American Atheists president Dave Silverman simply crushed Sean Hannity. Hannity started in demaening manner and with usual accusations. Dave Silverman roundly shoot at him back, so Hannity just closes debate quickly. Basic Hannity/ Fox projection, to accuse different minded guest for everything they do regulary

Comment by James Cox on November 5, 2013 at 1:56pm

Do you really think Hannity is thinking this deeply? Maybe it takes an atheist to attribute higher reasoning, but I do hope this is the case..;p)

Comment by Pope Beanie on November 5, 2013 at 5:18pm

@DJARK I think that's a good summary. It seems that faith makes gullible people really skeptical of skeptics.

Comment by Gregg R Thomas on November 5, 2013 at 5:21pm

@James Cox:

"Do you really think Hannity is thinking this deeply?"

(puzzled) Hannity think's?

I had no idea. :)

Comment by Logicallunatic on November 13, 2013 at 8:17pm

Hannity is still butt-sore bitter after being crushed by the late Christopher Hitchens a good few years ago.

Comment by Jack Howard on February 3, 2014 at 11:33pm

The real problem re religion in the U.S. is that there are vast numbers of people in the U.S. that are willfully ignorant of how the universe works, and are proud of it.

In the following comments, I mean atheist in the broadest sense, i.e. atheists, secularists, agnostics, unchurched, etc.

The religious make the following claims, as if they are correct, when in actuality they are wrong on all counts:

1. Atheists are less moral than the religious. WRONG!

Any search of the net reveals that while atheists are 10% to 15% of the U.S. population, they are less than 1% of the prison population. So, the religious are more than 10 times more likely to be in prison.

2. The U.S. is founded on christianity. WRONG.

Many of the founding fathers were deists, not theists, and definitely not christians. The U.S. constitution, arguably the greatest document of all time, makes no reference to god, and, in fact, all refences to religion are exclusionary.

Thomas Jefferson, perhaps the greatest of the founding fathers, specifically, in many of his writings, warned of the dangers of having religion as part of the government. He authored the marvelous concept of "Separation of church and state".

3. Atheists are less intelligent than christiasns. WRONG.

95+% of the members of Royal Society of Scientists are atheists. Any objectve survey of the most intelligent people in the world yields similar percentages of atheists.

4. The bible is an exellent source of morals. WRONG.

I say that dashing children on rocks, condemning someone for gathering wood on a particular day of the week to eternal damnation, practicing and condoning slavery, etc, is a horrific source of morals.

Let me summarize the religious mentality with a religious quote: Jeremiah 5:21: There are non so blind as those who will not see.

 

 

Comment by SteveInCO on February 8, 2014 at 12:46pm

You could add #5:  Our legal code is based on the Ten Commandments.  WRONG.

The first four of the ten commandments specify who one should worship and in what manner.  US law doesn't in the least incorporate these.  The next tells you to honor your parents--also not in US code.  number six is a prohibition against killing (murder is against the law--well so far 1 for 6) number seven is a prohibition on adultery (which is illegal in many states, give half a point), eight is stealing (another point), nine is perjury (another point) and ten is "coveting"--a thought crime.

So I get a grand total of three and a half of the ten commandments resembling law in the United States.  One could hardly say our legal code is based on the ten commandments; if it were, it would certainly be highly selective.  Our criminal code tends to be based on the notion of objectively harming someone else--even adultery prohibitions where they still exist are based on the notion of it harming the cheated-upon spouses.  It's not based on "god wouldn't like it."

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