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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 Haugurma's discussion 'Why do we want to show people they are wrong?'
"My general understanding is that things take shape for Christians in the later books of the New Testament. Somewhere in Acts it talks about not asking gentiles to bear the yokes their forefathers could not bear. They should feel a personal…"
Tuesday
kris feenstra replied to Belle Rose's discussion '"Probably won't report".....'
"Probably a matter of priorities. If her boyfriend being arrested becomes a barrier to seeking safe medical counsel, what might she do as an alternative?  Should Planned Parenthood report it? I don't know. They should fulfill their legal…"
Monday
kris feenstra replied to Simon Mathews's discussion 'Should drinking to excess during pregnancy be a crime?'
"I mean what I said. The direct cause of FAS is the alcohol (consumed by the mother). Many people who use heroin do no die, yet the direct cause of a fatal heroin overdose is heroin."
Nov 21
kris feenstra replied to Simon Mathews's discussion 'Should drinking to excess during pregnancy be a crime?'
"No, we couldn't using the example provided (it's not mine). FAS is a direct result of the mother's actions. This isn't a judgment -- I don't know the woman's story or what the deal is, but it is just fact. I have no…"
Nov 20
kris feenstra replied to Simon Mathews's discussion 'Should drinking to excess during pregnancy be a crime?'
"Few people drive drunk intending to hurt other people. It's not really considered a defence anymore in many (if not most) places. The issue is not hurting the fetus. The issue is inflicting the consequent suffering on a born person. Whether…"
Nov 20
kris feenstra replied to Simon Mathews's discussion 'Should drinking to excess during pregnancy be a crime?'
"It's not. In the case of a properly performed abortion, no person suffers damages. In the case of foetal alcohol syndrome, a person does suffer damages. In this case specifically, a seven-year-old girl is suffering the damages. If I disable the…"
Nov 20
kris feenstra commented on Ed's blog post 'Preacher housing allowance survives at appeals court.'
"It doesn't if you have employment wage standards. THAT is common sense."
Nov 18
kris feenstra replied to Haugurma's discussion 'Why do we want to show people they are wrong?'
"Conversely, theists who do not care that you are an atheist are not, in my experience, in need of kid gloves. If you behave the way you normally would with other subject matter, they aren't going to be soft sold on 'please's,…"
Nov 18
kris feenstra commented on Ed's blog post 'Preacher housing allowance survives at appeals court.'
"I fail to see the common-sense in that. In Canada it's a taxable income benefit, and the owner of the property pays property tax unless they qualify for some other exemption. Clergy, perhaps as an archaic holdover, is afforded a tax deduction,…"
Nov 17
kris feenstra replied to Haugurma's discussion 'Why do we want to show people they are wrong?'
"That's still closer than this: "
Nov 17
kris feenstra replied to Haugurma's discussion 'Why do we want to show people they are wrong?'
"I am aware I was rambling. tl:dr -- it's true that universal condemnation or dismissal is not warranted, yet there is pragmatic cause for concern regarding the influence of religion in certain facets of modern life."
Nov 17
kris feenstra replied to Haugurma's discussion 'Why do we want to show people they are wrong?'
"I don't know if that's true regarding a minority. I'd wager it varies depending on where you live. Gallup tracks this issue to some extent in the United States (where most of this forum's members reside). The poll doesn't…"
Nov 17
kris feenstra replied to CAPTAIN OBVIOUS's discussion 'Homosexuality'
"This is somewhat disfavoured now, or at least there are several competing hypothesis. One viewpoint is pretty much the reverse of limiting population growth. Some research links an increase in female fecundity with an epigenetic factor which…"
Nov 12
kris feenstra replied to Haugurma's discussion 'Why do we want to show people they are wrong?'
"No. We need need to be honest with one another. Sometimes that will mean agreement and sometimes it will mean disagreement. I'm not saying we need to be tactless or insensitive, but there is an excessive focus on agreeableness these days and it…"
Nov 12
kris feenstra replied to Haugurma's discussion 'Why do we want to show people they are wrong?'
"That's just the thing though; if people were more accustomed to voicing differing beliefs, there wouldn't be such a strong need to pander all the time."
Nov 11
kris feenstra replied to Haugurma's discussion 'Why do we want to show people they are wrong?'
"In the grand scheme, it doesn't matter much one way or the other."
Nov 11

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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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