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capetownian's Avatar Jump to comment 28 by capetownian

I think you are all missing the point here! What they claim with reference to Jebus etc., has to be said in order to validate their business, which as we know ,is a very lucrative "business". They will keep on with their illogical bullshit to protect their financial interests - regardless of what we say here or in any other forum. Listening to what some priests have said, after publicly admitting to losing their "faith", it is fairly obvious that there are many more out there who would to, but are unable to do anything about it - financial and/or fear of retribution and exclusion from their families and communities... We all know that this can only start to change if children are not indoctrinated by parents and religious authorities - and this process is unlikely to succeed as long as the tight control exercised by these same authorities keeps the real truth at bay. That's my rant for the day - this whole frustrating issue gets a bit too much at times!

Thu, 14 Jun 2012 07:44:39 UTC | #947342

Go to: A Religious Military? Spiritual Fitness Test or Rationality Fitness Test?

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How come this doesn't get into main stream media? Why aren't Editors raising the issue of the separation of church and state as written in the Constitution? Why does this not get taken to the highest Courts in the USA? Words fail me....If the challenge of evolution and creation has already been settled in Court when raised by the the fundies at school level, why can't this bullshit be challenged...? I am not a local; living on the other side of the world, so I apologise if I don't fully understand the implications.

Wed, 13 Jun 2012 13:55:09 UTC | #947201

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I thought this might be an opportunity to bring to your attention another matter concerning the plight of an endangered species. As a regular supporter of Care2 Petition Site I recently received a request from their website to endorse a petition addressed to the people of the tiny island of Escudo de Veraguas. (off the coast of Panama). This island with its red mangrove swamps is home to the three toed Pygmy Sloth. It is estimated that 80% of the population has been decimated by human activity and there are only approx 100 survivors. Can I ask members of this forum to add their support to this petition?

Tue, 12 Jun 2012 07:55:57 UTC | #947005

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See what odds the bookies will give you....Lol!!

Fri, 04 May 2012 12:17:49 UTC | #939621

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Christianity is a business - Atheism is a threat to that business. They will block any attempt to associate Atheism with anything that flies in the face of their preferred belief system. People like Billy Graham have made fortunes out of tele-evangelicallyl brain washing of millions of poorly educated, ignorant and superstitious individuals, not only in the USA, but across the world. Christopher Hitchens had the right idea - he called them out and castigated them for the unadulterated bullshit they spread! We need to find somebody to continue where he left off....

Wed, 28 Mar 2012 14:34:28 UTC | #930939

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Comment 3 by Yanquetino refers:

"MORmONS - the second 'm' is silent - I thought everyone knew that!" - this from a comment on the "Evolution is True" website. Very apt, I think....

Tue, 28 Feb 2012 14:01:27 UTC | #922789

Go to: Christianity deserves better worshippers

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Cameron is just another cynical political opportunist.... They use religion to garner votes when required - but I reckon most would fail a polygraph test if asked directly about belief in the Christian "God" and and all the supernatural delusions that go with it!

Tue, 27 Dec 2011 06:27:22 UTC | #902913

Go to: Rick Perry, our Radiant Pope, & Faircloth's Law of Political Conversion

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Politicians - cynical opportunists - fool some of the people some of the time, but not all of the people all of the time....

Mon, 12 Dec 2011 05:30:39 UTC | #898085

Go to: Religion reduces science literacy in America

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This is why we as a group should be united in motivating schools in our cities to introduce as essential reading matter books like "The Magic of Reality". I have approached the local education authorities (provincial and national) to consider this - and am hoping to find others like myself to reinforce this strategy. I also circulate information obtained here to friends and family, again in the hope that, as I was influenced by the writings of prominent Atheists, a seed is planted that is simply not that easy to ignore.....

Tue, 06 Dec 2011 07:39:37 UTC | #896056

Go to: [UPDATE - iPad app]UK & US release info - The Magic of Reality

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I placed my order with a local online supplier and was advised it would arrive by the end of October. Should be one of the first to obtain a copy locally. Of more interest to members and this site is that I requested our local Provincial Education Department ( Western Cape - South Africa) to evaluate the book as to its suitability for inclusion in the primary school curriculum. I received a positive response and asked to be kept up to date with the results of their decision. Would like to know if any other members have tried a similar approach.....

Wed, 12 Oct 2011 15:31:56 UTC | #880171

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Ah! The power of prayer.... Didn't I read somewhere that Rick Perry got together with the "faithful" at some place in Texas to pray for rain months ago? But the drought got worse! Now, is he a cynical political opportunist or a deluded "believer"? (I know the Muslims have got that covered with the expression:"God Willing!" but not the Christian Fundies....? Help me somebody...I live in RSA, so not to familiar with politics and religion in the USA.

Sat, 01 Oct 2011 14:46:56 UTC | #876935

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A lying cynical opportunist!!

I would like to add my voice to that of RDfan - please consider including South Africa in your future plans, Richard! Waiting for my copy of 'The Magic of Reality" and I know there are others too, down here at the tip of Africa. Cape Town's calling.....

Thu, 22 Sep 2011 15:13:20 UTC | #873973

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Comment 37 Alan4discussion I left school a long time ago, and biology was not one of my strong points! The introduction of the internet has brought an explosion of knowledge to the fore for many individuals like me, and forums like this one have been the most enlightening when it comes to understanding the evolution of life on this planet. In my initial attempts to figure out the process of natural adaption a simple analogy came to mind and I would welcome comment if this makes sense. The developement of calluses on my hands, which I experienced as a result of exercising with weights and barbells, got me thinking about the why the body did this - and it is pretty logical - the skin had to thicken or there would be constant damage and bleeding... Now,if generations of descendants were to continue along this path would we not eventually have skin in those areas affected much thicker then the surrounding regions? Is this not a simplistic explanation for the manifest changes we have seen in the evolution of species over countless millions of years? The environment that we live in bringing about those gradual changes essential for survival....

Mon, 05 Sep 2011 13:24:06 UTC | #867452

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This information comes at a cost - why is it not possible when sharing the information gleaned to have a fee involved? My simple mind says that when I want to seek knowledge there is financial component to it! Somebody paid for the time spent on the R & D....? Whatever Mankind benefits from the efforts of individuals and countries should not be freely available to all and sundry. Or is that rather naive?

Tue, 26 Jul 2011 16:15:19 UTC | #854299

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On the subject of holocausts (and genocide) one only has to listen to the video clip of one of Christopher Hitchen's "greatest rants" relating to the role played by the Catholic Church in the atrocities committed in Rwanda/Burundi - in recent time! God is not great - religion does poison everything.

Tue, 26 Jul 2011 07:56:15 UTC | #854120

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Hell, I live in Cape Town and the same problem exists here - and probably everywhere this religion practices it's particular brand of mental poison! I don't think you have to be a rocket scientist to figure why the hierarchy are trying to whitewash it - this has been going on for centuries - probably back to the 4th century AD - and it stands to reason that the current bunch of bishops, cardinals etc., were involved while in their terms as young priests - so they really have no choice, do they?

Thu, 19 May 2011 14:50:31 UTC | #628457

Go to: Stephen Hawking: 'There is no heaven; it's a fairy story'

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In the Guardian article, the author refers to, what the chief Rabbi there calls: " an elementary fallacy of logic" on Hawking's behalf. Could someone please clue me in to what exactly he's talking about. Seeing that we all understand that there is no logic in religion...!

Tue, 17 May 2011 05:32:58 UTC | #627420

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What about the fundamental human rights of all the innocent kids their paedophile priests raped and abused...!!! What has been made public is just the tip of the iceberg. Trying to draw attention away from the biggest scandal of their existence. Every official in that organisation who has had contact with underage children during the course of their "careers' from the pope down should undergo a lie detector tests - that would make interesting reading! An organisation of fruitcakes and cynical opportunists that should be isolated from minors and increasingly ignored by international bodies. That's my wish for the future!

Fri, 25 Mar 2011 07:53:41 UTC | #606841

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Yes, as was stated above, it certainly helps to have commtited and suitably indoctrinated soldiers under your command, but it also flies in the face of the Constitution and should be attacked at every level with the support the Government. Of course politicians, especially in the US, are very aware of the religious rightwing and will probably drag their feet on this issue. At least the Bush family are out of the equation!

Fri, 18 Mar 2011 13:10:51 UTC | #604341

Go to: Does science have all the answers?

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Comment 28 by Steve Zara refers

In your penultimate paragraph you make the statement :" There are also deep questions that need asking about subjects such as consciousness." I thought it might be worth noting, that in his book "The Greatest Show On Earth" Richard Dawkins says, and I quote ( page 402) " ...brains were naturally selected to increase in capacity and power for utilitarian reasons, until those higher faculties of intellect and spirit emerged as a by-product, and blossomed in the cultural environment provided by group living and language." Perhaps I'm missing something here ; if consciousness is an evolving process, what deep questions would be a concern? Help me here.....

Fri, 18 Mar 2011 12:56:52 UTC | #604337

Go to: Dawkins and Grayling: can there be evidence for god?

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So, if that lump of rock that collided with our planet 65 million years ago ( apart from all the other mass extinctions) hadn't occured, and our early mammalian ancestors didn't have that evolutionary opportunity, would we still be here today discussing these topics.....and, oh yes! Lake Toba 70000 years ago leaving just a small gene pool to survive (anything quoted from 600 to 4000 individuals) from whom we all owe our existence! I really can't get my around all this bullshit that is constantly debated about supernatural nonsense! We could all disappear almost overnight - it only takes a supernovae explosion within a few thousand light years of our solar system. And no advance warning!! That's my short rant for the day...

Wed, 16 Mar 2011 08:22:46 UTC | #603397

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Their time will come - so will China's. As the saying goes: " You can fool some of the people some of the time, you can fool all of the people some of the time; but you can't fool ALL of the people ALL of the time!" Maybe simplistic, but most of the communist world failed, and so will religions who fail to see that educated and knowledgeable people will ultimately dismiss all religion in the same way we have.

Fri, 11 Mar 2011 11:54:14 UTC | #601354

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Bloody oxygen thieves!! There is one thing in our favour - the youth are increasingly disillusioned with religion and the idea that its all about the "next life". I think that technology, with the advances of social networks on the internet, is spreading knowledge and ideas that are foreign to these fundamentalists and a threat to their grip on power!

Fri, 11 Mar 2011 11:45:29 UTC | #601350

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This man has a paying job - was indoctrinated into the Jewish faith from an early age, like his fore fathers for centuries - what do we expect him to say? How can he understand our being thoroughly pissed off with religion? His brain has been rewired. I put it to you Rabbi - if you had grown up in a normal environment without the slightest mention of religion or god, just plain old fact verified science, you would react like many of us do - and we ( well some of us anyway) think you are an intelligent man and therefore cannot understand why you haven't seen the real LIGHT of enlightenment, like we have.....many of us also coming from organised religious backgrounds. A point I would like to hear comments on, from anybody on this forum ( I am not a local so don't always fully understand the UK political scene) concerns the situation regarding the unelected " Bishops" sitting in the Legislature. How does this continue when is is obvious that the numbers of the "faithful" are declining yearly, and a referendum on this issue would surely result in their ultimate demise? Is there not enough interest to start lobbying your local politicians?

Fri, 11 Mar 2011 11:31:36 UTC | #601346

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Christopher Hitchens says it so well: "What can be asserted without evidence can be dismissed without proof!" I fear that much of humankind, indoctrinated from childhood by organised religion and their parents,and unable to accept the finality of death, will continue to support the sky fairy stories. I am pretty new to this forum so please forgive me if I am preaching to the converted, but I would think a common goal should surely be to work towards eliminating any form of religious instruction during the formative years. Much of the comment in these columns,quite correctly, is extremely critical of organised religion, but the number of " believers" who would bother to participate in argument supporting their points of view are mostly absent... Sorry if this appears to be a bit of a rant, but it comes from a good deal of frustration driven by constantly having to read the drivel perpetuated by cynical opportunists who never seem short of exposure in tne main stream media because they happen to be a priest,iman,rabbi,reverend. bishop,cardinal,pope, etc.,etc.,!

Tue, 18 Jan 2011 06:54:45 UTC | #580228

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I would also like to know why A C Grayling didn't make the list... As a more recent advocate of atheism I am also indebted to Richard Dawkins and Christopher Hitchens for their contribution, through books and live debates, providing true enlightenment to my life!

Sat, 15 Jan 2011 13:43:01 UTC | #578810

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There is a case which was brought before a South African court (involving a major player in the private hospital business here - Netcare), concerning Israeli citizens receiving organs from Brazilian and East Eurpoean donors. As this is an illegal practice here both the Hospital and the Doctors involved were charged. This took place some 8 or 9 years ago... The chief executive officer of Netcare is Dr. Richard Friedland and this matter dragged on until finalisation last year.

Reminds me of the time when as a young immature adult (gentile at the time!) boarding with an elderly Jewish couple in P.E., I was told by the lady of the house that my friendship with her son did not extend to dating the jewish girls in his circle. Which or course was a rather hypocritical position as her son and his male friends were into as many gentile girls as possible,who they obviously were not going to marry......!

Thu, 13 Jan 2011 15:16:04 UTC | #577760

Go to: Todd Stiefel at the American Humanist Association

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Hi Joe2Me2, I'd like to suggest that you include in your reading and research the book by Professor Richard Dawkins:"The Greatest Show on Earth - The Evidence For Evolution" It is written in an easily understandable format for most of us laymen and should go a long way to answering your questions! I would also like to tell you an interesting story about how evolution and the adaptability of animals to changes in their environment occurs, right now and in our current lifespan. Here, where I live on the African continent, elephants are hunted for their tusks (ivory has considerable value!) With the exception of those countries where the authorities exercise adequate control over their wild life, poaching is rife. What we are seeing within the African elephant population in these areas is that the population of elephants endowed with long (and therefore valuable tusks) is shrinking, and increasing numbers of males are now maturing with much shorter ones! The reason for this is the affirmation of exactly what I said above: Those elephants who have the genes responsible for passing on to their offspring their longer tusks are not getting sufficient opportunities to mate before falling to the poachers' guns, whilst their cousins with the shorter tusks (who are not that sort after) enjoy far more opportunities to engage in procreation, thus increasing the numbers of their offspring who carry the genes for shorter tusks! Interesting, not so? ...You see, once you have joined the true "Enlightened", it all starts to fall in place and you may feel, as I did, a great weight lifting off my shoulders and how much more interesting and fascinating life can become. The constant urge to know more about this incredible Universe we live in, with all the exciting information that scientists are coming up with, on an almost daily basis. Good luck!

Sun, 05 Dec 2010 07:54:31 UTC | #558687

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Quite we are debating our origins, when the simple fact that we can do so seems to have been missed.....if that rather large lump of rock hadn't wiped out the Dinosaurs 65 million years ago, who's to say our mammalian ancestors would ever have had the chance to prosper resulting in our moving to the top of the food chain.... One everage size rock in the goldilocks zone of an average star system in the outer suburbs of a galaxy of billions of stars, one of billions of galaxies in the known universe, and with all the other useful assists for life to develop here - and there are people who argue that this is "gods" plan!! Get real...

Fri, 03 Dec 2010 06:54:56 UTC | #557677

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Comment 24 by nwong

Someone in my family (since deceased) used to use the expression:"no matter how thin you slice it, it's still baloney", which is self-explanatory, and goes a long way to describing the belief systems of the religious! I really enjoy this forum, and it is so refreshing to read the comments on some of the more ridiculous statements and positions taken by political and religious figures in the U.K. and the U.S.A.; rather lacking in my part of the world with homophobia raising its ugly head in many parts of Africa!

Fri, 03 Dec 2010 05:57:18 UTC | #557664