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Go to: Lego bible too racy for Sam's Club

Rikitiki13's Avatar Jump to comment 25 by Rikitiki13

Evidently one of the offended ones said: "This is where it all went downhill for me. While the Web site does have a content warning on it, I feel the [paraphrasing] of the bible stories are not age appropriate and should be identified both on the Web site and the book itself."

But...I don't think Smith DID any paraphrasing, did he? Isn't that what the bible SAYS?

Someone help me out here, please...if these are real bible verses (which I think they are), then the bible itself should have big, red warning labels all over it!

Mon, 28 Nov 2011 23:14:08 UTC | #894009

Go to: Bishop Indicted; Charge Is Failing to Report Abuse

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"...25-year history of the church’s sex abuse scandals..."

This. Right here. 25 YEARS and just now and indictment...and simply a misdemeanor charge at that. Yeah, as if such abuse has only been going on from the Catholic church for 25 years...nope, much longer than that! Only now are they getting caught and prosecuted for their hands in the cookie jar. What utter slimeballs...

Mon, 17 Oct 2011 16:41:04 UTC | #881538

Go to: Scholar Says Corporal Punishment May Have Shaped World Religions

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"It tells us how impressionable children are. It has implications for how we treat children today"

Well...DUH! This from someone whose own cult 'impressions' childhood minds as often and as early as possible. Ignatius Loyola, anyone? Unfortunately, that's the other-end of religion's treatment of children: "Give me a child until he is seven and I will give you the man". Yes, a man who can be a scientist and yet still be steeped in woo.

Fri, 14 Oct 2011 23:20:57 UTC | #880995

Go to: Muslim peace conference condemns terrorism

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Yes, a good omen here.
However, I find it a bit difficult to be optimistic when their
"holy" book specifically states that it is OKAY to lie
to "infidels" in furtherance of jihad. And a cleric of that faith would
certainly be quite aware of this injunction.


I mean, yeah, I really really want to hope this is a big step in the right
direction, but I'm reminded of the admonition given to UN weapons
inspectors: "Trust...but verify."

Mon, 26 Sep 2011 15:25:50 UTC | #875375

Go to: Ala. town's criminals get choice: Jail or church

Rikitiki13's Avatar Jump to comment 54 by Rikitiki13

But what would Alabama do about this? -

Pastor & wife arrested on drug charges:

http://www.fox10tv.com/dpp/news/crime/pastor-and-wife-arrested-on-drug-charges

Sat, 24 Sep 2011 23:21:14 UTC | #874851

Go to: Ala. town's criminals get choice: Jail or church

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Well, for me, I'd choose the year-of-church. 'cause I'm imagining the sentence wouldn't say anything about what I'd have to DO at my church attendence -- yep, I'd wear an atheist T-shirt, the louder the better, and sit smack dab in the front row...never kneel or stand, or sing or mouth any mumbo-jumbo: just sit there through the whole service and creep out all the folks. They'd be glad to be rid of me after a year, oh yeah!

Fri, 23 Sep 2011 22:26:13 UTC | #874610

Go to: Canadians losing faith in religion

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When these religious humanitarian aid things, homeless centers, etc, finally become secular they will be able to do MORE good in fact than they're able to do now. The percentage of donations to religious charities that actually go to help folks is only about 7% at most:

http://www.ssireview.org/pdf/2005WI_Feature_Reich.pdf

Mon, 19 Sep 2011 18:49:27 UTC | #872760

Go to: London March For A Secular Europe

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Comment 12 by JHJEFFERY

Maybe we militant atheists should have our own song. Something to the tune of "Onward Christian Soldiers, marching as to war."

Upward secular supporters (rather than the 'militant' term "soldier")
Marching arm in arm
Fight with tone and reason
To end religion's harm
We don't want to end your faith
But keep it to yourself
That way we all live in peace
And foster mental health

(somethin' like that?)

Sun, 18 Sep 2011 20:12:11 UTC | #872378

Go to: Launch of new Atheist Alliance International

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Me, I just love the "AAA" on the American part -- for many of us yanks, we belong to the American Automobile Association (towing, road service, etc.), so now when somebody says they're a member of "Triple-A" (as it's called), I can ask them, "Oh, which one?"

Nice awareness raising segue.

Tue, 07 Jun 2011 23:23:09 UTC | #635698

Go to: My Spiritual Journey

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I just want a presidential candidate who, when asked during his/her campaign, what religion they are or what 'faith' they espouse, will look at the questioner quizzically and say, "And why should THAT have any bearing on someone's fitness for office in this secular country?" Period. And continue answering in that same way EVERY time some commentator, debater, etc, brings up 'religion'.

Thu, 28 Apr 2011 18:21:10 UTC | #620325

Go to: Did religion give us doubt? And a note on envy

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And there's no atheists in foxholes either. Tell us another one...

Thu, 14 Apr 2011 17:00:17 UTC | #615490

Go to: Woman, know thy place

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Wonderfully put, Paula.

I wonder...it shows the "3:58 PM" as the time on the piece, and by my clock here (Oregon) it is 4:27 -- yet there's NOT ONE COMMENT!

Methinks the religious are unable to counter Paula's truth with even more of their lies - good.

Wed, 13 Apr 2011 23:27:42 UTC | #615206

Go to: Only Christian soldiers allowed

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Besides signing the petition, I sent the following e-mail to the public affairs officer (the ONLY e-mail address given -- talk about cowardly), AND to the North Carolina senator --

Subject: re: Treasonous conduct of Ft. Bragg commander

Yes, TREASONOUS. Unless the U.S. Army is somehow decidedly different from the Marines (which I served in), every soldier and officer takes the following oath:

"I, (NAME), do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; and that I will obey the orders of the President of the United States and the orders of the officers appointed over me, according to regulations and the Uniform Code of Military Justice. So help me God."

Considering your commander's actions and statements contrary to the 1st Amendment (re: "Rock Beyond Belief" .vs "Rock The Fort"), HE qualifies as a domestic enemy and should, therefore, RESIGN HIS COMMISSION. Though, considering the cowardice of his actions (or lack of, re: insuring his e-mail address is not posted), I can only assume it will require others to force him out.

Disgusting.

Thu, 17 Mar 2011 23:25:06 UTC | #604153

Go to: Last minute crippling restrictions forced us to cancel

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Having been a U.S. Marine, I'm not sure if the Army is the same, but I believe so -- to whit, EVERY soldier, whether enlisted or officer takes an oath to "...protect and
defend the Constitution from all enemies, foreign and domestic..."

That being so, this officer needs to resign his commission or, at the very least, face U.C.M.J. (Uniform Code of Military Justice) proceedings for dereliction of duty.

That's how this should play out. An officer (or any American soldier) who willfully disregards his oath of service should be penalized for that. Loss of pay, loss of rank, etc.

Yes, this whole thing is about religion and prejudice...but more than that is the treasonous conduct of this officer. Treasonous? Oh, yes...if you've committed to upholding the Constitution and willfully work against it, that equals TREASON!

Mon, 07 Mar 2011 16:32:56 UTC | #599714

Go to: Evolution, Creationism, and the "Cautious 60%"

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May

be we should try the creationists tactics back at them.

"In God We Trust" God is only a theory! Teach the controversy!

"One Nation under-" God is only a theory! Teach the controversy!

"And God said..." God is only a theory! Teach the controversy!

Actually, if going this route, 'theory' needs to be changed to 'hypothesis'. 'cause it ain't got enough of a shred of evidence to be called a theory....nope.

Thu, 24 Feb 2011 17:14:17 UTC | #595522

Go to: U.S. Rep. Pete Stark Sponsors National Darwin Day Resolution

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DONE! Sent my rep. the e-mail in support of this outstanding resolution. (It's about time such was done in our political circles here)

Thu, 10 Feb 2011 23:45:02 UTC | #590675

Go to: Bible Writers Intended to Deceive

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On that "Lost Christianities" site mentioned earlier there are reviews of Erdman's 24-lecture course by those who purchased it.

The last line of one review: "For me, it literally grounded my beliefs, helping me understand just where known facts end and faith must begin."

facepalm

THAT's the problem...

Thu, 10 Feb 2011 00:03:12 UTC | #590250

Go to: Catholic church gives blessing to iPhone app

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Note to Steve Jobs @Apple:

Now, for busy Catholics in a technological world, we present:

The iRosary! Powered by 2 hearing-aid batteries, the iRosary lets you do your penance easily -- simply squeeze a blue bead and the iRosary will recite the Our Father out of the mini- speaker hidden in the crucifix. Press a red bead and get a Hail Mary. So what if the priest gave you a boatload? AND, for those Catholics unafraid of announcing their faith: the Solar iRosary - and, you help the environment too!

Tue, 08 Feb 2011 22:43:08 UTC | #589717

Go to: Catholic church gives blessing to iPhone app

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When I read this bit: "...and particularly encouraged young Catholics to share important information with each other online." I remembered what 'important information' I shared with other young Catholics -- my older brother's Playboy stash. Yep, much easier for them to share online these days.

Tue, 08 Feb 2011 22:26:36 UTC | #589707

Go to: Richard Dawkins, the Protestant atheist

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Um, are you sure this isn't Deepak Chopra writing using an alias and a Photo-Shopped picture? 'cause it surely smacks of that same winding, the-more-obscure-the-better woo-woo writing. And I, too, could only manage a few paragraphs before giving up. Evidently the Mad Hatter is alive and well and writing for the Guardian.

Tue, 08 Feb 2011 21:12:31 UTC | #589620

Go to: [UPDATE] - NASA-Funded Research Discovers Life Built With Toxic Chemical

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....so, the Toxic Avenger really could live?

Thu, 02 Dec 2010 21:02:44 UTC | #557485

Go to: Somali teenager 'tried to set off car bomb in US'

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...so, something like this (at an xmas pageant) really IS the war-on-christmas...

Mon, 29 Nov 2010 17:41:14 UTC | #555425

Go to: Billboard: "You Know It's a Myth"

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...okay, a re-vamp:

It's beginning to look a lot like Mithras
(sung to the tune of: "It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas")

It’s beginning to look a lot like Mithras
Cold and clear and bright
Celebrating some ancient myths
With our kin and with our kiths
While we bask in the Yule log’s light
It’s beginning to look a lot like solstice,
Days keep getting short
Parties and warm drinks abound
While we wait for the turnaround
‘specially if you live way up North
But they keep saying,
“Keep the ‘Christ’ in Chistmas”,
And that’s just really lame
‘cause if they knew any history,
Well, the only ‘christ’ there be
Is in the god-damned name!

Fri, 26 Nov 2010 17:10:54 UTC | #553697

Go to: Billboard: "You Know It's a Myth"

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RE: Comment 37 by RDfan

I think the 'quoting violent and sexist verses from the Bible" bit would be stellar, however I think it important to ensure many if not most came from the new testament since X-tians love to pull the dodge of: "Oh, Jesus CHANGED all that! That was the OLD testament" ...yeah...right...

Fri, 26 Nov 2010 16:42:51 UTC | #553666

Go to: Billboard: "You Know It's a Myth"

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Re: comment 25 by opposablethumbs -

Okie-dokes, I'll make the attempt:

It’s beginning to look a lot like Mithras (sung to the tune of: "It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas"

It’s beginning to look a lot like Mithras, Cold and clear and bright Celebrating some ancient myths With our kin and with our kiths While we bask in the Yule log’s light It’s beginning to look a lot like solstice, Days keep getting short Parties and warm drinks abound While we wait for the turnaround ‘specially if you live way up North

Fri, 26 Nov 2010 16:25:06 UTC | #553648

Go to: Arkansas School Board Member Says Gay Students Should "Get AIDS and Die"

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I also have 'born-again' folks I converse with: pity me, it's my sister. Somehow, homosexuality came up and I mentioned the heinous attitude (and prescribed stoning) of the x-tian faith. To which she replied that, "NO, that changed with Jesus! Jesus said, "Love the sinner, but hate the sin." Unfortunately, it wasn't until the next day that I discovered two things -- Jesus (per his 'biographers') never said anything about homosexuality, and that supposed Jesus-quote is actually from Ghandi (not one of his better days).

Just sharing another example of how screwed-up the minds of faith-heads are. Thanks.

Thu, 28 Oct 2010 18:23:01 UTC | #539546

Go to: A dirty little girl, her head hanging in shame

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Thank you, Miranda Celeste...spot-on from what I, myself, went through growing up Catholic.

Even after all these years (59 now), the foundational Catholic guilt-trip I find affects me. The worst, I think, is the insidiousness of their game, because it ain't just the guilt, it's the shame that gets internalized for 'being bad'/'sinful'/'all-those-Catholic-labels'.

When the reality is, we're simply being human.

Yes, what inhuman monsters get created from the religious death-cults when instead, by accepting ourselves, we can be so much healthier.

Cognitive therapy helped me a lot, perhaps you'd benefit also.

Sun, 19 Sep 2010 22:11:22 UTC | #521546

Go to: Twisted values of the noisy bigots

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RE: comment #42 - you asked for it, so here's some of it...

I leave the rest of the lyric-perversion for others. Enjoy:

Papa-Nazi (sung to the tune of: “Paparazzi” by Lady GaGa)

Ich bin de Pope, I’m c-comin’ out Got my bling on, it’s true For some pictures mit you I’m so magical, so ecumenical

Biblical themes, a priest glamorous (not sure what it means) But this tour for me it don’t have a price You’ll pay ‘cause our cash is tight ‘Cause I know my crazies

They’re my biggest fans; they’ll follow and say they love me Papa, Papa-nazi Crazies, there’s no other paedo-star, you know I’ll be Your papa, papa-nazi

No promise I’ll be kind Won’t stop ‘til alter-boys are mine Crazies, I’m infamous, dress you down until you love me Papa, Papa-nazi

Sun, 19 Sep 2010 18:10:34 UTC | #521387

Go to: Queen To Have Lunch With Insane Criminal

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Carto, yes, that was scintillating. Thank you.

Reading much of what you call "self-absorbed negativity" in comments here at RDF, I can only say: bring it, you lovely savage.

Thu, 16 Sep 2010 23:59:08 UTC | #519493

Go to: Muslim group Minhaj ul-Quran runs 'anti-terrorism' camp

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'Spiritual war' The populist Pakistani cleric's 600-page theological study is billed by his followers as the most comprehensive and clear denunciation of the arguments deployed by jihadists to justify violence including suicide bombings and the targeting of civilians.

...and there, to me, is the root of the problem: theology needs 600-PAGES!! to say: "hurting others is bad".

Every 'holy' book I've read or heard about uses convoluted words and 'logic' and, therefore, needs interpretation -- creating both a parasitic clerical caste as well as followers who can delude themselves into ANY position while claiming that position is justified by their 'holy' teachings.

Yeah, moderation is a good thing, but it ain't gonna do much other than assuage the guilt of moderates.

Sun, 08 Aug 2010 16:25:04 UTC | #497518