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Go to: Talking to people works!

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Comment 11 by Quine :

However, I do admit that I have never tried talking to them about the importance of masturbation.

I believe there is some research which indicates a reduced risk of prostate cancer in masturbators. Turned round this could be interpreted (with a bit of mental gymnastics), as belief in god increases the risk of prostate cancer.

Fri, 17 Aug 2012 14:16:18 UTC | #950952

Go to: German politicians pledge to protect religious circumcision

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This will likely be a long drawn out battle unless a victim of ritual genital mutilation decides, on or about reaching the age of majority, to sue those responsible. Reality means that some youth must sue his parents for an assault that happened many years previously, the said parents almost certainly believing what they were doing being in the best interest of the son.

I am not ignoring FGM. I do believe getting rid of ritual male circumcision will make it easier to eventually eliminate FGM.

Fri, 20 Jul 2012 20:10:39 UTC | #949656

Go to: Teaching science in public schools without stepping around religion

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I agree with those who say don't mention religion, God etc at all.

If any parent should challenge you simply tell them you are not qualified to teach theology and therefore leave that to other teachers.

Mon, 16 Jul 2012 10:32:01 UTC | #949302

Go to: A Matter of Faith

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If this man were a secret Nazi, or a secret Stalinist, or a secret Islamist (not, I hasten to add, a Muslim; they're different) the electorate would be up in arms. Why then tolerate a secret creationist?

A liar by omission is still a liar, therefore Liar for Jesus!

Tue, 10 Jul 2012 13:07:46 UTC | #948836

Go to: Primary school indoctrination (UK)

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How about getting a copy of "The Magic of Reality" and reading a bit of it to your kids every night. Teach them these stories are exactly that! Stories. And there are other stories, better stories, out there.

Fri, 06 Jul 2012 20:59:55 UTC | #948697

Go to: Former Louisiana pastor tells humanists about his conversion to nonbelief

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I see many similarities between the doubting/non-believing clergy now and the gays thirty or forty years ago. Back then admitting being gay (homosexual back then, before gay was appropriated.) was a terrifying thing. Not just the clergy either. In some families, and some cultures, admitting your an atheist can lead not just to loss of community but to loss of jobs and even loss of life, just as coming out as a gay could in some areas of the civilised west in the fifties and sixties and still does in some of the more primitive areas of the world.

Wed, 13 Jun 2012 20:53:54 UTC | #947236

Go to: Louisiana lunacy: tens of millions to be spent on faith-based education

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I suspect that it will not be long before a degree from SOME U.S. universities will be completely devalued. When that happens, how will the parents of the poor students cope with children who they have betrayed?

Oh, I forgot. It will be Satan and his atheist army depriving the poor mites of their rightful place in the workforce!

Sat, 09 Jun 2012 19:28:51 UTC | #946612

Go to: Sarah Outen in a typhoon

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While there is a discussion to be had on whether adventurers put others in danger, or should be held financially accountable for their rescues, I cannot but feel that the world would be a much poorer place without such heroes and role models.

Fri, 08 Jun 2012 22:20:43 UTC | #946443

Go to: Nobel laureate joins anti-vaccination crowd at Autism One

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Comment 30 by Red Dog :

I also think there are things about the official story that don't make a lot of sense and that have never been adequately explained.

I agree, the degree of incompetence shown by some supposedly professional public servants is hard to understand. That does not stop the constant reoccurrence of such incompetence by people in and out of government on an almost daily basis.

As for it never being adequately explained, I hardly expect the incompetent to admit their failings, nor their employers, supervisors or managers to reveal it in case that exposes their (the managers etc) own failings. (You cover my arse and I'll cover yours.)

Tue, 05 Jun 2012 12:51:43 UTC | #945681

Go to: Q&A: Sam Harris

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Comment 4 by Roedy :

The sympathy for Hamas is not because they are fundamentalists but because Jews invaded their land, occupied it for 64 years, and turned them into second class citizens. My sympathy is DESPITE their religion.

Well said.

I support Israeli peoples right to exist free and safe, while at the same time opposing the jewish Nazi parties.

Thu, 31 May 2012 00:53:52 UTC | #944674

Go to: Religion, Witch Hunts, Homophobia and Human Rights in Africa

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My main bone of contention is the refusal of the head of the C of E to come right out and condemn these actions, especially by those African supposedly C of E bishops who are supposed to take their moral lead from him.

There again, it shows just how moral they really are. And I don't mean the primitive savages in Africa.

Mon, 28 May 2012 01:13:46 UTC | #943888

Go to: Live Slow, Die Old

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Comment 8 by Stafford Gordon :

The young Earthers need to be told about this!

Waste of breath, they would reject it as "only a theory", reject it as "it's not in the bible" or reject it as "it's part of jebus's plan, you just don't understand it".

Sat, 19 May 2012 09:35:49 UTC | #942273

Go to: Inspirational atheism

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I find the works of Robert G Ingersoll worth reading for the language used. The man had a way with words. A most interesting man, a fine orator and an entertaining writer.

Wed, 16 May 2012 22:27:57 UTC | #941929

Go to: Want People to Trust Atheists More? Remind Them of Cops and Courts, Says New Study

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I'm not too worried about theists trusting me. My own degree of trust towards those suffering from delusions is pretty much inversely proportional to the degree of delusion.

Since I have little trust in them I can hardly complain when they don't trust me.

Wed, 16 May 2012 18:25:29 UTC | #941893

Go to: Family Battle Offers Look Inside Lavish TV Ministry

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Comment 1 by Neodarwinian :

“Prosperity theology is a false theology, '

Christian theologist says christian theology is a false theology!

Sun, 06 May 2012 12:22:12 UTC | #940141

Go to: How Sexual Prudery Makes America a Less Healthy and Happy Place

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Interesting article. I am impressed with the correlation between the degree of opposition to sex education and abortion and the number of abortions. Perhaps preceding the names of anti-sex education people such as Romney, Santorum, or Palin with the title "abortion promoter" might have some salutory effect.

Wed, 18 Apr 2012 08:44:47 UTC | #935425

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Comment 11 by Jay G :

I would pick on Brooklyn.

What has David Beckham's son done to upset you? ;-)

Fri, 13 Apr 2012 15:33:22 UTC | #934432

Go to: Let Them Eat Dirt

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It always was accepted that kids raised in dirt were tougher than those raised in sterile purdah.

I do believe that, as a culture (England/ UK) we are too dirt averse. What must be accepted though is that if we allow the young to get suitably dirty there will inevitably be those who will not survive. So, do we go down the path of letting the vast majority get dirty, and a few unfortunately die, or do we go for maximum protection and a population which cannot fight off pretty much anything?

I am absolutely in favour of innoculation for all the childhood ailments, and of letting kids eat a handful of mud (I survived it) yet I will not use any of the anti-bacterial cleaners for my kitchen or bathroom. I think we need to find a balance between wise protection and insane over-protection. I make no claim as to where the line should be drawn.

Sun, 25 Mar 2012 02:32:43 UTC | #930312

Go to: Is Richard Dawkins an ape?

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Can Kohlmeyer

Create a Universe from nothing? Raise the dead? Impregnate a virgin? Cure Leprosy? Change water into wine? Turn into a burning bush?

I could go on but I'd only be making as much sense as Kohlmeyer which is in reality a waste of time and effort.

Rather like reading his idiocy.

Sun, 18 Mar 2012 12:59:38 UTC | #928276

Go to: Sayonara Sweet Tooth - Many carnivorous mammals have lost their sweet taste receptors.

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Comment 1 by QuestioningKat :

Unfortunately my receptors must be intact and overly abundant. I wish I could cut back on my sugar intake. I don't care what anyone says, sugar is addicting. I worry about the health risks come later in life because of my high sugar intake.

Somewhat off topic perhaps, I have been looking into the natural sweetener Stevia as a safer replacement for artificial sweeteners such as Aspartame. I would (tentatively) suggest it wpold also be a good replacement for refined sugar. There is currently an annoyingly saccarin advert for Truvia on TV, other Stevia products are available. Might be worth looking into for you.

Fri, 16 Mar 2012 12:25:06 UTC | #927786

Go to: This used to be me

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Comment 9 by Luke_B :

'I am a religious agnostic because of science, an atheist because of probability, and an anti-theist because of religion'.

Well said Sir, I wish I had said this; and probably will in the future.

T-shirt anyone?

Thu, 08 Mar 2012 23:45:57 UTC | #925496

Go to: Church schools shun poorest pupils

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Someone should question Cameron about this, on the floor of the House. Not that I would expect an answer which in any way, shape or form related to the question.

Mon, 05 Mar 2012 14:15:26 UTC | #924598

Go to: Stark warning emerges from science summit

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It's about time we all stopped talking about saving the planet. The planet will go on quite happily no matter what we do.

The biosphere now, that's another matter. I am persuaded that we are doing terrible damage to the biosphere, possibly even more than the most vociferous environmentalists believe. Even if we do remove ourselves from the scene (regrettably probably along with the majority of other species) the planet, and in all probability life, will go on.

What we really need to save is ourselves, which will likely have the unintended consequence of saving lots of other species.

Here's hoping!

Sat, 03 Mar 2012 18:36:35 UTC | #924109

Go to: Why we need college degrees more than we need faith

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The real disgrace is that way more than half of the American people are in danger of being dragged back to the sociological stone age by a small, hypocritical, lying bunch of traitors who are convinced their personal power is more important than the rest of the human race.

Tue, 28 Feb 2012 22:23:46 UTC | #922924

Go to: VIDEO: Richard Dawkins & Rowan Williams Archbishop of Canterbury

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My fairly low respect for Dr Rowan has increased somewhat It is apparent he is one of the seemingly few theologians who have taken the trouble to actually read "The God Delusion".

Mon, 27 Feb 2012 17:02:00 UTC | #922489

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

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I don't really follow the different opinions about the 6.9 inferences.

I would think the position for the 6.9ers (actually anyone in the 6 band) is "There is no reason to believe in any deity so I reject its existence. I am willing to change my mind if presented with sufficiently strong and corroborated evidence."

Mon, 27 Feb 2012 14:59:11 UTC | #922450

Go to: Trouble in paradise: Maldives and Islamic extremism

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Pretty much all we can do is keep hammering out what the moronic Islamists, and the government which at best cannot oppose them and at worst supports them at every opportunity. Try to persuade tourists not to give them their money, keep their crimes against humanity front and center.

These offensive parasites live off the money we, the west, keep giving them. How many Islamic countries lead the world in technology and innovation. (This is not a reference to any inferiority on the inhabitants part, it speaks to the poison of the religion itself.)

Cut off all aid and support until the priests of this evil cult are subdued.

Sun, 26 Feb 2012 15:38:24 UTC | #922093

Go to: Richard Dawkins - The Census Research Explained

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Comment 25 by Quetzalcoatlus :

I would suppose that a fair percentage of Jews refer to the bible when making moral decisions....

Like stealing Palestinian land?

Mon, 20 Feb 2012 23:16:23 UTC | #920151

Go to: What is the proper place for religion in Britain's public life?- [Also in Polish]

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Was this a "conversation" or a debate? The distinction is quite important.

If it's a conversation then Hutton comes across as a bit of a fool, certainly ignorant of the true meaning of certain terms such as secularism.

If it's a debate then Hutton has no choice but to defend his side of the debate; it's hardly his fault his side happens to be largely indefensible.

Personally I would like to see more of this type of debate.

Sun, 19 Feb 2012 09:49:07 UTC | #919527

Go to: The Sins of the Fathers [Also in Polish]

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Given the announcement that the reptile Murdoch is going to issue the NOTW replacement The Sun on Sunday perhaps this Lasher is attempting to establish his credentials for a possible move to Newscrap.

Sun, 19 Feb 2012 00:36:15 UTC | #919431