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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

Tags: law, Discrimination

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 Devlin Cuite's discussion 'Things you hate.'
"Keep a bible on the windowsill. "
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MikeLong replied to Chris Bouziotas's discussion 'Is forgiving and turning the cheek the right thing to do.'
"Yes! "Turn the other cheek", "love your enemy", etc. don't change the nature or severity of the offense. They are even unlikely to make a significant difference to the offender.  On the surface it would seem that such…"
Mar 23
MikeLong replied to JamesWatts's discussion 'Why I Believe Atheists are Going to Hell'
"That may be true, but I don't believe it. First of all, IMHO, the word "before" is meaningless in this context. There IS no BEFORE the Big Bang. Further (also IMHO) there is no AT the Big Bang. I see time in this context as…"
Mar 23
MikeLong replied to JamesWatts's discussion 'Why I Believe Atheists are Going to Hell'
""What would be torture to Christians, to you masochistically you will get off on." And atheists are supposed to fear this eternity of pleasure? Good one, Genius."
Mar 23
MikeLong replied to JamesWatts's discussion 'Why I Believe Atheists are Going to Hell'
""group hallucinations are impossible" Group lies occur regularly. But, of course, these were holy men and holy men don't lie, right James?"
Mar 23
MikeLong replied to Gallup's Mirror's discussion 'Fred Phelps is 'near death'. How do you feel about that?'
"+1"
Mar 18
MikeLong replied to Gallup's Mirror's discussion 'Fred Phelps is 'near death'. How do you feel about that?'
""you'd always get the same response" -  Undoubtedly, I'm just  suggesting that, despite her horrible, hate-filled convictions, she still has more class than Hannity."
Mar 17
MikeLong replied to Gallup's Mirror's discussion 'Fred Phelps is 'near death'. How do you feel about that?'
""Sean Hannity look like almost high-minded." Gotta disagree. Granted, her world view is sick; but, given that, she spoke as calmly and to-the-point as possible considering the two-pronged attack she was under and she acquitted herself…"
Mar 16
MikeLong replied to looch's discussion 'Darwins Theory of Evolution Causes Horrific Evils!'
""if they prefer to live in the Bronze Age" uh-uh. Even bronze was scientific advancement. :-)"
Mar 15
MikeLong replied to Gallup's Mirror's discussion 'Should American Atheists sue to have 'Cross of Ground Zero' removed?'
""If this isn't an expression of sadness, and history, I don't know what is." I know what it is. It's a cross, fashioned to look more like a Christian cross, presented, honored, consecrated, blessed, and revered like a…"
Mar 14
MikeLong replied to Gallup's Mirror's discussion 'Should American Atheists sue to have 'Cross of Ground Zero' removed?'
"The reason I suggested the Star and Crescent was because it is LESS likely to provoke a compromise. There is no good reason for ANY religious symbol to be funded by the government or on government property.  In Christchurch the Fire Department…"
Mar 13
MikeLong replied to Gallup's Mirror's discussion 'Should American Atheists sue to have 'Cross of Ground Zero' removed?'
"@Belle; Again I want to mention the base line. Currently it's not whether or not they can get away with oppressing non-Christians - it's HOW MUCH they're allowed to get away with. There is only one acceptable level of oppression -…"
Mar 13
MikeLong replied to Gallup's Mirror's discussion 'Should American Atheists sue to have 'Cross of Ground Zero' removed?'
"To me that attitude is more dangerous than militant theism. The whole point is that, in American society the default position is that "this is a Christian country". This needs to change. Faced with the "oh-well" acceptance…"
Mar 13
MikeLong replied to Gallup's Mirror's discussion 'Should American Atheists sue to have 'Cross of Ground Zero' removed?'
"In line with all this, it seems to me that an Islamic cause would be more likely to succeed that an atheist (or Satanist) one."
Mar 13
MikeLong replied to Gallup's Mirror's discussion 'Should American Atheists sue to have 'Cross of Ground Zero' removed?'
""I live in a country where secularism is the norm and religion is of rapidly decreasing importance and the Prime Minister is gay." Same except the former PM, Helen Clark (now #3 in the UN) is a declared atheist. I don't think…"
Mar 13
MikeLong replied to Gallup's Mirror's discussion 'Should American Atheists sue to have 'Cross of Ground Zero' removed?'
""I so envy the secular norms you have in Belgium." Yes, the more stories of this ilk I read about American life, the more convinced I become that I need to disavow my American heritage and work harder to advance the existing progressive…"
Mar 13

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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 2:00am on November 30, 2013, Belle Rose said…
One lucky Papa! Give that sweet baby cheek a kiss for me :) and send some pics when he opens his precious eyes!
At 11:01pm on November 29, 2013, Belle Rose said…
SO PERFECT!!!! How many grandbabies is that now? What do they call a grandparent in NZ? Anything different? I'm very happy for you!
At 10:09pm on November 29, 2013, Belle Rose said…
Mike! Who's that cute face? New grandbaby? SOOOOO SWEET!!!!!! Congratulations!
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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