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Does Atheistic Fanaticism Really Exist?

Started this discussion. Last reply by mick herman Feb 25. 32 Replies

It has been suggested in discussions, both here and elsewhere, that there are "atheist fanatics" and that they are "just the same" as religious fanatics.  Personally, I find this assertion ludicrous…Continue

Resolved: Pride is the primary motivation behind religion.

Started this discussion. Last reply by Hope Jan 27, 2011. 3 Replies

I have long thought that pride and the related competition for social status did more to explain religion than fear.  Fear is the hook they use to reel the fish in, but it is pride that motivates the…Continue

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Mo Trauen commented on Hope's group 'Criticising Religions'
"The new law in Saudi Arabia sounds just like what the religious kooks in America want to do."
Apr 1
Mo Trauen replied to JamesWatts's discussion 'Why I Believe Atheists are Going to Hell'
"James, read this: It will explain why you first point, about the "obviousness" of god's existence is based on circular reasoning. …"
Mar 22
Mo Trauen replied to Ryan Beatty's discussion 'ATHIEST vs AGNOSTIC - please read this. its why im here (sorta)...'
"Ryan, read this: It will give you some insight into where your reasoning has been led astray."
Mar 22
mick herman replied to Mo Trauen's discussion 'Does Atheistic Fanaticism Really Exist?'
"Your last statement is pretty obvious though, after all, no one would blow themselves, or in fact anyone else, up for atheism. As for whether fanaticism is real or not, I think it is important to acknowledge that many atheists do not contribute to…"
Feb 25
SteveInCO replied to Mo Trauen's discussion 'Does Atheistic Fanaticism Really Exist?'
"I think there is such a thing (for reasons others have given), but that simply disagreeing with the religious doesn't qualify.  It's an over-used accusation, and it's a common technique practiced by both sides of just about every…"
Feb 25
James Cox replied to Mo Trauen's discussion 'Does Atheistic Fanaticism Really Exist?'
"Yes, as to moderation. I pick my battles as best I can, sadly many battles could be joined on the lightest pretense. The fellow that asserted the 'God's people are best', was also a man out work, just lost his marriage, and was…"
Feb 24
kris feenstra replied to Mo Trauen's discussion 'Does Atheistic Fanaticism Really Exist?'
"While I am not criticizing your approach in the context provided, I mostly find it interesting that in a thread on 'atheistic fanaticism' it sounds like you're the one moderating yourself to accommodate theists. I understand the…"
Feb 24
James Cox replied to Mo Trauen's discussion 'Does Atheistic Fanaticism Really Exist?'
"Very likely. I have found that many local theist groups 'control' or 'monopolize' activities that might have positive social effect. I think due to the fear that other organizations might get the upper hand on social legitimacy…"
Feb 24
kris feenstra replied to Mo Trauen's discussion 'Does Atheistic Fanaticism Really Exist?'
"Do you live in a community which is predominately religious?"
Feb 24
James Cox replied to Mo Trauen's discussion 'Does Atheistic Fanaticism Really Exist?'
"Yes. It is more about experience and what 'lessons' are 'learned'. While it is very tempting to disagree in the strongest terms during debates or conversations, many times it would be better to listen and understand. During a…"
Feb 24
Stephen Kahn replied to Mo Trauen's discussion 'Does Atheistic Fanaticism Really Exist?'
"I consider myself an atheist fanatic. I see nothing wrong with this label. I consider myself an empiricist. As there is no empirical evidence for or against the supposed existence of god (as absurd as the idea is), the only purely rational approach…"
Feb 23
Mo Trauen commented on Dylan Martin's photo

A Challenge For Christians

"Every time we hear about a christian complaining, we should send him a copy of this graphic.  I love it."
Nov 24, 2013
Mo Trauen commented on Reg The Fronkey Farmer's video

The Internet Where religions come to die

"I became an atheist before there were even push button phones, so I can't say that this applies to me directly.  Nevertheless, I became an atheist when I received the right information and someone asked the right question.  So, you…"
Nov 24, 2013
Mo Trauen commented on Dylan Martin's photo

Law based on the God of the Bible

"Not without moving her lips."
Nov 24, 2013
Mo Trauen commented on Emperor Milos's video

Atheist Extremists

"I agree with Hemant in the video:  "atheist extremist" is a nonsensical term. Usually, what people really mean when they day "atheist extremist" is "anti-theist." Frankly, I don't see how anyone could NOT be…"
Nov 10, 2013
Mo Trauen replied to Thomas Blood's discussion 'Once an Atheist always an atheist?'
"Simon, the easiest way to start is to try to consciously make yourself think about the information that others supply about themselves in conversation and how that information must make them feel.  If you are not sure how they feel about it,…"
Nov 10, 2013

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Drunk priest propositions cops

Posted on March 7, 2011 at 12:31pm 1 Comment

It's impossible to come up with a comment that tops the story headline:


I will simply add that this is yet more proof that the clergy are a bunch of sick, twisted parasites.


If you click on the link, hit play right away.  I noticed that it seemed to disappear…


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At 6:29pm on May 11, 2012, Leslie Ann said…


At times I'm more than ready to run as far as I can from the belt but then there's a lot more that I love here. Hopefully I'll end up in a more accepting place than where I grew up.

At 10:04pm on February 23, 2012, kevin searley said…

thanks x

At 12:31pm on February 11, 2012, Helen Pluckrose said…

Thanks Mo! Its one of those weird English surnames which come from a job in medieval times - one peasant on a large estate belonging to a nobleman would take responsibility for overseeing the work of the others and in return when the other tenants paid their rent in produce or money he would symbolically present the Lord or whatever with a rose from his garden in lieu of rent. He would be known by the surname Pluckrose so everyone knew he was a sort of supervisor. Has unfortunate rhyming possibilities when my husband was at school tho!

At 10:11pm on November 24, 2011, Becca said…

Hello from Oregon! In response to your curiosity about my comments in the "God in School" topic I posted some articles about religion in Oregon in my Oregon Atheists group.

At 10:06pm on June 15, 2011, Robin said…

Thanks for your input.

Better off with weed I'm not.. I have made the decision to stop, my life was consumed it.. The love affair is over. Time for a new hobby...

It's time to grow up and smell the roses...and the dog shit if it needs picking up...


At 10:07pm on June 8, 2011, Gloria Stevens said…
Oh, in that case, sorry about that.  I thought, WOW, that was pretty harsh - LOL.
At 2:21pm on June 2, 2011, Spacey said…
Yay my first friend! :)
At 11:26pm on May 9, 2011, Andrea said…
Hey Mo! The "thing" on my head is a vintage rabbit-fur pillbox hat with a veil. And, holy crap, I love your pic!
At 2:38pm on May 6, 2011, randy brooks said…
Greetings. Thanks for the friending, you are my first. Stay free.
At 6:14pm on March 27, 2011, Monica McGee (Monicks) said…

Hi, Mo. Thanks for adding me as a friend, nice to meet you.

Also, thanks for your kind comment about my status message. Yes, it's my original thought, it was originally a tweet. You can read the original version here.


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