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ORIGINS: UNIVERSE, LIFE, HUMANKIND, AND DARWIN

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Comment by matthew greenberg on January 5, 2012 at 12:21pm

Charles Defrates wrote:

 

 'I don’t care about the legalization of pot.'

"Danny if you are going to be an atheist you must understand the importance of being a man of principle. Everyone that has a brain will think less of you if you say things like that. My mind went straight to the Columbian drug cartel after reading that statement. They supply the U.S. with pot, don’t they??"

 

Charles, i have a brain - i'm quite certain of it.  and yet i don't think less of Donny or anyone else who are ambivolent or supportive of the legalization of marijuana.  how is this an Atheist issue? 

 

frankly, i think less of YOU for your absolutism.  comments such as yours really have no place in this or any other AN forum.  seriously, you call Donnie a coward b/c he is not an activist.  perhaps he has a wife and kids, a busy job, family obligations, etc. and doesn't have time.  how can you make these claims without knowing him as a person.  yet you call him your 'friend'.  he says he drinks Scotch, so you call him an alcoholic.  you have a very strange mind, my 'friend'. 

Comment by Charline Pitre on January 5, 2012 at 11:23am

All I can say is wow, really?

Comment by Donny on January 3, 2012 at 6:48am

World-first hybrid shark found off Australia "This is evolution in ...

I thought this to be an interesting story and, of course, the quote really got me going.

Comment by Steph S. on December 31, 2011 at 10:53am

Comment by Steph S. on December 30, 2011 at 10:10pm

Happy New Year!

Comment by Donny on December 28, 2011 at 8:34pm

Charles,

                I’m not sure what to make out of your missive.  I can sympathize with the fact you were a Methodist as I was a member of both the Disciples of Christ church and the Vineyard Christian Fellowship. I have no desire to be  and activist but to each their own.

                I don’t understand what you could not know about religious extremist in reference to the 9/11 crap. Religion demands that you must kill and die for your beliefs.

                As for the Bible, it was written by a bunch of goat herders with patriarchal and genocidal attitudes.

                I am not a theist but do believe that life is more than a grouping of chemical reactions. We do have a cognitive nature so why not use it.

                People are atheist for many reasons, I’m sure that the reasons change as folks grow and mature.  I don’t care about the legalization of pot. It’s not a hard drug and is most likely better for people than the scotch, which I love. Having said that, to make it a litmus test of one’s atheism seems a little extreme

                I don’t believe the “we atheist” need to take any part of the Bible or Koran to justify our morality. We should be able to use our common sense to do that. A rule that I have always though fair is “ A persons morality can be judged by how they act when nobody is watching”.

                As for the existence of god, I grow tired of that debate. There is none.

                All in all I hope you do well, don’t get trapped in fights with family members. That tends to make life miserable.

Peace.     

Comment by Susan Stanko on December 28, 2011 at 7:45pm

And who is Matt Hammel?  I watch the Atheist Experience and have never seen anyone by that name.

Comment by Donny on December 28, 2011 at 7:25pm

Wow, I just don't know what to say now. What does athorakated mean? I tried to look it up on the web  but didn't get a definition.  

Comment by Alice on December 28, 2011 at 6:18pm

Charles - just above the comment wall is a link saying "+ Add a Discussion"  Please click on it and continue your disccussion there.  thanks :)

Comment by Susan Stanko on December 28, 2011 at 5:36pm

Is it really that hard to start a discussion, Charles?

 

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