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Go to: Church puts Pat Tillman on a Christian cross for Memorial Day

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Tue, 29 May 2012 07:04:32 UTC | #944165

Go to: Mencken week: Day 2

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Actually I've rather liked Mencken ever since I met him for the first time in "Inherit the Wind". I just thought in "Mencken week" Hitchens' opinion of him was interesting!

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Mon, 21 May 2012 09:53:42 UTC | #942590

Go to: Mencken week: Day 2

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And then there is this:

“How did one of America's seemingly great rationalists and modernists come to regard Roosevelt as more worthy of condemnation than Hitler? The answer, on the evidence of this and other studies, is that Mencken was a German nationalist, an insecure small-town petit bourgeois, a childless hypochondriac with what seems on the evidence of these pages to have been a room-temperature libido, an antihumanist as much as an atheist, a man prone to the hyperbole and sensationalism he distrusted in others and not as easy with the modern world and its many temptations and diversions as he liked it to be supposed.”

Christopher Hitchens,

(Book review of 'The Skeptic: A Life of H. L. Mencken' (2002) by Terry Teachout)

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Mon, 21 May 2012 06:19:34 UTC | #942573

Go to: Mencken week: Day 2

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One incongruous belief I can never escape: in my mind Mencken will always look like Gene Kelly.

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Mon, 21 May 2012 05:53:13 UTC | #942571

Go to: [Update - statement from CfI ]Secular Group Charges Michigan Country Club with Religious Discrimination

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Seems to me a private golf club booked a speaker then cancelled because they didn't like something he later said on TV.

No doubt the courts will decide.

"Chicks" in Augusta would seem to be the reddest of red herrings (which is a jumbled metaphor if ever I saw one!)

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Fri, 27 Apr 2012 22:55:51 UTC | #937842

Go to: [Update - statement from CfI ]Secular Group Charges Michigan Country Club with Religious Discrimination

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Comment 3 by davidckahn

Surely, they reneged on a contract?

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Fri, 27 Apr 2012 22:37:55 UTC | #937836

Go to: Indian skeptic charged with "blasphemy" for revealing secret behind "miracle" of weeping cross

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Just for the record, this was in today’s “Times of India”

"MUMBAI: The Juhu police have registered anFIR against president of the Indian Rationalist Association (IRA) Sanal Edamaruku under Section 295 (defiling place of worship with intent to insult the religion of any class) of the Indian Penal Code.

The police have called him for questioning.

The Organisation of Concerned Catholics (OCC) and the Catholic Secular Forum (CSF) had lodged complaints against Sanal at the Juhu andAndheri police stations.

Sanal had come to the city recently to investigate the issue of water dripping from a cross at Irla. Sanal, whose trip was sponsored by a TV channel, had said that the phenomenon was not a miracle and caused by capillary action.

OCC members said they were not upset with Sanal for saying the phenomenon was not a miracle. They were hurt by statements he allegedly made against the Pope and Catholic clergy. "

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Mon, 16 Apr 2012 16:32:07 UTC | #935080

Go to: Update - Sanal Edamaruku under attack for exposing Catholic "miracle"

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Sanal Edamaruku has again shown how gullible the religious can be, and he has for years done splendid work exposing fraudsters of all sorts, "holy men" who could live without eating or drinking or put him to death by chanting magic words, for instance.

But just for a moment, let me play devil's advocate. How real is this alleged harassment? Who exactly filed the petitions against him? The church? civic leaders? any aggrieved idiot who wandered into a police station? What actions have the police actually taken? What charges does he face? I'm asking for evidence...

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Fri, 13 Apr 2012 09:43:11 UTC | #934366

Go to: The ‘God wars’ and the Global Atheist Convention

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It's easy, really.

He isn't writing for thinking people; he doesn't care what "we" say.

He's writing for the faithful. They love this kind of thing!

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Mon, 02 Apr 2012 09:26:54 UTC | #931842

Go to: Four Bad Reasons to Believe Anything

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Its motives and reasoning may be immaculate, but its greatest sin is that it's so badly written.

ev-love.

Tue, 20 Mar 2012 08:02:04 UTC | #928861

Go to: Melvyn Bragg attacks Richard Dawkins' 'atheist fundamentalism'

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“Nothing is more dangerous to reason than the flights of the imagination, and nothing has been the occasion of more mistakes among philosophers."

David Hume (“ Of the sceptical and other systems of philosophy”)

In that passage on aboriginal people Richard is quoting philosopher of science, Kim Sterelney, and cannot by any stretch of the imagination be said to be sneering at aboriginal peoples.

I’ve always been rather fond of Melvyn, and especially fond one year at Hay, when he was clearly pissed; now he has so misrepresented what Richard Dawkins actually says, his being pissed would seem the only valid excuse!

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Wed, 14 Mar 2012 15:10:11 UTC | #926964

Go to: Catholicism, Contraception and Secular Morality at Notre Dame by Sean Faircloth

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How long before they call him shrill and strident?

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Thu, 01 Mar 2012 10:49:41 UTC | #923406

Go to: Church 'does not own marriage'

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"Words don't have intrinsic meaning. They are ours to use for the benefit of others. Not long ago in the USA the word 'marriage' meant a union of man and woman of the same race. There was exactly the same reaction to extending marriage to cover mixed-race unions as you express. Fortunately 'political correctness' won."

Thank you for that, Steve Zara!

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Sat, 25 Feb 2012 15:13:08 UTC | #921822

Go to: What is the proper place for religion in Britain's public life?- [Also in Polish]

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Comment 34 by mmurray

Thank you, Michael,

Mea culpa: I stand corrected.

Raiko, I apologise

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Sun, 19 Feb 2012 11:48:42 UTC | #919562

Go to: What is the proper place for religion in Britain's public life?- [Also in Polish]

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Comment 21 by Raiko

Raiko, who do you think wrote the second letter?

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Sun, 19 Feb 2012 11:34:07 UTC | #919557

Go to: The Sins of the Fathers [Also in Polish]

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Are there no depths these people will sink to?

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Sat, 18 Feb 2012 13:13:33 UTC | #919185

Go to: Jon Stewart Rips Fox News Christians For Comparing Obama Birth Control Mandate To Nazi Germany (VIDEO)

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Let's hope we'll all be able to see it soon!

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Fri, 17 Feb 2012 16:15:18 UTC | #918883

Go to: The Devil, the internet, Richard Dawkins and God

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I thought it must be a parody.

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Fri, 17 Feb 2012 12:50:51 UTC | #918765

Go to: Bideford Town Council prayers ruled unlawful

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Tinkerbell fans: banned from clapping "to show belief in fairies" at council meetings. Scandal!

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Fri, 10 Feb 2012 18:18:31 UTC | #916322

Go to: [Update YouTube Part 2 added]-Richard Dawkins Interviews Rabbi Tamara Kolton

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Tue, 10 Jan 2012 09:19:56 UTC | #906817

Go to: Evolution, Christmas and the Atonement

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"Evolution's gift is a complex brain that endows humanity with free will, "

Oh dear!

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Sat, 24 Dec 2011 12:17:38 UTC | #902367

Go to: Power corrupts, especially when it lacks status

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“ …The oppressor's wrong, the proud man's contumely, The pangs of despised love, the law's delay, The insolence of office and the spurns That patient merit of the unworthy takes….”

1599

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Fri, 23 Sep 2011 08:52:48 UTC | #874255

Go to: In superstition we trust

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Once I looked forward to more from Pat Condell.

Now I find my admiration for him is greatly exceeded by his own.

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Mon, 12 Sep 2011 08:39:48 UTC | #869612

Go to: Austrian driver's religious headgear strains credulity

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Oh, I see: he is claiming to be a 'Pastafarian', so in this context "self-confessed atheist" is correct. sorry!

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Wed, 13 Jul 2011 13:43:17 UTC | #849352

Go to: Austrian driver's religious headgear strains credulity

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"Self-confessed" ?

Wed, 13 Jul 2011 13:26:16 UTC | #849344

Go to: Muslim "Children of a Lesser God?"

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Of the first twelve comments, at least nine condemned this article as what the Pic calls "pretty lame right wing bullshit", yet in comment 13 "mono-theist" cries shame that it appeared on this site at all!

I'd invite him to rethink, but my guess is he didn't do much thinking in the first place.

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Mon, 20 Jun 2011 07:27:21 UTC | #640726

Go to: Atheist soldiers remembered on Memorial Day

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There weren’t so many believers in the trenches of 1914-18, either.

This is Robert Graves in “Goodbye To All That”:

“Hardly one soldier in a hundred was inspired by religious feeling of even the crudest kind. It would have been difficult to remain religious in the trenches even if one survived the irreligion of the training battalion at home.”

Graves told of one sergeant who said it was all “damn nonsense” that when wayside shrines were shot at, the figure of Jesus somehow never got hurt: and he went on: “This was his explanation why, when giving practice fire orders from the hill-top, he had shouted, unaware that I stood behind him: “Seven hundred, half left, bloke on cross. Five rounds, concentrate, FIRE!”

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Tue, 31 May 2011 17:08:54 UTC | #632706

Go to: Don't let religion hijack the Bible, says Richard Dawkins

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"YES! Sorry Keats, and thanks ex-love. But it does make my point that you can't understand English literature unless you know the bible!"

Agreed!

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Thu, 19 May 2011 08:02:57 UTC | #628317

Go to: Don't let religion hijack the Bible, says Richard Dawkins

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“amid the alien corn”

Keats may be feeling just a little miffed!

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Thu, 19 May 2011 07:28:51 UTC | #628310

Go to: Richard Dawkins & Daniel Dennett vs. Francis Collins & Benjamin Carson - Science and Faith

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"Argumentum ad hominem" is the logical fallacy of attempting to undermine an argument by attacking the speaker instead of addressing the argument. That's what far too many people have done on this thread.

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Mon, 31 Jan 2011 14:01:10 UTC | #586282