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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


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

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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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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.


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.

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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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