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Comment by AtheistTech on September 27, 2011 at 8:04am
I feel that I have unintentionally changed the direction these comments were taking. What do you think of my opinion that we have no easy way of getting rid of religion? Do you have any ideas of your own?
Comment by Hania Uscka-Wehlou on September 27, 2011 at 7:57am

Well, but one year later he says:

(about the soul):

"I don't have any evidence on that," answers Gates. "I don't have any evidence of that."

and: "Just in terms of allocation of time resources, religion is not very efficient. There's a lot more I could be doing on a Sunday morning."

But - he would probably not want to fight religions actively (judging by the quotation by George).

Comment by George on September 27, 2011 at 7:51am

Gates: I'm not somebody who goes to church on a regular basis. The specific elements of Christianity are not something I'm a huge believer in. There's a lot of merit in the moral aspects of religion. I think it can have a very very positive impact.

Comment by Hania Uscka-Wehlou on September 27, 2011 at 7:37am
Comment by Joseph P on September 27, 2011 at 7:35am
He is.  He's come out and said it.  I don't know that he's used the A-word, but he's declared disbelief in any kind of deity.
Comment by Hania Uscka-Wehlou on September 27, 2011 at 7:28am
Cane, do you know that Bill Gates is an atheist or you just believe it?
Comment by AtheistTech on September 27, 2011 at 7:23am
I wholeheartedly agree with Fil when he says that religion needs to be gotten rid of. But I do not see anyone with money funding studies that would prove that religion is false. The complex society we live in would rebel and cause a war. We could ask Bill Gates to fund it, but if he did, he would lose his billions if not his life. I strongly feel and know that religion must go out to the trash heap, but since religion deals with the feelings of people, it will not be an easy task. If you feel you are right and do not accept any form of reason to change your feeling, then won't you defend your feeling with all you got?
Comment by AtheistTech on September 26, 2011 at 11:52pm

@Allie Kumar


Are you saying race=ethnic background and not skin color?

I think we are talking about the definition of hate as defined by the ones practicing bigotry which in my experience does not only include race and ethnic background, but gender as well.

Comment by Allie Kumar on September 26, 2011 at 11:27pm

Race aint skin color and skin color aint race. I'm of Indian descent (India) and many of us South Indians are darker than Blacks but are a completely different culture than African Americans.

I know to stay out of the deep South cuz the white would kill me for looking black and the blacks would kill me for 'acting white'.

Comment by AtheistTech on September 26, 2011 at 10:42pm



The racial component is not only in the South, it is here in the Detroit area as well and quite possibly in the whole of the US in varying degrees.  It is a big problem. Why educate the poor because the poor is mainly made up of blacks, latinos, and white trash? If there is anything to hate it is bigotry.

You say that you think “that theists often are against many freedoms”. I would ask the question, why are theists against many freedoms? Can you even guess? I will venture a guess. If you are the majority and you want to be the privileged class, just hate the under-privileged class and keep them down. That will ensure your power over them. How do you fight the opinion that the theists spread about themselves to their flock: We are God’s chosen people and we can do no wrong with God on our side, so let me tell you what God wants.

Science keeps showing how all humans are the same. The skin color is only a response to environmental conditions a people endured for eons causing their skin to change color.

You asked “What does it mean to live a Christ-like life?” I put to you that it means whatever your pastor says it means. Ambiguity is a tool that religion has perfected its use of. What is Love? Hate? Evil? Good? Bad? Like?  They are all ambiguous and can be explained to mean anything the theist wants it to mean. You hinted on this idea when you asked: “…who gets to define evil?”


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