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I'm not sure that Waiting on the Question Mark event would have me glued to the telly

There could be a 'draw your God' picture competition I'm sure the death threats would follow in short order

Mon, 23 Jul 2012 20:52:06 UTC | #949921

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concur especially with comment #10

It's worse than the fear of spiders, because unlike hell, at least spiders are real.

People are able to overcome their fear of spiders by confronting them (for real)

Once people realise that hell is just something that has been made up by other people, it doesn't take long to realise it's rather silly to fear it, i know it's been drummed into people over a long period of time, and it's not easy to let go of those emotions

Think of the childhood fear of the dark, or monsters hiding in closet.

It should be something that you 'grow out of'

Most important to me is that i'd like to see people switching their focus from what is not real, to what is real

We've only got the one life, there is a lot to get excited about concerning reality.

Mon, 23 Jul 2012 20:42:49 UTC | #949920

Go to: Military Proselytizing by the Gideons – and how we stopped it.

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Bibles in Hotel rooms, and some bed and breakfasts

Throwing out. No good, they will just replace it

Come to richarddawkins.net and get some real education

I prefer to have educated people, than ignorant people

Religion has gone on for so long, because it's been passed down through generations

My hope is that, with enough non-religious educated people, eventually what get's passed down through to next generations will be facts about the world, rather than fairy stories.

Imagination does not have to disappear, because that is important as well

I want evolution taught in all schools, as fact.

Any religious coverage should be labelled under: history

Sun, 08 Jul 2012 22:06:02 UTC | #948783

Go to: Mandatory religious worship in schools

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Yep, the UK is a strange old place

Anywhere else where it is a legal requirement to insert fairytale gobbel-de-gook into the minds of young people, when they are supposed to be learning about reality

I do get the Santa story, but then people don't tend to react as if they are badly offended or insulted, when they find out the truth. No embassy burning, flag burning, or attacking people, or flying planes into skyscrapers.

Tue, 03 Jul 2012 20:08:21 UTC | #948521

Go to: Religion as "comfort" to people in distress: fact or myth?

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At the risk of sounding bullish, i think it's a rather infantile thought process that leads people to think they may not move forwards with their lives, as they believe departed loved ones are waiting for them, or still watching them from some kind of, off world place

If i'm in distress i'll seek comfort from other human beings, rather than religion

At the end of the day... it's just us

Sat, 28 Apr 2012 21:22:08 UTC | #938042

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The good news, there is no God spot Apparantly, spirituality exists across the whole brain

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2133032/There-God-spot-new-research-claims-instead-spirituality-exists-brain.html

Sat, 21 Apr 2012 09:36:50 UTC | #936222

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I was at the shoreline once at low tide, and decided to lay down a challenge for God

"if you can hear this, prevent the tide from coming in this afternoon"

The Moon's gravitational influence did it's usual daily thing, and the ocean gradually covered the shoreline

Perhaps he/she/it was busy answering other's people's prayers at the time shrug

I'm a 6.9 recurring

Mon, 09 Apr 2012 11:25:25 UTC | #933274

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Media up to their tricks again

Using words like: battle - locking horns

No blood on the carpet - part two?

Mon, 09 Apr 2012 11:18:58 UTC | #933273

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Maybe the time has come to refer to the mainstream religions as: cults

Personally, i'm fed up having to share this planet with ignorant / stupid or insane people, and wish there were other planets discovered capable of supporting human life.

Then perhaps we could relocate to Planet Bright

Mon, 09 Apr 2012 10:58:23 UTC | #933267

Go to: We asked "Do you really believe ___" and they said yes. Now what?

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Why does the Pope believe this rubbish?

'The darkness enshrouding God and obscuring values is the real threat to our existence and to the world in general,' the pope said.

Firstly, God does not exist, therefore nothing for the darkness to enshroud

If I stretch myself to pretend God does exist, why is he/she/it not able to shine a light, and wave away the darkness

Get in the real world, Pope.

We're not supposed to go through our lives, preaching delusion to the masses

Sun, 08 Apr 2012 10:28:23 UTC | #933047

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JW's have apparantly been calling around, and saying things like 'lots of people are thinking of Jesus at this time of year"

Really?

I'm willing to bet more are thinking about chocolate, and bloody awful uk weather, than Jesus

No mention of chocolate in the Bible, i've been through that thing loads of times

Sat, 07 Apr 2012 15:58:31 UTC | #932901

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This reminds me of this

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oL5l49joTcQ

Stuart Robinson being interviewed about storm chasing

The question is posed about incuring the wrath of God

"The trick, is to not piss off the wife"

1 minute 30 seconds into the video

Fri, 23 Mar 2012 20:46:20 UTC | #929949

Go to: Who would rally against reason? [Also in Polish]

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I quite like the idea that those who are violently anti-science, should remove and sell every object in their home, which is there due to science.

I think we'd end up with plenty of nearly empty houses :)

Thu, 22 Mar 2012 20:17:51 UTC | #929708

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Forget he/she or it

There is nothing to describe, so therefore there is nothing to discuss

Sun, 18 Mar 2012 16:56:56 UTC | #928372

Go to: The Thin Skin Rule of religious folk

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Look at the Movie or Book critics.

Some movies / books are torn to pieces by reviewers

Having a thin skin is not an option in these other areas

Otherwise the author of a book, could read some strongly critical reviews, throw in the towel, and never write another book

I think that when people lose the ability to laugh at themselves, any sense of humour goes down the drain, and they choose to feel gravely offended instead (Jesus & Mo cartoons)

I think society is going down a slippery slope

Sun, 18 Mar 2012 16:47:47 UTC | #928366

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He could strike a deal with book stores

If you buy The Bible and The God Delusion together you get a 25 percent discount

Sat, 17 Mar 2012 13:49:53 UTC | #928078

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Slapped wrists for Jeremy Clarkson once again

So it's offensive to say 'Jesus wept' and 'God Almighty'

link text

Sounds like the BBC handled it well though

Fri, 16 Mar 2012 16:46:14 UTC | #927854

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The science of meterology explains why these storms form, although the twisters themselves remain unpredictable.

How do you know which rotating severe storm is going to produce one, more than one, or none at all

The localised nature of these storms can result in extreme damage to one property, and very little to one nearby, which is down to a number of factors (all of which can be explained by the people who study this)

To me, God doesn't factor in any of these explanations.

It's in human nature to try to find something / someone to blame, when natural disasters occur

Sun, 11 Mar 2012 11:11:37 UTC | #926125

Go to: Physical Nothing v. Metaphysical Nothing

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I forget the quote from the front page introduction (waffle) - written some time ago, i would guess

The Bible deals with every experience in the life of man. It gives advice and help, instruction and warning, comfort and hope, correction and direction, predictions and promises.

Tue, 06 Mar 2012 18:07:12 UTC | #924904

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Had the pleasure of staying in Oxford recently

Staying in a guest house, in my room, i opened the bedside cabinet drawer, to find a Bible I've never met a Gideon, so on the front page, i found:

The Gideons International in the British Isles, Western House, George Street, Lutterworth, Leics, LE17 4EE

Alongside the Bible, were some more Christian themed leaflets Questions were posed along the lines of: What if God asked you why He should let you into Heaven, what would you say?

I noticed whilst skimming through the material, it's just assumed that God, Heaven, Hell and so on, all exist.

I wrote down: richarddawkins.net

for the alternative perspective, see you there

Otherwise, we're just preaching to the converted.

Tue, 06 Mar 2012 17:48:30 UTC | #924896

Go to: The "So" meme

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"What get's my goat" Umm, what the.. a lot of people seem to own goats all of a sudden. I'll get my coat

"He / She was over the moon" - wearing a spacesuit, i'd hope

In the Uk, when travelling around, i hear the word 'like' inserted several times into each sentence

I've heard gaming commentators say the word 'lawl' as in 'lol' - laugh out loud, but instead of actually laughing, they say 'lol' 'lawl' - it's totally crazy

Tue, 06 Mar 2012 17:28:49 UTC | #924885

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My theory is that the 'flea' books had something to do with this.

The long list of books that were written and published in a panic response to TGD eg - The Dawkins Delusion

Books written by creationists for creationists

A lot of those people did not read TGD, instead they read the misrepresentations of TGD

I bet some of them are already brainwashed to the point where they are convinced not to touch the original works, as they are the work of the devil / satan

That evil bloke with the well-spoken British accent ;)

Wed, 29 Feb 2012 19:14:03 UTC | #923205

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In the scenario of an extinction level event asteroid impact

You know, Bruce Willis may not be available to save the world, maybe whatever we try to deflect it doesn't work

Whilst i would agree that it is very important to take care of our home-world

We have that sense of exploration inside of us

A massive Universe to explore, so are we really just going to draw the blinds around Earth and say 'forget about it' ? Too expensive

To me, that seems like a retrograde step

PS - pre-ordering the book from amazon uk, says it's not coming out until 20th April

Tue, 28 Feb 2012 21:13:05 UTC | #922894

Go to: What leads some to never accept religion at all?

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I remember morning assembly religious hymns, carol services at the local church, and going to Sunday School

It just did not interest me that much. It never got a hold in my mind

I do remember R.E at school, the teacher wasn't that great at holding the student's attention, and it became a lesson, where we mostly did revision for other subjects

As with Jel, religion for me, went the same way as Mr Claus

Sun, 26 Feb 2012 23:13:53 UTC | #922251

Go to: No blood on the carpet. How disappointing. [Also in Polish]

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What a delightful read

I guess they are too busy writing tomorrow's articles to actually read any books

This is the media (a bubble-world within itself)

If it get's a little chilly across Scotland, with a hint of snow over the mountains, the media translate that as the headline:

'blizzards are set to sweep south across the Uk'

People out there, will instantly dismiss Evolution, but have they read any books about Evolution, or are they even slightly educated on the subject? The answer is usually no

I would not support forcing education down people's throats, in the same way, i'm repulsed by religion being rammed into people's minds.

People know very little, and yet have strong views and opinions.

They need to have the desire to learn.

Sun, 26 Feb 2012 22:56:50 UTC | #922240

Go to: Jessica "Evil Little Thing" Ahlquist on CNN

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I've chipped in with what i can afford at the moment

Superb

Sun, 26 Feb 2012 22:29:05 UTC | #922232

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Here comes Pope Benedict, with another attack on modern medical science

Ironically, he calls IVF Treatment, arrogant Also, the Husband and Wife wording, i presume rules out Civil Partnerships

Pope

Sun, 26 Feb 2012 10:12:22 UTC | #922028

Go to: What's the Place of Faith in Schools?

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Comment 31 by Quine :

I would like to ask Richard, what are you thinking when you look up at the ceiling during these things? I know the P.R. folks advise never to do that when you are on camera, because of what people may think you are thinking, but I would like to know what, in fact, you are thinking?

I suppose, if you caught yourself doing so, you could then say to them, "Well, I just checked, and didn't see anyone up there."

I would find it interesting to watch a spider in the process of spinning it's wonderful web across the ceiling, as opposed to looking for an invisible supernatural entity.

One of the problems with people in this world, they live in a dream world (matrix-like) of ghosts, hob-goblins, flying saucers, God's answering their prayers, and superstitions of all kinds, even spending too much time playing around with gadgets and phones, whilst at the same time forgetting to study, and be awe-struck by the real world around them

Sir David Attenborough is correct his comments regarding people that live in cities

this is what i'm talking about

So, blue or red pill ;)

Sat, 25 Feb 2012 10:18:35 UTC | #921753

Go to: "The nature of human beings and the question of their ultimate origin"

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Richard v Archbishop - How do they compare?

On The War on Terror, I'd agree with Richard there, the archbishop has concerns about the killing of an unarmed man, but considering all the deaths that had gone before, linked to Bin Laden, did it really matter whether he was armed or not?

What would be justice, capture him alive, haul him in front of a court, then send him to prison for the rest of his days, at the taxpayer expense

Fri, 24 Feb 2012 10:07:09 UTC | #921431

Go to: Thread for discussion of Richard Dawkins and Archbishop talk

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Well, the Archbishop wins in one area.. the height department

Reminds me of a boxing match i saw once

Both fighters danced around each other, but did not land many punches

The Archbishop's face was a picture to behold a few times, as Richard let fly with some reason and logic

I get the impression Rowan will resume the silent waiting on the ?

Will there be a rematch one day?

Difficult, how do you debate something that does not exist, and there is no evidence for?

On that one to seven scale, make me a 6.99999

Thu, 23 Feb 2012 22:13:12 UTC | #921288