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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 replied to Christopher Swicegood's discussion 'What is the purpose of gender'
"Sexual reproduction allows our species (and others) to evolve more quickly in response to environmental changes.  Gender is the reflection of the importance of reproduction in our lives and for our society.  At its most base gender may be…"
Jul 17
Mo Trauen replied to Nerdy Keith's discussion 'Poll: Do you Support Communism ?'
"Lennox's argument is really a straw man argument.  It is an attempt to tar us with the same brush--make us guilty by association.  Anyone who would say such a thing is nothing but a religious bigot who is trying to justify and spread…"
Jul 17
Mo Trauen commented on Sankev's photo
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There is no god and that´s the simple truth.

"@Nerdy Keith and Simon Paynton:  Here is a brief explanation of why you are wrong.  Theists not only have the burden of proof (because religion is non-falsifiable), they also have the burden of production--meaning that they have to produce…"
Jul 16
Mo Trauen replied to Nerdy Keith's discussion 'We Are All Born Sinners?'
""I am not an atheist.  That is a philosophical position that needs defending." This statement is true only if you accept the notion that the burden of proof is on the skeptic."
Jul 15
Mo Trauen replied to Toby Briggs's discussion 'why I stopped believing... why did you exChristians stop?'
""There is simply no evidence for the existence of a god, and in my opinion that absence of evidence is positive evidence of absence." That is exactly right--and not just in your mind.  There is no evidence, it is an extraordinary…"
Jul 15
Mo Trauen replied to Nerdy Keith's discussion 'We Are All Born Sinners?'
"Judith, you get my vote for best response!"
Jul 2
Mo Trauen replied to Nerdy Keith's discussion 'We Are All Born Sinners?'
"You know, I have often heard it said that morality is a religious concept, but I find no reason to think this is true--except for the fact that the religious have tried to claim the authority of moral arbiters for centuries.  If you look up the…"
Jul 1
Mo Trauen replied to Nerdy Keith's discussion 'We Are All Born Sinners?'
"Ah, but the catholic church tries to make people feel guilty just for being human--that is, for having the ordinary desires and feelings that humans have.  It isn't just about breaking rules."
Jun 29
Mo Trauen replied to Toby Briggs's discussion 'why I stopped believing... why did you exChristians stop?'
"Evolution does not require mutation in all cases.  Many evolutionary changes are much less significant--at first.  Speciation occurs as a result of the cumulative effect of these changes, large and small, over vast amounts of time."
Jun 28
Mo Trauen replied to Belle Rose's discussion 'Innocence'
"To the extent that innocence and ignorance are the same, I would not want innocence.  Ignorance can hurt you a great deal.  Nor would I want innocence alone--primarily because that would mean that I would have to go through the process of…"
Jun 28
Mo Trauen replied to Nerdy Keith's discussion 'We Are All Born Sinners?'
"All humans have similar natural impulses.  Some of those impulses, if acted upon, would result in actions that most of us would consider immoral.  So, yes, in that sense, we are born sinners.  The trouble with the term born sinner,…"
Jun 28
Mo Trauen replied to Toby Briggs's discussion 'why I stopped believing... why did you exChristians stop?'
"Ii stopped believing when someone pointed out that there was no more evidence for or against the existence of "false" gods than there was for my god.  It is just simple intellectual honesty.  Gods are all similar propositions for…"
Jun 28
Mo Trauen replied to Toby Briggs's discussion 'why I stopped believing... why did you exChristians stop?'
"Evolution is not "accidental".  It is ruthlessly selective."
Jun 28
Mo Trauen replied to Unseen's discussion 'While we're discussing scientific skepticism, what about evolution?'
"How horrible of Mother Earth not to disgorge all the fossil evidence right at our feet so that we don't have any "gaps" in the evolutionary record of every species.  I think the entire human race should stop what it is doing and…"
May 4
Mo Trauen replied to Andy Hoke's discussion 'Is belief in global warming much different than religion?'
"There are no very smart people who still have doubts.  There are simply people with credentials who hope to make a buck shilling for the fossil fuel industry."
May 4
Mo Trauen replied to Andy Hoke's discussion 'Is belief in global warming much different than religion?'
"Global warming deniers are the intellectual equivalent of creationists.  If you have any doubts, it can only be because you have not made an honest effort to find and understand the research.  There is a mountain of data out there. …"
May 4

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Long time atheist. Have experienced discrimination on several occasions.
Age
47-52
Why are you here?
To find a community. To learn.
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Christian
Why you left your religion.
I reached the age of reason and realized religion was a lie.
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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:

 

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/03/03/drunk-ohio-priest-ignatius...

 

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…

Thanks!

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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