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The Cloyne Report is pretty damning: how can they remain Catholic?

Started Jul 22, 2011 0 Replies

Michael Nugent is a prominent Irish atheist.  He has done a stellar job of analysing the recent Cloyne Report into Irish RCC sponsored and protected child abuse.…Continue

Socialising?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Ratifying Obliqueer Sep 26, 2011. 13 Replies

Lots of ex-Christians seem to miss the social aspects of their old churches.Others might recognise that socialising with people with common interests can work well.Others again really don't want to…Continue

Anecdote Vs Science: why can't we get over this?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Dave G Jul 12, 2011. 4 Replies

I've noticed a lot recently that in the "rational" world, there remains a lot of irrationality.  Part of that is the expression of views that go along the lines of:"Well, I disagree with that…Continue

Hi - new here

Started this discussion. Last reply by james d Jun 14, 2011. 2 Replies

Hello - new here, linked from the Friendly Atheist.  Very nice to see the site - and see so much rational discussion. I'm a happily married Dad from Jersey, in the Channel Islands: nice place, but…Continue

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Ratifying Obliqueer replied to Jimmy Boy's discussion 'Socialising?'
"This is one of ways to socialize with fellow non-Christians ! hi guys!!!"
Sep 26, 2011
Jimmy Boy replied to Deborah Moreno's discussion 'Why do so many atheists choose not to vote?'
"Helen, Me too: I always vote and keeping the BNP down is a primary aim (together with UKIP who are the BNP in different clothes).  I'm a feminist too by most definitions... but don't think it changes my voting habits! I differ…"
Sep 5, 2011
Jimmy Boy commented on Arcus's blog post 'Lies, Damned Lies, and Statistics - Who are the Tea Partyers?'
"There are plenty of alternative views on what has caused the current economic crisis of course.  Another is that the absolute free reign of market economics has created such a massive concentration of power (political in particular) that the…"
Sep 5, 2011
Jimmy Boy commented on Alejandro M's blog post 'Atheist does not mean liberal - 99% in this site do not see it that way'
"Arcus Absolutely.  This is a debate we need to have.  Not sure libertarians agree that we should have human rights (not in any meaningful way in my experience, other than the right to exist).  I really do not have any answers on this…"
Aug 31, 2011
Jimmy Boy commented on Alejandro M's blog post 'Atheist does not mean liberal - 99% in this site do not see it that way'
"Unseen: Citation needed here.  Big citation.  Which liberal, of any public standing, believes that we should stop people from expressing their views?  I am definitely liberal and I have never met one.   Maybe what you mean is…"
Aug 31, 2011
Jimmy Boy commented on Alejandro M's blog post 'Atheist does not mean liberal - 99% in this site do not see it that way'
"Ed Delauter As straw men go this is well up there.  If you attribute an argument to a group that they don't hold, by definition, you have nothing to say.  I know of no liberal who believes this.  Why would you just make this…"
Aug 31, 2011
Jimmy Boy commented on Alejandro M's blog post 'Atheist does not mean liberal - 99% in this site do not see it that way'
"I don't think it matters what flavour of politics one identifies with.  The key for me is evidence: any political policy should be evidence based. So then the qeustions become more philosophical - like, what are we aiming for…"
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"Kris: yes - I think that is my biggest concern.  His statement that they are not judged and are welcome in his class rings a little hollow.  Certainly no scared gay child is likely to see him as someone to confide in - where sympathetic…"
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"Hemant Mehta (the Friendly Atheist) has a great (and somewhat controversial) take on this - I have some sympathy for this.  Particularly in the US, there is a view that you can be what you like in your own free time - if it does not intrude…"
Aug 26, 2011
Jimmy Boy commented on RubyR's blog post 'Was I too harsh?'
"She sounds like a loon.  If you think about it: one person believing what she believes would draw immediate attention from the psychiatry wing of your local hospital.  At a collective level we call this religion.    It was…"
Aug 26, 2011
Jimmy Boy replied to Michael's discussion 'Is there any truth to your life being blessed if you serve God without hypocrisy?'
"Use what you like Michael: you suffer from confirmation bias like the rest of us.  I grew up in a house full of prophecy fulfillment freakery and I recognise it when it comes round. How do you know you are right and not others?  You rely…"
Aug 24, 2011
Jimmy Boy replied to Michael's discussion 'Is there any truth to your life being blessed if you serve God without hypocrisy?'
"OK Michael: sorry - none the wiser.  The link is to a posting of an interpretation - which would be rejected by the vast majority of students I suspect - of the history of Christianity. But it does not explain why you come to an atheist board…"
Aug 24, 2011
Jimmy Boy replied to Michael's discussion 'Is there any truth to your life being blessed if you serve God without hypocrisy?'
"Michael: on reflection - you are right.  I will read your blog and perhaps your motivation for being here will come clear from there."
Aug 23, 2011
Jimmy Boy replied to Michael's discussion 'Is there any truth to your life being blessed if you serve God without hypocrisy?'
"What a shock.  Read the thread.  All those other people questioning your motives...which are still completely unclear... Do I really have to go through and collect questions (here and on the last thread) that you haven't…"
Aug 23, 2011
Jimmy Boy commented on Russell's blog post 'Jesuits'
"I always had a lot of time for the Jesuits (I nearly became a Catholic Priest).  But their history is absolutely dreadful: they were core to the Spanish inquisition for eg.  Their last auto-da-fe was in 1850 in Mexico I…"
Aug 23, 2011
Jimmy Boy replied to Michael's discussion 'Is there any truth to your life being blessed if you serve God without hypocrisy?'
"I'm with David Thorne here... Good point..."
Aug 23, 2011

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From the 'Why be moral without god' thread.

Posted on August 7, 2011 at 9:34am 9 Comments

I'm replying here to avoid clogging up the original thread as requested.

From Misty: BayAtheist

So can you all just do me a little favor and cut the troll comments and non-contributing comments?

Please? Because that's even MORE bullshit I have to read. And that cuts into my beer drinking and pot vaping time.

And I don't like it.

OK...but...

I also think it makes us look bad. 

I think it represents our…

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At 9:36am on August 7, 2011, Suzanne Olson-Hyde said…

By the by James - there are about eighteen Aussies on this site.

At 9:31am on August 7, 2011, Suzanne Olson-Hyde said…

G'day, Have to say that being Australian - Really good to hear from you, and holy hell, that's what knocked me out, people from all over the world - it really is comforting. That's the thing, in Australia, I wasn't indoctrinated, went through all the usual stuff, first communion, confirmation, but I really didn't know what it all meant. My family wasn't pushy, it was just traditional, if you were 'catholic' to go through the process. The Pope came to Australia for 'World Youth Day', with thousands of young-uns from all over the world coming to Sydney. There were posters 'Vatican - Pedphile Heaven - with Australian young-uns handing out condoms. It was a scream. I tell people I am an Atheist, if they say 'God Bless You', or some such thing. No big deal. But I am noticing that xians are becoming more vehement because of the rise of Atheism. We have a female Atheist Prime Minister, unmarried and living with her boyfriend. How do you think that would go in America. Islam is on the rise - now, they are the ones I am really scared of. In Australia its pretty cool - but the rate of pedophilia is absolutely shocking, More victims are coming forward every day.

The stories of people like Skycomet, I just can't imagine. The absolute shit she and people like her, coming out of an evangelical family, unbelievable. That does happen with religions like Exclusive Brethren and Jehovas Witness, but it is generally rare. So keep up the good work - really enjoy your posts.

At 6:39am on August 7, 2011, Suzanne Olson-Hyde said…

I love everybody's comments - so smart, and it was fun, but I am over this particular bloke - I think he was being a tad civilized, compared to some of them - but basically thick - and you cant say that online. They just want to believe, no matter what. This site has fabulous community spirit, it is very re assuring that there are actually clever, highly civilized people out there.

 

Thanks for all your comments.

At 6:50pm on July 25, 2011, Heather Spoonheim said…

Thanks Jim - glad you like some of my posts.  I have to admit that I get derailed sometimes by the two goons you mentioned, but I am learning, slowly, to avoid engaging them.  Nothing there to be accomplished unless I desire a more bigoted view of the world.

At 6:19pm on July 24, 2011, Heather Spoonheim said…

By the way, Sassan isn't actually a troll - he's just that obstinately obtuse in his bigotry.  Sorry you had to even encounter him, he really detracts from the site.

At 1:00pm on June 14, 2011, Monica McGee (Monicks) said…
Entirely my pleasure, sir. I know for sure you will enjoy our community as much as I do. :)
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At 12:38pm on June 14, 2011, Robert Karp said…
Welcome to the TA community SJK!!!
 
 
 

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