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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 'Analyzing Ferguson'
"Glove compartment or glove box."
Dec 9
kris feenstra replied to Unseen's discussion 'Analyzing Ferguson'
"I don't think we're on the same page. Policing is a social issue. I cannot say what makes people fired up about one case over any other. Trayvon Martin, Michael Brown, and Eric Garner may be names around which rallies formed, but my…"
Dec 8
kris feenstra replied to Unseen's discussion 'Analyzing Ferguson'
"Speculative, and hard to weigh. Not my city though, so I guess whether that consequence, if it is actually real, is something for people in affected jurisdictions to consider."
Dec 7
kris feenstra replied to Unseen's discussion 'Analyzing Ferguson'
"Citizens and the police are subject to pretty much the same laws which, in theory, hold them accountable for their actions. Police, being one of the agencies tasked with enforcing laws, are granted certain tools to get the job done including the use…"
Dec 7
kris feenstra replied to Unseen's discussion 'Analyzing Ferguson'
"And some would argue that being able to physically subdue a man who presents no appreciable threat to the officers or society, resulting in that man's death and have it not be deemed criminal is also highly exceptional. I sure as hell…"
Dec 5
kris feenstra replied to Unseen's discussion 'Analyzing Ferguson'
"They already are. That's why they need exceptional accountability as well."
Dec 5
kris feenstra replied to Unseen's discussion 'Analyzing Ferguson'
"Yes, I understood. Whether you agree with the solution he proposes or not, Al Sharpton does care about the issue and does talk…"
Dec 3
kris feenstra replied to Unseen's discussion 'Analyzing Ferguson'
"Less than a month ago. Unless you mean someone like Al Sharpton specifically. A year ago? I don't follow him too closely."
Dec 3
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…"
Nov 24
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…"
Nov 24
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

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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



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…


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…


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.


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.



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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