconds an ad started to play over the video with music overlayed on RD and the video part covering over RD. I stopped it. Video's that include an ad requirement for viewing get a big FAIL from me ,particularly when they stupidly start the ad part in the middle of the video and mux the two together in some horrible way.

Tue, 01 Dec 2009 20:26:00 UTC | #419106

Go to: Intelligence Squared Debate: Is Atheism the New Fundamentalism?

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the video didn't appear to work. the screen remained black but it simply took a long time to load and showed no progress bar. eventually it did load and begin playing.

Tue, 01 Dec 2009 01:09:00 UTC | #418669

Go to: Atheism is the new fundamentalism

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That's 9:45AM for me. Right in the middle of church services. Oh..wait...I don't go to church... nevermind...

Fri, 27 Nov 2009 23:27:00 UTC | #417481

Go to: Teach both evolution and creationism say 54% of Britons

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A poll is just a poll and often they distort more than they inform. Try asking the question "Do you think that superstitious beliefs should be taught along scientific truths in science classrooms?"

Mon, 26 Oct 2009 21:13:00 UTC | #408824

Go to: Mr. Deity and the Science Advisor

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I think the first post of this was much funnier.

Tue, 13 Oct 2009 14:06:00 UTC | #405335

Go to: Mr. Deity and the Science Advisor

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I was smiling big time throughout the skit and then when the banana came out I just laughed out loud. I've gotten a kick out of all of the skits but the use of contemporary figures with the dig at Ray C. made this the best episode thus far.

Mon, 12 Oct 2009 22:49:00 UTC | #405200

Go to: LIFE – New BBC One series narrated by Sir David Attenborough

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Thanks for the ordering links, but none are from the US Amazon and I continue to be unable to find a way to order it in the US. Perhaps it's not available yet? Anyone find a link on Amazon for the heathens in the colonies?

Sun, 11 Oct 2009 17:46:00 UTC | #404876

Go to: Bill O'Reilly vs. Atheist Richard Dawkins

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I was hoping RD would make the point that if one should provide the Christian story, one should also provide the Muslim story and the Hindu story and the Wiccan story, ad nauseum. I think that's an important point. Another important point that needs to be drilled home in these interviews/debates is that Evolution does not speak to creation - the creation of "us" and/or the universe. HOW we got here is not the question of evolution, it is the process of our development that evolution seeks to explain.
RD never fails to be interesting and the topic is always engaging. Less so for Bill O.

Sat, 10 Oct 2009 16:31:00 UTC | #404667

Go to: 'Design vs. Chance' by PZ Myers, AAI 2009

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It's a great time to be biology teacher. Creationists give the field of biology so much to work with. What a great lecture.

Sat, 10 Oct 2009 15:02:00 UTC | #404644

Go to: Atheist clubs are springing up in American high schools, warns head of US Catholic bishops

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Fundamentalist: "Believe as I believe or you go to hell for eternity after I kill you"

Atheist: "Personally I don't believe in god but each to their own as long as you don't want to kill me..."

Somehow I sense a difference...it's hard to pin it down...

Wed, 07 Oct 2009 23:59:00 UTC | #404233

Go to: LIFE – New BBC One series narrated by Sir David Attenborough

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I can't find it at Amazon. A link?

Tue, 06 Oct 2009 20:25:00 UTC | #403918

Go to: Aussies! Start your engines!

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Personally I don't see the problem with Bill. Atheists are atheists and you can't expect that lack of belief in a god to encompass skepticism and the ability to see past the stupidity of every claim made by every woo enthusiast. While I'm sure many atheists are staunch skeptics, real skepticism - the ability to ask the right questions and adherence to a predominantly scientific viewpoint, are often beyond the education and ability of many people. Hence atheists who believe in woo and become anti-vaxers or truthers or birthers. Atheists are really only bound by that single lack of belief.
Given that perspective - I don't personally care what Bill thinks (but his influence makes it a shame). As the organizer of a conference, however, I would not want -any- ignorant birther, anti-vax whacko or other person spouting their inspid nonsense. Here's some of what Bill M. is said to have said:
http://skeptico.blogs.com/skeptico/2005/12/drinking_the_an.html#comments

Tue, 06 Oct 2009 19:58:00 UTC | #403910

Go to: Richard Dawkins on Real Time with Bill Maher

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I have to think Richard must have walked away from this thinking 'why the bloody hell did I waste my time with this?'. Maher didn't make any particular use of RD and almost seemed to ignore him. I was quite disappointed in the show.

Mon, 05 Oct 2009 00:13:00 UTC | #403491

Go to: Ardi proves Darwin wrong!!

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These people, along with all the xian fundies aren't batshit crazy. Some are simply ignorant, as in the case of uneducated children who are taught stupid shit, or they are stupid, as in the case of adults that have been exposed to the evolutionary theory and choose to reject the information. I'm becoming less and less interested in this insanity. It's like trying to argue with a 6yr old child having a tantrum.

Sat, 03 Oct 2009 16:21:00 UTC | #403130

Go to: A hostile takeover of Zionism

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this could happen in the US. A few right wing presidents making edicts and appointing Supreme Court Justices would clear the way. neither the jews nor the muslims have any lock on radical fundamental beliefs so it behooves all rational people to try to fight this stupidity.

Sun, 27 Sep 2009 21:23:00 UTC | #401399

Go to: Feathered dinosaur fossils find has Chinese scientists all aflutter

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I very much doubt this is true. It would mean that life evolved over a long period of time and not the 6,000 years we know. Whoa! Must have been channeling a creationist for a moment! In all seriousness, at SOME point there has to be a creationist that says, "Ok, I give up. These discoveries make logical sense. I was wrong all this time." Maybe we need a web page for creationists that now "see the light".

Sat, 26 Sep 2009 15:45:00 UTC | #401079