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Atheism: Individual vs. Group Identity

Started this discussion. Last reply by Pope Beanie Aug 7, 2013. 32 Replies

This is not intended as a strict dichotomy -- grey area is just fine --, but do you view atheism or aspects of atheism as being defined individually or defined as a group? This is about personal…Continue

Is a Lawless Universe Nonsense?

Started this discussion. Last reply by H3xx Jul 7, 2013. 24 Replies

Can a universe exist which has no natural/ physical/ scientific laws?N.B. In using the term 'law', I am not talking about a formalized human definition of a physical relationship/ pattern/ property;…Continue

Capitalizing 'atheism'

Started this discussion. Last reply by Suzanne Olson-Hyde Apr 2, 2013. 67 Replies

This is not a particularly deep thread, but it seems to me that the prevalence of 'Atheism' with a capital 'A' is growing. 'Atheism' is a common noun, not a proper noun, so in English it should not…Continue

U.S. Supreme Court Same-Sex Marriage: Bets?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Unseen Mar 28, 2013. 30 Replies

California Prop. 8 and DoMA have found their way before the Supreme Court of the United States. Seems like they'd rather avoid making a ruling altogether at the moment.I've been gleaming bits and…Continue

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kris feenstra replied to Unseen's discussion 'Remember our discussion about the baker who turned down gay business?'
"Wait, is this cake similar to the sort of soup you get from a waiter you've really pissed off?"
yesterday
kris feenstra replied to Unseen's discussion 'Remember our discussion about the baker who turned down gay business?'
"I would want to eat a piece of that cake. You are literally taking their message, destroying it, and running it through your digestive system. I don't know how you could symbolically disrespect it less. Also, I like cake."
yesterday
kris feenstra commented on Davis Goodman's blog post 'Who didn't see this coming? :('
"I agree with Ed. In a perfect world, we'd save everyone. Failing that, we'd at least be certain they were fully informed and truly consenting on the path they take. There is some responsibility of the state to make sure children are cared…"
yesterday
kris feenstra replied to Unseen's discussion 'Remember our discussion about the baker who turned down gay business?'
"From my perspective, if the service requested falls within services she provides, she needs a non-discriminatory reason for refusing. In this case, if writing custom cake messages is something she does as a regular service, then yes, should should…"
yesterday
kris feenstra replied to Unseen's discussion 'France has strict gun laws. Why didn’t that save Charlie Hebdo victims?'
"I won't pretend I've read every post in the thread, but I don't see where anyone is saying 'the gun did it'. No one is saying that giving up, controlling, banning or outright destroying all firearms would end violence and…"
Friday
kris feenstra replied to Unseen's discussion 'France has strict gun laws. Why didn’t that save Charlie Hebdo victims?'
"I would think most people accept this, but I don't find people who are concerned about homicides think there is only one problem or one solution for all violence. Firearms are just treated as one significant exacerbating factor."
Thursday
kris feenstra replied to Unseen's discussion 'France has strict gun laws. Why didn’t that save Charlie Hebdo victims?'
""First off why are you only concerned by gun death?" The discussion at hand is firearms and firearm deaths, so it's natural that's what a person would be talking about in this thread. On what basis you you reason Mo does not care…"
Wednesday
kris feenstra replied to Unseen's discussion 'France has strict gun laws. Why didn’t that save Charlie Hebdo victims?'
"I'm not saying I would accept your position on what difference in Americans results in higher gun crimes/ deaths than other nations mentioned in the thread. I won't attack it either. It's just other people have already outlined…"
Tuesday
kris feenstra replied to Unseen's discussion 'France has strict gun laws. Why didn’t that save Charlie Hebdo victims?'
"It was a given it is generic by definition as it applies to the genus 'Americans'. That doesn't answer the question."
Tuesday
kris feenstra replied to Unseen's discussion 'France has strict gun laws. Why didn’t that save Charlie Hebdo victims?'
"I suppose death is the absolute safest place from harm.You could say 'fail-safe' in this scenario."
Tuesday
kris feenstra replied to Unseen's discussion 'France has strict gun laws. Why didn’t that save Charlie Hebdo victims?'
"Voting is a bizarre. If you wanted to ease firearm restrictions in Canada, I'd bet voters would act similarly to voters in parts of America when more restrictive firearm legislation is proposed: the people who want things to remain the same as…"
Tuesday
kris feenstra replied to Unseen's discussion 'France has strict gun laws. Why didn’t that save Charlie Hebdo victims?'
"Millions of lives saved."
Monday
kris feenstra replied to Unseen's discussion 'France has strict gun laws. Why didn’t that save Charlie Hebdo victims?'
"Per 1000,000 people, so it's a fraction of a percent. This is the averaged rate between the sexes. In all four nations, the rate for men was substantially higher than that of women."
Monday
kris feenstra replied to Unseen's discussion 'France has strict gun laws. Why didn’t that save Charlie Hebdo victims?'
"N.B. These examples were picked only because they were the places I had seen discussed so far in the thread. It's not intended to paint some comprehensive picture. "
Monday
kris feenstra replied to Unseen's discussion 'France has strict gun laws. Why didn’t that save Charlie Hebdo victims?'
"It's difficult to compare. Nations aren't consistent in how they report and classify crimes, and it's often difficult to get data for the same year for every nation. As a half-assed summary, wikipedia organizes data reasonably well,…"
Monday
kris feenstra replied to Unseen's discussion 'France has strict gun laws. Why didn’t that save Charlie Hebdo victims?'
"What is that difference? Is it genetic? Cultural? Environmental? Economic? Something else?"
Monday

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Atheist
Age
25-30
Why are you here?
That's a good question, but I don't really know.

Most things in life are atheistic as far as I'm concerned. I don't need a god to enjoy a nice dinner, or to be a good person, to do my job, to scratch a cat's head (et cetera, ad nauseum), so I guess you could say that I appreciate a place where life and philosophy can exist without God being crudely tacked on to the end of everything.

Does that mean I'm not interested in talking about religion at all? No, religion is fascinating (even if sometimes aggravating), but civilized people should be able to hold discussions on the subject matter without relying on a theistic bias.
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Limericks/ Alliterations/ Nonsense

Posted on October 18, 2012 at 8:00pm 16 Comments

This morning, during my morning routine (shower, dress, walk to work, coffee), my mind kept spinning over silly wordplay. Below are the products of boredom and insufficient sleep.

There once was a very bright girl

Who thought she'd give free thought a whirl.

Now her faith slowly dies

As she sees all the lies

Of religion begin to unfurl.

I learned before my chest grew hair

Nature's beauty is without compare.

To explain it with magic

And…

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On Calling people 'Trolls'

Posted on July 13, 2012 at 2:30pm 10 Comments

Don't get me wrong, there are some cases where it does need to be said, but I feel people are too quick to level accusations of trolldom.  Furthermore, there is an assumption that because a troll thread continues, the troll was successful, but it doesn't work that way.  If the people in the thread are having fun, or are getting fulfillment out of the dialog the thread generates, it's not a very successful troll.  No one really fell for anything.

Outside of fair warning for others in…

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Austria: Pastafarian Headgear Recognized on Driver's License

Posted on July 13, 2011 at 2:00pm 2 Comments

source: BBC News  (pictures and full story)

 

An Austrian atheist has won the right to be shown on his driving-licence photo wearing a pasta strainer as "religious headgear".



Niko Alm first applied for the licence three years ago after reading that headgear was allowed in official pictures only for confessional reasons.



Mr Alm said the sieve was a requirement of his…

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An Unsurprising Riot, but it Still Gets Me Down.

Posted on June 16, 2011 at 5:00am 4 Comments

(for context, the Vancouver riot after the final Cup game last night)

 

I made the mistake of looking at pictures of the riot before it was time to go to bed. I should have known better, as I always take these things to heart. It's well past any hour where I can still form coherent thoughts. It challenges my faith in people that so many were so weak-willed that they were readily swept up in such hate-filled hysteria. Apparently, there are two 'sapiens' too many in Homo sapiens…

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At 7:08pm on August 8, 2013, Gregg R Thomas said…

No problem, I'm good with that.

At 7:45pm on June 4, 2013, Dave G said…
How's it going, Kris?
At 11:45pm on February 28, 2013, Richard Bohn said…

My apologies, re: "...your adherents...", I worded it wrong, only meant adherents of the atheist persuasion. Sorry :-) And thanks for your pleasant and reasoned reply...

At 5:15pm on February 28, 2013, Richard Bohn said…
I have been very respectful in my posts and I'm no more trying to advocate my argument than my hostile responders are. But I am not using words like 'deluded', 'dumb ass' etc. This site claims it is trying to change how atheists are viewed-- how about teaching your adherents some respect rather than warning me about something I am doing that all the rest are doing. Perhaps this notice is just the first step in getting am alternative perspective removed from the discussion.
At 9:30pm on August 4, 2012, Heather Spoonheim said…

Thank you for your patience and clear directives.  I will refrain from the direct pejoratives for some time and hope you will be patient enough to offer me another reminder should I fall back into my bad habits in the future.

At 9:37pm on August 3, 2012, John Siqueiros said…

Well, I can't figure out how to delete that blog post. There was a page showing one of my blogs and I thought I deleted it, but it turned out I deleted an earlier blog I did. So when I go back to editing my blogs, it doesn't show up for me to delete it.

If any moderator wants to delete it that's fine, no offense taken.


John

At 4:14pm on June 14, 2012, Unseen said…

Thanks for the update. I've been wondering if he had a carte blanche.

At 3:01pm on May 22, 2012, Trevor said…

Hi Kris

 

Thanks for pulling me up on this.  It is my opinion and I am not trying to wind people up.  I will be more careful with my tone.

 

Trevor

At 12:05am on March 13, 2012, joel said…

Thank you for notifying me.

At 11:45pm on February 18, 2012, Anthony Tignor said…

Hello Kris, I completely understand and thank you for your comment.

 
 
 

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