All Blog Posts Tagged 'Politics' (51)

Barack Obama's Answer to Putin's Op-Ed

WHAT DID I JUST READ?

By Barack Obama

Imagine my surprise when I opened the New York Times and read Vladimir Putin's Op-ed. I didn't know what I was reading for a few minutes. Sometimes my Chief of Staff will putThe Onion in front of me just to shake things up so it…

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Added by Pope Beanie on September 14, 2013 at 7:51pm — 2 Comments

Baptists plan exodus from Boy Scounts

Posted on CNN May 31, 2013
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Added by Mabel on June 2, 2013 at 10:50am — 29 Comments

Do non-believers tend towards a certain political view?

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Disclaimer: all quotes from the AHS Convention are para-phrasings, not direct.

I've just been, yesterday, to the National Federation for Atheist, Humanist, and Secular Student Societies' conference in Conway Hall, London. The AHS are a group wholly facilitated and supported by the - perhaps more familiar - British Humanist Association, and the day involved many high-profile…

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Added by Carnun Marcus-Page on March 3, 2013 at 9:30am — 1 Comment

The beauty of science

Prior to science, superstition conquered. Aristotle believed that objects in motion slowed because they simply became "tired." God was reason for all, and all was reason for God.

Due to brilliant minds we have emerged from these opaque ages of knowledge. Newton enlightened us with mathematical logic in the 17th century. He also enlightened us with knowledge of optics,…

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Added by Samuel Spraker on September 22, 2012 at 2:55am — 10 Comments

Where the hell is our country headed? The Michigan Bully Law...

(NOTE: I originally posted this on Facebook, but I'm reposting this here because I know a lot of the people here aren't on Facebook.)

 

I learned today that, in in Michigan, their state legislature has passed a bill in the House and is now being debated in their Senate. The bill is called "Matt's Safe School Law", in honor of Matt Epling of East Lansing, Michigan who committed suicide…

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Added by Rocky Oliver (LotusGeek) on November 10, 2011 at 1:20pm — 11 Comments

Atheism is the "new cool"?

On September 19 2011, the Telegraph website published an article titled "Atheism is cool, says Archbishop Rowan Williams". In the article the Archbishop claims the apparent rise in atheism due to it's "cool" factor, and that refutations of authors such as Richard Dawkins don't get the attention they "deserve" because atheism is the latest fad, not…

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Added by Martin Pribble on October 18, 2011 at 12:00am — 2 Comments

This is a Science Textbook?

Education is everything, and teaching our children not only the facts, but how to determine fact from fiction is crucial for our world. Science and technology basics are some of the more important aspects of a good education, and teaching the scientific method at an early age can help establish a lifetime of good thinking.



But there are some enemies of accepted scientific fact out there, and like the falsehoods told in… Continue

Added by Martin Pribble on September 23, 2011 at 7:49pm — 8 Comments

Think Inc Conference Special

Yesterday I had the pleasure of attending the Think Inc conference in Melbourne Australia, the inaugural event, and one that showed much promise with a line-up of speakers which included Professor Tim Flannery, YouTube sensation Christina Rad, activist Ayaan Hirsi Ali (appearing via Skype), poet Shane Koyczan, Professor Neil Degrasse Tyseon, Professor Michael Shermer and political commentator Christopher Hitchens (also intended to appear via Skype).

Unfortunately Christopher Hitchens…

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Added by Martin Pribble on September 19, 2011 at 12:34am — 1 Comment

Religion is Anti-Intellectual

The major religions teach people that their version of the history of the world is true. Each of them tells a different story, and yet all claim to be the right one. Of course this can't be the case, there can only be one true path that history has taken, albeit multi-threaded. The odd thing is that Christianity and Islam are rife with messages proposing that one not question the words of the religion, and thereby are not only insulating themselves against a natural tendency to question, but… Continue

Added by Martin Pribble on September 13, 2011 at 11:48pm — No Comments

Please enter "No Religion" in this week's census

The time is finally upon us Australia. Census forms have started to appear on our doorsteps, and if you truly care about where money goes in this country I implore you to answer these questions correctly and truthfully. And in particular, if you are not religious now, I urge you to place "No religion" in the area for religion.



Why? I'll tell you why!



The AFA's Census website states quite clearly why it it important to answer this question correctly and… Continue

Added by Martin Pribble on July 29, 2011 at 10:00pm — 1 Comment

Religion Running Scared

I originally posted this at my blog Martin S Pribble, and it was subsequently picked up as an "Article" at RDFRS, which made me quite happy. It has caused quite a discussion at both sites, so I thought it would be good to share with you lot also.

 Religion is running scared from advances in science, particularly brain science such as neurology. Why? Because the brain is the final frontier in uncovering the reasons for belief in superstitions, religion and a higher…

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Added by Martin Pribble on July 25, 2011 at 6:49pm — 1 Comment

"Resisting the Green Dragon"

I found this video while sorting through my G+ stream yesterday, and found it too alarming to not blog on the subject. This is surely enough to get your hackles up, and it should concern not only atheists, agnostics and skeptics, but every thinking human on the planet. This is surely going to be of concern in the future.



The video opens with this statement:

"In what has become one of the greatest deceptions of our day, radical environmentalism…

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Added by Martin Pribble on July 18, 2011 at 8:40pm — No Comments

Curiosity didn't kill the cat

My cat, spooky, has gone missing. He's been gone for 5 days now, and while I am quite worried he may have been hurt, or worse, killed or caught by the cat-catcher, I still hold hope that he's about, and that he will return soon. He's done this before, but never for so many days, and I suspect he may have another home out there somewhere. Damn cats and their curiosity! It never comes to any good! Whenever he goes missing, I can't help but think of the saying "Curiosity killed the…

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Added by Martin Pribble on June 14, 2011 at 12:26am — No Comments

Geert Wilders on BBC Hardtalk

Added by Sassan K. on June 6, 2011 at 10:14pm — 1 Comment

Conservatism on the rise in Victoria

There is an alarming trend in Australia at the moment. While the world struggles with climate change and population, we here are experiencing a knee-jerk reaction to supposed ills that are befalling us, and the governments seem far too quick to react with their band-aid solutions. I am seeing more cases in the media every day of what can only be pandering to minorities and special interest groups, where minor problems are becoming issues big enough to change policy over. Case in point, here in… Continue

Added by Martin Pribble on June 6, 2011 at 3:21am — No Comments

What does it take to be a Chaplain?

One of the biggest issues with the NSCP is that we don't know the level of qualifications held by those who will be teaching SRE in schools. This is an example of religion being held in distinction from the rest of society, as a thing of morality and trustworthiness. All we need to do is look at the Catholic church and its ministers to know this is not the case.



According to the government discussion paper supplied on the government's website about the… Continue

Added by Martin Pribble on May 29, 2011 at 7:45pm — No Comments

Stop the NSCP - time to weigh in

As you know, I believe education is the key to beginning to solve all of the woes we have in society today. Yes all of them. From world hunger to population, from wars to disease, from terrorism to the production of clean and renewable energy. Each of these can be solved if we educate the people who are directly effected by them, and those who go into areas to help. In fact I can't think of one situation that cannot be made better without education, at least in the long term. Education should… Continue

Added by Martin Pribble on May 29, 2011 at 7:44pm — No Comments

Evangelical Atheist?

This is a phrase I have started seeing online more and more. People (in general and on both sides of the spectrum) are griping about the "new Atheists" and how they seem to be shoving their non-beliefs down other peoples throats. 

 

I understand the problems that people may have with "In your face Atheism" as I like to call it, however, in this day and age I honestly thing the main goal of people who do this (myself included) is to inform others. It took me 10 years to "come…

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Added by Autumn_in_jeans on May 27, 2011 at 12:18pm — 26 Comments

Ahmadinejad Says Europe is Stealing Rain from Iran!!!! lolol

Mahmoud Ahmadinejad says Europe 'stealing Iran's rain'

Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has accused Western countries of plotting to "cause drought" in Iran by using high tech equipment to drain the clouds of raindrops.…

President of Iran Mahmoud Ahmadinejad speaks at the United Nations: Britain walks out of Iran's Ahmadinejad's anti-Semitic speech at UN
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Added by Sassan K. on May 25, 2011 at 1:27am — 23 Comments

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