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07:44 AM on 12/11/2012
Here's the first line of a book on Atheism:
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cadaei
Hey everyone, look at me!
10:06 AM on 12/11/2012
That's a huge improvement over the endorsement of genocide, rape, slavery, child abuse, homophobia, sexism, racism and fascism sprinkled all throughout the book on Christianity.
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RMinIL
10:36 AM on 12/11/2012
WIN F&F
11:46 AM on 12/11/2012
not sure which book to which you refer...
exploreinfinity
Awareness prevails over beliefs every time
01:02 PM on 12/11/2012
All beings have existed forever. All beings are immortal, invulnerable, and infinite. No stupid controlling hierarchy god was ever required.
01:08 PM on 12/11/2012
Hogwash.
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Sal George
Where ever you go, there you are.
07:34 AM on 12/11/2012
8. Religion and Government are Intertwined

Governments in fascist nations tend to use the most common religion in the nation as a tool to manipulate public opinion. Religious rhetoric and terminology is common from government leaders, even when the major tenets of the religion are diametrically opposed to the government's policies or actions.
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Sal George
Where ever you go, there you are.
07:34 AM on 12/11/2012
Religion and politics are the two things you never bring up at dinner, to keep it civil, private.

Mixing religion with politics is the beginning of a what these people are afraid of with Islamic countries. Why bring it here?

Power and money.
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Julia Bailey
10:47 AM on 12/11/2012
How come its ok to mock people for thinking the world if flat, but if they believe in some supernatural being its not ok to mock them? Why the discrepancy?
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Sal George
Where ever you go, there you are.
10:49 AM on 12/11/2012
I'd mock them no matter what.  Don't need someone's ok to do it.
exploreinfinity
Awareness prevails over beliefs every time
01:04 PM on 12/11/2012
I mock hierarchy religious believers routinely. Who's going to stop me?
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ross nichols
07:14 AM on 12/11/2012
DeMint is the worst-good riddance-he has no integrity,at all.
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GypsyRobin
Time to investigate "Baby Brokers"!
10:37 AM on 12/11/2012
And no decent college or university will have him. Which is why he went to a place that "has no integrity, at all."
06:26 AM on 12/11/2012
If he is an atheist, where does the Jewish part come in? Or is this simply another case of hurling "Jew" as an epithet? While appointing an atheist in the name of diversity is a noble idea, were any Governor of South Carolina to appoint an atheist, the political apocalypse that would follow would make the second coming described in The Book of Revelations look like a children's birthday party.
07:45 AM on 12/11/2012
Many Jews I know are in fact atheists and subscribe to the Jewish traditions as a way to feel connected to their relatives and culture only.
02:10 PM on 12/11/2012
Many Americans of European heritage also hew to the traditions of their family's country of origin, but I do not think you would see one described, e.g., as an Italian atheist, or an Irish atheist. Perhaps the writer was trying to get a two-fer in terms of diversity, if only he had also been a Hispanic Jew or a Black Jew that is also an atheist, he could have gone for the hat trick.
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bahramthered
Are you sure Rs arn't Decepitcons in desguise?
08:10 AM on 12/11/2012
Jew is frequently considered a race, meaning a person of jewish heritage.

I'm an atheist who came from a christian family. I sometimes still exchange christmas gifts and listen to carols, even thought I have zero faith in that death cult.
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Barbara DeZan
Knowledge is Power
04:59 PM on 12/11/2012
I am also atheist...from a family that included other atheists...and many who were more or less not interested in religion of any sort. They all held firm "beliefs" that were tied to actions, morals, right and wrong, how people treated each other, fairness, charity, etc. Some mysterious entity didn't have a thing to do with any of it.

We always celebrated Xmas. We had decorated trees, lots of lights and tinsel, plenty of music...recorded and sang. We'd gather at another relatives house and tuck in for a couple of days....fixing huge meals, people coming and going, almost everyone played an instrument so we had lots of guitars, fiddles, an organ or piano, accordion, penny whistles....etc...even a banjo or two. We exchanged gifts wrapped in beautiful paper with lovely bows and even had Xmas stockings stuffed with nuts, fruits and a few pennies in the toe. Neighbors would drop in and join us...

I have wonderful memories of "Christmas past" but it had nothing to do with fairy tales and legends. It had to do with a huge, expanded family of people who enjoyed each others company and had lots of fun and laughter.
04:45 AM on 12/11/2012
The American black community is mad about all this. A lot of other Americans are sharing in the anger connected to what is going on. And if we really believe in the Constitutional promise that “all men are created equal,” we all should be sharing in the anger of what these rascals are doing.

It appears that racism is not only alive, but it is busy destroying America. This country is not supposed to be a land divided by racial tribes. We have always been taught in school that we are the world’s “melting pot” where people of all races and creeds can be treated with equality. Obviously a lot of Americans skipped school on the day this was taught. That or they shut their ears because they refused to believe that the black and brown skinned, the red skinned, yellow skinned and Moslem people aren’t quite as good as the white folk.
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l78lancer
Wisdom is the principal thing
03:35 AM on 12/11/2012
It's sad that it's the 21st century, yet the notion of a Jewish atheist for office in South Carolina is news.

Whether he was reprbulcan or democrat, it probably wouldn't have made the news in New York, Philadephila, Caliornia, New Jersey, Florida, Illinois...
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HKR07
04:33 AM on 12/11/2012
I will personally send money to his campaign. A burning ember in the eye of narrow minded religiosity is exactly what those Christian phonies need in South Carolina!
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l78lancer
Wisdom is the principal thing
04:03 PM on 12/11/2012
I hear you.  As a Christian I find the use of religion by the so-called christian conservatives (small "c") rightwing to justify greed and plunder, enforcement of false christian values and morals, and authoritarian implementation of laws to be offensive.  As an atheist he's just as American as Ralph Reed...or Nikki Haley.
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Jim Pasterczyk
Banned!
02:53 AM on 12/11/2012
As long as South Carolina treats the federal government as a joke they might as well have a comedian in one of their Senate seats.
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MikeDu
Both salubrious and lugubrious concurrently.
02:40 AM on 12/11/2012
South Carolina Athiest? What is that, his hobby? Back during the Bush years Cheney and Wolfowitz used to crack insulting jokes at the expense of 'Christians' who were invited to the oval office. Going back to the founding fathers many more atheists, agnostics, and lapsed believers have served this country than the history books would ever dare admit to. Ronald Reagan for example. I don't know if he ever set foot inside a church while president. Rhetoric is not religion.
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03:40 AM on 12/11/2012
Sitting in church doesn't make you any more religious than sitting in your garage makes you a Ferrari.
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ross nichols
07:15 AM on 12/11/2012
Thats good-I consider myself Atheist.
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08:39 AM on 12/11/2012
...well... I have always thought of myself as....you know... a farrari....
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HKR07
04:35 AM on 12/11/2012
A few Founding Fathers were Unitarian. Hardly a religion devoted to spouting empty Biblical platitudes.
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Rise and Shine
Will only disclose the past two years of my bio.
02:12 AM on 12/11/2012
The day Haley appoints an atheist is the day Jan Brewer invites President Obama over to smoke a fatty.


(Go with Colbert, Gov. Haley)
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Left-Populist
1st, 2nd, 4th Amendment Warrior
12:55 AM on 12/11/2012
Richard Dawkins is like any other cult leader
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Jim Pasterczyk
Banned!
02:53 AM on 12/11/2012
Yep, just like Rush.
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04:44 AM on 12/11/2012
Please.
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Mike Northrop
12:43 AM on 12/11/2012
Richard would probly be a better choice than who ever
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10:51 PM on 12/10/2012
Jewish Atheist? Is that comparable to an Evangelical Atheist, or, Roman Catholic Atheist?
11:29 PM on 12/10/2012
I believe there is a nuance between ethnicity and religiosity in this case.
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02:06 PM on 12/11/2012
No, there is no Jewish ethnic group. There is Judaism the religion. A religion composed of Europeans, Asians, Africans, etc just like every other religion. Go to Israel and you will see Eastern European Jews, Yemeni Arab Jews, Moroccan Jews, Ethiopian Jews, etc. They do no look the same because they are not of the same ethnic stock.
Kommonman
Fanned or reviled on a whim
10:36 PM on 12/10/2012
Well if SC is one of those 7 states which has a law forbidding atheists from holding office Silverman may have a bit of a hard time of it...the religiosity of the electorate not withstanding
02:41 AM on 12/11/2012
Those laws became null and void with the passage of the 14th amendment.
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okim5150
I only drink to make you more interesting
11:19 AM on 12/11/2012
And yet those laws are still on the books. In fact, an atheist was denied the right to testify in his own defense in 1928.
Kommonman
Fanned or reviled on a whim
12:25 PM on 12/11/2012
they are still on the books and the thought pattern is still there...especially among the conservative movement...one must be a christian...must stand upon a christian platform that is akin to a pulpit to recieve their votes...and that is inherently dangerous to our form of govt
07:46 AM on 12/11/2012
Silverman actually ran for office in SC for precisely that reason.
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Thisboy
09:55 PM on 12/10/2012
Has anyone seen Nikki Haley or Bobby Jindal's "REAL" birth certificates? I thought not.