"I'm a big fan of Ashoka's teachings as well. I have read quite a lot of history on him, and found him to be among the most magnanimous rulers of the pre-modern world. If only he had established a republic, his great efforts would not have…"
"Buddhism is not a religion. There is no deity and no worship in Buddhism. There are those who call themselves Buddhists who have changed the philosophy into a religion by worhipping the Buddha figureheads and ritualizing their teachings, but…"
"Yet, for merely being intolerant of intolerance, you are so often on the attack. Sara's right, you often sound disdainful, of John and especially of religion, although half the time I can't tell if you're just engaging in playful…"
"Sara, you should see some of the comments to John C. on other blogs here. It's like he brings out the hidden theist in a lot of these so-called atheists. They get so enraged at his ideas that it seems like they're ready to start a…"
"John C., I do he think Glen makes a good recommendation about reading Ayaan Hirsi Ali, if you are not familliar with her already. I don't think her works prove the point he is trying to make, but she certainly has an invaluably worldly…"
"*Sigh*, what's with you Glen? You sound like a broken record, always attacking religion. Y'know the great bulk of Chinese culture is considered atheistic, but there's also a lot of isolation and what we would call…"
"Welcome Constance! I love that name. It sounds like our mothers share some similarities. My mom is an avid practicioner of homeopathy, and I have never been able to sway her opinion about its efficacy, so I pretty much leave her to it now. It's…"
"My parents are in their 70's and 80's, and so they both grew up amidst generations of Indians in which the women would still commonly commit sati on their husaband's funeral pyre, and in which little girls were legally married off…"
"Glen, so your saying the Jews and Arabs saved us from the stupidity of religion? Those are both very religious groups of people. How could they have brought us out of the dark ages if all they were doing was poisoning everyone by virtue of being…"
"I bought my first computer after I put myself through college, John D. Before then, I relied on using the school's equipment, or simply writing on paper. And computers are becoming quite widely available in public education instituations all…"
"Oh yeah, and about the caste system. The general concensus at this point is that there was some semblence of a caste system before the Aryans invaded northern India, but that they subsequently added the top teir to the caste system, obviously with…"
"John D. I'm curious how you know anything about me or my family, or how much money we have. You think all people from India who have gone to college only got there because there were rich? I put myself through college. I worked, and supported…"
"John C., yes sweetie, I am married. It's always flattering to hear that someone is interrested to know, though, so thank you for the compliment.
John D, once again, you are clearly quite ignorant of what you are talking about. Let me…"
"Uuuuh, yeah, uuum weren't the untouchables like totally Kevin Costner and Sean Connery? Omg, John D. you are really a complete asshole. Why do you need to be constantly angry? We are having a civil discussion here,…"
"Wow, lots of new comments since I last looked. And by the time I was done reading what I thought were all the new ones, John C. had posted three more. Grrrrr, lol.
Anyway, you can count me as a third person who agrees with your definitions,…"
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