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gay marriage decision

Started this discussion. Last reply by Karen Eliot 12 hours ago. 6 Replies

To my way of thinking, the most heartening aspect of the Court’s gay-marriage decision is the fact that, according to the latest polls, 63% of Americans support it.  What that tells me is that 63% of…Continue

A Cult of ANTI-REASON

Started this discussion. Last reply by Unseen Jun 20. 12 Replies

First of all, in order to keep from inviting a glut of emails, I am asking that only Christians reply.Christianity is a cult - a cult of UNREASON.  Everything about Christianity is an implicit or…Continue

Bill Nye's dubious hypothesis

Started this discussion. Last reply by Davis Goodman May 17. 79 Replies

Bill Nye has just authoritatively pontificated that life “MUST EXIST” beyond our planet.  But, just like theists, he has nothing to offer in the way of empirical evidence to support his belief, only…Continue

Empirical evidence for God?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Dr. Bob May 22. 53 Replies

Does any actual evidence for God exist?Faith is not evidence.  Countless people have had complete faith that the world would end on a particular date.  It didn’t; therefore, faith does not qualify as…Continue

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Karen Eliot replied to Dale Headley's discussion 'gay marriage decision'
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Beth replied to Dale Headley's discussion 'gay marriage decision'
"Not to mention the fact that scripture repeatedly contradicts itself, because it was written by several different authors with several different agendas, then edited and changed by several more people with their own agendas. Also, it's ancient…"
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Ed replied to Dale Headley's discussion 'gay marriage decision'
"The evolution of American culture, while painfully slow, does seem to be going in a direction which ensures greater equality for all our citizens, especially for those who don't fit the portrait of White Anglo Saxon America. The Conservative…"
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Gallup's Mirror replied to Dale Headley's discussion 'gay marriage decision'
"One of the best outcomes of this ruling is that 'gay marriage' is no more. It's just marriage now. Let the battles rage on until gay housing, gay public accommodation, gay employment and gay adoption are just... housing,…"
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Davis Goodman replied to Dale Headley's discussion 'gay marriage decision'
"If Americans really believed in God, men would tell their women to shut up, keep quiet in church and totally forget about make-up and nice clothes. Americans should utterly hate if not despise the rich, never swear an oath. Also (and…"
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Joseph Stephen Reilly replied to Dale Headley's discussion 'gay marriage decision'
"While I feel that your speculation as to the motivation for people's feeling has a good grounding, I, personally, do not base my support for gay matrimony on religious or antireligious grounds.  My support for gay rights, of any and all…"
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Dale Headley replied to Unseen's discussion 'The Problem of Omniscience'
"There is also the concomitant problem of the omnipotence/omnibenevolence paradox - that God is simultaneously all powerful and all good.  Christians believe that all goodness and morality flows from God, therefore they must believe He always…"
Friday
Dale Headley replied to Julie W's discussion 'Obama's pulpit: Should elected officials be preaching theology?'
"I agree with many of your points, Julie, but my slight discomfort is not with having a President who is a Christian, giving a Christian eulogy, in a Christian Church for a deceased Christian, but the fact that he chose to mix politics with it.…"
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Dale Headley replied to Julie W's discussion 'Obama's pulpit: Should elected officials be preaching theology?'
"Keep in mind that this was a EULOGY, delivered in a Christian church.  If it had been delivered in a unitarian church, I'm sure the content would have been mostly, if not entirely secular.  If one is going to accept the invitation to…"
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gay marriage decision

To my way of thinking, the most heartening aspect of the Court’s gay-marriage decision is the fact that, according to the latest polls, 63% of Americans support it.  What that tells me is that 63% of the American people do not believe this country is or should be ruled by a “Magic Man in the Sky.”  Leading up to the decision, Americans were inundated, especially by “Fox News,” with religious claims that marriage exists only between a man and a woman as ordained by God and as transmitted to us…See More
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Unseen replied to Dale Headley's discussion 'A Cult of ANTI-REASON'
"Hitler's program was neither secular nor religious in the usual sense of either word. It was political but based on some cockamamie eclectic views that were more philosophical than religious."
Jun 20
Erock68la replied to Dale Headley's discussion 'A Cult of ANTI-REASON'
"Yeah, Hitler was certainly not mainstream. Perhaps he was another cafeteria xian who made some odd and extreme selections. But he certainly was not atheist or secular like Bob was implying."
Jun 20
Unseen replied to Dale Headley's discussion 'A Cult of ANTI-REASON'
""What Christian principles did Hitler follow?"There are several anti-semitic passages in the new testament. Hitler wasn't much of a follower, though. I'd say he took that principle to a whole new level. Passages does not equal…"
Jun 20
Erock68la replied to Dale Headley's discussion 'A Cult of ANTI-REASON'
""What Christian principles did Hitler follow?" There are several anti-semitic passages in the new testament. Hitler wasn't much of a follower, though. I'd say he took that principle to a whole new level. "Did Hitler treat…"
Jun 20
Unseen replied to Dale Headley's discussion 'A Cult of ANTI-REASON'
"What Christian principles did Hitler follow? Did Hitler treat others in a Christian way? Did Hitler justify his actions by reference to The Bible? Hitler was raised Catholic, but by the time he became a political figure, it would seem he was more…"
Jun 20
Erock68la replied to Dale Headley's discussion 'A Cult of ANTI-REASON'
"Let's not confuse new, American, pro-Israel, warm n fuzzy xianity with old-school, anti-semitic, pre-holocaust, European xianity."
Jun 20

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About Me:
I am a retired teacher. I taught science. I taught evolution. I never met another teacher who either taught or understood evolution. I never met another PERSON who understood evolution. But I've met plenty of people who believe there's an old white, bearded man in the sky who controls their lives. Go figure.
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I would like to share my disrespect for all religions, but most especially my extreme distaste for Christianity.
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Was never a part of one
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scriptural favorites

Posted on November 28, 2012 at 5:50pm 1 Comment

I am occasionally asked to explain when I became an atheist.  I have several stock answers, but one of my favorite is, “When I read the Bible.”  

Here are a few selected verses from both the Old and New Testaments that pretty much explicate both the “morality” and “compassion” of God.  Choose one, some, or all of them at your leisure.  If you only have the energy to choose one, I recommend my favorite:  2 Kings 2:23-24. 

Or if you’re too lazy to bother looking them up at…

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flawed education

Posted on October 15, 2012 at 7:42pm 16 Comments

Here is a question many of you would probably consider a bit whimsical, if not heretical; but I assure you, it has a dead serious intent.  If you were education czar, what would YOU require be taught (or not taught) in American schools?

Let me get you started.  Here are three things that I believe SHOULD be taught but AREN’T: metric system; evolution; critical thinking.

And here are three that ARE being taught, but SHOULDN’T: spelling; long division; propaganda.

My full…

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Making God

Posted on October 7, 2012 at 6:59pm 10 Comments

Imagine that there is no God.  So your species has a meeting and decides it wants or needs at least one god.  What kind of god would you propose?  What would be its attributes?  Its powers?  Its motivations?  I have definite ideas about that, which I may post here later; but the purpose here is not to debate MY conception of an ideal god, but to give you the opportunity to describe yours.  Details, please!  

the ultimate prayer

Posted on February 12, 2011 at 3:49pm 3 Comments

   I just read Richard Raymond's atheist prayer.  Here's mine, verbatim.

   Dear God.  Kill me.  Please!  I have lived a full life with no (well, a few small ones, maybe) regrets.  I'm ready to terminate my existence.  I'm waiting, God.  Nothing's happening.  I'll try a little harder: please, please, pretty please, oh great God.  I know you have the power to kill me; so why don't you?  It shouldn't be too hard; after all, I'm 75 years old. You could just give me a heart attack.  God,…

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At 7:43pm on June 5, 2011, Stephen Charles said…
Hey Dale, all I was saying is that it saddens me greatly how people can still get away with dishonouring the bill of rights in the western world. Especially when it's children. I mean, I thought beating and restraining a child in an uncomfortable position as well as subjecting them to mental and verbal abuse was illegal, but maybe that's just me.
 
 
 

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