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Haj deaths - tragic but hard not to laugh

Started this discussion. Last reply by Joan Denoo Oct 30, 2015. 10 Replies

I am listening to a radio discussion on the sad deaths at the haj pilgrimage. It is a talk about poor crowd management but everybody acts as though this is a sane and valid visit where are chasing…Continue

Tags: holy, places, at, tragedy, dissonance

Going to put the creationist in even more turmoil

Started this discussion. Last reply by Atheist in FundyLand Sep 16, 2015. 27 Replies

They just have named a new hominid - Homo Naledi. Found 14/16 complete skeletons unlike previous discoveries which were usually just fragments. Very exciting discovery. Check out the article from BBC…Continue

Tags: skeletons, complete, species, new

Fundamentalism - hard not to be paranoid?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Gerald Payne Sep 5, 2015. 4 Replies

Hi there - here is a short clip from the BBC worth a watch. I guess the US has it fair view of nut jobs just on the other side of the lunacy. The people are all so reasonable when they are in the…Continue

Tags: muslim, radicals

The discovery of the pentaquark by LHC - how can creationist rationalise their lunacy?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Gerald Payne Jul 18, 2015. 7 Replies

I am just reading the latest discovery by the Large Hadron Collider. The complexity of the universe is always astounding to me. In the unlikely event that dog exists, you have to wonder why she/he/it…Continue

Tags: evolution, creationism, pentaquark

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Joan Denoo replied to Christopher Cosgrove's discussion Haj deaths - tragic but hard not to laugh
"I feel much as Daniel, "if measles was spread at an antivax convention, I would" feel grateful that parents faced serious natural consequences based on their thoughts and actions. I would feel anger toward them for failing to understand…"
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Daniel W replied to Christopher Cosgrove's discussion Haj deaths - tragic but hard not to laugh
"Loren, you are right, it's very fucked up.   I think the meaning of the hadj must be very different from when Mohammed instituted it.  If he did - I don't know enough about it.  Still, back then, it was travel that…"
Sep 27, 2015
Gerald Payne replied to Christopher Cosgrove's discussion Haj deaths - tragic but hard not to laugh
"They'd probably agree to share the spoils jay."
Sep 25, 2015
jay H replied to Christopher Cosgrove's discussion Haj deaths - tragic but hard not to laugh
"But if such a thing happened,different religious groups would be fighting about whose god did the deed."
Sep 25, 2015
Gerald Payne replied to Christopher Cosgrove's discussion Haj deaths - tragic but hard not to laugh
"Let's be quite honest about it, if this happened at a conference discussing atheism they'd praise god for his intervention and see it as divine retribution upon the infidels. Save your sympathy for those that sympathise not for those that…"
Sep 25, 2015
Jerry Wesner replied to Christopher Cosgrove's discussion Haj deaths - tragic but hard not to laugh
"I could never laugh at this sort of thing; premature death is horrible and even the foulest religious extremists have caring family.  But the irony is not lost; "God will care for you" isn't statistically supported and extremists…"
Sep 25, 2015
Loren Miller replied to Christopher Cosgrove's discussion Haj deaths - tragic but hard not to laugh
"Personally, I think it's tragic, while at the same time noting that the victims have no one to blame but themselves.  They bought into that first irrationality - the belief in something with no substance - and additional irrationalities…"
Sep 25, 2015
Daniel W replied to Christopher Cosgrove's discussion Haj deaths - tragic but hard not to laugh
"If a big cross fell on Pat Robertson and killed him, the fact is he still live to be 127 years old. I would enjoy the irony but still wonder why it took so long. Fairness in the universe and such nonsense."
Sep 25, 2015

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Keeping religious exemptions out of the executive order

Posted on June 17, 2014 at 8:00am 4 Comments

Greetings from South Africa.

GetEQUAL

Dear Christopher --

For the past two years, GetEQUAL and our community of organizers have worked…

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When refuting that ridiculous notion that religion is a science who would be our heroes?

Posted on June 3, 2014 at 9:12am 7 Comments

I was just pondering the above question when you hear people accusing non believers of having science as their religion. A patently ridiculous notion but I think it would be amusing to list our gods (heroes) and how the list is constantly growing or being eliminated as we learn more.

And is there a single book or even one pure science example?

So many heroes that we could be accused of worshipping or should that be honouring?

Aristotle,Socrates,Newton,Dawkins, Darwin,…

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At 7:07am on May 23, 2013, Randall Smith said…

I somehow came across one of your comments which mentioned Alison Krauss. Her "Wayfarin' Stranger" blows me away (Union Station group)! Yeah, it is "religious", but I look beyond that. I'll check on your reference.

At 3:16am on October 13, 2012, Wendy Noder said…

Hello.  I am new to the nontheist site, and it appears many members are very young.  That is sort of cool, actually, but I was pleased to read your profile.  I am 62.  My mother was the daughter of a Congregational Bishop and on her death bed confided to me she didn't believe all "that nonsense" about heaven and hell.  What a weight off of my shoulders, as I also was a non-believer by then.  

I show American Paint horses as a hobby.  I live in northern Michigan.  We have had snow already!  It didn't stick but is cold and frosts almost every morning.  

My parents visited your country in the 1970's.  My mother said it was the most beautiful country she ever visited, and they traveled around the world.  Unfortunately, she bought into the "vacant land" theory of white colonization.  

Is religion pervasive in your government as much as it is ours?  It reminds me of the old serfdom ideology of soothing the wretched masses into accepting their fate as they will be the ones to go to heaven, not the wealthy.  

I am a retired school social worker.  Our schools are in big trouble right now due to tax cuts starving the public services.  I got out at the right time, but it still saddens me.  I am happy my child is out of school.  It is not a good situation.

Well, thanks for reading, I am enjoying the site. It is comforting to know there are lots of folks out there that believe in science and not mythology.  I've always felt on the outside looking in.  --Wendy

At 12:04am on April 12, 2012, Steph S. said…

Greetings! Welcome to the site!

At 5:48pm on April 11, 2012, Ruth Anthony-Gardner said…

Welcome, Christopher! Glad you could join us. :D

Please consider joining a group to meet people and talk about anything that's on your mind, Hang With Friends. You might also like The Knife & ForkPolitics, Economics & Religion and Wine. After you've searched for stuff that interests you in "Groups" above and in the "Forums", don't forget to look at recent activity which hides along the right margin of the page all the way at the bottom.

At 12:39pm on April 11, 2012, Dr. Terence Meaden said…
Hello Christopher
You are so right.
Welcome to this world of rationality, truth and peace, where common sense leads to freethinking wisdom --- as you will know being a long time atheist. 
  
We invite you to make good friends by joining the busy group "ORIGINS: Universe, Astronomy, Life, Earth, Humans, Religion, Gods, Atheism, Evolution, Darwin..." with 680 discussion topics and 3400 members.
 
 
 

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