""Darwinian macroevolution" is a creationist term; no REAL scientists use this term or subscribe to this 'worldview.'
Hell, even 'micro' and 'macro' evolution are terms creationists came up with. When science…"
"I'm just gonna phrase these like I was replying to him; copy/paste or reword at your discretion. I do think its notable that he has not gone on personal attacks (although he has attacked atheism in general a little); but I still think the best…"
"Geez its irritating when people can't bother to actually type in english.
I'm not sure you're going to make any headway on this one. He is too closed off to even reason with.
By his remarks, I can tell he doesn't know the…"
"Good start (be sure to proofread for little grammar bumps).
His current response is starting to push in to 'circular logic' and at the rate his going, an actual rational discussion might be impossible. Are you getting any other chime-ins…"
"I contend that we are both atheists. I just believe in one fewer god than you do. When you understand why you dismiss all the other possible gods, you will understand why I dismiss yours." ~ Stephen Roberts"
"Possibly pose to him, "what qualifies your religion as 'true' other-than your belief?"
Ask him how/why public school funding is criminal. Taxes?
Pam's 'arguments of other gods' are great; along those lines ask…"
"First part I might focus on this, is the the government runs and regulates the school; but they pay educators to do the educating. He paints it like there are politicians in the class room teaching children.
As for not being able to interpret the…"
"For one thing, he's completely straying from the original argument of whether prayer has a place in school or not.
As for the "law of non-contradiction", quantum physics poses an interesting problem. By this law, light can’t be…"
"I'd say overall your response looks good.
Here is a discussion about countering the "founded on christian values" claim; might be handy depending on how they counter you. We can help you get more details along that line if…"
"If I find myself in a setting where there will be group prayer, I simply don't participate. I don't bow my head, fold my hands, close my eyes or say anything. Yet no one is the wiser. My parents and a few other people close to me know…"
"Hi there and welcome to TA.
I don't have a problem giving thanks. I'm a thankful person.
You can always be thankful for having family around, great food, the people that made the food....all the way back to the farmers that grew it and the…"
"I usually don't bow my head, don't close my eyes, and look around while the prayer is going on. It's interesting in a large gathering to see who else is doing the same thing.
If asked to give the prayer, I just decline politely."
Born and raised in the deep south, raised in the church one might expect here (not bat-shit insane, but still full of blind faith, hypocrisy, positive community, snobbery, repression, close-mindedness, love, and "love"). Always loved science. Science won.
Why are you here?
I am here because I am looking for dialog about my new found atheism re: ethics, raising a family without a religious structure, how to deal with highly religious family, et cetera.
The religion you left
Why you left your religion.
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