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Comment by Shamar on November 22, 2009 at 5:09pm
The Earth is Flat! And Other False Beliefs Based on Dogma and Pseudoscience that Stress the Need for Critical Thinking
Comment by Katharine J A Hillier on November 16, 2009 at 5:34pm
Hi RDF Crew
I am just popping into saying Hello Folks.
I hope everyone is doing well.
(currently on RDF)
bestest wishes
Comment by Hugh Kramer on November 9, 2009 at 1:31pm

Here was the challenge: Can you communicate the most important idea in biology, and one of the most controversial ideas in our society, in a mere 120 seconds? Think you can convince even the most hard-headed creationist that Darwin was right? If so, show us—and that creationist—how it's done.
And we have a winner! It's official. Evolution is a song... or at least the winning entry in Discover Magazine's "EVOLUTION IN TWO MINUTES OR LESS" video contest is.

More, including a link to the videos, here.
Comment by Ogden Lafaye on November 9, 2009 at 12:27pm
The F in FunDummies came to mean FEAR when Dawkins arrived.
Comment by Sa Janes on October 25, 2009 at 10:24pm
Hi Robert! Go Aussies!

To your point -- I think there are a few additional things to consider about America:

It's a fairly diverse population and quite a bit more so than Australia. The population of the Los Angeles area alone is nearly equal to that of all Australia. In the colonial era, many protestant groups were encouraged to settle in America. For instance, those we have traditionally referred to as "Hillbillys" are descended from a large migration of Scottish protestants who settled in the Appalachians (with the attendant sirnames Grant, Perry, McCoy, etc.). Similarly, we had large migrations of the Amish, the Quakers, the Shakers, Lutherans, Methodists, Presbyterians, and Baptists -- all considering themselves to be refugees from English/Northern European Catholic/Anglican domination. Yep -- you could sail to America, grab a very large parcel of virgin, fertile land and all it cost you then was cost of the voyage -- no citizenship requirements, no Oath of Allegiance, and no taxes, and you could practice just about any form of off-beat, weird, wacko religion you could dream up. Pretty appealing for those wishing to escape the socio-economic hegemony of the established church. As well, there were enhanced economic prospects on offer for anyone capable of crossing the Atlantic (a stones throw from Europe as compared to Australia).

America also received it's share of indentured servants and prison labor by virtue of the European nobility and their vested interests, as well as an enormous number of African slaves.

All in all, even though America eventually became a large colony for the English, a nearly equal number of people from other countries and cultures were active and just as culturally dominant (if not militarily so).

I lived in Australia for nearly ten years, primarily in the North Ryde area of Sydney at MacQuarie University, and I reckon trying to guage "America" byte-for-byte based on it's comparatively large number of wackos would be similar to guaging all Australians based upon a sampling of the folks in Adelaide, a.k.a. 'The City of Churches' -- or perhaps more accurately, Toowoomba, or even Kalgoorlie.

All that aside, I am an openly, near militantly, atheist, as are most people I know, and I have never encountered the problems you seem to think plague all Americans.

Having lived life in both places (and for the past ten years in Greater Asia/China--another story in itself), I submit that, pound-for-pound per capita, there are an equal number of wackos distributed more or less evenly throughout the free world. Pauline Hanson and her ilk come to mind.

By the way, I was born in England of a LAncashire mother and an American GI father -- my Aussie friends endearingly refer to me as a 'Pome-Seppo' (as an Aussie, I think you well understand the term).

Cheers mate!
Comment by Robert Tobin on October 24, 2009 at 7:12am
My reply to:
Atheists Are the Most Mistrusted Group: They Are Evil and Immoral
Submitted by Robert Tobin on October 24, 2009 - 5:08am. on that Site.
We Australians regard America as a nation with a strange attitude to religion. How come, in many States Evolution is shunned in favour of the teaching of the stupid fables about Creation and that it is true because it is in the Bible and the Bible is the "Word of God" thus being true.

Why is it that Atheists can be hounded out of their homes and towns and denied employment in the Bible Belt States. I have/had a friend in Florida who suffered that discrimination. He did hint that he was considering suicide. I have not heard from him since. Make you conclusions about that.

Why are Americans so gullible. They swallow all the lies preached by those Televangalists and hand out millions of dollars to those crooks. I read that 46% of American Christians believe the Sermon on the Mount was preached by Rev. Billy Graham.

Australians consider Americans as a bit THICK.
Comment by Marc Draco on October 23, 2009 at 6:29am
UK Atheists wanted.

I'm considering filing a petition to the UK Government website to demand they talking down to us about their "beliefs" - because they are just that. Not supported by evidence.

I need some backup though, but you have to live in the UK or you can't file.
Comment by Beachbum on October 19, 2009 at 8:45pm
I have been a member of and the foundation for a few years now, so I felt this an appropriate forum in which to belong. I have read his books and I am reading "The Greatest Show on Earth" at present, but I am one of those that read at every chance and as many books at once, as I CAN.
Comment by John Grow on October 17, 2009 at 8:10am
Thank you Jonathan for posting that. He doesn't seem to answer the question itself, but points up the absurdity of the belief.
Comment by Emily Dietle on October 16, 2009 at 8:18pm

Great interview/debate

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