"The point is that the author of the original article made a factually incorrect statement. Turkey and other countries do not declare an official religion for the state in their constitution. In other words, constitution wise, there is a separation…"
"I think we should differentiate between someone who is 'genuinely' (LOL) stupid and someone who is uneducated. The latter may have had certain factors in their life (e.g. economic) that prevented them from getting a decent…"
"Ray, I'm glad to see that your own beliefs are good enough for you. Great. FANTASTIC! Though, I know that believers with think I'm going to hell too... So? They don't think We should have rights. But we do. And there's nothing…"
"Why in the world would you misconstrue what I stated theists believe , and project it onto my own belief ? I'll rephrase it in a more concrete fashion for you , renegade . Theists , monotheists , specifically , believe that nonbelievers will…"
"Renegade, you make it appear as if atheism and theism are both equally valid worldviews . Are you serious ? This has absolutely nothing to do with "kindness" , or any other touchy feely , zen BS . It has to do with a worldview based on…"
"Ray, I'm not quite sure what it is that you are referring to. We have people on the non belief side who also try and impose their beliefs. And challenge what people believe.
It's not about what we think. But how we think. And how we…"
"Really , renegade ? I have no problem with theists believing whatever delusional BS they wish . The problem arises when they start ( and they always do ) trying to impose their beliefs on others through legislation and proselytizing . I have a HUGE…"
"I can resonate with that. Faith is all about accepting what you cannot see and "feeling something." Once you let go of the blind faith and start to THINK for yourself it does all start to seem ridiculous. It's sad that more people…"
"If it helps you be the best person you can be, if it makes you comfortable, if it makes you responcible, then, neither thinking nor feeling is better than the other.
Though, that being said, one shouldn't be a replacement for the other.
Arab atheist. Keen on statistics, science and free (libre) software. Museums are like my second home :-) Very strongly anti-war and believe in universal human rights (civil/political liberties as well as social/economic rights).
Opposition to war is very important to me. This is the only life we have evidence for its existence and we simply have to respect the value of human life.
One of my interests in statistics stems from its ability to disprove many myths that numerous people would otherwise easily believe in (although they sometimes still believe anyway!) Statisticians are the keepers of the scientific method.
The only fundie part of me may relate to my love of functional programming, and just like with my atheism, I often wonder why coders resort to inferior technologies :-) I can safely predict that Haskell will achieve world domination sometime this millennium.
The religion you left
Why you left your religion.
Needs many pages to answer! But here are keywords that shape my beliefs (or lack thereof!): empiricism, scientific method, falsification, justice, ...
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