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Go to: Ultra-Orthodox Shun Their Own for Reporting Child Sexual Abuse

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Gotta keep it in the faith. That's why you wear your sunday best to church. Its like a big dating game.

Fri, 11 May 2012 05:34:09 UTC | #940963

Go to: Church schools shun poorest pupils

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Well the reason why they seem to get higher test scores seems pretty obvious now, doesn't it?

Mon, 05 Mar 2012 15:48:35 UTC | #924624

Go to: David Cameron says the UK is a Christian country

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That is exactly what I think of when I picture Brits in my mind, immoral.

Sat, 17 Dec 2011 05:03:03 UTC | #900178

Go to: Texas approves 'One State Under God' license plate

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I heard the ONE state under god didn't do so well when wildfires ravaged a huge portion of the state and the people were asked to pray for raid. After that as I recall they all got together in a huge stadium to ask god to fix the economy. Doesn't seem like that one worked either....So if they are the one state under god, they must be under his shoe.

Mon, 12 Dec 2011 23:09:00 UTC | #898403

Go to: Religion gets away with what no political party could

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Comment 8 by Rich Wiltshir :

But we must be ever so careful so as not to cause offence for their sincerely held beliefs. Obviously they deserve complete respect.

It goes without saying that I always make every effort to show them respect and defend their privilege over everyone else - not least because they always set such an excellent example in the way they behave toward others.

Is this sarcasm, right?

Mon, 12 Dec 2011 23:05:26 UTC | #898402

Go to: [Update: Catholic League takes down their contact link] “Adopt an atheist” campaign begins

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You can't unknowingly be a Christian.... That is absolutely ridiculous.

Sat, 10 Dec 2011 00:37:25 UTC | #897339

Go to: Can theists be convinced by reason?

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No, let them live with their ignorance. If by chance they do see the non-spiritual light, then it was more likely due to something the church did/said, not an atheist. Simply forget about the lost causes, and focus on educating the children.

Sat, 10 Dec 2011 00:34:31 UTC | #897337

Go to: Saudis sentence Australian man to 500 lashes for blasphemy

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Comment 35 by Osiris :

Savages, but unfortunately savages with hands on the oil stop-cocks, so they get away with it.

And what a wonderful organisation are the "religious police"..........In 2002 they forced schoolgirls back into a burning school, refusing to let fire fighters save them because they were improperly dressed...they were in a gym class and not wearing headscarves ...15 died

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Savages.

I have serious doubts....if they didn't have the oil, I wonder if we would even care. There are a lot of countries who are committing far greater atrocities than killing off one religious nut off on a spiritual journey.

Sat, 10 Dec 2011 00:30:53 UTC | #897335

Go to: Religion gets away with what no political party could

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The political party demands unswerving allegiance to 'The Founder'. You must emulate his lifestyle. You read more, and find that his lifestyle consisted of murdering his opponents, calling for the abolition and punishment of liberal lifestyles, 'confiscating' goods and property from the unworthy, waging war on all opponents, and despising Jews and other minority or 'undesirable' groups such as gays.

Indeed, the party even calls for the setting-up of a whole new set of laws that effectively abolish the notion of democracy. The manifesto calls for the setting-up of a single 'nation' devoted to the cause, with the rest of the world being seen as 'leg room' and its inhabitants lesser people. Five times a day you are expected to perform the ritual symbolic act of allegiance to 'the motherland' and, of course, The Founder.

I think you are confused....that IS the republican party.

The founder is the Corporations, which by definition of the law is an immortal living being. As a living being, then by definition of psychology, we can also ascertain that this entity is a psychopath.

A corporation literally fulfills every single one of those criteria...and more.

Fri, 09 Dec 2011 23:17:43 UTC | #897321

Go to: Saudis sentence Australian man to 500 lashes for blasphemy

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I want to feel bad for this guy, but why did this guy go the middle east willingly? That would be akin to me going into the projects at 2 AM, nothing good is going to come of it.

I found this another news site, "Mr Almaribe arrived in Australia in 1999 from Iraq as a refugee and brought his family over in 2006."

"Apparently he was in Medina with a group of fellow Shiites…and he was quoting out of a book which insulted the Prophet Muhammad’s companion. This is how it’s being described. Apparently this is a deeply offensive thing to do in the Medina apparently for people of Sunni Islamic philosophy or religion.

Comment 30 by Paul the Pretentious :

I'm not sure there can be any reasoning with people like this. Until Saudi Arabia hasn't any oil left, we'll still have to deal with them; and if they didn't have so much of the oil, nobody would be putting up with this savagery.

We don't need their oil, rather the international corporations need it to support the failure venture that is the global economy. We actually need to start getting off it ASAP.

Fri, 09 Dec 2011 23:12:22 UTC | #897318

Go to: Japan, Russia see chance to clone mammoth

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Comment 23 by DavidMcC :

Comment 22 by Michael Gray :

If the specimen mammoth is male, then it may be possible in the distant future to strip out the Y chromosomes, duplicate its X chromosomes, and create a female mammoth with which to mate the males?

That's what I was thinking, but there's a problem: genetic disease is likely in any second generation mammoths, from all the double copies of genes.

Its not like they could repopulate the species anyways....thats not even the goal.

Wed, 07 Dec 2011 21:47:52 UTC | #896588

Go to: Islam, Charles Darwin and the denial of science

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If my students threatened to walk out or not attend if I brought up evolution, I would literally find a way to somehow mention it EVERY single day. And it wouldn't even be that hard, just look at the story in the original post. Then at test time, I would make sure to ask numerous questions not covered in the assigned readings.

Wed, 07 Dec 2011 21:27:47 UTC | #896586

Go to: Religion reduces science literacy in America

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Comment 1 by chawinwords :

"It also seems obvious that religion impedes acceptance of not just evolution, but science in general—at least that brand of science, like stem-cell research or work on global warming—that threatens religious views."

Ordinarily, it only takes a century or two for religions and the religious to "evolve" far enough to accept scientific realism and discoveries, then they claim later that the discovery was actually done by the religious believers and discovered in the scriptures in the first place.

Hence, which proves that the religiously insane can still function on a day by day basis only as long as the insanity does not totally control the wackos on that same daily basis. Or a bit of religious insanity does not a mental cripple make, however, if severe enough can make a fool or idiot.

I recently watched "The Debate That Never Was, William Lane Craig vs Richard Dawkins" and was astonished to see that he argued that the big bang theory was proof of God's existence, and now the evil Satan worshiping scientists were trying to disprove said theory, thus disprove god, with M-theory, String Theory, Multi-verse, etc...

PS: As the wording suggests, there is no debate and Richard Dawkins is not there. I could only stomach watching 30 mins of said lecture, before I started grinding my teeth every time I heard the word "cause".

Comment 5 by Jay G :

Comment 3 by TeraBrat :

This shows how little you can do to change people's minds about something they "believe in". This is why I don't try to convince people to stop believing what they believe. I simply explain why I believe what I believe.

Agreed. For many "true believers", their belief system is as true for them as the scientific worldview is for a secular person. No amount of evidence will change that.

It is true that they are for the most part lost causes, but to say you "believe" as they believe only hurts the cause. By using that word in that sense, it is the same as saying your positions lie on equal ground, science = religion. It gives them the sense that they won, because they have. If they can get you to give them the undue respect they demand, then they have truly won.

Mon, 05 Dec 2011 20:53:53 UTC | #895938

Go to: Life on Alien Planets May Not Require a Large Moon After All

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Sure we do, illegal aliens is a term you will hear frequently in the US.

Thu, 01 Dec 2011 15:06:59 UTC | #894712

Go to: Mr Deity and the Bang

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This must be British comedy. My American sense of humor detects a severe lack of toilet humor and farting.

Tue, 29 Nov 2011 00:14:39 UTC | #894023

Go to: No to Religious Indoctrination

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Comment 8 by mr_DNA :

"My answer would be a secular school system, but I am not British."

Its a bit complex in the UK. We have faith schools who receive state funding and we have secular state schools. Unfortunately, the state schools are not performing as well as the faith schools. Instead of attempting to fix the state schools the government wants to introduce faith schools to improve the quality of schooling. This puts parents like me in a difficult position. Do we accept an inferior state school ( there are some excellent state schools but they are usually massively oversubscribed ) or sit on our consciences and try and get our kids into a faith school. I have done the latter by sending my daughter to a Church of England. To be fair, they do not insist you are Christian to attend so I don't literally need to lie about not being an atheist to get her in, I just need to keep my mouth shut to keep the peace. its an invidious position and I do resent having to do this in order to give my child the best start in life. To be honest though I don't worry too much about the CofE or Catholic schools. At least I know they will be tolerant of my stance and won't be introducing a creationist agenda into the science room. Also I don't think it is part of my parental duties to tell her what to think ( as opposed to most religious parents) so this way she can get used to interacting with faith heads whilst getting the other side of the argument from me. I know of many atheists whose children have rebelled against their views and become wiccas are pagans because they don't want organised religion but feel they need spirituality in their life.

Academic achievement on standardized tests are hardly an argument for faith schools, and against secular schools. If all the faith schools were suddenly converted to secular schools, I guarantee that the students in said school would do just as well if not better than before.

Isn't that just an argument for selfishness? "To hell with progress, as long as my kid gets to attend the better school!"

Mon, 28 Nov 2011 18:49:41 UTC | #893942

Go to: Life began with a planetary mega-organism

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Comment 15 by SomersetJohn :

LUCA the father LUCA the son LUCA the holy.......

Can't say I'm entirely convinced!

LUCA is like water, it can be solid, gas, or liquid.

Sun, 27 Nov 2011 16:56:46 UTC | #893625

Go to: If only more people took this approach.

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Comment 3 by Jay G :

"If only more people took this approach"

OK, then what?

I agree... as if staying quiet and doing nothing will somehow solve problems.

Sun, 27 Nov 2011 15:06:25 UTC | #893589

Go to: Obama Thanksgiving Speech Didn't Mention God

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Comment 34 by AtheistEgbert :

Thanksgiving = ritual animal sacrifice.

We sometimes think we've progressed, but we still have stone aged brains.

Why, because we aren't herbivores yet?

Comment 38 by aquilacane :

I think in the States, Thanksgiving is largely a religious holiday. God is kind of who you are thanking. Tough position you are in if you don't want to thank god but I don't see Obama having a problem with this. He blesses America all the time. What a mistake if it is one. It's like giving a toast at a birthday but not mentioning who's birthday it is. I think this is a strategic fuck up but it may get respect from a few points.

That isn't how I understand the holiday, and I have seen over 20 of them. Thanksgiving is about being thankful for the people around you, especially your family.

How to Give Thanks at Thanksgiving

    1  Appreciate the food you are eating and the person or people who prepared it for you. They undoubtedly put a lot of work into the meal.
    2  Make something for other people to enjoy at the meal.
    3  Think about all the things you've learned this year and thus far in your life.
    4 Look at the people around you and be thankful that you are not spending Thanksgiving alone.
    5 Be grateful for your family, if you are with them. Nobody loves you more, even if they drive you crazy.
    6 Prepare a little celebratory toast or even a poem to recite to the people with whom you are spending Thanksgiving.
    7  Work in a soup kitchen or at a charity event before or after you eat your Thanksgiving meal.

And what do you think "Bless America" means? Who do you think he is calling for to Bless it? The powerless janitor down the hall, or an omnipotent deity in the sky?

Sun, 27 Nov 2011 14:54:11 UTC | #893581

Go to: Why doesn’t America like science?

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The problem in America is two fold.

The first problem is religious ideas are often in conflict with scientific ideas.

The second problem is that the American people have been conditioned in such a way that they believe that everything should be democratic. They feel that they should have a vote, and their opinion is somehow just as valuable as everyone else, despite whether they know anything on the subject or not.

You can clearly see this type of conditioning on American TV, especially Faux news. Faux News constantly airs the outcome of polls, to suggest to their audience that their opinions matter, to the right. Then, to reinforce that idea further, they will often read comments left by their horde of brainless followers. Reality shows are yet another great example of how Americans seem to think.

Sun, 27 Nov 2011 14:48:50 UTC | #893580

Go to: 'Harry Potter and yoga are evil', says Catholic Church exorcist

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I don't know about evil, but the last two movies weren't that good.

Sun, 27 Nov 2011 14:16:44 UTC | #893576

Go to: Billboard backlash (before it ever started)

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Why do people like to make billboards with contradicting statements? Didn't we just make fun of the religious billboard for this?

There is no God - Ok, maybe a little off-topic, as the problem is religion and not god. Don't believe everything you hear. Ok, so I shouldn't believe what you just told me about "There is no god"?

Maybe, make a billboard ad with a clear message?

Fri, 25 Nov 2011 18:19:30 UTC | #893089

Go to: Fox News Viewers Know Less Than People Who Don't Watch Any News: Study

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Comedy Central is the 2nd best source of news according to that poll. Which one would think to be a shocking outcome, yet I am not the least bit shocked.

Jon Stewart and Steven Colbert are infinitely better than Faux News.

Fri, 25 Nov 2011 18:00:46 UTC | #893087

Go to: Afghan woman's choice: 12 years in jail or marry her rapist and risk death

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And people argue that all cultures are equal, and for us to respect these other cultures.

It truly is mind boggling. Just what sort of fantasy world are these people living in?

Thu, 24 Nov 2011 15:15:44 UTC | #892801

Go to: Camp Pendleton Cross Privileges Christianity; Marginalizes non-Christians

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Comment 2 by Metamag :

Comment 1 by Ignorant Amos :

Jay Sekulow at the Christian ACLJ says the cross isn’t Christian.

Jay, you are a retarded moron.......

I'm not so sure, didn't some judge say the exact same thing?

They know what they are doing.

Who? The people manipulating the system in order to display their obviously religious relics wherever possible. Yes they do.

Wed, 23 Nov 2011 17:59:44 UTC | #892635

Go to: disproving intelligent design with a mouse trap

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I have seen this video before. Still good though.

Wed, 23 Nov 2011 17:57:43 UTC | #892634

Go to: Food for Thought: 2 videos

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Comment 109 by Helga Vierich :

*Comment 108 by mysticjbyrd A herbivore is very very inefficient at turning plant matter into energy, And on top of that, the vast majority of that energy is being used to regulates its internal environment(Homeostasis), in other words keeping itself alive. So, if you could simply grow the tissue itself it would be far far more efficient than bringing feed to a slaughterhouse.

Um, no, herbivores are in fact very efficient, compared to omnivores. That is why they are herbivores - they are able to convert plant fibres back into calories, something omnivores and predators did not evolve to be able to do. Certain kinds of totally herbivorous primates (not humans) fall into this efficient category, having special digestive bacterial suites that can deal with plant cellulose.

Maybe we have very different ideas of efficiency. If you mean they are better at digesting plants then we are, then your absolutely right. But, I worked on a farm as well, and I clearly remember putting 10 lbs in one end, and 9 lbs coming out the other end. To me, that's not very efficient.

Wed, 23 Nov 2011 16:19:46 UTC | #892606

Go to: Food for Thought: 2 videos

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Comment 110 by Rawhard Dickins :

Helga, Mysticjbyrd..

I think artificial meat will have it's day, given time and the commercial will, although ultimately population growth is the big issue.

I feel very strongly about population but there's a trade off between having enough population to create the technical advances we have seen recently and risking the chances of decimation from the next super-bug.

Perhaps then, 7 Billion is about right, though I suspect that gradual growth is important to the financial health of the world.

A huge portion of that 7 Billion people do not even know there is a problem, never mind looking for a solution.

If your argument is that we might miss out on the 2nd Albert Einstein being born...well that is a possibility. BUT, the problem is the population. So to suggest maintaining the unsustainable population in hopes that Albert Jr comes along to fix the problem is insane. Without the unsustainable population, there is no catastrophic problem that needs to be solved.

You could also argue that Albert Jr already exists, but he lost amongst the vast population. He might be answering the phone at Dell in India right now. He just has not had a chance to prove himself yet. The idea of less is more, comes to mind. You have a smaller pool to draw talent from, but each member of the pool you do have can be that much better.

All I am suggesting is to have and enforce population controls, like in china. Which we will be forced to do at some point or another regardless.

Wed, 23 Nov 2011 16:17:27 UTC | #892605

Go to: Republicans insane; want to establish theocracy

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Comment 80 by Hendrix is my gOD :

Comment 68 by sbrogdon

Anyone willing to help me relocate to a different country. Preferably one that isn't going insane.

Sweden is your best bet. At least 85% are non-religious and the prevalence of hot blondes don't hurt either. ...but to answer you question, no I can't help you relocate. Not financially ;-)

Nice...do they speak English there?

Wed, 23 Nov 2011 15:57:41 UTC | #892601

Go to: Republicans insane; want to establish theocracy

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Comment 35 by Functional Atheist :

Take a breath people. The candidates are spouting nonsense, but please bear in mind that Iowa's peculiar caucus system favors "true believers" in both the literal and figurative sense.

At a caucus, voters don't merely show up and cast a ballot, they actively attempt to sway one another in town-hall style meetings, and among Iowa Republicans nobody is more fervent than conservative Catholics and Evangelical Protestants. As a consequence, pandering to the pious is a specific tactic in the run-up to the Iowa caucuses.

The rhetoric will tone down significantly in New Hampshire, and it will be ratcheted down even further during the general election.

I'm not convinced that emulating the purple rhetoric of these candidates is helpful. Jerry Coyne is a good blogger, but his headline, in this case, is alarmist. America's interminably long election process will be even more unbearable if we have to endure, even at this site, panting partisan prose for the next 50 weeks.

So what you are saying is that at best they are not completely crazy, only partially crazy, and are sadistically using religion, a completely non-political issue, to sway the minds of the sheep.

Yah thats much better....

Also, the title is not alarmist, because its exactly what these right wing nuts said in detail. It's not a fictional story, its not a cherry picked quote out of context, its the facts.

Tue, 22 Nov 2011 17:45:07 UTC | #892369