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Funeral Protocol

Started this discussion. Last reply by Jake LaFort May 22, 2016. 38 Replies

This is a discussion inspired by Keeping my mouth shut.Issue: Once having been accosted by theists with religious rhetoric at a funeral in which you are the person closest to the decedent is it best…Continue

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Jake LaFort replied to Belle Rose's discussion 'I am super scared - we're headed for WW3'
"Belle, i think you are wise to assume that USA is not immune to or from the forces of history.  Maybe you are privy to something i am not. IDK.  And I don't deny that Trump, were he to have his way would be a dictator.  But I…"
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Jake LaFort replied to Belle Rose's discussion 'Calling me kiddo?'
"Typically, kiddo is said in the same context you experienced it...parent/child. In general it implies a differential in power. It can be playful or it can be condescending. Ya have to pay close attention to discern the speaker's intent."
yesterday
Jake LaFort replied to Belle Rose's discussion 'I am super scared - we're headed for WW3'
"Belle, by going to war do you mean another intervention where we have no business like Korea, Vietnam, Iraq etc...or do you mean a war against a super power like Russia or China?  Cuz if it is the latter it may not make a big difference where…"
yesterday
Jake LaFort replied to CDB's discussion 'Limits on freedom of speech'
"Only in extreme situations should the courts become involved.(quite rare) Not so. The case law on free speech alone is voluminous.  (suck it up snowflakes, safe spaces are just PC bullshit and a start to wholesale censorship)   That is a…"
Friday
Jake LaFort replied to CDB's discussion 'Limits on freedom of speech'
"That is technically accurate what you have said. On other hand it is in fact the Supreme Court that defines the limits of free speech. If you read the cases you will see what i mean. Courts are not supposed to legislate... But it is nearly…"
Friday
Jake LaFort replied to CDB's discussion 'Limits on freedom of speech'
"I don't know why you repeat the same criticism. Who makes the decision? The Courts do! This is precisely the domain of courts to promulgate precedent where questions of fact exist. Defining the limits of free speech is for the US Supreme Court…"
Friday
Jake LaFort replied to Viktor Oskin's discussion 'The Creator is, there is no God'
"Here is to hopin that obiter dicta does not stick ta your behind. Your advice is concise and derives from a mind less like a behind. But if it sticks you advertise your licks and regurgitate your mind."
Friday
Jake LaFort replied to Viktor Oskin's discussion 'The Creator is, there is no God'
"I am sick and tired of your sesquipedalian elitism and i speak with a verisimilitude borne of agnotological confusion."
Thursday
Jake LaFort commented on Andrew Brown's blog post 'American Politic'
"Do you have any idea how many state and federal statutes there are?"
Feb 14
Jake LaFort replied to CDB's discussion 'Limits on freedom of speech'
"The oft-given justification for protecting obnoxious speech is legit. It is just that hate speech as aforementioned is beyond the pale. When evaluating constitutional rights the analysis includes a balancing of interests. What interest is being…"
Feb 12
Jake LaFort replied to CDB's discussion 'Limits on freedom of speech'
"retard-making cunt...kill cracker babies...naa, no hate speech that ought to be banned"
Feb 12
Jake LaFort replied to CDB's discussion 'Limits on freedom of speech'
"Speech is broader than words. Burning a flag is an act but it is also speech. Nazis demonstrating is an act but it is also speech. Speech leads to those atrocities. It is the sine qua non of the violence and murders."
Feb 11
Jake LaFort replied to CDB's discussion 'Limits on freedom of speech'
"On the contrary that would be a valuable expenditure of court time. That is precisely the time courts are most valuable. You ought to tell the millions of victims of genocide, pogroms and lynchings that hate speech takes care of its own…"
Feb 10
Jake LaFort replied to CDB's discussion 'Limits on freedom of speech'
"Interestingly that issue has been tried.  And after weighing a hell of a lot of evidence the English court found that the holocaust was substantiated beyond a doubt. And those who deny it are never sincere; it is always a tendentious denial, so…"
Feb 10
Jake LaFort replied to CDB's discussion 'Limits on freedom of speech'
"Me too but it is not a popular position among liberals."
Feb 10
Jake LaFort replied to CDB's discussion 'Limits on freedom of speech'
"That is first grade civics. A foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds. I know i am in minority in my stance. And free speech is an element of a free society that is utterly necessary. But it has limitations. The first amendment is not…"
Feb 10

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About Me:
A bit of a loner but enjoy the camaraderie of others similarly inclined.
Age
19-24
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Single
Why are you here?
to learn
The religion you left
Christian
Why you left your religion.
I left because I realized it to be a big lie.
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How does religion (fundamentalism) affect empathy?

Posted on January 18, 2017 at 12:56am 21 Comments

So I have not given this a lot of thought nor have i often encountered it in books or conversation. The knee jerk answer is (especially for theists who equate religion with morality and good character) that it enhances empathy.

My guess is that in general the greater the degree of fundamentalism the greater the degree of reduction in empathy. What say you?

They're Here

Posted on November 29, 2016 at 11:54am 20 Comments

Time of reckoning. Aliens have arrived. Superior beings are in charge. So much so that the cosmos is understood. All adults are compelled to take a stand as to whether god(s) exist(ed). Answer incorrectly and you are dispatched with extreme prejudice. 

Are you tied in knots and filled with fear? Or do you walk into the moment of truth confessional with aplomb?

Is the typical atheist as certain/carefree in giving her answer as the orthodox theist?

Memes

Posted on November 5, 2016 at 11:26am 1 Comment

Memes have becomes memes.

When i first read Darrel Ray's God Virus I was confused as to whether he was positing a real phenomenon or was drawing an analogy. And when i hear or read others expand on or elaborate about some meme or other i am similarly unsure as to what is meant.

So for anybody who is a proponent of memes are you making a metaphor or do you mean that there is some observable and measurable phenomenon. Is there a change at the molecular level once a person has…

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Disaster

Posted on October 19, 2016 at 11:22am 4 Comments

I have the over/under at 27.

Tell me where we can go with this now?

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Calling me kiddo?

Started by Belle Rose in Society. Last reply by Belle Rose 12 hours ago. 16 Replies

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