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Remembering Leonard Nimoy ('Mr. Spock' on Star Trek)

Started this discussion. Last reply by Gary Clouse Mar 2. 16 Replies

Star Trek actor and director Leonard Nimoy has died at the age of 83. Are you a fan of Star Trek? Did Star Trek or the Mr. Spock character have any influence on your life? If so, in what way? Please…Continue

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Pope Francis condemns Charlie Hebdo killers, then adds a 'but'

Started this discussion. Last reply by _Robert_ Feb 16. 1 Reply

Pope Francis, speaking about the recent terror attacks in France, defended free speech but said there are limits and people should not make fun of other people's faith.Is the Pope making the right…Continue

New: Richard Dawkins reads his hate mail

Started this discussion. Last reply by Gallup's Mirror Feb 15. 6 Replies

Did you laugh when you watched this video? I did.I think partly it's because of Dawkins' deadpan delivery but mostly it's because the comments are so sincere in their animus, stupidity and impotence.…Continue

Should 'personal belief' vaccine exemptions be allowed?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Ron Humphrey Feb 13. 25 Replies

"Responding to an outbreak of measles that has infected more than 100 people, two California lawmakers said on Wednesday they would introduce legislation to end the right of parents in the state to…Continue

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Gallup's Mirror replied to Unseen's discussion 'An atheist has to be a moral/ethical relativist'
"Except if the ethical statement itself is factually and reasonably true, in which case it's not a matter of my personal opinion, but of your irrational denial."
Mar 16
Gallup's Mirror replied to Unseen's discussion 'An atheist has to be a moral/ethical relativist'
"...you'd be crackpots like those who "disagree" with standards like the shape of the Earth. "
Mar 16
Gallup's Mirror replied to Unseen's discussion 'An atheist has to be a moral/ethical relativist'
"In my experience, the incompetent debater is rarely capable of admitting an error. Instead, he shuts down the discussion using intellectual dishonesty. In this case, Simon, you're simply refusing to become informed and issuing unreasoned…"
Mar 15
Gallup's Mirror replied to Unseen's discussion 'An atheist has to be a moral/ethical relativist'
"I've been pointing out, Simon, that others (including Sam Harris) have done so already, or have at least made the initial case that science may address ethical questions. I think the diminutive reference to 'mere' reason is the…"
Mar 14
Gallup's Mirror replied to Unseen's discussion 'An atheist has to be a moral/ethical relativist'
"And that, my liege, is how we know the Earth to be banana-shaped. "
Mar 14
Gallup's Mirror replied to Unseen's discussion 'An atheist has to be a moral/ethical relativist'
"ISIS bases its morality on Islam, not scientific empiricism. Religion is handy should you ever again find yourself defending ISIS and genocide as examples of equitable and philosophically justifiable morality. Ethical realism allows no such defense,…"
Mar 14
Gallup's Mirror replied to Unseen's discussion 'An atheist has to be a moral/ethical relativist'
"That's be cause we refuted the claim that atheists must be ethical relativists and that ethical values cannot be derived objectively based on facts. Nobody claimed to refute that ethical relativism exists. "
Mar 14
Gallup's Mirror replied to Unseen's discussion 'An atheist has to be a moral/ethical relativist'
"That claim has been systematically repeated in this thread, as opposed to addressing numerous rebuttals which have shown it to be false. I'm pointing this out again for the sake of an informed readership (as opposed to those incorrigibly…"
Mar 14
Gallup's Mirror replied to Unseen's discussion 'An atheist has to be a moral/ethical relativist'
"de·lu·sion dəˈlo͞oZHən/ noun: delusion; plural noun: delusions an idiosyncratic belief or impression that is firmly maintained despite being contradicted by what is generally accepted as reality or rational argument, typically a…"
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Gallup's Mirror replied to Unseen's discussion 'An atheist has to be a moral/ethical relativist'
"Unseen's example of an ethical dilemma only illustrates that an objective result can be interpreted subjectively (for instance, in terms of its usefulness). Case in point: a map may tell you objectively that Penn station is exactly 100 meters…"
Mar 9
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Gallup's Mirror replied to Unseen's discussion 'An atheist has to be a moral/ethical relativist'
"I did not "redefined ethics" as "earth/air/fire/water or whatever it is". You are a liar. We're done here. "
Mar 4
Gallup's Mirror replied to Unseen's discussion 'An atheist has to be a moral/ethical relativist'
"I only follow maps of lower Manhattan which conform with my attitude, opinion and belief that they must help me reach my destination in the best possible manner. If the map does not help, or if opinions differ on what is the best possible route--…"
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Gallup's Mirror replied to Unseen's discussion 'An atheist has to be a moral/ethical relativist'
"Fixed. Thank you."
Mar 3
Gallup's Mirror replied to Unseen's discussion 'An atheist has to be a moral/ethical relativist'
"How can any system claim to serve pudding on Wednesdays, pay the mortgage, and groom the prettiest ponies in the world when they need it most? Please. Ethical realism evaluates objective features for accuracy using objective standards.…"
Mar 3
Gallup's Mirror replied to Unseen's discussion 'An atheist has to be a moral/ethical relativist'
"I think we agree in principle on this point, except that it's more precise-- at least based on the fact-based ethical system you're citing-- to describe some of what the ancient Greeks did as ethically harmful. "
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I'm an atheist. That tells you nothing about what I believe. It tells you exactly one thing I do not believe.

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This describes my atheism: God is unproved, not disproved.

Crackpot: God exists!
Me: Evidence, please.
Crackpot: There is none.
Me: I don't believe you.

That's it. That's all it is. The rest is just the crackpot employing some bit of dishonesty to obfuscate or deny it.

He'll shift the burden of evidence onto me. ("Prove God doesn't exist!").
He'll claim to have evidence when he does not. ("Lookee here! Purely abstract mathematics! That's evidence!").
He'll say he doesn't need evidence. ("God is too big for evidence!")
He'll completely ignore the request for evidence and won't respond at all. (This is very popular.)
He'll restate the request for evidence as an accusation or insult. ("You hate God!" "How dare you question my faith!")
He'll pin God to ignorance. ("You can't explain X so God is the only explanation!")
And on and on and on. Anything but evidence.

There is no case to be made for the existence of God. There is nothing to debate, nothing to consider: no evidence, no data, not a shred of the scientific whatsoever. The rest is just the outraged caterwauling of the crackpot, desperately insisting that any such "debate" over God exists at all.

That is why I am an atheist.
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2016 Presidential Election: Who do you think will run?

Posted on February 26, 2014 at 7:30pm 18 Comments

The New York Times published the results of a poll today in which 64% of all American adults said they would like to see Hillary Clinton run for President in 2016. Among independent voters, 52% would like to see Clinton run. These percentages are nearly double those for the most-preferred Republicans; Ron Paul, Jeb Bush, and Chris Christie. Clinton…

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Happy March Equinox

Posted on March 20, 2013 at 12:00am 2 Comments

Today, March 20, 2013, the day and night will be of equal length, an event which is the Vernal Equinox in the northern hemisphere and the Autumnal Equinox in the southern hemisphere. For some reason, Christians like to celebrate this as the time Jesus rose from the dead, hungering for the flesh of the living, and longing to paint chicken eggs with vinegar dye. Or something like that. Anyway, enjoy it. It only happens twice every year. The equinox I mean, not the zombie…

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Happy 204th Birthday Charles Darwin

Posted on February 12, 2013 at 3:34am 2 Comments

Charles Darwin 

12 February 1809 – 19 April 1882

FFRF Attorney Andrew Seidel destroys Bill O'Reilly on Fox "News"

Posted on January 30, 2013 at 10:15am 3 Comments

I enjoyed watching Freedom From Religion Foundation Staff Attorney Andrew Seidel go on Fox "News" and destroy goon Bill O'Reilly on January 18, 2013.

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At 10:22am on September 11, 2014, Diedre Woolgar said…

Thank you Gallup - it was wonderful to be able to come to terms with my views on religion after a life time of questioning and doubt.   I look forward to exploring this site as I get the time.  

At 1:51am on June 19, 2014, Belle Rose said…
Thank you Gallup! I can't stay away! Lol
At 4:06am on February 28, 2014, Jamie Maclean said…

Thank you.

At 3:15am on February 28, 2014, Jane Sandler said…

Why thank you!

At 8:47pm on February 26, 2014, Tod Randall Bothom said…

I am very glad to be here and hopefully contribute something.

At 10:09pm on December 7, 2013, Diane said…

Hi there. I don't think we've interacted much, but I read a lot of things you've written.  Never a dull moment!

At 10:16pm on February 19, 2013, Jen said…

Thank you... My loved one is in Rehab getting help they are Christian and Im obviously am not. I want the help in copeing with his alcoholism

At 4:58pm on January 2, 2013, Heather Spoonheim said…

But it always comes down to step 3, ha ha ha!

At 10:43am on December 28, 2012, Heather Spoonheim said…

Hey!  This cracker tastes like....people!!!

At 5:07pm on December 15, 2012, Reg The Fronkey Farmer said…

Sorry just saw your reply. Yes Tom Morello is in both bands.

 
 
 

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