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No surprises here. I was taught at a young age that man is the only animal that regularly craps in his own nest. Like it or not, with billions more humans expected, the whole planet earth is man's nest, and there is not much left that man hasn't already crapped upon.

Mon, 11 Jun 2012 18:04:59 UTC | #946907

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I wonder if the creationists/religionists would allow the same type of questioning for the reality of their religious belief contents that they seem to demand for evolution. Personally, I think such a drive would scare the holy, inerrant shit out of them. However, it is said "that what's good for the goose is good for the gander."

Wed, 06 Jun 2012 19:29:40 UTC | #945934

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I caught Dolan's repetitive use of the word "strangling" in reference to the poor, poor, persecuted church. But, I was thinking of just how far the church will go to "strangle" a woman's human dignity. If history tells us anything, the number would be in the tens of centuries. Then too, Elisabeth Cornwell makes a good point as to how far the church will go to strangle the human dignity of innocent little children by Catholic priests, etc., and the church its self!

Tue, 22 May 2012 22:49:49 UTC | #942981

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As far as Donohue is concerned, it would be an insult to a pig to call him a pig; However,calling him swine shit is not only appropriate, but "fair and balanced."

Wed, 09 May 2012 23:08:48 UTC | #940797

Go to: Come Ye Out From Among Them, 3 former preachers talk about Coming Out.

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Go easy folks, preachers are people and people talk about what they know. Given time, their conversations will change, once more dependent upon what they learn -- hopefully, intellectual freedom this time

Tue, 01 May 2012 20:40:34 UTC | #938801

Go to: The Consolation of Philosophy

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Wow!

Fri, 27 Apr 2012 21:03:59 UTC | #937815

Go to: Faith: A Barrier to Rational Thought (Podcast)

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Mike, I suppose it possible that when they always say "faith" and never say "trust," they might never-the- less mean trust -- that, word confusion is possible for some, 100 percent of the time. However, that is what dictionaries are for, and English classes, and reason.

Sun, 22 Apr 2012 01:19:29 UTC | #936391

Go to: Faith: A Barrier to Rational Thought (Podcast)

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Quine said: "I would recommend to Peter Boghossian the simple answer I give the religious when they accuse me of having "faith" in science or other areas: "'I have reasonable expectations based on prior evidence."'

I have always used in argument with the addicted to religion: I have a rational expectations based upon my research and the reality record. For instance, when I had cataract surgery, it was argued that you must have faith in the doctor and the hospital.

To which I answered, are you nuts? I did my research; the doctor is 53 years old and has over a 98 percent success rate on over 10,000 cataract surgeries, along with the hospital and surgery staff assisting. Then, I say, I would need faith, however, to let you do the operation, being a fundamentalist minister and all.

Perhaps there is a better phrase than "rational expectation" based upon sanity, but I haven't found it yet!

Sat, 21 Apr 2012 21:58:45 UTC | #936362

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"What other than this mentality accounts for the popularity of Sarah Palin, Michele Bachmann, Rick Santorum--politicians who flaunt their ignorance as a vote-winning virtue?"

Why then is such people determined to stay away from a Reason Ralley? The answer can be found in this doctored quote: The determined stupid remain as the determined stupid do (and believe without evidence)!

Wed, 21 Mar 2012 19:26:56 UTC | #929386

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Thanks Roy72 for bringing up Pat Tilman's name. Even when I was reading the comments of Pastor Bryan Griem in the previous article and his pronouncements about atheists in combat situations, in my mind I was comparing the projected, moral bravery and manhood of both men, and knowing exactly which is the robe wearing worm (no insult to worms intended) (really)!

Fri, 16 Mar 2012 17:41:04 UTC | #927880

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There is a point to consider when discussing Santorum or even Palin when it comes to contraception, and that is the fact that both Palin and Santorum's wife gave birth to children with chromosomal birth defects, Palin, I think at 43 and, Santorum's wife at 49. Perhaps it might be better if both women were acquainted with the odds of severe birth defects when giving birth in the 40s or later. If you have time to read the whole article concerning birth defects as a woman's age increases, you can read the following article: http://www.marchofdimes.com/pregnancy/trying_after35.html Or, if you are short of time, the chart is below: • At age 25, 1 in 1,250 • At age 30, 1 in 1,000 • At age 35, 1 in 400 • At age 40, 1 in 100 • At 45, 1 in 30 • At 49, a 1 in 10 Of course, husband wife sex could simply end after 35 and the husband could seek sex at a brothel -- OR -- they might consider safe contraception as an intelligent option!

Or, as Forrest Gump's mother alluded, "Stupid is as stupid does!"

Thu, 15 Mar 2012 19:44:26 UTC | #927565

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Justice would be feeding the judge and the rapist a slow but effective rat poison cocktail. It is simply hard for a modern person to comprehend such ancient tribal barbarity still considered today by anybody, including a wacko religious judge.

Wed, 14 Mar 2012 20:14:25 UTC | #927093

Go to: The Devil, the internet, Richard Dawkins and God

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Gee, North Korea is one of the most religious countries on the planet, always with a living god at its head, to be worshipped daily, upon threat of imprisonment or death. North Korea merely cuts out the priesthood.

Fri, 17 Feb 2012 13:32:18 UTC | #918778

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This is a bit off-subject and maybe a bit off-color, but most of what I have read today is about the contraception argument in the U.S., and it is related in-as-much in thinking about whether Catholic bishops, etc., being sexually active, don't use contraception, or at least pray, hoping to miss the pregnancy bullet or a disease.

Fri, 10 Feb 2012 19:31:27 UTC | #916359

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What is the difference between personal (in the closet of the mind) prayer and publically led prayer? Actually, the answer is easy. Any person feeling the need for personal prayer or merely personal intellectual (in/of the mind) thought, can feel liberated by either. Whereas, that form of prayer, unlike the public led prayer, is absent the collar and chain. The whole purpose of publically led prayer is to connect the audience to each other with a collar and chain, and to leave the free end of the chain in the hands and will of a chain jerker or, call the person an overseer for a master, seen or unseen. Still, slavery is slavery.

Fri, 10 Feb 2012 16:54:43 UTC | #916276

Go to: Pope 'exorcised two men in the Vatican', claims new book

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Gee, distant demon removal, and the Pope didn't even need to touch them with his magic staff. Just think, insanity on the cheap.

Thu, 09 Feb 2012 17:36:07 UTC | #915922

Go to: Non-theistic sources of inspiration in the face of adversity

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You are the best source for your own inspiration, needing to only ask yourself this question when the important questions/challenges arise -- "Is it real?" Answer that and the rest grows easier and stronger by the day. And, never forget that most delusions are self-inflicted.

Mon, 06 Feb 2012 19:08:32 UTC | #915094

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Maybe I am crazy, but I wouldn't trade such an image from the Hubble telescope for all the religious stories ever made up. There is enough mystery and wonder in this one image to last for thousands of years, provided science is the master teacher/seeker and not story tellers of woo-poo (religious crap).

Mon, 06 Feb 2012 14:57:09 UTC | #915033

Go to: Bath Christian group's 'God can heal' adverts banned

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Oh I forgot, the most effective con is the one who comes to believe the con is real -- now that is true success, leaving no escape.

Sat, 04 Feb 2012 13:28:22 UTC | #914512

Go to: Bath Christian group's 'God can heal' adverts banned

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Hey, they represent the oldest order of cons on the planet, and after all this time the con works will if they know their audience -- the easiest people on earth to con -- the religious.

Sat, 04 Feb 2012 13:25:37 UTC | #914510

Go to: In Defense of Richard Dawkins

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Ah yes, Numbers 31, describing a nation being created on the back of horrible crimes against humanity -- nothing terribly unusual about that -- heck, human slavery is a crime against humanity, and even in the U.S., slavery had its own religion. Never forget that in the U.S. the first secessions over slavery occurred in the 1840s within national religious sect conventions, long before South Carolina seceded and was the first state to fire on the national flag. Small wonder the Texas State School Board and the southern fundamentalist evangelical Christians are trying so hard to wipe such a stain off of their claimed "exceptional-ism." Actually, historically, they aren't all that exceptional -- rather, rather common religious folk.

Fri, 03 Feb 2012 18:11:26 UTC | #914239

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Never underestimate the commitment to and the depth of insanity of the religiously insane -- proved daily -- over and over again!

Wed, 01 Feb 2012 21:55:09 UTC | #913590

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Remember, it is impossible for them to consider one simple question: could I possibly be wrong! Yep, it's that simple and that insane!

Wed, 25 Jan 2012 17:23:37 UTC | #911380

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Who would have ever thought that human pig shit could walk on two legs and cover their faces at the same time, while screaming obscenities; Allah something or other.

Tue, 24 Jan 2012 19:18:57 UTC | #911163

Go to: Look forward to the death of organized religion: Richard Dawkins

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Reality, over human history declares one fact/truth/reality, and that is: as long as any concept of religious belief in the unseeable exists, that religion will organize -- period. And if there are thousands of different religions believing in the unseeable, all of those religions will attempt to organize; hence, all of the problems therein associated, including every conceivable human justification for human killings, will also exist, and be justified!

Tue, 24 Jan 2012 16:35:31 UTC | #911104

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Comments from many insightful and rational human beings. But perhaps the most insightful was the comment by Phillip Pullman, British author, when he basically said it was inadvisable to engage with true believers because they will not change their minds. There is much discussion now about and from some people, practicing ministers, who have lost their "faith." Somehow I think that such people were never "true believers," rather such people always had a grain of doubt, and what we call belief by faith was eventually overcome by that persistent grain of exercised reason, bulwarked by that same doubt. But back to Pullman's comment that he considered it inadvisable to engage with true believers is insightful, because doing so only gives credence to unbend-able religious insanity.

Sun, 22 Jan 2012 19:07:45 UTC | #910754

Go to: News flash: American Protestant ministers overwhelmingly reject evolution, are split on Earth’s age

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Right off the bat: "However, people can't be stupid forever." Actually, a certain percentage of "people," the percentage recorded in the article, can indeed, "be stupid forever." As sad as that statement portends for the future of humanity!

Sun, 22 Jan 2012 14:10:03 UTC | #910705

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Right off the bat, this reminder in a comment of what happened to Galileo: "We want you to lie and if you do not lie you will suffer." Same shit, same religious freaks, same insanity -- just a different time, but same sort of freaks from a different religious label.

Fri, 20 Jan 2012 18:26:13 UTC | #910254

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The young fella seems filled with the joy of living and learning, even though learning on such a grand scale. I wish the youngster the best and every happiness in life, and may his joy remain spontaneous, and may he acquire grand dicoveries for humanity.

Mon, 16 Jan 2012 23:52:01 UTC | #909002

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Three thousand years of being wrong, and the ultra-orthodox haven't learned a damned thing about reality, while still clinging to the illusion that their goat herder forefathers could commune with spirit world (paranormal) demons and such. Yep, they are still infected with the crazies and intellectually dangerous as "hell."

Mon, 16 Jan 2012 18:02:15 UTC | #908877