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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?'
"And before we have to rehash this, of course there will be some loopholes. Of course discrimination will still take place. Almost no one is pretending this makes the world perfect, but it gives some recourse against being excluded from regular…"
1 hour ago
kris feenstra replied to Unseen's discussion 'Remember our discussion about the baker who turned down gay business?'
" No one said there was a government-enforced right to be happy, but either way, once the case is bright forward, a decision has to be made on which right prevails."
1 hour ago
kris feenstra replied to Unseen's discussion 'Remember our discussion about the baker who turned down gay business?'
""What was not allowed in the former case was discrimination." I meant to say this, but forgot. The latter case hasn't been determined."
3 hours ago
kris feenstra replied to Unseen's discussion 'Remember our discussion about the baker who turned down gay business?'
""For the government to inject itself into the baker to express his/her opinions seems..." It didn't. The baker expressed his opinion in the gay cake case, and the baker expressed her opinion in the anti-gay cake case. Opinions were…"
4 hours ago
kris feenstra replied to Unseen's discussion 'Remember our discussion about the baker who turned down gay business?'
"Do have any clue about LGBT history? That isn't a consequence of change; that's residual violence from a previously much more abusive history."
19 hours ago
kris feenstra replied to Unseen's discussion 'Remember our discussion about the baker who turned down gay business?'
"Of course not. It's patently fucking absurd to have your rights subjected to some willy-nilly scale. Even if it wasn't, it doesn't settle anything. If it's so trivial, then why not expect the baker to make the fucking cake and…"
19 hours ago
kris feenstra replied to Unseen's discussion 'Remember our discussion about the baker who turned down gay business?'
"He's got me stumped on this though. How are we supposed to beat the horse to death if it's already dead? I mean, usually the metaphor is supposed to highlight futility, but he appears to actually be waiting for it to happen."
23 hours ago
kris feenstra replied to Unseen's discussion 'Remember our discussion about the baker who turned down gay business?'
"I don't think we can even agree that the government did inject itself. Citizens asked for the court system to assess how the rule of law should apply to their scenario. Cake is in the same league as real estate in principle, but not in monetary…"
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kris feenstra replied to Unseen's discussion 'Remember our discussion about the baker who turned down gay business?'
"It doesn't matter on the hypothetical. My point of contention is not that the phenomenon you are describing never happens. To be more succinct, I accept the idea that market/ consumer activity can effect change on some level. I accept that it…"
yesterday
kris feenstra replied to Unseen's discussion 'Remember our discussion about the baker who turned down gay business?'
"I should clarify a point: while the language I used regarding your links was dismissive, I am not saying they need to be thrown out the window. The subject matter is inherently problematic to study. Including the studies referenced in my link, there…"
Wednesday
kris feenstra replied to Unseen's discussion 'Remember our discussion about the baker who turned down gay business?'
"I think it'd be better to read what I linked before commenting on it, but if you want to save time, it doesn't really matter. Even if we take into account some Canadian dude's blog and the online surveys of financial companies, the…"
Wednesday
kris feenstra replied to Unseen's discussion 'Remember our discussion about the baker who turned down gay business?'
"Chick-Fil-A has been in business for six decades despite the conservative values of its founder and chairman. That's six decades in which homophobic values didn't really matter despite the fact that gay people certainly existed six decades…"
Wednesday
kris feenstra replied to Unseen's discussion 'Remember our discussion about the baker who turned down gay business?'
"If every American had to shop on the basis of part of their identity being considered a niche, it'd be pretty rough going. http://williamsinstitute.law.ucla.edu/wp-content/uploads/Sears-Mallory-Discrimination-July-20111.pdf"
Wednesday
kris feenstra replied to Unseen's discussion 'Remember our discussion about the baker who turned down gay business?'
""Where there's money, the capitalists will go." I don't really agree. It's not that it's wrong, but it is a small part of a bigger picture. Smaller businesses fly under the radar, and larger businesses have enough…"
Wednesday
kris feenstra replied to Unseen's discussion 'Remember our discussion about the baker who turned down gay business?'
"Minorities lack deep monetary influence in most cases. Even at the highest estimates 7% of younger generations are not heterosexual (older generations are less inclined to identify as LGBT), so unless they're mostly the so-called…"
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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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