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

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In other words: polio is Islamic.

Thu, 14 Jun 2012 00:25:30 UTC | #947290

Go to: Major Threat to Religion? Clergy People Coming Out as Atheists

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In the UK, the decline in numbers of ordained clergy is a genuine cause for concern for the "church".

However, in the US, where any arsehole can get him or herself called reverend or pastor, is it really going to make a difference?

Tue, 12 Jun 2012 00:39:27 UTC | #946963

Go to: Turf wars expose the rot within Holy See

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"I still believe that Catholicism is not that bad."

It all depends where, and when you, live.

Growing up in the UK in the 70s and 80s, and only ever having been to Catholic schools, my experience of Catholicism was rather benign, even in retrospect. So it is hardly surprising that I remained something of an apologist for quite a while after having drifted away from it, seeing it as the lesser of several evils.

My position on Catholicism grew increasingly negative over time, but it was Prof Dawkins who delivered a sudden, brutal coup de grâce with the excellent "Root of All Evil?". By the end of the first five minutes, I had already resolved never again to even identify as 'cultural Christian'.

That said, I have no bad memories of my time in the church. I guess I was one of the lucky ones.

Mon, 04 Jun 2012 02:10:32 UTC | #945385

Go to: How Texas Inflicts Bad Textbooks on Us

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I've said it before, and I'll say it again.

Secession: you know it makes sense.

Fri, 01 Jun 2012 00:31:24 UTC | #944877

Go to: Moody Bible Radio Discovers 'The Clergy Project' - interview with Teresa MacBain

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That was a tough listen - an obnoxious, smug presenter and a preposterous guest professor of bollocks.

I was listening as I was working, so I lost nothing, other than my train of thought a few times, but I would advise everyone else, not to bother.

Wed, 30 May 2012 02:43:22 UTC | #944360

Go to: Dawkins Foundation: Innovating for a Secular World. A Call to Action by Sean Faircloth, Madison, WI

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Comment 6 by xsjadolateralus :

HERE HERE, SEAN!

Are you praising Mr. Faircloth's excellent speech, or simply beckoning him?

Anyway, getting Mr. Faircloth onboard has proved to be a real coup for RDFRS.

Wed, 30 May 2012 00:44:02 UTC | #944343

Go to: Look Now for Venus to Cross the Sun, or Wait Another Century

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At the rate we are going, there may be no one around to view the next one, period.

A viewed the annular eclipse with my own naked eyes, (if you are going to look at it through a dark filter, you might as well watch it on TV), twas triffic. However, I assume that Venus, given its relative small size, will be obscured by the brightness of the sun and will have to be filtered in some way in order to be visible at all.

Tue, 29 May 2012 00:46:49 UTC | #944116

Go to: Full Length Talk - 'How To Tell You're An Atheist'

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Wow, two helpings of Dan in one day!

He also appears briefly on this week's The Digital Human

From around the 5'40" mark.

Thu, 24 May 2012 05:36:33 UTC | #943220

Go to: Full Length Talk - 'How To Tell You're An Atheist'

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Splendid!

Haven't heard anything from the good Professor in quite a while.

Thu, 24 May 2012 02:25:49 UTC | #943202

Go to: Ultra-Orthodox Jews Rally to Discuss Risks of Internet

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I despise everything these people stand for.

Does that make me an anti semite?

Wed, 23 May 2012 00:41:40 UTC | #943018

Go to: UPDATED: Why I want all our children to read the King James Bible

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Given that there is a finite set of quotes and cultural allusions originating from the Bibble, wouldn't it be better to just produce a "quick and dirty guide to the KJV"?

Mon, 21 May 2012 02:31:14 UTC | #942551

Go to: Bullying, lies, and discrimination aren't "religious liberty"

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Shouldn't Romney have gone to BYU?

Wed, 16 May 2012 04:15:08 UTC | #941770

Go to: Queen 'should remain Defender of the Faith' - BBC poll

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Comment 47 by Sample :

RE: Thankfully that doesn't seem to occur too often, these days. (Alternative Carpark)

Wishing you the best of health and a lot of joy! Long Live Queen Elizabeth! All the best from a loyal subject from a former colony! Zoe Lau, Hong Kong

From her Jubilee webpage; maybe it doesn't happen often there, either. :-j

Mike

Currently cringing uncontrollably.

Wed, 16 May 2012 04:02:07 UTC | #941762

Go to: Norway abolishes state sponsored Church of Norway

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Comment 9 by strangebrew :

Comment 8 by Nordic11

I believe this has more to do with their homogenous society than atheistic tendencies.

What exactly is homogenous about their society?

Seems the only tendencies they have are not to pay to much heed to tall tales of sky faeries and so forth!

Sad though it is, societal homogeneity is a big factor in having high social capital. The Scandinavian countries and places like Japan are prime examples. Low religiosity seems to be another.

Wed, 16 May 2012 02:17:41 UTC | #941747

Go to: Queen 'should remain Defender of the Faith' - BBC poll

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Comment 42 by aquilacane :

There should be no Queen. Her existence is an insult to every living person. Born superior, fuck off. I am not your subject.

Indeed. I don't care if the Queen considers me to be one of her 'subjects', that is her prerogative, but makes me cringe is when other people refer to themselves as being a subject. Thankfully that doesn't seem to occur too often, these days.

Wed, 16 May 2012 02:04:59 UTC | #941745

Go to: Queen 'should remain Defender of the Faith' - BBC poll

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The Queen as defender of the faith?

I reckon I could take the Queen - she IS getting on a bit. I could snatch the faith off her and bury it in a hole in the ground somewhere, where it would take decades to find - even using faith detectors - thus breaking the chain of indoctrination and allowing religiosity to die simply through population turnover like so many other societal ills before it.

Wed, 16 May 2012 02:01:06 UTC | #941742

Go to: Scientific evidence proves why healers see the 'aura' of people

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Bollocks. I find synæsthesia fascinating, but I doubt most of these clowns have ever even heard of it. And even if they had, I don't think they would like to have their perceived powers written off as a genuine physiological anomaly. Anyway, if this was indeed the case, it could quite easily be tested for. I believe it the Amazing Randi himself who conducted a test to disprove auras.

As I remember it, he set up 6 or so screens just high enough to obscure a person standing behind it, and only half of the screens actually had anyone standing behind them. As a person's aura presumably extends beyond their body, it should be "visible" above the screen and, therefore, it should be trivial for someone who claims to be able to see auras to determine which screens had someone standing behind them.

The results were the same as you would expect from pure chance.

Anyone interested in synæsthesia should try and track down the interesting BBC documentary "Derek tastes of earwax", featuring, though not presented by, the splendid VS Ramachandran.

Wed, 16 May 2012 01:53:46 UTC | #941741

Go to: Should Churches Get Tax Breaks?

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Oh, good lord, no!

Fri, 11 May 2012 00:42:27 UTC | #940947

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

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An interesting piece, indeed.

What I would honestly be interested in is a followup study looking into the effect, if any, the "coming-out" of these ministers as non-believers has had on their congregations. Has the only reaction been one of hostility and ostracism, or has it given some members of the flock real pause? If their, presumably highly-respected, local vicar of Christ, whom they held up as being closer to god than themselves, is no longer convinced, has this set them on their own path towards losing interest in Jewish mythology?

Mon, 07 May 2012 00:37:59 UTC | #940230

Go to: The Consolation of Philosophy

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How does one become a philosopher anyway? What exactly are the qualifications required?

Didn't Bruce Lee, of all people, once say that the reason he was studying philosophy at college was so he could "think deep and meaningful thoughts about unemployment".

VS Ramachandran, maintains that philosophy will soon be obsolete; I look forward to that day.

Tue, 01 May 2012 01:32:49 UTC | #938522

Go to: From Minister To Atheist: A Story Of Losing Faith

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What took her so long?

Can't people like Theresa get re-skilled and find jobs as social workers, or something?

Tue, 01 May 2012 00:53:28 UTC | #938516

Go to: Faith: A Barrier to Rational Thought (Podcast)

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A very enjoyable interview indeed.

Wed, 25 Apr 2012 04:33:49 UTC | #937129

Go to: In defence of obscure words

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Is newspeak inevitable?

Tue, 24 Apr 2012 00:42:23 UTC | #936859

Go to: Group blasts Marine Corps for reviving 'Crusaders' name and symbols

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The military on the whole is rather juvenile in my opinion.

Mon, 23 Apr 2012 00:20:13 UTC | #936564

Go to: Sri Lankan held for "witchcraft" in Saudi Arabia

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The US, and many European countries, should be ashamed for publicly stating the Saudi Arabia, far from being a pariah of the highest order, is in fact an ally.

I cannot think of a more cowardly gesture. I have no doubt that many leaders not directly on the House of Saud's payroll secretly despise there Arab overlords, and are merely keeping up the pretense lest the oily spigot be shut off. Nevertheless, ANY time a government official in a democratic country publicly feels the need to reaffirm ties with Arabia Deserta, they should be duly pilloried for their sniveling cowardice.

Fun Chop-Chop facts:

  • Executees? are often drugged to keep them docile prior to their impending decapitation.

  • Their blood is also drained somewhat beforehand too, presumably to make the post-beheading cleanup easier.

  • If a, justifiably alarmed, executee simply refuses to stop fidgetting, it is customary to get a knife and give them a quick cut across the back of the neck, causing them to stiffen up, thus facilitating the knocking-off of their block.

  • Fri, 20 Apr 2012 02:03:01 UTC | #935899

    Go to: How Sexual Prudery Makes America a Less Healthy and Happy Place

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    America is the Christian mirror image of the Islamic world, in so many ways.

    Perhaps if this were pointed out to them more...

    Wed, 18 Apr 2012 06:07:08 UTC | #935399

    Go to: Pell, Dawkins wage battle of belief

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    All I can say is that Professor Dawkins has the patience of a, er, saint.

    Tue, 10 Apr 2012 07:34:52 UTC | #933571

    Go to: Pell, Dawkins wage battle of belief

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    Damn, the audience is driving me insane, and I'm only listening to it. Perhaps I'll "watch" it later, and let their stupid faces really push me over the edge....

    Tue, 10 Apr 2012 06:43:27 UTC | #933559

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

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    Canberra is a very nice little city. Mostly embassies and the houses of parliament. Visited there twice in one week. Don't ask why.

    Tue, 10 Apr 2012 00:42:15 UTC | #933494

    Go to: Russel Blackford reviews Attack of the Theocrats

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    Comment 2 by EvidenceOnly :

    I talk about the separation of "state and superstition" which points to what churches really are: bastions of superstition.

    Perfect!

    Has a better ring to it, is more descriptive and has enough of an edge to make people take notice.

    Fri, 30 Mar 2012 00:33:04 UTC | #931264