"Constitutional right may be automatic, but aren't guaranteed to be fixed permanently in stone. Hence the "2nd Amendment" They can be changed or withdrawn at any time, although the process to make this happen in the US may be somewhat…"
"Rights aren't automatic. People must show that they are worthy of them, and there is sufficient history to suggest that not all Americans are deserving.
If you allow a child to have unfettered access to chocolate, and the child gorges itself on…"
"Exactly - for every theory put forward, there will be those that agree, and those that don't. People will look for the argument that supports their pre-existing position, and that's the problem. The debates will rumble on, and nothing will…"
"Well, I haven't seen much of the research, you're probably ahead of me on that, but you can bet that much of it will be conflicting, depending on the agendas of the people that are doing it or interpreting it.
The problem is the vested…"
"I take you point, but I also think that everything needs to be kept in proportion and perspective, and I'm not sure that it is, at the moment.
Aggression and violence are as much a part of the human make-up as altruism & care. Simply…"
"Who knows? I guess it's a very individual thing, and varies from one person to another. Science almost certainly influences some peoples' awakening. and for others it will just be a question of them daring to think for themselves.…"
"Everyone is born completely atheist. Sadly, the poison of religion is introduced for many immediately after being born, and continues for the rest of their lives. Returning to the natural state of atheism is often a very difficult, painful and even…"
"Thank you, Roberta - you are most kind.
Just to add further encouragement...
Many of the most famous intellects the world has known were, or are, dyslexic. (I'm not suggesting at all, Peggy, that you are dyslexic, merely recognising that…"
"I should have also added: Don't be afraid of people disagreeing with any of your ideas. Diversity of opinion is the basis of great debating, and that's a fundamental aspect of this site. It may even help to develop your own thinking about…"
"Perhaps one of the most useful Christian phrases might apply here: "Let him who is without sin cast the first stone".
Atheism is all about freedom of thought and expression. Those that would try to stifle it out of a feeling of…"
"Maybe the answer is to argue (y)our atheism in a way that projects it as an alternative view to theirs, and not a that it's a superior one. No-one wants to be made to feel stupid for their beliefs, but it's easy for atheists to imply…"
"The non-existence of god, or gods, can never be disproved - it just can't, so give up on that notion. To disprove it, you'd have to get the theists to state, exactly and unequivocally, exactly how their god manifests itself so that…"
"The idea that one can be too young to be an atheist is absurd.
You are BORN atheist. You have no belief in a god, because no-one has put that idea into your head yet. The truth is that you're too young to be a Christian, or a Muslim, or a Jew,…"
"Really? What kind of thinking is THAT? Spoiled children get what they want when they "insist" on having something by throwing a tantrum. Loving parents will resist spoiling their kids, and give them a sense of proportion - a much more…"
"\o/ Hi, British atheist here...
I'm sick of christians claiming the moral high ground, when the actions of many of them, guided by their religion, are clearly immoral. It's as if they're the only ones who are able to live good lives.…"