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Go to: Watch Sneak Preview of FFRF TV commercial starring Julia Sweeney

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God Fearing Atheist

I second that, Sweeney did little for me in that and probably even less for a younger generation. Let's bring sexy back.

Sat, 09 Jun 2012 18:09:28 UTC | #946596

Go to: Evolution skeptics will soon be silenced by science: Richard Leakey

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Seems to miss the important point that there are already precious few evolution skeptics if any at all! (Probably limited to young children)

What he seems to be talking about is evolution DENIERS, not sure why such an obvious mistake was made.

Further more as "skeptic" should be all of our default position (until we have the evidence) he is doing the scientific community and the English language a significant disservice!

Leakey PLEASE there enough people out there deliberately lying without you confusing the people that we need to reach!

Tue, 29 May 2012 19:27:58 UTC | #944295

Go to: Indonesian atheist faces long jail sentence for posting "God doesn't exist" on Facebook

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Comment 9 by foundationist

Thanks, signed.

@ Quine

I agree and there seems absolutely no reasons to have Barton on, pure unrefined bullshit!

Fri, 04 May 2012 01:47:12 UTC | #939498

Go to: Highly Religious People Are Less Motivated by Compassion Than Are Non-Believers

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Who is this "data monkey" and why do I naturally think he's cute?

Wed, 02 May 2012 01:48:02 UTC | #938905

Go to: Darwinian Selection Continues to Influence Human Evolution

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@Comment 6 by rod-the-farmer

Love the article but I am disappointed that it wasn't some Canadian news, like the recent study in Scotland about the more that expected diversity. Thanks.

But surely your sample of "caricatures" is as accurate as "portraits"? both are deliberate measured attempts to belittle or aggrandise, none are representative.

I always hoped that you were better looking that your avatar too! ;-)

Wed, 02 May 2012 01:46:36 UTC | #938904

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

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@ Comment 3 by davidckahn

Hear, hear. It's like demanding a church jewish temple accepts your mormon wedding, inexplicable. It's a private club, and a private golf club at that!

Augusta recently was in the US news because they still don't accept women members, and the new CEO of IBM is a chick. Apparently the CEO of IBM always gets a membership, not any more... Now that's a problem in comparison!

http://www.thespec.com/news/world/article/699764--boys-club-augusta-won-t-admit-female-ceo-of-ibm

Fri, 27 Apr 2012 22:40:55 UTC | #937838

Go to: The sound of sin

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Fascinating and frightening that such behaviour could be happening let alone happening on a civic wide scale. The horror.

I'm not sure how long I would have lasted taping over dials and breaking stuff for my god.

Glad you made it to civilization Shulem!

Fri, 20 Apr 2012 22:02:39 UTC | #936127

Go to: Romney to give commencement speech at Falwell’s Liberty University

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@Comment 14 by S. Gudmundsson & Comment 1 by crookedshoes :

Liberty University is a very strange place. They have "hugging rules".... You are not permitted to hug for more than 3 seconds.

It's understandable. After all, life begins at infatuation

Laugh all you like but somewhere in the US a state is drawing up laws preventing teachers teaching "gateway" sexual behaviour such as holding hands and kissing with tongues. I shit you not, does anyone remember what state, I think Arizona but I may be wrong.

@ Daniel Clear

Ha ha. Agreed but I'm still for kissing with tongues!

Fri, 20 Apr 2012 21:56:57 UTC | #936124

Go to: Richard Dawkins on Beautiful Minds - BBC Four Wed April 25

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@ Daniel Williams

In order;

I can't complain about the stuff they miss, there's tonnes of it!

If you had a book AND a web site... But it's not sycophantic or glorifying and includes some bad reviews too. Not to mention the fleas.

Remember this is an international web site, I'm sure they miss more than 90% of interesting stuff. One source for anything is a bad idea and of course they (the mods), are only human.

I know perfectly well you have been here for some time, it was just to add to my utter disbelief at how poor a choice of words you made! Truly appalling. Cults are very serious and dangerous things, RDF is not and as I alluded to we are here battling people who deliberately muddy the waters with simply the wrong words. Try listening to any of the debates, clarity is important, strawmen are not.

If indeed you would like to ask me to use logic (turns out you were wrong, I knew) I would like to ask you to use words that better convey reality and your thoughts. When did you join the cult? It's not a cult, what are you talking about?

OT But it's not the same, obviously, the difference between someone who looks down on everyone by default and someone who looks down on specific people because of their beliefs and stated views is the very definition of prejudiced and not prejudiced. The fact that I end up with the same conclusion is not a measure of how I got to it or it's legitimacy.

The views of a prospective political candidate have recently surfaced from his church blog, I can now safely look down on him, from quite high actually, yet he has been looking down on me for all of my life without knowing me.

Another example; 2+2=5 is incorrect, 2+3=5 is correct - same answer but someone is still wrong.

Having said that I do understand that it's a tough sell even though it's right and I would only try it on a "loud christian" who could do with a dose of reality. I'm surprised this requires further explanation but I do favour clarity.

Thu, 19 Apr 2012 20:12:22 UTC | #935818

Go to: Richard Dawkins on Beautiful Minds - BBC Four Wed April 25

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@Comment 28 by Daniel Williams

Do we all serve the cult of Dawkins?

What on earth do you mean? This is "The Richard Dawkins Foundation for Science and Reason" how could advertising an upcoming event featuring the afore mentioned Richard Dawkins be anything other than obvious. Are you suggesting that it is RDF's responsibility to advertise all and every event, TV show, debate and conversation on Science and Reason, sounds unreasonable to me.

When I visit the cute kittens web site am I "serving the cult of" kittens or have you just no understanding of the word cult, or serving, or all?

If you have been on this web site before or have any idea what it concerns itself with (hint; it's in the title) why do you say such nonsensical things?

NO ONE IS SERVING LET ALONE ALL AND CLEARLY IT'S NOT A CULT.

Thu, 19 Apr 2012 17:15:44 UTC | #935763

Go to: Faircloth in Maryland-DC May 5

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Also great teapot

It's Faircloth, not Fairclough, although like you and spell check I too am subject to my cultural upbringing. I'm in North American now, you wouldn't believe the number of different names they have!

Wed, 18 Apr 2012 19:26:22 UTC | #935529

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

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@Comment 10 by Alan4discussion

That is what the far right and xtian cults are about! Ignorant sheeples with airs of superiority!

This has long been my argument for why atheists are better people, all christians and all other religions base their world view on being better that EVERYONE ELSE, which by default makes us better people.

I don't like being a better person than christians but they will have to give up all of their delusions before they can even be in the running.

I tried the line of argument on a loud christian many years ago but apparently he couldn't understand that he wasn't a better person because he looked down on everyone else and that I was a better person for not looking down on anyone.... until they declare their prejudice.

Wed, 18 Apr 2012 17:58:01 UTC | #935519

Go to: Faircloth in Maryland-DC May 5

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@ great teapot

I second Richards comments, Sean is a very clear and gentle speaker and I think ideal for the battle against ignorance and hate in the US. Not much wiggle room for the old canard - strident.

I too have a smelling disability thought.

Wed, 18 Apr 2012 17:48:12 UTC | #935517

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

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@ Neodarwinian

I thought about your comment and kept going in circles, then I realised;

Sin is there to tempt you, it is something you must resist to become a good christian. You can't be a good christian unless you have battled with temptation and won, those that do not win are further temptation for the good christians who then have to work harder and are therefore better christians. Your christian shine of superiority is brightest when you are surrounded by the inferior non-christians.

Like the garden of eden sin/evil is vital.

But it's just more childish ways to explain a cruel world without blaming your god who after all is listening right now, shhhhh! And he fucking perfect!

Wed, 18 Apr 2012 04:02:45 UTC | #935390

Go to: Easter in a Catholic hospital

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@Comment 20 by Spiritual Atheist

Again, I failed to see what all the hoo-ha is about.

The hoo-ha is about allowing a vulnerable group of people to be prayed upon by a deluded group of liars looking after their business interests.

There was a story in the Canadian press this week about a mother who had sent her addict child to a "rehabilitation centre" which turned out to be a scientology run facility who threw him out shortly after he arrived and did not give back the money. Is that easier to understand? Would you accept scientology's bible or promotional material in your hospital room? How about a big pile, a couple of books from each bunch of crazies?

It's like the separation of state and church, it benefits the religious too, it only penalises the religious would think they are the majority/monopoly.

Although as you can see from my earlier comment this greed is by no means limited to the religious.

Wed, 11 Apr 2012 17:24:51 UTC | #933930

Go to: Easter in a Catholic hospital

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@Comment 2 by QuestioningKat

Hospital care is seriously competitive in my city, larger more world renowned hospitals are running the show. Individual hospitals need to be on their toes at all times in order to survive.

I'm more frightened of your hospitals than my catholic one. Scary, very scary.

Wed, 11 Apr 2012 05:29:52 UTC | #933826

Go to: Richard Dawkins radio interview

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thanks Reckless Monkey

He has had a whole career indeed but as I pointed out with his head up his arse. He doesn't read Richards web site, he doesn't read anything with any remote connection to reality let alone updating himself on homo habilis and other missing link finds.

In terms of the neanderthal comment he seems to have a reasonable grasp that evolution happens, that he does not know we're not from neanderthals is not surprising and was probably exactly what he got from the last year he spent at school.

Unfortunately as a cardinal he is ALWAYS asked to pass judgment on maters he can't possibly understand and like a side show psychic he can and will waffle on forever.

As to the question on whether we should mock his minor misunderstandings of evolution, something his church has given him permission to agree with, I'm still firmly on the side of a quick and polite primer.

Lumping a few other sins into one big pile and saying therefore we should laugh at his every minor mistake seems pointless. I dare say a little work and he could be convinced that Darwin didn't say those things, didn't he give us a page number to start with? Seems like that would actually be easy.

So he's a Climate Change denier, is that all (in addition to the god thing anyway)?

Wed, 11 Apr 2012 04:48:46 UTC | #933824

Go to: Richard Dawkins radio interview

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The cardinals neanderthal comments reflect the true depth, or lack, of his knowledge.

I feel this should have been Richards chance to simply fill him in. I didn't like the children laughing either - I thought we'd all agreed that ignorance was something we could work with, not something to be mocked.

This man has spent his entire life with his head up his arse, small wonder he hasn't had time to keep up with latest "missing link," pity him and help him. Mocking his crazy beliefs, laugh at those not his misunderstanding and ignorance.

Tue, 10 Apr 2012 17:08:30 UTC | #933702

Go to: Easter: A day of renewal, from many points of view

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@mmurray

Comment 12 by HellFireFuel Whats so wonderful about easter? Easy. Cadbury's cream eggs

It's always spring when the Cadbury's Parrot comes to say "Hello" no mater where you live. Next you'll be telling us it doesn't snow at christmas!

Good point HellFireFuel!

Mon, 09 Apr 2012 20:56:03 UTC | #933440

Go to: Great video added - Please add your photos! - Discussion thread for the Reason Rally

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I like the idea of "the largest collection of "non-believers" in history" but there are at least 2 errors in this statement;

1) It was the reason rally - so not exclusive to non-believers

and 2) surely any large crowd in the UK or virtually any other developed country, such as a soccer match would be a larger collection of actual "non-believers" than the rally.

No offense intended but a) all secular minded people were welcome and b) how many?

Thu, 29 Mar 2012 20:55:32 UTC | #931228

Go to: Russel Blackford reviews Attack of the Theocrats

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Love it, not only the switch but the substitution.

The Separation of State and superstition

What could be more logical, please let's all start using it forthwith!

Thu, 29 Mar 2012 19:55:11 UTC | #931214

Go to: Military Blocks Atheist Efforts to Feed Homeless

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Damn those evil christians.

@19 BanJolvie

Well put, say no to censorship.

@ Drumdaddy

I'm not on your side on this one, a full vocabulary is not the same as offensive language. Like the difference between Rush's slut comments and Maher's cunt comments - it's all in the context.

Wed, 28 Mar 2012 17:07:52 UTC | #930966

Go to: Richard Dawkins and Michael Aus discuss The Clergy Project (with Polish subtitles)

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@ GPWC

What's your's? I don't think you're right unless you count a trip to the pub which is of course more eductional.

"The Local" helping you forget your god one day at a time. Guinness is good for you.

Tue, 27 Mar 2012 20:49:56 UTC | #930817

Go to: Adopted or abducted?

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@ Dan Rather

in a word – “challenging”, “joyous”, “miraculous.”

Well that's 3 and not even 3 good ones either. Who says "challenging?" And why "miraculous?"

1 out of 3 from me.

Tue, 27 Mar 2012 20:43:59 UTC | #930816

Go to: Richard Dawkins and Michael Aus discuss The Clergy Project (with Polish subtitles)

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Congratulations Micheal!

This seems like the result of being not only a deep thinker but also someone who has to confront their religion head on because it's everything you do and cannot continue to do in good conscience.

There must be millions more who because they did not choose to become a working member of the church have never had to confront their faith in such a critical way and as such remain "religious" by passive (unthinking) participation.

Tue, 27 Mar 2012 18:12:30 UTC | #930783

Go to: Interview: Richard Dawkins Celebrates Reason, Ridicules Faith

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@ Barbara

It was a reason rally, so yes Dawkins' comments seem entirely well placed. It's not the national day of atheists appreciation or hug an atheist day?

Religions is the opposite of reason and is the biggest barrier to reason, progress and science.

"it's not just an error, it's a preposterous error"

Tue, 27 Mar 2012 04:21:38 UTC | #930690

Go to: Advice for an Angry Gay Atheist

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I am bigoted against sexism, homophobia and racism, I feel quite comfortable.

Fri, 23 Mar 2012 21:28:43 UTC | #929958

Go to: Assuming we are not offended is inaccurate

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I agree, I am offended too!

Topically my wife likes to watch American Idol - during last night show one of the contestants, Colton I think, proselytize at the end of his song, it was truly shocking.

Not only to hear him talk about letting christ live through him and other woolly phrases but to think that someone can be so stupid and thoughtless.

There are 10 contestants left and all he can think of is his invisible friend, not even capable of understanding that the other 9 might all want to do the same; how about a shout out to the jews, muslims, hindus, budists, new scientists, mormons, scientolgists, voodoo and native american believers?

What a dick, I hope he looses a great deal of support but he is good and unfortunately he will attract a bunch more woolly heads.

It's like Faux News, they're all happy to talk about god and don't think that they may be offending anyone yet they even insulting each other - born again/catholic/mormon - but they all just pretend they can COEXIST - bullshit.

Thu, 22 Mar 2012 17:02:38 UTC | #929644

Go to: Hibernating bears' wounds heal without scars

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@Comment 1 by Crimbly

This just in; everyone knows animals don't have hospitals but we don't know all about their mechnisms for healing or how it might benefit us. I live in bear country and this is news to me although crocodiles are famous for their ability to heal significant wounds who could have imagined that hibernation might help bears?

I couldn't.

More seriously though this is important research that is counter intuitive, should we have asked you? Maybe the answer could have been that they heal slower. Again important, especially when we have some understanding of the mechanism.

Wed, 21 Mar 2012 00:17:13 UTC | #929133

Go to: Why Are You Atheists So Angry? 99 Things That Piss Off the Godless

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@Comment 7 by debaser71

I avoid this blogger.

I avoid this "poster."

Wed, 21 Mar 2012 00:04:54 UTC | #929129