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Go to: Atheist Billboard in Fresno Vandalized After Only Three Days

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I haven't been to any KKK meetings lately, but from what I recall, the "level of discourse" there was usually a touch more heated than the posters here can muster.

Perhaps 'war critic' meant the BBB, but got his consonants mixed up.

Fri, 06 May 2011 20:37:16 UTC | #623946

Go to: US Supreme Court - cross is now a secular symbol

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A cenotaph would be an appropriate secular symbol. Just a monolith, a tombstone, a simple slab, is a clear marker of death and sacrifice, without engraving it with any crosses, stars, moons, hearts, clovers, or diamonds.

The cross is OBVIOUSLY religious, ESPECIALLY when it marks a grave. They can put a cross on my grave over MY DEAD BODY! No, wait...

Sun, 02 May 2010 11:43:00 UTC | #464910

Go to: Sometimes, it really is hard to tell faith from a mental illness

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"... I have a problem with this being called a mental illness. I'm not sure but think this is hysteria..."

Ah, the problem is in her uterus, you say, doctor? Only cure for hysteria is a hysterectomy...

Wed, 28 Apr 2010 11:24:00 UTC | #463550

Go to: Diplomat disciplined over Pope memo is named

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The memo, which was leaked to The Sunday Telegraph, threatens to overshadow the Pope’s entire four-day visit..."


The memo? Not the cover-up of child rape, but the memo, will overshadow the visit... right.

Tue, 27 Apr 2010 14:10:00 UTC | #463355

Go to: Colombia cardinal defends church's abuse policies

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His Holiness Hoyos has HUGE huevos.

Sun, 25 Apr 2010 13:52:00 UTC | #462660

Go to: Ministers apologise for insult to Pope

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Personally, I think it's time Ratzinger's involvement with the Nazis was looked into a little deeper... people seem all too willing to accept the story that he was an unenthusiastic member, without there really being much evidence that such was the case...

Sat, 24 Apr 2010 22:40:00 UTC | #462495

Go to: Bring the Pope to Justice

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Well, Ratzinger can't be detained by the authorities if he doesn't leave the Vatican, so why not invite him? If he wants to walk into that waiting trap, all the better...

Sat, 24 Apr 2010 14:06:00 UTC | #462395

Go to: Group wants evangelist's Pentagon event canceled

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The problem is hypocrisy. If their weak adherence to the separation of church and state allows the Pentagon to invite religious fundamentalist speakers, it must at least offer those invitations to representatives of all religions equally, including fundamentalist muslims, too. Of course, if folks can reasonably object to one, then they should reject all.

Wed, 21 Apr 2010 14:59:00 UTC | #461533

Go to: Court splits sharply on campus Christian argument

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Antonin Scalia is perhaps the most over-rated legal thinker on the planet. His idiocy is as consistent as it is breathtaking.

Tue, 20 Apr 2010 01:00:00 UTC | #461187

Go to: Sex Crimes and the Vatican

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Mon, 19 Apr 2010 19:15:00 UTC | #461088

Go to: Johann Hari calls for the arrest of the Pope part 1

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...I do have some sympathy with the #13 video...


LOL

Mon, 19 Apr 2010 13:17:00 UTC | #460964

Go to: Johann Hari calls for the arrest of the Pope part 1

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That clip from "Fox Business" does not merit a rebuttal.

Sun, 18 Apr 2010 14:34:00 UTC | #460731

Go to: Johann Hari calls for the arrest of the Pope part 1

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Meanwhile, on the BBC website:


HEADLINE: Pope Benedict meets Church 'sex abuse victims' in Malta

"Pope Benedict XVI has met alleged victims of sexual abuse by priests in Malta..."

Notice the inverted commas in the headline, and the "alleged" in the first sentence?

What's that I hear about the BBC head being a practicing catholic?... I wonder if that explains their queasily cautious coverage...

Sun, 18 Apr 2010 13:19:00 UTC | #460719

Go to: Johann Hari calls for the arrest of the Pope part 1

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Says the host:
"... of course, the church does very good work with children, which we shouldn't forget..."

BARF!

Sun, 18 Apr 2010 13:07:00 UTC | #460716

Go to: Should Richard Dawkins be Arrested for Covering Up Atheist Crimes?

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Let's take a moment to appreciate the irony here.

Rory Fitzgerald is a professional reporter specializing in Religion and Law... and yet, when likely the single largest religion/law story of our time has the entire Catholic church teetering at the precipice, with the Pope himself standing credibly accused of Crimes Against Humanity, Fitzgerald is writing about the supposed need to arrest a British author and scientist over the crimes of Pol Pot.

Fitzgerald literally has nothing to say at all about the legal culpability of the Pope. He's not a reporter: he's a stooge!

Sat, 17 Apr 2010 20:18:00 UTC | #460580

Go to: Should Richard Dawkins be Arrested for Covering Up Atheist Crimes?

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From Rory's website:

"He is a member of the Society of Professional Journalists and the Religion Newswriters Network.

As a journalist, he focuses on legal, political and religious affairs, but also writes profiles and feature pieces. As a lawyer, he has worked in Dublin, Brussels and Melbourne. He has expertise in criminal law, EU law, civil litigation and the law of armed conflict."

So, despite being trained in law, he displays absolutely no understanding of the law in this article, which is clearly written to deflect from the OBVIOUS legal issues surrounding the call for Ratzinger's arrest...

I'm starting to think Maybe Rory has done some boy-fucking of his own... suspicious, to say the least.

Sat, 17 Apr 2010 15:01:00 UTC | #460515

Go to: Should Richard Dawkins be Arrested for Covering Up Atheist Crimes?

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Better yet, tell Rory what you think of his apologia for child-rapists:

roryfitzgerald@mail.com

Sat, 17 Apr 2010 14:55:00 UTC | #460513

Go to: Should Richard Dawkins be Arrested for Covering Up Atheist Crimes?

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Rory Fitzgerald covers up for child-fuckers. Pass it on...

Sat, 17 Apr 2010 14:51:00 UTC | #460510

Go to: The pope should stand trial

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Do you have a link to the correct info, tarrek? I think there may have been a difference between the correspondence regarding the cleric's first offenses, and later letters about his being buried with honours (after his prison term), but I don't have the info in front of me.

p.s. Richard, the trouble you bring upon yourself! Imagine how many faith-heads out there have been already convinced your mission has been to shame and arrest their priests, ever since you wrote TGD, and now you just confirm their suspicions!
The Devil's work, for sure...

Tue, 13 Apr 2010 14:11:00 UTC | #458875

Go to: The pope should stand trial

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And yet, Ratzinger will continue to live free, in splendor. Like Bush, like Blair, etc...

Too big to fail.

Tue, 13 Apr 2010 14:05:00 UTC | #458870

Go to: We Can't Let the Pope Decide Who's a Criminal

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Nah, I say we just hire David Prowse to chuck his Palpatine-lookin' ass down a reactor shaft.

Tue, 13 Apr 2010 01:25:00 UTC | #458694

Go to: AP EXCLUSIVE: Future pope stalled pedophile case

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Sure, child rape IS disgusting, but does that mean it OUGHT TO BE disgusting?

Sat, 10 Apr 2010 00:02:00 UTC | #457670

Go to: Moral confusion in the name of 'science'

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Honestly, this discussion has wandered so far away from anything Sam Harris was suggesting, it would be better if his name weren't mentioned any more at this point. It just adds to the prevalent confusion.

Thu, 08 Apr 2010 12:46:00 UTC | #457138

Go to: How can you derive an 'ought' from an 'is'?

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Sam wins again!

Tue, 06 Apr 2010 14:23:00 UTC | #456404

Go to: Moral confusion in the name of 'science'

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Oh, wait, I just looked at the calendar. That explains it...

Thu, 01 Apr 2010 14:20:00 UTC | #454941

Go to: Moral confusion in the name of 'science'

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Where did all the smart people that usually post here go, I wonder?

Thu, 01 Apr 2010 13:16:00 UTC | #454917

Go to: Moral confusion in the name of 'science'

MarcCountry's Avatar Jump to comment 143 by MarcCountry

Perhaps we should consider dumping the objective/subjective dichotomy for a concept of the panjective, instead.

http://www.google.ca/search?hl=en&safe=off&client=firefox-a&hs=zJ4&rls=org.mozilla:en-US:official&q=panjective&meta=&aq=f&aqi=&aql=&oq=&gs_rfai=

Wed, 31 Mar 2010 18:39:00 UTC | #454512

Go to: Moral confusion in the name of 'science'

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I guess the widespread confusion over Sam's thesis stems from the slippery meaning of words "morality", "morals", and the like.

If we nail what is "moral" down broadly to "that which maximizes states of consciousnesses" (ie. alleviates suffering), as Sam does, that is incompatible with saying a society can commit barbaric acts that are supposedly "moral" for them, like gouging the eyes of the third child out. Even if that is an accepted part of their culture, and considered by the practitioners to be "moral", we are correct is seeing that they are incorrect. The answer is not 'up for grabs'. It is as objectively wrong from a moral perspective as it is from a health perspective.

Wed, 31 Mar 2010 14:20:00 UTC | #454426

Go to: Moral confusion in the name of 'science'

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Indeed, if the Vanilla-Flavoured Unicorn wills it, who are we to say nay? That reason is as good as any, right? Rationally speaking...

Tue, 30 Mar 2010 22:38:00 UTC | #454189

Go to: Moral confusion in the name of 'science'

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Absolute moral truths? Huh? Sam's whole talk was on, and even the title of the upcoming book is, THE MORAL LANDSCAPE, wherein there are numerous peaks, numerous, potentially-equal truths, not one "absolute moral truth".

The "key problem", as you see it, isn't actually present in Sam's thesis.

p.s. Keddaw, in your comment #69, try substituting "Vanilla-flavoured unicorn" for "Allah", and see how well your argument stands up to rational discourse.

Tue, 30 Mar 2010 14:47:00 UTC | #454028