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Bible Belt Atheist (New York Times)

Started by Loren Miller on Thursday. 0 Replies

The following showed up in my YouTube feed this morning, and I decided to have a look.  Turns out, the New York Times has given us a reasonably even-handed look at a good friend of ours, being one Jerry DeWitt, former bible-thumper and now a pretty…Continue

Tags: Bible Belt, atheist, Jerry DeWitt

How would you respond?

Started by Christina Scribner. Last reply by Christina Scribner Apr 10. 5 Replies

So, this morning, I was at my local coffee shop as I am most weekdays between bus runs. I do the editing on my husband's books so I had my laptop with me. My wallpaper is a picture I found online sometime back of a double helix with the word atheist…Continue

The Fake Christian Busybody Show (Andrew Bradley)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Plinius Apr 9. 1 Reply

It seems as though there was a Gay Pride parade in some town somewhere and a Christian commentator, herein known as The Activist Mommy, apparently got her panties so in a bunch about it that she had to fire up her video camera and record a…Continue

Tags: gay, pride, The Activist Mommy, Andrew Bradley, America's Best Christian

America Held Hostage: Day 436 (MisterDeity)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner Apr 9. 1 Reply

Now that Sinclair Broadcasting has stated their position regarding fake news and its threat to our democracy, Mister Deity's Brian Dalton has decided to throw his $0.02 worth in as well ... though I don't quite think his presentation was really what…Continue

Tags: fake news, Deity, Mister, Broadcasting, Sinclair

Guns: Both Sides Now (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Christina Scribner Apr 3. 3 Replies

Oh, NO!  The gun debate has gotten so heated that it has Betty Bowers, America's Best Christian, TALKING TO HERSELF!  Apparently, one of her has had a stroke or a serious breakdown in cognitive skills, as she does little more than parrot the NRA's…Continue

Tags: NRA, guns, America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers

how dogma pollutes discourse (qualiasoup & theramintrees)

Started by Loren Miller Apr 3. 0 Replies

"The Lord is our God; the Lord is One." "I am the Way, the Truth, and the Life; no one comes to the Father, but by Me." "There is no god but Allah, and Mohamed is his prophet." Assertions, taught as fact, but without any form of corroborative…Continue

Tags: dogma, QualiaSoup, TheraminTrees

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Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on July 9, 2017 at 4:55pm

Joan, I agree with "My philosophy of life is totally satisfying and does not include any characteristics of the supernatural.", but in addition to reason I depend upon sensory evidence. All scientific evidence depends upon use of the senses. Insistence on using the senses, excluding for example "evidence" from dreams and faith, is fundamental.

Comment by Joan Denoo on July 9, 2017 at 3:15pm

I feel no spiritual void when I reject religion. My philosophy of life is totally satisfying and does not include any characteristics of the supernatural.

I am a rationalist, I regard reason as the chief source and test of knowledge. My method to find truth is not sensory but intellectual and deductive. 

By deductive reasoning I mean I reason from one or more premises to reach a logically certain conclusion, i.e. 

Premise 1) All humans are mortal. 

Premise 2) Trump is a human. 

Conclusion) Trump is mortal. 

Premise 1) All humans are moral. (invalid)

Premise 2) Trump is a human. 

Conclusion) Trump is moral. (invalid)

Comment by Idaho Spud on July 9, 2017 at 5:22am

Interesting post Thomas.

Comment by Thomas Murray on July 8, 2017 at 4:13pm

Following my curiosity , I typed in the search box, " Blasphemy laws+ USA"

My finding is that there are still some blasphemy laws alive in some states, but that they are not enforced anymore. However I came upon an article I enjoyed reading in Ouora titled "What is the most appropriate punishment for blasphemy?"

Here is one persons response in part:

"First, what area of criminal law do you want it to be a part of. You could make it a type of racism but religion isn't a race so that would fail. You couldn't make it an offence against the person because that deals in physical violence. You could try to make it a tort (civil wrong) specifically defamation however defamation has no criminal remedy also plenty of defences like it's not defamation if it's an opinion or it's not defamation if it's a fact etc. Your last option that has any hope is to make it a type of fraud. However your biggest stumbling block is that you must prove that the blasphemous comment was a lie therefore you must prove your religion is true therefore you must prove your god exists. Good luck with that. Btw if you prove god exists then you have taken away the faith part of religion which defeats the point of religion. On top of proving your god exists if yours is one of the three Abrahamic religions proving the existence of the god of Abraham is not enough as you have two other religions believing in him do you must prove why those two are wrong and you are right on top of proving the existence of god/allah/Jehovah/whatever. Again good luck with that. Btw every time I use the word prove this means prove in a court of law and if it is criminal punishment you are looking for then the standard you must achieve is beyond all reasonable doubt and the defense doesn't have to prove that god doesn't exist they just have to show that you can't prove that he does."

James Hicks

Comment by Thomas Murray on July 8, 2017 at 3:59pm

That IS amazing art work. I wonder if the same technique can be done with a V.W. bus.......

Comment by Randall Smith on July 8, 2017 at 7:42am

Wow! I envy the imagination and creativity of someone and something like that! Amazing.

Things are back to normal now that all my family have returned home. Now perhaps my BP will return to normal! It was good, however.

Comment by Plinius on July 8, 2017 at 12:05am

And he works with both hands at the same time.

Comment by Ian Mason on July 8, 2017 at 12:05am

That is stunning, Carl. Stealing and sharing.

Thomas, those swine are nothing more than criminals.

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on July 7, 2017 at 10:54pm

Exactly my reaction, Lilac! Great video.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on July 7, 2017 at 7:29pm

I love this kind of creativity.  

 

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