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Is it possible to kill in the name of Atheism?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Gary Clouse Apr 9. 92 Replies

We have all heard the tired arguments trotted about by theists about how Stalin, Pol Pot and Hitler killed people in the name of atheism. These are all wrong, of course, (debunked …Continue

Ear-piercing a baby

Started this discussion. Last reply by Unseen Dec 20, 2014. 27 Replies

BTW: This is not just an atheist parenting issue but this was the closest category.My other half is Greek Orthodox and, apparently, part of the Greek culture (at least in Cyprus where her mother…Continue

Tags: Greek, piercing, ear, parenting

Should drinking to excess during pregnancy be a crime?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Arcus Nov 21, 2014. 24 Replies

A test case is currently on-going in the UK whereby lawyers acting on behalf of a…Continue

Tags: rights, human, alcohol, pregnancy

Gun control laws - safer or more dangerous?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Unseen Nov 11, 2014. 107 Replies

Rather than re-hash all the general arguments for and against gun control, I am interested in people's personal experiences/views about whether gun control laws would make them feel more or less…Continue

Tags: government, safety, policy, crime, law

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Belle Rose commented on Simon Mathews's blog post 'It's all Greek to me'
"Sorry Simon, I deleted my comments as they were admittedly inappropriate. I wish you the best and hope that you both have the wedding you've always wanted. I am angered by the attitude of the church towards you (and her) but it sounds like it…"
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Reg The Fronkey Farmer commented on Simon Mathews's blog post 'It's all Greek to me'
"@Simon - I agree with all you have said, especially the bit about not lying in public just to please a religious hierarchy that has assumed that their religious beliefs make themselves superior. I recently heard a Catholic commentator on national…"
yesterday
Davis Goodman commented on Simon Mathews's blog post 'It's all Greek to me'
"The worst kind of "tribe-mentality" and religion very often go splendidly hand in hand. As you said: It's all about who's in the club and who isn't. Sigh.. It really sucks Simon. You're an inteligent guy...I'm…"
Friday
Simon Mathews commented on Simon Mathews's blog post 'It's all Greek to me'
"@Belle, incidentally, luckily I am secure in my relationship but you are taking on a lot of responsibility by advising someone so strongly to end a relationship that involves years of commitment and children. I know why you've said what you…"
Friday
Simon Mathews commented on Simon Mathews's blog post 'It's all Greek to me'
"@Bob, I understand where you're coming from. I have gone back and forth on the issue a few times. My fiance used to think as you do. From her point of view she couldn't understand why it was a big deal for me to just go and perform a silly…"
Friday
Simon Mathews commented on Simon Mathews's blog post 'It's all Greek to me'
"@Belle, thanks for your concern, I know it comes from a good place. There is some more context I should have added - she only goes to the church at Easter and Christmas and doesn't socialise with other churchgoers any other time of the year.…"
Friday
Marajke commented on Simon Mathews's blog post 'It's all Greek to me'
"Hold on everyone, before you advice him on destroying what seems to be a fruitful and healthy relationship. First your bride, yes she may be a little religious. But so what? She has accepted many aspects of your personality, including atheism so…"
Friday
Unseen replied to Simon Mathews's discussion 'Is free will compatible with determinism?'
"In terms of free will, determinism, randomness, or some stew of both makes no difference because free will is nonsensical. If you press the average person as to what they mean by it, their ad hoc definitions will be simplistic.to a degree of…"
Thursday
Saul Dobney replied to Simon Mathews's discussion 'Is free will compatible with determinism?'
"What goes on in the brain is hit by randomness - it's like a weather system. It contains both chaos and randomness.Chaos is deterministic, but as soon as you have even the smallest bit of randomness (and quantum mechanics adds a lot), then the…"
Thursday
Unseen replied to Simon Mathews's discussion 'Is free will compatible with determinism?'
"Take an example: you are asked to choose from three indistinguishable apples. Since they are the same, you will choose based on a random criteria - eg the way the wind is blowing, toss of a coin etc (there's quite a lot of evidence of this in…"
Thursday
Saul Dobney replied to Simon Mathews's discussion 'Is free will compatible with determinism?'
"It's a false dichotomy. If you add any piece of randomness to the system, then the system is non-deterministic. All long-term outcomes are then unpredictable. Since quantum mechanics is based on practically everything being probabilistic,…"
Thursday
Dr. Bob commented on Simon Mathews's blog post 'It's all Greek to me'
"It's not so much for her about the church building, I'm sure.  It's about the acceptance of her community, and her own view of marriage long held. If you are anti-theist, I could see where this would be a problem for you. …"
Thursday
Simon Mathews commented on Simon Mathews's blog post 'It's all Greek to me'
"@Marianne, I'm hoping that a civil ceremony at a beautiful location will be enough to compensate. I believe it will because the church she attends is hardly Notre Dame. There are some lovely churches out there. This one looks more like a…"
Thursday
Marianne commented on Simon Mathews's blog post 'It's all Greek to me'
"Sounds like it all comes down to expectations. Maybe she's imagined her wedding since she was a little girl? It must be hard for her to give up that dream, but if she can start planning for a different kind of ceremony, say on a beautiful venue…"
Thursday
Simon Mathews commented on Simon Mathews's blog post 'It's all Greek to me'
"@Ed. Thankfully she is not hardcore about it so we have come to an agreement re raising the children. We will both explain our own points of view and leave them to make up their own minds. If they decide church is for them I will not stand in their…"
Thursday
Simon Mathews commented on Simon Mathews's blog post 'It's all Greek to me'
"@Strega, Yes I think a civil ceremony is where we'll end up for the same reason."
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It's all Greek to me

Posted on April 15, 2015 at 4:14am 15 Comments

My fiance is Greek Orthodox and, understandably, she wants to get married in her Greek church. Unfortunately, the church will not allow it because I am not Greek Orthodox.

I am of the opinion they are shooting themselves in the foot here because, again understandably, this has upset my fiance and as a result she is now distancing herself from the church. Surely they would be better to allow the marriage which would result in my fiance and our children attending the church rather than…

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At 8:40am on November 27, 2014, Davis Goodman said…

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