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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 commented on Nerdy Keith's blog post 'Northern Irish Bakery Refuses to Bake Pro Gay Cake'
"I may have misunderstood a sentence. "The only way to keep the customer and merchant equal is for both the right of rejection..." Are you saying they both have equal right to refuse business interaction?"
Jul 10
kris feenstra commented on Nerdy Keith's blog post 'Northern Irish Bakery Refuses to Bake Pro Gay Cake'
"You have the right of rejection, but like as with pretty much all rights there are some limitations. The point of my previous post is not that the customer has unlimited rights while the service provider has none. My point is that you can…"
Jul 10
kris feenstra commented on Nerdy Keith's blog post 'Northern Irish Bakery Refuses to Bake Pro Gay Cake'
"Why do you keep thinking you can just flip it and people's viewpoints will crumble as if they've never given the flip side of the coin consideration? Is making custom cakes a service you provide? If yes, then do you do custom messages on…"
Jul 10
kris feenstra replied to Omar Fadaly's discussion 'From Islam to science'
"I knew Egypt was much stricter where religion was concerned, but I was never clear on whether or not such laws were enforced. "
Jul 10
kris feenstra replied to Nerdy Keith's discussion 'Poll: Do you Support Communism ?'
"I have a number of socialistic leanings, but I'm not a communist. Sometimes I wish I was as it cracks me up how some people treat it like a swear word, but philosophically it just doesn't happen to be the case."
Jul 10
kris feenstra commented on Nerdy Keith's blog post 'Northern Irish Bakery Refuses to Bake Pro Gay Cake'
"It doesn't, but why is that relevant? Are you suggesting that the law should be ad hoc based on discretionary sense of importance? Commerce, in general, is essential."
Jul 9
kris feenstra commented on Nerdy Keith's blog post 'Northern Irish Bakery Refuses to Bake Pro Gay Cake'
"Yes, I would if they made custom theme cakes."
Jul 9
kris feenstra commented on Nerdy Keith's blog post 'Northern Irish Bakery Refuses to Bake Pro Gay Cake'
"What is your line of reasoning for that position? These days people are fiercely interdependent and we rely on economic exchange to survive. For that reason, there are laws in place to protect both consumers and product/ service providers alike.…"
Jul 8
kris feenstra replied to Omar Fadaly's discussion 'From Islam to science'
"Did you live in Canada for a while, or where you born here and then left shortly after? It's considerably easier in Canada where atheism is concerned. There are some cities and provinces where people are more religious, but most of the country…"
Jul 8
kris feenstra commented on Nerdy Keith's blog post 'Northern Irish Bakery Refuses to Bake Pro Gay Cake'
"Damn cake always causing problems."
Jul 8
kris feenstra replied to Gallup's Mirror's discussion 'Do you avoid religious businesses?'
"1. Not by default. All other things being equal, I may choose to patronize an outfit with no religious affiliation over a company with religious ties, but it's not a significant issue. If I hear that a company has discriminatory practices, or…"
Jul 7
kris feenstra replied to Unseen's discussion 'There are peaceful Muslims. So what?'
"Which Muslims are you talking about? All of them, or those in specific regions?"
Jul 3
kris feenstra replied to Christopher Swicegood's discussion 'What is the purpose of gender'
"If it makes you feel any better, the actual number at any given time is much lower. Some of us just post enough for ten or twenty people apiece."
Jul 3
kris feenstra replied to Unseen's discussion 'There are peaceful Muslims. So what?'
"Why? I'd think from their perspective it's apparent that they are not one and the same people. But tell me, if an Imam did shout his criticisms of terrorism from the roof tops, are you sure you would hear it?"
Jul 3
kris feenstra replied to Christopher Swicegood's discussion 'What is the purpose of gender'
"I am perfectly happy to acknowledge the distinction you make in terminology when you speak, but English doesn't make that distinction. The OP is entirely correct in saying 'gender' -- not 'gender roles' -- as…"
Jul 3
kris feenstra replied to Christopher Swicegood's discussion 'What is the purpose of gender'
"The OP's question seems to compliment that perspective. He's not separating anything; he's asking why we should bother to extend that core concept outside of biological boundaries."
Jul 3

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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

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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