“I'll tell you what you did with Atheists for about 1500 years. You outlawed them from the universities or any teaching careers, besmirched their reputations, banned or burned their books or their…Continue
"@ Dr. Bob
There's no doubt it does some good for the people doing the praying, especially if they don't think too deeply about it. They feel like they really care and they feel like they are good people who are actually doing…"
"The difference now is portable worldwide instantaneous communication. It's harder and harder to find any isolated pockets of anything. It makes good ideas like freedom, equality, and democracy very hard to kill. Unfortunately it also makes bad…"
"I don't think the Dawkins Scale is intended to offer anyone an identity. It just clarifies and simplifies the different possible positions on one issue. That being said, I'd favor a six-point Likert over Dawkins' seven-point; I think…"
"My point is that religion repeatedly attacks science, education, and freedom of expression with whatever means they have at their disposal, and we must be vigilant in protecting those things every time they are threatened. Xians in the US have few…"
"As long as scientific advancement continues, as long as real education using critical thinking exists, as long as the freedom to think and say what we want exists, the human race will continue to evolve away from the need for religion and…"
"Good for you. It sounds like you have lots of help and support.
You said you have been trying to get some kind of understanding for a long time. Is it that it's that difficult to understand, or is it possibly maybe that the…"
"You are definitely playing with fire. Have you thought about it in terms of an addiction? Some of your comments sound almost like an addict's famous last words before he falls off the wagon, hard. IMO cold turkey is the way to go. You…"
"Unseen - I'm not sure doing something because we've always done it is a sound basis for foreign policy. How long should we stay that course? Under what conditions do you think it would be a bad idea to continue supporting Israel?"
"The main reason the US is allied with Israel is because the religious right/moral majority nutjobs and their elected representatives believe the Israelites are the chosen people of god. They believe that if we are friends with them come…"