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Go to: Military Blocks Atheist Efforts to Feed Homeless

ocallaghanbohrdt's Avatar Jump to comment 10 by ocallaghanbohrdt

BlockquoteComment 9 by Metamag More of this please, more atheist stridency and "militancy" everywhere. It works in our favor Blockquote

Yes, and include Pat Condell's latest classic for discussion here on RDnet too please.

Wed, 28 Mar 2012 07:08:36 UTC | #930895

Go to: Chaplain Demands Atheists Canceled At Fort Bragg - Chaplain Thinks Organizers Want to Set Fire to Churches

ocallaghanbohrdt's Avatar Jump to comment 15 by ocallaghanbohrdt

After lying for Jesus will we have arson for Jesus?

Sacrifice a church or two near the event, and blame the atheists.

I would post a few atheist guards to thwart the blighters.

Thu, 15 Mar 2012 11:58:04 UTC | #927434

Go to: Atheists likely to outnumber Christians in England in 20 years

ocallaghanbohrdt's Avatar Jump to comment 39 by ocallaghanbohrdt

re Comment 31 Stephen of Wimbledon I immediately smelled a religious rat while reading this article - thanks for exposing it so well

Sat, 10 Mar 2012 21:22:42 UTC | #925972

Go to: A brutal price still paid for daring to challenge faith

ocallaghanbohrdt's Avatar Jump to comment 23 by ocallaghanbohrdt

I think there is a vulnerability in the goddist's side which might be exploited - Baroness Warsi being the Conservative Party chairperson, and Cameron having said 'Britain does God' we might advantageously tarnish the whole Conservative Party with their pro-religious statements.

If instead of saying 'Baroness Warsi says...' we always say something along the lines of

'Religious hardliners within the Conservative Party say...'

'A spokesperson for the Conservative Party said...'

'Leaders of the Conservative Party want...'

'The Conservative policy to promote the interests of religious fundamentalists requires...'

It's one thing for Cameron to 'flirt' with the religionists to get a few extra votes, quite another to get his whole party mired by association, as the Republicans have done in the States. It would be a serious threat to the Party, especially in the light of the MORI poll results, and over time he would be forced to distance himself and the Party from the Godmilitants.

Thu, 23 Feb 2012 08:18:21 UTC | #920958


ocallaghanbohrdt's Avatar Jump to comment 75 by ocallaghanbohrdt

comment 73 by eanassir -


Sat, 11 Feb 2012 13:36:40 UTC | #916616

Go to: Saying "Merry Christmas" worse than killing someone

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Put like that, the wife-beating thing is starting to make sense.

Still got my doubts about the 'Merry Christmas' though, but I'm open to persuasion.

And yes, a white Christmas is just what the Arabs need to convince them of Jesus' message.


'Thank God' for Christopher Hitchens

Mon, 26 Dec 2011 19:01:02 UTC | #902795

Go to: In Memoriam: Christopher Hitchens, 1949–2011

ocallaghanbohrdt's Avatar Jump to comment 333 by ocallaghanbohrdt

Having Hitch was like having a big brother who gave you courage showed you stuff.

Christopher, you were a Grand Opera. You were larger than life.

Thank you for all the riches you shared with us.

Ni bheidh a leitheid ann aris.

Fri, 16 Dec 2011 19:17:15 UTC | #899947

Go to: To XMAS And Beyond!

ocallaghanbohrdt's Avatar Jump to comment 30 by ocallaghanbohrdt

As a child I read that the X-abbreviation was originally a cross, and was respectfully used (along with many other abbreviation-conventions in Latin tracts) to save vellum. It was supposed to have changed to X later. I have no idea of the source, but it sounds plausible to me that the convenience started as something safely venerative, and then drifted.

Wed, 14 Dec 2011 20:25:34 UTC | #898979

Go to: Catholic School Contradictions.

ocallaghanbohrdt's Avatar Jump to comment 12 by ocallaghanbohrdt

The probability that you will meet a talking frog is zero.

Don't frogs 'talk' to other frogs?! (so to speak)

Mon, 30 May 2011 18:49:21 UTC | #632434

Go to: 'One of the most terrifying rhetoricians the world has seen'

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nancynancy : I think this article would have been a much stronger tribute to our Hitch if Amis had edited out his proselytizing for agnosticism.

And shamelessly pointing out which of his (Amis's)books we ought to buy when Christopher dies.

Utterly crass. Friend of Hitch indeed.

Mon, 25 Apr 2011 22:13:33 UTC | #619422

Go to: Woman, know thy place

ocallaghanbohrdt's Avatar Jump to comment 52 by ocallaghanbohrdt

The last paragraph should be carved in stone and displayed on every public building!

Thu, 14 Apr 2011 09:17:36 UTC | #615359

Go to: Woman, know thy place

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Brilliant Paula. Last paragraph is iconic.

Wed, 13 Apr 2011 23:09:59 UTC | #615197

Go to: T-shirt slogans that do not offend

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We are all born atheists!

Fri, 21 Jan 2011 11:33:01 UTC | #581971

Go to: The 25 Most Influential Living Atheists

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Pat Condell is in my top ten.

Fri, 14 Jan 2011 23:25:06 UTC | #578572

Go to: Told my parents I am an atheist...

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He said he wouldn't like it if a religious fundamentalists tried to convert him and that he felt the same way about atheism.

A religious fundameltalist did try (and succeeded) to convert him. He was born an atheist...

Fri, 22 Oct 2010 12:38:54 UTC | #537207

Go to: Questions for my Los Angeles talk

ocallaghanbohrdt's Avatar Jump to comment 82 by ocallaghanbohrdt

A comment made by Nunbeliever 10 days ago convinced me that atheism would benefit from a shift of emphasis - one closer to its rational kernal, and which has potentially a wider and more significant influence; and which releases it from being somewhat tied emotively to the apron strings of religion.

My question would be 'Is it time to shift the emphasis of atheism?' according to Nunbelievers argument, quoted below. (my cuts... ...)

Comment 38 by Nunbeliever (21st Sept 2010 in 'Hitchens and Berlinski debate religion'

Is it time to distance ourselves from the word/concept Atheist?

What we ought to strive for is critical thinking and freedom of dogmatic thinking. That includes political dogmas and religion if the end result is dogmatic thinking and blind obedience.

This approach also renders every opportunity to connect non-believers with the atrocities made by secular dogmas impossible. Think about it! Can you come up with one single example where too much critical thinking and too much resistence to dogmatic thinking has lead to atrocities? Not even the most deluded religious mind could come up with a sensible logical pathway leading from critical thinking to violence or erratic behaviour... ...But instead by promoting the meaningless word atheism we allow them every opportunity to draw parallells with non-believers and the worst atrocities made in the history of humankind ... ... the rational movement has to become more mature and start considering the big picture. Religion or belief in god is not per se the problem ... ... In my opinion the real problem is as mentioned above lack of critical thinking and dogmatic thinking.

... ... What about all the political dogmas still providing a basis for irrationality. I am talking about extreme right and left -movements. What about all the new-age movements? What about superstitious thinking and xenophobia in general. I could go on and on ... ... I would like to see a more mature struggle against dogmatic thinking and irrationality! Are you with me?

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Sat, 02 Oct 2010 22:43:43 UTC | #528256

Go to: Homeopathy and Dr James Le Fanu: if this is a witch hunt, help me find my torch

ocallaghanbohrdt's Avatar Jump to comment 92 by ocallaghanbohrdt

My favourite sister, aged 25 and being treated for depression, fell victim to a side-effect of the drug Modecate - in this case 'sudden unexplained death'. (Yes, the consultant prescribed a drug which listed this as a side-effect. In this case at least, how I wish she'd gone to a harmless homeopathist instead).

I totally trust good science - the chemists gave the correct warnings after all - but between the science Lab and the hospital bedside a great deal of subjective medical guesswork or judgement must creep in (or be required), and may be influenced by e.g. drug advertising, shortness of consultation time, workload, previous successes/failures, prevailing 'accepted' treatments, taking-a-gamble-on-something-new, respect or lack-of-respect for the particular patient, failure of the patient to describe symptoms fully, etc. This may be unavoidable most of the time, but it is also not science, and prone to error. But you won't hear the the BMA admit to this.

So whatever are the faults of homeopathy, I would rather hear them from the lab scientists, and not from the medics who stand to gain status and money...

Thu, 15 Jul 2010 11:44:22 UTC | #488906

Go to: Ayaan Hirsi Ali's Controversial Call to Arms

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Agreed. This website has been rendered user unfriendly.


Mon, 31 May 2010 21:03:32 UTC | #475204

Go to: The pope should stand trial

ocallaghanbohrdt's Avatar Jump to comment 55 by ocallaghanbohrdt

Regarding the mooted 'statehood' of the Vatican, has anyone ever been born there since its inception? Does it have any natural citizens? Does it need them, to be entitled to call itself a state?

Tue, 13 Apr 2010 20:09:00 UTC | #459004

Go to: Judge rules family can't refuse chemo for boy

ocallaghanbohrdt's Avatar Jump to comment 89 by ocallaghanbohrdt

Decius - Thanks for Stephen Novella's thorough definition [comment 71] - that explains a lot.

Sat, 16 May 2009 14:57:00 UTC | #360832

Go to: Judge rules family can't refuse chemo for boy

ocallaghanbohrdt's Avatar Jump to comment 10 by ocallaghanbohrdt

Does anyone know what proportion of a 90% cure rate might be attributable to placebo effect?

Fri, 15 May 2009 12:53:00 UTC | #360472

Go to: Happy Birthday Richard Dawkins!

ocallaghanbohrdt's Avatar Jump to comment 526 by ocallaghanbohrdt

Happy Birthday, Truthman!
I am so grateful for the words which enlighten my mind and cut through my chains...

(...and bash my enemies about the ears...)

[raises glass] - to your health and happiness.

Fri, 27 Mar 2009 15:31:00 UTC | #340566

Go to: Anti-atheist bus campaign launched in London

ocallaghanbohrdt's Avatar Jump to comment 165 by ocallaghanbohrdt

Could we persuade any Muslims to counter the Christian ads?

A bunfight!

Fri, 06 Feb 2009 14:44:00 UTC | #320357

Go to: Anti-atheist bus campaign launched in London

ocallaghanbohrdt's Avatar Jump to comment 99 by ocallaghanbohrdt

Nairb wrote:

"If God existed, he wouldn't have to advertise himself on buses"

Very good!

Fri, 06 Feb 2009 12:48:00 UTC | #320250

Go to: New Bus Campaign

ocallaghanbohrdt's Avatar Jump to comment 2131 by ocallaghanbohrdt

2188. Loiner wrote:

Bus Advert.
Atheists encourage you to read the bible - Discover the 'truth' for yourself.


Thu, 05 Feb 2009 07:32:00 UTC | #319322

Go to: New Bus Campaign

ocallaghanbohrdt's Avatar Jump to comment 2127 by ocallaghanbohrdt

I can see no advantage to complaining about the new ads on the grounds of content - The pious were obviously caught on the back foot and every time anyone sees their ad they will think of our one...


It seems to me that they have no right to 'damage our brand' in mid-campaign by using the same buses, word-formula, and even actual words to rubbish our position and undo our investment.

Surely a case could be made to the ASA that they should use words of their own; or at the very least to the bus company that they have no right to take our money, paid in good faith, and then effectively rubbish our campaign by allowing variations of the same words in much the same context?

Sentences like ours can't be copyrighted, but in a business situation you can't take money and not deliver, and the bus company would have a case to answer, I think.

Surely they can be made to see that our campaign is ongoing, and that if the religious can't find an original idea between them, but lean on ours, then we should consider spending our money elsewhere.

I BELIEVE in money!

Thu, 05 Feb 2009 07:00:00 UTC | #319309

Go to: New Bus Campaign

ocallaghanbohrdt's Avatar Jump to comment 2099 by ocallaghanbohrdt

I suggest we ask Ariane Sherine what slogan she might have in mind for the next bus campaign. It was her idea after all, and the first one worked really well.

I wish we could get a synopsis of the reasonable suggestions so far. Perhaps we should present her with one, and see what she chooses or adapts.

Otherwise we could go on suggesting for another 44 pages(!), with no clear idea of what is going to be chosen or which direction/formula we might concentrate on .

I would be prepared to synopsise, say, pages 1-5 if I thought the rest of the job could be shared out with other members. Any volunteers?!

(((runs for cover)))

Wed, 04 Feb 2009 03:44:00 UTC | #318535

Go to: New Bus Campaign

ocallaghanbohrdt's Avatar Jump to comment 2096 by ocallaghanbohrdt

I used to wonder why angels had wings - then I became an atheist and I realised they didn't have a leg to stand on

Tue, 03 Feb 2009 17:24:00 UTC | #318339

Go to: Jerry Coyne's 'Seeing and Believing' with responses

ocallaghanbohrdt's Avatar Jump to comment 102 by ocallaghanbohrdt

Jerry Coyne's outstanding review didn't deserve to be so upstaged by Sam Harris's malevolent roguery!

How very unChristian of Harris...

Tue, 03 Feb 2009 14:58:00 UTC | #318263

Go to: University of Vermont makes an embarrassing decision

ocallaghanbohrdt's Avatar Jump to comment 141 by ocallaghanbohrdt

Wouldn't it be more effective to send the objections to various members of the Board of Governors of the University? In my experience there are always people in such institutions only waiting to stab the current presidential incumbent in the back, and who would be happy to publicise such material as we can provide in order to discomfit Dr Fogel. I'm sure he would be far more worried about his standing with these people than with those of this particular cattery... has a list.

Sat, 31 Jan 2009 17:08:00 UTC | #315801