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Go to: God Sent Christopher Hitchens to Hell Because He Loved Him

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Poor benighted moron.

Sun, 18 Dec 2011 13:51:06 UTC | #900594

Go to: Godlessness has doomed Britain

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Good Grief!

Tue, 05 Jul 2011 15:08:01 UTC | #846425

Go to: Happy birthday, Christopher Hitchens

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Thanks, Christopher Hitchens.

Jaytee, Newcastle upon Tyne

Wed, 13 Apr 2011 17:35:42 UTC | #615018

Go to: Geoffrey Crawley, 83, Dies; Gently Deflated a Fairy Hoax

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Dear Richard,

Condolences on the loss of your dear father.

The present pain will pass, and Time will transform the memories which now are accompanied with sorrow and grief, into those that can be recalled with joy.

Thu, 09 Dec 2010 01:15:22 UTC | #560463

Go to: Francis Collins prays for Hitchens

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Matthew 6: 5 Jesus (Collins' boss)says,

“And when you pray, you shall not be like the Pharisees. For they love to pray standing in the synagogues and on the corners of the streets, that they may be seen by men.”

Collins must have missed this bit.

Sun, 26 Sep 2010 21:39:05 UTC | #525383

Go to: Archbishop urges Catholics to make faith more visible

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When someone tells me they will pray for me, I respond with a slightly modified comment I picked up from Dan Dennet. I say, "Don't you think that's a bit mean-spirited? - you could at least sacrifice a goat". It makes them think.

Sat, 25 Sep 2010 10:40:31 UTC | #524653

Go to: ‘Rendering unto God that which is Caesar’s’: the fatal flaw at the heart of the Vatican

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A clear, well-written and thoughtful piece of writing.

However, I think that in attributing the Vatican's totally inadequate response to child sexual abuse as being primarily due to a sincere but mistaken perception of what is most important, Paula is being too lenient.

"As soon as we understand that canon law deals only with sin and the 'drama of redemption'.......everything about the shameful non-response of the Vatican falls into place and becomes clear"

I tend to think that 'Drosera' (Comment no. 4) has it about right;

".....the Vatican is only interested in the Vatican. People who so openly betray the teachings of Jesus in the most cynical fashion can't really believe in all that nonsense about sin and Heaven and Hell. They are parasites pure and simple".

The idea that the Vatican protects itself from scandal for the ultimate benefit of the 'souls of the faithful' is to overlook the fact that the Roman Catholic Church is a cynical Mafia-style protection racket concerned with money, power and the vested interests of its hierarchy.

Thu, 09 Sep 2010 07:08:51 UTC | #514378

Go to: Pope and Blair to combine state visits

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Priceless!

Wed, 25 Aug 2010 16:22:39 UTC | #505372

Go to: All hail Dawkins, high priest of rationality

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Another condescending prat shoots his mouth off. Why must these second-rate commentators always have to criticise something or other about Dawkins which they never actually specify, yet praise his skills and rationality on the particular piece they are reviewing? Do they think it makes interesting copy? Or perhaps they think it will demonstrate their dicriminatory powers

At least this one admits that he can finally believe in Dawkins (even if he has arrived a bit late to the party).

Sun, 22 Aug 2010 19:42:43 UTC | #503925

Go to: Christopher Hitchens and Cancer

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Tasteless and unfunny too.

I'm glad to see I'm not the only one who is unimpressed.

Updated: Thu, 19 Aug 2010 19:13:54 UTC | #502594

Go to: Where is Channel 4's 'Anne Atkins on gays' programme?

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Yet another sloppy journalist who doesn't think deeper than her own personal emotions. Why doesn't she engage with the arguments? And who the hell does she think she is to be patronaising about Richard Dawkins? Damn cheeky, I call it.

Sat, 05 Jun 2010 11:15:56 UTC | #476647

Go to: Pope's No. 2: Pedophilia linked to homosexuality

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Richard Dawkins has frequently suggested that childhood indoctrination into religious belief can permanently disable certain areas of the mind. He points out that many otherwise intelligent and rational people so affected, are unable to think straight when it comes to religious matters, beliefs and loyalties. This would explain why so many ordinary, decent catholics, with the facts of Ratzinger's culpability in covering up priestly child abuse staring them in the face, nontheless continue to excuse and defend him in the comments section of certain newspapers.

And it's the same willingness to ignore evidence in favour of wishfull thinking that creates religion in the first place. A better argument for getting rid of faith schools (where so much of this indoctrination of vulnerable minds takes place) would be hard to find.

Tue, 13 Apr 2010 16:02:00 UTC | #458918

Go to: Winner of 1m pound Templeton prize attacks 'fundamentalism' of Dawkins

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I found this review on some of Ayala's writing:
http://www.amazon.co.uk/review/R1F4RIT0FZGO4F

I don't normally approve of judging someone's work by simply reading a review, which may of course, be biased, but I think this review probably gives some flavour of Ayala's approach.

Fri, 26 Mar 2010 12:02:00 UTC | #452482

Go to: Dawkins preaches to the deluded against the divine

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I recall hearing a radio program - I think it was 'The Moral Maze' on BBC - in which Richard Dawkins quietly and incisively laid bare the stupidity of Melanie Phillips' arguments. I almost felt sorry for her!

If I'd been humiliated on national radio in that way, I would be tempted (I'm ashamed to say) to write an article a bit like this one.

It's no good, Melanie! You're out of your league. Stick to basic Daily Mail fodder, and write articles about dogs fouling pavements.

Wed, 17 Mar 2010 09:50:00 UTC | #449955

Go to: Yamani or Your Life

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If newspapers are going to be approached singly and picked off one by one (as could be the intention behind this disgusting strategy) there could very likely be serial capitulation.

Is there not some umbrella organisation to which newspaper publishers belong that is capable of persuading all newspapers to stand firm solidly against this intimidation by organising a block rejection of these craven apologies? This would reverse the balance of power. If this could be achieved, it would go a long way to protecting free speech. As Hitch says, something must be done to stop these threats.

'United we stand, divided we fall' is no empty cliche.

Sat, 13 Mar 2010 20:15:00 UTC | #449157

Go to: Q and A - Adventures in Democracy

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Jos Gibbons observes that

"it was nice to see a "Keep off science's turf, don't preach etc." stance being taken by a creationist for once..."

I agree. I suspect, however, that if the question had been about Creationism's clone, Intelligent Design (which claims to be a legitimate 'science' subject) his answer may have been different. Or maybe I credit him with more cunning and less honesty than he deserves.

Certainly, a good performance by Richard, and judging by the applause for him, appreciated by the audience.

Those Australian politicians all looked to me like they'd never thought, let alone talked, about any of these questions until that evening!

Mon, 08 Mar 2010 22:59:00 UTC | #447535

Go to: Taking Memes Seriously

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"Mark Signorelli teaches English Literature at Christian Brothers Academy in Lincroft, NJ. He has published poetry in the Evansville Review and the Mahwah Review."

If this article is an example of his intellectual ability, he shouldn't even be trusted to teach crossing the road to primary school kids.

I'd guess his poetry will raise even more laughs than William McGonegall's.

Poor deluded sod.

Sun, 07 Mar 2010 00:41:00 UTC | #447120

Go to: Furious backlash from Simon Singh libel case puts chiropractors on rope

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Let's see if they can cure THAT!

Wed, 03 Mar 2010 00:19:00 UTC | #446079

Go to: Sixth Annual Templeton–Cambridge Journalism Fellowships in Science & Religion

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Oh Dear! Another batch of people willing to bear false witness for cash.

At least, we know who they are.

Fri, 26 Feb 2010 20:30:00 UTC | #444378

Go to: Symphony of Science - The Poetry of Reality (An Anthem for Science)

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I would like to let Mitch Kahle (Comment #464024) know that he is not alone in his distaste.

I think this these autotune efforts are to music what Karen Armstrong is to religion. They have a vaguely superficial resemblance to the authentic article, but that's about it.

There is no need to try to gild the scientific lilly with cheesy sentimentality.

To those who say "But isn't it all simply a matter of taste?", I reply, Yes - good taste and bad taste.

Fri, 26 Feb 2010 11:46:00 UTC | #444249

Go to: A religious but not righteous Judge: Cherie Blair

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I love it when public intellectual figures who merit respect and serious attention take the time and trouble to dismantle the sloppy thinking of god botherers and woo merchants.

A.C. Grayling has just - almost without trying -exposed the stupidity of three people whose powers of reasoning are clearly well below the average. Not that it was a huge challenge, of course, but I do admire his cool style.

Thu, 11 Feb 2010 13:51:00 UTC | #440535

Go to: Pledge “LordInTheLords”

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Comment #459964 by mixmastergaz more or less matches my own feelings on this topic.

Wed, 10 Feb 2010 17:08:00 UTC | #440289

Go to: Reminder - 10:23 Event

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Perhaps it's just a rumour, but there is talk of Boots cutting a franchise deal with the Vatican to sell bottled Holy Water in small therapeutic quantities. It is claimed to be effective in warding off demonic posession and asteroid collisions. Considering its potency, I think thirty pieces of silver per 100ml bottle is a real bargain.

Fri, 29 Jan 2010 06:55:00 UTC | #436554

Go to: Suffering and the vain quest for significance

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I haven't noticed much discussion on the possibility that Pat Robertson doesn't for a moment actually believe a word of what he says.

I think he is probably a cynical, heartless liar and ruthless con man who realised many years ago that it's possible to make a good living by exploiting the ignorance and stupidity of a certain category of unfortunate people.

If there was any way of verifying my strong suspicion, I'd be willing to bet a large sum of money on it.

Fri, 22 Jan 2010 19:54:00 UTC | #434316

Go to: [UPDATE 21-Jan - Video Added] Richard Live on 'The Daily Politics' Today

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Can Denham and Tebbit not understand that a Christian is someone who accepts and believes the tenets of Christianity, and that a 4-year-old is not capable of doing that, so it is wrong to call the child a Christian (or Muslim, etc.)

It's so simple - what is wrong with these politicians? Are they feigning stupidity for the sake of votes, or are they really that thick?

Thu, 21 Jan 2010 00:24:00 UTC | #433587

Go to: Symphony of Science - 'The Unbroken Thread' (ft. Attenborough, Goodall, Sagan)

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I'm glad I'm not the only one who didn't like it. I feel it's unneccessary and cheezy. I don't think science's lilly needs gilding. It comes over as science's answer to the leather clad, ear-ring wearing, trendy vicar.

It has been done very, very well, of course, but if a thing's not worth doing, it's not worth doing well.

Still...it's a matter of taste, I suppose.

Thu, 07 Jan 2010 12:23:00 UTC | #429660

Go to: Godless Billboard Moved After Threats

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Just in case people need reminding, we are shown once again what some 'people of faith' will do to free speech if and when they think they can get away with it.

Just imagine what they'd do if they could succeed in breaking down the wall of separation between state and religion that is gauranteed by the Constitution.

Sat, 14 Nov 2009 14:50:00 UTC | #413445

Go to: Christopher Hitchens and Stephen Fry vs. The Catholics

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So much for the idea that trying to change people's mind on religious topics by argument is hopeless.

So much also, for the idea that agressive atheism is counter-productive.

It is heartwarming to see reason prevail over superstitious cant.

Sun, 08 Nov 2009 15:47:00 UTC | #411991

Go to: Chief Rabbi Lord Sacks: Europe is dying from secularism

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Some of the greatest thinkers the world has produced have been jews. How on earth have British jews ended up with this cretin as leader and spokesperson?

Thu, 05 Nov 2009 20:06:00 UTC | #411464

Go to: Dawkins et al bring us into disrepute

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I suppose we'd better stop teaching children to count, since it implies the falsity of the religious doctrine of The Holy Trinity. I mean, we can't have the government taking sides like that, can we?

Mon, 02 Nov 2009 23:02:00 UTC | #410802