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The Right to Discriminate

Started this discussion. Last reply by Pope Beanie Mar 4. 76 Replies

I wrote a letter to the NY Times in reply to Gail Collins' piece on Arizona. It was published but, of course, even though the point of the letter was to ask for an explanation, there were no…Continue

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The Right to Discriminate

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I wrote a letter to the NY Times in reply to Gail Collins' piece on Arizona. It was published but, of course, even though the point of the letter was to ask for an explanation, there were no…Continue

Tags: law, Discrimination

Finally - An Economist Who Makes Sense

Started this discussion. Last reply by Gregg R Thomas Feb 4. 41 Replies

Source"in …Continue

Be Afraid - Be Very Afraid

Started this discussion. Last reply by Simon Paynton Aug 12, 2013. 39 Replies

"If you have something you don't want anyone to know, maybe you shouldn't be doing it in the first place." Eric Schmidt, Executive Chairman, GoogleContinue

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MikeLong replied to Nerdy Keith's discussion 'We Are All Born Sinners?'
"Yes, humility and poor self esteem are related. But in our society high self-esteem is promoted and humility is for losers. I'm going to go ahead and continue striving for a happy life - not one where my puny interests dominate those of others."
Jun 28
MikeLong replied to Nerdy Keith's discussion 'We Are All Born Sinners?'
"Dunno. The Old Testament is about justice (as fucked up as "justice" can be) but, nevertheless justice - "an eye for an eye". The New Testament is "turn the other cheek", "who casts the first stone", etc. I…"
Jun 28
MikeLong replied to Lisa Lark's discussion 'Seven Proofs for the Natural Immortality of the Human Soul'
"Groan. Joshua, no one here thinks that God is evil. Something that doesn't exist can't be evil. Refusing to accept the existence of the supernatural is normal scepticism. Considering a magic, invisible daddy in the sky to be real…"
Jun 26
MikeLong replied to Arcus's discussion 'The loss in the war against terror'
"I think te question is, "why was it deleted and by whom". In order to avoid accusations of thread hijacking, I started a separate discussion about this growing problem but it was, for some reason, disallowed."
Jun 26
MikeLong replied to Lisa Lark's discussion 'Seven Proofs for the Natural Immortality of the Human Soul'
"How much does it weigh?"
Jun 20
MikeLong replied to Arcus's discussion 'The loss in the war against terror'
"Try Hotspot"
Jun 17
MikeLong commented on Joey's blog post 'The Sanctity of Life'
"Thanks, Joey. I'm afraid I'm not very good at deciphering the one true language of God (King James English), but I can't find anything in the verses you cited that even remotely hints that human life is sacred."
Jun 16
MikeLong commented on Joey's blog post 'The Sanctity of Life'
""life is sacred" Chapter and verse? Anyone? My machine-readable Bible does not contain the word, "sacred". What else should I search for?"
Jun 16
MikeLong replied to Arcus's discussion 'The loss in the war against terror'
"It's important to define terrorist. Is it just "inflicting terror on a populace"? How about the attack on the Marines in Beirut in 1983. Hundreds killed. Was this a "terror" attack? Or a military action. Most seem to say it…"
Jun 16
MikeLong commented on Joey's blog post 'The Sanctity of Life'
"Something is sacred if a "holy" book says it is. I know or nowhere (at least in the Bible) that says that life is sacred. The Bible equates human life to dust, but not something sacred. Perhaps there is a Bible scholar lurking who can tell…"
Jun 15
MikeLong replied to Ed's discussion 'Origins of Religion- Another Angle?'
"My two cents: I am actually interested in the subject and what you have to say about it - but NOT interested enough to spend all day reading it. A post has got to be REALLY interesting to me before I deem to read more than a screenful. Your posts…"
Jun 11
MikeLong replied to Rocky Oliver (LotusGeek)'s discussion 'I need help understanding something - Presuppositional Apologetics'
"Take temperature (another asymptote). Just as you can never reach absolute zero, I contend that you can never reach the Big Bang."
Jun 11
MikeLong replied to Rocky Oliver (LotusGeek)'s discussion 'I need help understanding something - Presuppositional Apologetics'
"The deduction I would make is not that "it must have had a starting point" (see asymptote) but that there must be some force (anti-gravity) which is being applied. Shit don't accelerate on its own."
Jun 11
MikeLong replied to Rocky Oliver (LotusGeek)'s discussion 'I need help understanding something - Presuppositional Apologetics'
"Can I try something out?: Arguments for creation start with "the universe had a beginning - therefore ...". What about the proposition that it is not (yet) proven that the universe had a beginning. Physicists can demonstrate/postulate…"
Jun 10
MikeLong commented on Greg Olson-Hyde's blog post 'Sometimes I envy the religious in death!'
"Sorry, Greg, for your HUGE loss.  It's not usual to use the word, "giant" in reference to a female, but, to me, it fits her personage. Bob, you missed a real opportunity to garner a modicum of respect. If only you'd just…"
Jun 9
MikeLong replied to Rocky Oliver (LotusGeek)'s discussion 'I need help understanding something - Presuppositional Apologetics'
"Nevermind. I just watched the first few minutes of Abridged Debate: Matt Dillahunty VS Sye Ten Bruggencate It's all clear now. :-)"
Jun 9

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Crossing the Divide

Posted on May 16, 2011 at 5:30am 0 Comments

I am an atheist, so when I use the word God, I am referring to others' belief systems.

 

I don't understand how critical or confrontational approaches are going to make anyone change their mind about God.  Believers try to point to “proof” of God. There can’t be physical proof of God because God is supernatural. Anyone who points to physical “proof” has, by definition, come up with a NATURAL phenomenon - which CAN’T be God. Conversely contributors on atheist sites quote the…

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At 5:05am on September 16, 2013, ɐuɐz ǝllǝıuɐp said…

Thank you <3

At 10:13pm on March 20, 2013, Morgan Matthew said…

Hi MikeLong, you just have to have a popular topic. It will organically (Automatically) move it's way up or down the "Whats new today" side bar.

At 7:26pm on March 15, 2013, archaeopteryx said…

RE: "I seem to have a rather singular ambivalence toward the Bible." - you might be surprised, as the title is misleading - you should at least take a minute and check it out.

At 6:16pm on March 14, 2013, Real Life James Bond said…
Lol, I'm not perfect, sometimes it needs to be done. I don't hold grudges about stuff like that :)
At 8:58pm on May 31, 2011, Heather Spoonheim said…
Thanks, Mike - I've been called easy before, but never in that context.
At 6:58pm on May 31, 2011, Heather Spoonheim said…
Thank you for the well thought, and poignantly written, response to Sassafras.  He actually called another veteran an 'unpatriotic coward' even after knowing the man was a retired intelligence officer.  I do hope that he eventually takes the time to question his belief-set, if even only to doubt it for an instant.  In any event, I'm pleased to have your input on this site on all issues - although this one in particular is distinctly pleasing.
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