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Go to: Atheists are the most generous—even without heavenly reward!

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Christians started hospitals universities charities food banks and since we have more religious folks than atheists in the United States and in total they give far more than all the atheist combined how can you suggest atheists are more generous?

Most Hospice, homeless shelters, abused women's shelters are started and run by religious folks. Oh and Melinda Gates was both raised and remains a practicing Roman Catholic last I heard. And looking at the list of the wealthiest givers in the article one sees LOTS of church, synagogue attending folks. http://www.businessweek.com/interactive_reports/philanthropy_individual_2008.html

Anyone notice Jon Huntsman is #11 our of the top 50? WOW. The same LDS/Mormon who is running for President.

Sat, 26 Nov 2011 04:42:33 UTC | #893186

Go to: Faircloth discusses his new book "Attack of the Theocrats: How the Religious Right Harms Us All & What We Can Do About It."

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Would like to suggest that Dr Martin Luther King and others made religion a part of the civil rights movement, then Jimmy Carter who was vocal about his Christian beliefs came along, and this in turn led to conservative Christians getting more involved in 1980. So its a mistake to say that its only been the conservative Christians who have created this mess.

Oh and when was the last time you heard ANY media person in print or at any of the debates ask any candidate about the United States Constitution and in Article VI, paragraph 3, which forbids any religious test of ANY kind?

Do these candidates know that its says 'The Senators and Representatives before mentioned, and the Members of the several State Legislatures, and all executive and judicial Officers, both of the United States and of the several States, shall be bound by Oath or Affirmation, to support this Constitution; but NO religious test shall EVER be required as a qualification to ANY office or public trust under the United States'?

Tue, 18 Oct 2011 03:02:56 UTC | #881696

Go to: How to handle the God issue with my five-year-old son

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How about simply explaining that his peers may change their minds later on as they become better schooled? Or simply tell him that you don't personally believe in a God, and why, so that when a peer talks about God he can share his views, even if he is a child?

Having read Joseph Campbell's book the power of myth, this helped me better explain stories in the Bible, much like the morals in stories like fables that teach a lesson about being good, honest, ethical etc.

Letting a child know that one need not be in a religion to be a good person is also important.

Sat, 24 Sep 2011 03:45:01 UTC | #874671

Go to: A Knack for Bashing Orthodoxy

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Just because someone believes in a creator that brought everything into existence doesn't make one religious. It may mean someone is humble enough to know that it wasn't a human who caused everything to be created.

Mon, 19 Sep 2011 20:12:13 UTC | #872788

Go to: Palestinian officials foresee secular, pluralistic state

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Call me a skeptic but tell me just how tolerant do you think they have been toward atheists, gays/lesbians and others up to now?

Sun, 18 Sep 2011 02:49:21 UTC | #872143

Go to: Is the true 'wisdom of the crowd' to copy successful individuals?

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Alas I agree with Red Dog. Isn't this common sense?

But it's also very important to mentor those who may not be the most successful, because they may well become the best, if mentored. Have done this myself and discovered some awesome gems in the shy, or klutzy ones I included in my team choices.

Fri, 16 Sep 2011 19:22:33 UTC | #871677

Go to: Beyond ‘New Atheism’

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One size does not fit all and not all Christians, since there are scads of denominations, liberal, conservative, moderate all with different views.

Now I admit I treasure the support the wee small rural church near me provides me as a widow. Nowhere can I find an atheist/agnostic support group who can and will help those in need, be it a widow who needs minor help, or the single parent, out of work person, disabled person who needs help with food, utilities, transportation. Most if not all atheists activities seem to be academia based, lectures, meet ups. Yet ALL the food banks, help with utilities, transportation needs in the areas I know of are ALL provided by an interfaith ministry group.

Yet I hear and read NOTHING about atheists/agnostics who have started a group like Habitat For Humanity, food banks, free clinics, and other altruistic endeavors. Instead I hear about how self serving and uncaring atheists are. That atheists only care about those who are well off, well educated, and have an uppity even snobby attitude.

The few atheists I know personally are good decent, altruistic folks. But even they bemoan the lack of altruistic endeavors that serve the needs of a community. So they get help from the interfaith social services we have in our area.

What is being done to change this?

Fri, 16 Sep 2011 18:05:44 UTC | #871627

Go to: Atheists and Sex Offenders

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Anyone remember the song from South Pacific about how you've got to be taught to hate and fear, you've got to be taught from year to year, it's got to be drummed in your dear little ear.....you've got to be taught to be afraid of people whose eyes are oddly made, and people whose skin is a diff'rent shade, you've got to be taught before it's too late,to hate all the people your relatives hate????

This is what concerns me about society today.......

Sun, 04 Sep 2011 06:17:35 UTC | #867082

Go to: Atheists and Sex Offenders

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This guy wouldn't stop at atheists, he would soon find that certain 'Christians' weren't pure and true and soon their names would be on some list. Never mind every non Christian he doesn't like would also end up on his list.

Geez that sounds like the Nazi's or Soviets in past decades.So he end up becoming that which he hates? In the end its all about him wanting to get media attention for his unknown church so that more people will listen and send money.

Pathetic.

Sun, 04 Sep 2011 05:57:40 UTC | #867079

Go to: Dissident theologian Hans Kung calls on Pope to issue

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The Bible notes that It would be better for him if a millstone were hung around his neck and he were thrown into the sea than for him to cause one of these little ones to sin. Wonder if the Pope believes in the Bible.

Fri, 19 Mar 2010 00:49:00 UTC | #450317

Go to: Intelligence Squared debate: Catholics humiliated by Christopher Hitchens and Stephen Fry

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How many Catholics are religious Catholics and how many are cultural Catholics? Something the Catholic leadership seems to ignore. Know many non practicing Catholics because of their whole faith and works upbringing, are very involved with a variety of causes that serve society. Yet they are not religious. But that's to be expected isn't it? As humans evolve and become more informant, they reject the myths of a given group, but may still keep the altruistic aspects of the group. And it isn't just the Catholic church, but the Church of England.

Tue, 03 Nov 2009 21:14:00 UTC | #411018