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Brendan Eich Ouster

Started this discussion. Last reply by Unseen Apr 13. 37 Replies

I'm curious what the community thinks about the ouster (under pressure) of Brendan Eich from Mozilla.Should someone be deprived of their livelihood for contributing to a candidate or cause with which…Continue

Tags: 8, Proposition, discrimination, homosexual, Eich

Pope Francis considering appointing women cardinals?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Judith van der Roos Nov 3, 2013. 1 Reply

The wind blows where it wishes, and you hear the sound of it, but no one knows where it comes from or where it is going.  So it is with everyone moved by the Spirit.Well, that didn't take long to get…Continue

Tags: Catholic, Church, cardinals, women, Francis

Dawkins and Pedophilia

Started this discussion. Last reply by David Smith Feb 12. 358 Replies

In one of the interminable threads that devolved into endless discussions of pedophilia a couple of months ago, I raised an academic question about whether those who were commenting could come up…Continue

Tags: pedophilia, Dawkins, Richard

Ask Dr. Bob

Started this discussion. Last reply by Dr. Bob Aug 13, 2013. 555 Replies

It seemed these things were popping up in multiple discussions as people like @Suzanne chased me about, so rather than continue the multiple hijacks, maybe putting them here will be more entertaining…Continue

Tags: Vatican, bible, purgatory, questions, Catholic

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Unseen replied to Dr. Bob's discussion 'Brendan Eich Ouster'
"@Gallup's Mirror - Well done, Unseen. (applause)"
Apr 13
Gallup's Mirror replied to Dr. Bob's discussion 'Brendan Eich Ouster'
"And thus Unseen, thoroughly defeated, vents his bitter frustrations with a lowbrow ad hominem attack. Remember folks, this valuable lesson is brought to you by Unseen, the distinguished teacher of logic: when you lose a debate on merit, say your…"
Apr 12
Unseen replied to Dr. Bob's discussion 'Brendan Eich Ouster'
"@Gallup's Mirror - So you couldn't resist having the last word. See, I knew that, because you are firmly under my mind control. I take advantage of your OCD and use it against you. I write short replies, and your condition forces you to…"
Apr 12
Gallup's Mirror replied to Dr. Bob's discussion 'Brendan Eich Ouster'
"You're welcome, Unseen. I wouldn't have missed that last post of yours for the world."
Apr 12
Unseen replied to Dr. Bob's discussion 'Brendan Eich Ouster'
"@Gallup's Mirror - A claim like "Gay rights cause child molestation" can be evaluated as true or false. Facts are not subjective.  True: facts are not subjective, but attitudes are. A claim like Icelanders should have…"
Apr 12
Gallup's Mirror replied to Dr. Bob's discussion 'Brendan Eich Ouster'
"I have already demonstrated how this is false where discriminatory processes are concerned. Facts are not fallacious. We do not decide reality by democratic vote. We're not going to play these stupid games where you ignore clearly reasoned…"
Apr 12
Unseen replied to Dr. Bob's discussion 'Brendan Eich Ouster'
"@Gallup's Mirror - I repeat myself: "(W)hether a process is just, impartial, and honest is subject to attitudes. Value judgments can't be elevated to the level of fact, whether it's your evaluation of whether Rush is the greatest…"
Apr 12
Gallup's Mirror replied to Dr. Bob's discussion 'Brendan Eich Ouster'
Apr 11
Unseen replied to Dr. Bob's discussion 'Brendan Eich Ouster'
"@Davis Goodman - Unseen, how can you reconcile your postmodernism with your Ubermesnch attitude and your indifference to gay rights. It doesn't make any sense. Once you frame that question in plain English using terms we can agree upon,…"
Apr 11
Unseen replied to Dr. Bob's discussion 'Brendan Eich Ouster'
"@Gallup's Mirror - The issue is that you claim to have an argument which invalidates Icelandic marriage fairly, that is, by a process that is just, impartial and honest.  I made no such claim. But, once again,…"
Apr 11
Davis Goodman replied to Dr. Bob's discussion 'Brendan Eich Ouster'
"Unseen, how can you reconcile your postmodernism with your Ubermesnch attitude and your indifference to gay rights. It doesn't make any sense."
Apr 11
Gallup's Mirror replied to Dr. Bob's discussion 'Brendan Eich Ouster'
"I'm sure, in the bright future, it's considered beyond the pale to compound references to paedophilia with comparisons to bestiality when discussing homosexual marriage. Until we get there, these bad ol' days must be endured."
Apr 10
Unseen replied to Dr. Bob's discussion 'Brendan Eich Ouster'
"But have it your way. You essentially claim that Icelandic marriage in the United States could be invalidated fairly.Go ahead then. Present your case. Invalidate those undeserving Icelandic marriages and we'll judge the fairness of the process…"
Apr 10
RobertPiano replied to Dr. Bob's discussion 'Brendan Eich Ouster'
"You forgot atheists, LOL. Unlike blacks (or 25% to 100% Jewish blooded persons living in Europe in the 1930s, for example) gays and lesbians could stay in the closet and have stayed in the closet to save themselves from the levels of persecution…"
Apr 10
Gallup's Mirror replied to Dr. Bob's discussion 'Brendan Eich Ouster'
"Gosh, you're right. Women. Blacks. Hispanics. Jews. LGBT people. Seniors. The disabled. Families with kids. Asians. Muslims. Veterans. They're all a bunch of bleating little brats for calling out discrimination. They should keep their…"
Apr 10
Unseen replied to Dr. Bob's discussion 'Brendan Eich Ouster'
"And sometimes, it's discriminatory. Well, discrimination (the ability to discern differences and distinctions) isn't necessarily bad. Judgments of fairness are just as much a cultural artifact as aesthetic judgments. Fairness can be judged…"
Apr 10

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Atheist Admires Pope Francis. So what?

Posted on August 13, 2013 at 2:00pm 14 Comments

I ran across this piece by a on a blog maintained by the order.  I thought the piece was quite good, actually, and reflects my own views in many ways, and the comments the author makes both to Catholics and indirectly about atheists might be of interest to those here. 

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It’s not uncommon for my various social newsfeeds to look like an avalanche of news about Pope Francis; it’s an occupational hazard of (i) being a Jesuit and (ii) knowing a lot of Catholics.…

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Religion as Idolatry: A Theist's Perspective

Posted on May 10, 2013 at 7:22pm 14 Comments

This past week, in a small corner of the news there was information about a bombing of a Church in a small community near Arusha, Tanzania.  Several locals along with a handful of Saudi nationals have been arrested as responsible.  The target apparently was the Archbishop of Arusha, a man whom I know personally and whose installation I attended some years back in Tanzania.  Many innocent people were hurt, who were just gathered as a community to dedicate a new church building they had…

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At 7:07pm on October 11, 2013, Cesar Deicide said…

Moderation? Seriously?

At 7:06pm on October 11, 2013, Cesar Deicide said…

What happened to the blog post?!

At 6:03pm on August 13, 2013, Unseen said…

Hello, Dr. Bob. Nice to meet you.

At 5:13am on August 1, 2013, Belle Rose said…

Hi Dr. Bob!!!! My dad is a Dr Bob too :) I'm glad you are on TA. Keep it up! I'm enjoying your posts.

At 4:11pm on March 16, 2013, Sagacious Hawk said…

It's refreshing to see a believer on these forums approach with civil, polite, and intelligent discourse even when not treated with such. You, sir, have run our virtual gauntlet and gained my respect. I do hope you stick around and continue to contribute. I sometimes worry that without dissenting opinions and viewpoints, we'll just keep reinforcing our own, and while some of us try to keep a level head and an open mind, we can't articulate a different viewpoint as well as if it was actually ours.

That said, I know it can be a daunting task, but I look forward to seeing what you have to say in the future.

 
 
 

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