I just read the article in your link. This is certainly something to watch with interest. It shows that an overall warming causes unexpected consequences due to the complexity of the climate systems. Colder surface water that freezes…"
"Because I mentioned North Korea i think I need to add something to qualify my statement regarding PRNK here.
North Korea, although notionally atheist (communist) in many ways resembles a religious cult with an almost deified cult leader. So any war…"
"War, geopolitics, power etc can do quite well outside a religious paradigm I think. Chimpanzees stage war. I don't think they have much religion.
But religion certainly is a useful tool for getting supporters into the right frame of mind…"
"You cannot outlaw religion and have freedom. Each human being regardless of their beliefs or lack their of should have the right to be treated as an end in and of themselves and not as a means to an end or a cog is some utopian scheme.
"I agree with Pat on this.
You cannot be a FreeThinker (Which I prefer as a simili to Atheist) if there is some legal impediment to you expressing non-violently your beliefs.
So long as religious observance is fully optional for all…"
"Striking results indeed.
So looking at it conversely. Supposing the entire world has a say in the presidency of say, Russia or Germany, or China. Who would they choose?
Universal suffrage certainly has its issues. As demonstrated in…"
"haha reminds me of my grandpa. He tells the story of the Avon lady appearing at his door back in the 60s.
He didn't want to be disturbed and had to think on his feet.
Says the Avon lady: "Hello sir, is your wife at home?".
"For Americans the first amendment (free speech) is an important touch stone here. So I don't no how you can ban religion without infringing on people's right to free speech etc.
That amendment is absolutely essential to a rational…"
"I will second that. In fact one could argue that it is only when religion loosed its grip on the European populations generally (to an extent) during the renaissance that capitalism emerged from what previously was feudalism. Capitalism (free trade)…"
"Leaving religion for me was a process. One that started years before it was completed. It started for me the moment I started questioning the fantastic claims in my religion. But as you know religion has deep hooks of family and society so it took…"
"Good Points Richard. My bad.
Perhaps I am just too used to keeping a low profile. Living in a country where being an atheist is actually against the law one tends to keep one's mouth shut in public.
Anyhow, like I said, my bad. Cheers."
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"I am an atheist or I wouldn't be here. But I don't have a problem with this because I believe in capitalism. If said store owner wants to cut off from his business a certain section of the market, bad luck for him and good luck for another…"