So? Isn't that the same with saying, fundies are better to debate than Dustin Sanders, thus making Dustin Sanders worse? Come on...
Anyway, did you read my post in which I said you sometimes sound like a religious zealot, and, if yes, do you think that offends you or did you take it as advice, regardless if it's good or bad?
Ok. I finally got why I almost lost it in that other post... You are doing it again here and you have done it in other posts too.
I did not say that by what you said you meant that Dustin Sanders is worse than a fundie in any way possible, I just said that by that you meant Dustin Sanders is worse debate wise than a fundie. By logic, that is what you said, no matter how you put it.
And that's what I meant when I said that you sometimes you sound like a religious zealot. I meant that you sometimes are so passionate about something that you forget to see some good points other are mentioning and that affects your opinions and your replies overall (at least for me). I didn't mean that you are a religious zealot in every way possible (as a matter a fact I said only that you sound like one sometimes, not that you are one); you don't hate homosexuals, you don't go to church, you don't hate atheists (that would be really stupid wouldn't it?, as your religious status seems to be 'Atheist' on your profile page), and you don't do anything only a religious zealot does. That's why I got a little angry in that other post. Because you have the habit to see some things only as far as it fits your point. And it didn't actually have anything to do with organ donation at all, it was a general suggestion, regarding the way you see things respond and make your points/posts. That was all.
I am not criticising anything. I was just making a suggestion. I really hoped that you got that by now, but I am, again, disappointed, as you seem to take everything as a personal attack. I thought you are more open to suggestions or advices from people, especially a really well-meant one from a fellow atheist.
P.S.: I forgot to mention that you sometimes sound like a religious zealot. That may be a good thing only when you analyze anything and in an impartial manner, otherwise your posts can't really be enjoyed or appreciated (and that's a shame because you do have very good points sometimes).
The fact that I actually give an argument and what it is my sincere opinion refutes any hint of personal attack. That's the thing that really bothers me. Because I really explained why I said that even in the original post, just so it wouldn't come out as a personal attack. Taking it out of context, it is a personal attack, otherwise you should really consider the whole post/sentence. I know it doesn't really help as you don't really see what I mean and because it's off topic, but these things should be discussed to minimalize the chance of something like this happening again. I have wrote what and why I really meant by that remark, but it seems like it is not enough. I shall do it more boldly from now on.
By being more bold I mean something like 'This is not a personal attack, just an opinion.' (a little larger) at the end of every opinion towards another member of this community.
This is not a hissy-fit. I would and probably am going to do this to avoid any more warnings, because from my experience on other online communities multiple warnings end up in the ban or suspension of that member, and I don't want to do anything to jeopardize in anyway my membership on this online community, the only community I belong to.
I am an organ donator in case of death and have given my body to an anatomic institute of the nearest medical university. As long as there are too less donators and a huge demand (in Germany we have a lack of 12000 kidneys a year), there will be organ trafficking: organized f.ex. by italian mafia N'drangheta or actual prime minister of kosovo Hashim Thaci..see:www.focus.de/politik/videos/organhandel-und-auftragsmorde-schwere-vorwuerfe-gegen-kosovo-ministerpraeside.
Alright. I am going to explain one more time what I have in mind. I am in support of legalizing financial compensation for people willing to give up their organs after death. I say only for those willing, because if it would be mandatory it would have a lot of opposition and it would be classified as a bad idea from the start by the religious people, that are still a majority pretty much everywhere. This conclusion seems a logical one, as the number of organs available would increase consistently. I am, in no way, in support of legalizing or accepting organ trafficking.
I am going to make a parallel between legalizing financial compensation for organs after death and legalizing prostitution. This doesn't mean that I think prostitution is more vital than organ donation, I just want you guys to follow the same train of thought you did on that subject. A lot of you agree that legalizing prostitution and concentrating in making it safer for the women that are willing and age appropriate to do it, and concentrate on getting rid of the pimps, the ones actually responsible for all the cases of human trafficking, kidnapping, etc. is a good idea and a lot of people would benefit from it (safer and actual jobs for the women willing to do it, no more human trafficking because we would concentrate on putting the pimps and human traffickers in jail not the women/girls that are either just trying to make a living, etc.). With organ donation it would be the same. You legalize financial compensation for organs after death, you get more organs, legally, and you concentrate on fighting the actual organ traffickers, like you would do with the pimps/human traffickers. A lot of people would benefit and would actually be grateful even if some not directly, but only by being glad that they are still alive.
I do not support the idea that people who actually need those organs should pay for them. I am in support of creating a governmental program that will buy all organs from people willing to give them up, or from people that are unwilling to just donate them without expecting any money in return.
People that are willing only to donate and not expect money in return, can still do just that. You do not take the heroism out of donating organs just by legalizing financial compensation. You can still be a hero, even a greater hero if you choose to just donate your organs even if you have the chance to get money for them. I am not saying that demanding money for your organs is better or even as good as just donating them, but I think it is a decision we should have to make whether we like it or not for the greater good and the whole point of donating organs, which people seem to miss when it comes to this subject: avoiding the death of more people. Again, I am in support of this only if it is organized and if we still fight organ trafficking.
I think this time I did the best I can making it pretty clear what I am thinking, and all in the same post so no confusion is created. I expect some opinions and actual arguments pro and against this. I may have missed some points, that's normal, and I would respond to any questions as best as I can and as far as my knowledge goes.
In Europe we have actually several legal situations: there are countries where organs from dead persons may be taken and given to the european organ distribution system (already existing in La Hague, no money given to families of dead donators) , if the donator at lifetime or his closest family members after his death hasn't forbidden to do so; and there are countries where organs from dead persons may only be taken and given to the european organ distribution system only if the donator has
allowed it by his allowance (we have donator passports).
(for details see and translate with google: www.organtransplant.com
I didn't know, until now, that the 'racist boy' thing was dealt with in another discussion. Like I've said, I chose to stop reading that discussion after a few posts.
Again, my post that contained the 'religious zealot' remark was meant as a friendly suggestion, but I do see the reasons for your concern. I probably took it too personal. Sorry. :) I just hate being misunderstood, especially when I do my best to explain why I say something, and I wanted to clarify it, again.
And, yes, if you would have used 'ad hominem remark' and not 'ad hominem attack' it would have been more accurate. And I don't see an ad hominem remark as a bad thing, especially if it is meant to improve the quality of the discussion overall.
Anyway, I hope that this is my last post about this and I hope that my last meaningful post on this thread would not be overlookd, and that we can continue the original discussion.
Oh, I do have another question... after how many warnings should a member start to worry and what can be the consequences? It isn't really specified in the Debate Guidelines and I would really like to know.