“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
"How do you define harm? Is it harmful for tv preachers to say that devastating natural disasters are god's punishment because we tolerate homosexuals among us? Is it harmful to teach creationism in science class, as though it is…"
"I think "higher power" is similar to "spirituality" in that the terms cannot be separated from their woo meaning. AA says higher power can be whatever you want it to be, but if you go to a meeting they mean god. In…"
"The extremist, or fundamentalist, is simply adhering more closely to the word as it is written.
Casual, moderate, devout, extremist are all points along the same continuum. The problem is that moderates admire or revere the devout. Then…"
"It sounds like your little guy has been through more than anybody should. But he has a lot more formative years ahead. He will learn how to respond to things from watching how you respond. Not just this event but in all situations. Be…"
"It's like I said; the word is used to delegitimize the very real concerns about islam that rational people have and to make them look silly or hysterical or bigoted.
And I don't understand why we tiptoe around and "criticize the…"
"It's a BS pop-culture slang amalgam of two words. It sounds like some cheerleader made it up to describe the zit she got the day of the homecoming game. You can almost hear the bubblegum smacking when you say it."
If you're asking me, I'd say those are rational fears so not phobias by that criterion. It might be a phobia if you, say, break into a cold trembling sweat when you see a man with a beard or if you run screaming from a picture of a…"
"Wouldn't "extreme" mean to an unreasonable degree? Either way, the intent of the term is to make the fearful person appear silly or hysterical or bigoted; it attempts to delegitimize any reasonable and proportional fear."
"I think the IRS should be up their asses with a magnifying glass, and present them with a nice tax bill next year based on this year's income. Nice fantasy, but nothing will ever threaten their tax exempt status. Just like nothing…"
"It begs the question, "Why is it the staus quo?" Slavery was the status quo because one group considered itself elevated above others. Religion is very good at that but it's not the only ideology that does that. In…"
"More than denounce the violence after the fact, they could take action to prevent the violence. Muslim communities in non-muslim countries seem pretty close-knit. Do they not recognize when a young recent convert is spouting dangerous…"