ORIGINS: UNIVERSE, LIFE, HUMANKIND, AND DARWIN

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Comment by Troy Gorsline on January 6, 2012 at 12:48pm

Yet something else I take exeption to and disagree with. It isn't cowardice to be tolerant. It is courageous actually. Cowardice is giving in to ignorance and hate-to allow oneself to degrade to the lowest emotions in our nature.

I have been nice to this point - I am tolerant. But the last comment left me confounded. To give into hate is militant at its lowest point.

I would check your own courage levels, Charles, before calling into question the courage of others.

Comment by Alecks Gates on January 6, 2012 at 12:09pm
The only thing I despise more than intolerant religious people is intolerant non-religious people, usually because they feel more entitled to themselves.
Comment by matthew greenberg on January 6, 2012 at 11:52am

80% sounds about right to me.  as for Charles and where his views might be better received, might i suggest Bellevue. 

Comment by Troy Gorsline on January 6, 2012 at 11:37am

Given further thought, I will concede to 90%. Heck, that number is prob. too generous.

See? Free discussion does work!

Comment by Marc Draco on January 6, 2012 at 11:35am
Charles,

The people here are a close knit bunch and very tolerant - you are welcome to your view, but they don't sit well here.

I would encourage you to consider your position - we're not here to be firebrand atheists who hate everyone who worships any god... We're atheist thinkers, scientists, educators and the like.

You may find a warmer welcome elsewhere - but for now may I kindly request you keep the comment wall clear of rants and hate speech; if there is a time and place for it, this isn't it.

I would suggest you try the KKK but they are religious, I believe.
Comment by Joseph P on January 6, 2012 at 11:34am
I REALLY wouldn't say 99%. Maybe 90%. I know too many assholes.
Comment by Troy Gorsline on January 6, 2012 at 11:28am

I believe we are approaching a very touchy subject, presently. Though I do not have a believe system, I do believe 99% of those who do are truly good and decent people. Religious texts to promote violence-I do not dispute this. I also know most followers of religion gloss over those parts. To paint all religious people with the same brush is just as wrong as those who paint all non-theist monsters in history.

We must be very careful that our believes in science and reason do not lead us down the very path of ignorance and hate as those we disagree with.

Comment by leveni on January 5, 2012 at 5:46pm

Charles. What is it that religious people do that makes you dislike them so much? 

Comment by Alice on January 5, 2012 at 5:15pm

I was visiting the UK in 1997 and my husband had a conversation in a 1st floor coffee shop above a Muslim shop with a guy - the guy said that he thought something was brewing - it was from 3 streets away that the London train bomber of 2006 lived - which I also happened to be in London the day that happened - very scary - I didn't take a train but relied on buses and friends.  When a newly ex Christian warns of bombing the white house - be concerned.

Comment by Marc Draco on January 5, 2012 at 4:46pm
If Charles needs to learn anything it's some manners. Netiquette, if you prefer.

This all-guns-blazing stance is unhelpful to the point of being repugnant.
 

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