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Is Religion 'Religulous'?

Is Religion 'Religulous'?

Commented Jul 7, 2011 at 11:45:41 in Religion

“I'm bashing the religious.

No apologies here.”

beninabox1 on Jul 8, 2011 at 13:52:54

“How nice for you. We all want to feel superior.”
Is Religion 'Religulous'?

Is Religion 'Religulous'?

Commented Jul 7, 2011 at 11:44:55 in Religion

“"as though it was evil."

At best religion is wrong. At worst, well...Crusades, racism, sexism, slavery, witch trials, supression of scientific progress, the Holocaust, Northern Ireland, the Middle East, televangelists...What more proof do you need?”
Is Religion 'Religulous'?

Is Religion 'Religulous'?

Commented Jul 7, 2011 at 11:42:01 in Religion

“More evidence than there is for God.”

Jay Patel on Jul 7, 2011 at 12:37:01

“Lindsay Blanchard,

Show me one scientific study anywhere in the world that proves the rational faculty exists!! See how far you get!! When you do find the evidence/proof then send it my way.
Obviously you wouldn't have made the statement you did unless you already know of any studies right?”
Is Religion 'Religulous'?

Is Religion 'Religulous'?

Commented Jul 7, 2011 at 11:40:28 in Religion

“Sorry, but the Gospel of John is stridently anti-Jewish. The Nazis didn't pull their anti-semitism out of a hat.”

beninabox1 on Jul 8, 2011 at 13:38:41

“Mabo,

This is a point that can be debated at length. Your interpretation is one that can be arrived at only after extensive scholarship, deep thought and a sense of decency. http://www.catholicity.com/commentary/shea/00068.html

What is true is that the leaders of the Church and its followers used his Gospel as fuel for anti-Semitism. Hence the riots that took place in Europe for centuries, after performances of John's Passion Play.”

Mabo on Jul 7, 2011 at 16:32:44

“Oh, please...you think it is anti-Jewish because it speaks out against the religious leaders of the Jewish community? It exposed them for who they were. It was not an indictment on them for being Jewish...it was an indictment on them for breaking God's laws and using their positions to break God's laws. That is not anti-Jewish...it is anti-bad leadership.”
Is Religion 'Religulous'?

Is Religion 'Religulous'?

Commented Jul 7, 2011 at 11:37:31 in Religion

“The problem with values is that they are not immutable, as believers like to think.

Thou shall not kill...except when it comes to the death penalty and when we want to go to war.

Do we still practice slavery, as the Bible condones?

Do we treat women as property?

Do we stone to death women who have sex outside of marriage?

Do we kill someone for eating forbidden foods?

Society determines its own values, and uses religion as a blunt tool to enforce them.”
Is Religion 'Religulous'?

Is Religion 'Religulous'?

Commented Jul 7, 2011 at 11:33:20 in Religion

“When an atheist gets elected President, when Christmas and Easter are no longer recognized as federal holidays, when the National Prayer Breakfast gets canceled, and when churches are no longer tax exempt, then atheists will let believers "live and let live."

Until then we fight the power, sweetheart.”

Allen2Saint on Jul 7, 2011 at 13:01:51

“Lol...well, I suppose if I wanted to abolish some holiday you'd call me an extremist, right? If you think all religious people, diverse as they are, as many fighting for human rights and helping the poor as are presecuting people, or religion in general, vast and crazy as all that definition is, is "the power" I think you'd better start looking around you.”
Is Religion 'Religulous'?

Is Religion 'Religulous'?

Commented Jul 7, 2011 at 11:28:22 in Religion

“"Is there a contemporary secular rationalism that...can save us." NO

Yes--it's called SECULAR RATIONALISM.

If you need a so called Holy Book to teach you morality--that murder is wrong--then you're probably not a moral person to begin with.”
Is Religion 'Religulous'?

Is Religion 'Religulous'?

Commented Jul 7, 2011 at 11:25:57 in Religion

“You mean you'll cherry-pick the laws of the God of Abraham you'll follow...just like every other believer throughout history.”
Is Religion 'Religulous'?

Is Religion 'Religulous'?

Commented Jul 7, 2011 at 09:10:00 in Religion

“"Reason alone is inadequate."

Only for those who choose to embrace magical thinking.”

beninabox1 on Jul 7, 2011 at 10:38:14

“Reason is a useful tool when there is a limited universe of known facts to apply to a particular issue. But in so many moments of life one does not have all the facts. Religion is not about determining the nature of physical reality but altering psychological states. Very few people can reason themselves out of panic, depression or arrogance.”

myopinion2 on Jul 7, 2011 at 09:47:56

“Reason cannot establish value or choose between values with resorting to presumptions, because values are not facts and are not based on facts. That is a significant limitation of reason.”

tswift4evar on Jul 7, 2011 at 09:34:14

“Magical thinking worked out pretty well for Joan Didion.”
Is Religion 'Religulous'?

Is Religion 'Religulous'?

Commented Jul 7, 2011 at 09:09:11 in Religion

“Tell that to the European Jews of WW II who faced genocide from Germany, a thoroughly Xian nation.”

Mabo on Jul 7, 2011 at 11:11:49

“A good book to read on that subject, by the way, is "Hitler's Cross" by Erwin Lutzer. A very in-depth look into how the German Christian community was swayed by the government to accept a very non-Christian ideology.”
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Are Infinities More Scientific Than God?

Commented Jul 6, 2011 at 14:54:28 in Religion

“"cut and paste misreadings."

Yeah, like when the media twist Sara Palin's words by quoting her verbatim.”
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Are Infinities More Scientific Than God?

Commented Jul 6, 2011 at 09:15:07 in Religion

“"must appeal to chance."

Mischaracterize scientists and atheists as much as you like, it won't make your beliefs true.”
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On Second Thought, Don't Get Married

Commented Jul 5, 2011 at 12:56:17 in Divorce

“Every generation thinks the one coming up behind it is less moral. Get a grip.

Conservatives wail about the break-down of the American family, but you never hear them doing anything to help us return to a point where ONE parent could support a spouse and children in a middle class lifestyle.”

Michael Dayne on Jul 5, 2011 at 14:01:33

“I think the bar does get lowered with each succeeding generation. Welcome to a free society. The evidence is in the acceptance sexual content and violence in media and entertainment mediums. I'm not a prude by any streatch, but having taught in the public schools I can tell you first hand that these kids have no respect for elders and a very different view about morality.”
Ann Coulter Calls Princess Diana 'Anorexic, Bulimic Narcissist' (VIDEO)

Ann Coulter Calls Princess Diana 'Anorexic, Bulimic Narcissist' (VIDEO)

Commented Jul 2, 2011 at 11:49:11 in Media

“Read the NT, Ann? Did you miss the parts where Jesus preached loving your enemies and disavowing materialism and wealth?”

lefty joymonger on Jul 2, 2011 at 13:12:56

“Believe it or not that NT story that she referred is about mob mentality toward materialism and wealth. The republican mob will happily host a legion of demons in order to maintain their corporate puppetmasters wealth. So yeah, once again coulter is demonstrating her own purposeful inclination as a shapeshifting swine by attempting to profit from projection.”
Ann Coulter Calls Princess Diana 'Anorexic, Bulimic Narcissist' (VIDEO)

Ann Coulter Calls Princess Diana 'Anorexic, Bulimic Narcissist' (VIDEO)

Commented Jul 2, 2011 at 11:46:23 in Media

“Good grief--Coulter and I finally agree on something.”

signgrrl on Jul 2, 2011 at 14:53:08

“at least diana tried to do good in her life. ann, not so much . .. .”

Anne Little-Spencer on Jul 2, 2011 at 12:44:29

“You agree with media hungry trash? Why?”

TheSeditiousRascal on Jul 2, 2011 at 12:18:18

“Sort of like the pot calling the kettle black though...”
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Abortion is Slowly Becoming Legal in Name Only

Commented Jul 2, 2011 at 10:34:02 in Religion

“No such thing as 100% effective birth control.

We have a growing population that is effecting the planet.

Abortion has always been around--outlawing it will only force women into back alleys.

Don't agree with abortion? The don't have one.

And why is it so many who oppose abortion have NO qualms with the death penalty, bombing people in other countries for their oil, and citizens owning automatic weapons?”
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Abortion is Slowly Becoming Legal in Name Only

Commented Jul 2, 2011 at 10:30:43 in Religion

“"Murderers are judged in our courts everyday."

When is Bush and Cheney's scheduled court date?”
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If God Is Your Co-Pilot, Switch Seats

Commented Jul 1, 2011 at 15:30:35 in Religion

“"the world runs perfectly"

Except for wars, drought, hurricanes, earthquakes, crop-destroying insects, corrupt politicians, ebola outbreaks, wildfires, floods, etc.

You're projecting false humility. It's more than a bit arrogant to presume that there's a Supreme Creator, and that he's constantly concerned with your well being and happiness, and wrinkles his brow like a patient Yoda every time you make a personal decision about your own life.”
Justices Rely On 'Standing' to Dismiss Church-State Disputes

Justices Rely On 'Standing' to Dismiss Church-State Disputes

Commented Jul 1, 2011 at 09:42:33 in Religion

“Only the ignorant believe in faith.”

William J Unverferth Sr on Jul 1, 2011 at 12:04:42

“That there is faith is an objective truth so to not believe in faith is to be blind.”
Justices Rely On 'Standing' to Dismiss Church-State Disputes

Justices Rely On 'Standing' to Dismiss Church-State Disputes

Commented Jul 1, 2011 at 09:41:30 in Religion

“The constitution guarantees that government cannot endorse or push religion on its citizens, genius. Individuals are free to worship (or think for themselves) all they like.

If we don't have freedom FROM religion, I guess Muslims and Scientologists can camp on your front stoop and preach all they want, right?”
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What Does The Bible Actually Say About Gay Marriage?

Commented Jun 29, 2011 at 09:50:10 in Religion

“Of what use is something like the Bible if liberals and conservatives can (pretend to) look through it and find justification for their disparate beliefs?”

dbrmn1 on Jun 29, 2011 at 10:24:50

“Great point. Personally I think the bible is pretty clear most of the time but so few churches actually teach the entire bible today that much of the book is a mystery even to the "devout"...”

wbthacker on Jun 29, 2011 at 10:15:41

“None. The Bible is just as useful as the Iliad; it contains parables and metaphors that help us understand and express aspects of our humanity, and morality plays that appeal to our instinctive sense of right and wrong. But just like the Iliad, the stories it tells are either highly embellished or outright fabrications.”
Clergy Demand Apology From GOP Lawmaker For Claiming 'Hatred Of God' Informs Liberal Beliefs

Clergy Demand Apology From GOP Lawmaker For Claiming 'Hatred Of God' Informs Liberal Beliefs

Commented Jun 29, 2011 at 09:35:10 in Politics

“Jesus told his followers to sell all their possessions and give the money to the poor. The disciples tried to form a commune after the death of Jesus, and killed a married couple who held back a little more for themselves.

Where in the Bible is it stated that Xians should pursue free market capitalism and spend their lives acquiring material things?”

detroitblkmale30 on Jun 29, 2011 at 11:36:31

“I didnt know Taoists where in the Bible.”

Bladesmith on Jun 29, 2011 at 10:46:17

“It's the New GOP version of the Bible. Mammon edition. Jesus wears a suit, has blonde hair and blue eyes, and wields an M-16.

And God hates all the same people the GOP does. Praise Jeebus!”
Poll: 9 In 10 Americans Still Believe In God

Poll: 9 In 10 Americans Still Believe In God

Commented Jun 28, 2011 at 12:42:32 in Religion

“How exactly was God first created?”
Poll: 9 In 10 Americans Still Believe In God

Poll: 9 In 10 Americans Still Believe In God

Commented Jun 28, 2011 at 12:41:46 in Religion

“And how many of his children suffered and died before he got around to doing so? And why not just cut out the middle man and --I don't know--NOT create diseases to begin with?”
From Fringe Figure to Movement Leader: Michele Bachmann's Far-Right Roots

From Fringe Figure to Movement Leader: Michele Bachmann's Far-Right Roots

Commented Jun 28, 2011 at 09:33:07 in Politics

“It's wasn't liberalism that drove America off the tracks after eight years of Neocon rule.”

phill273 on Jun 29, 2011 at 02:22:50

“Bush failed because he was a liberal/progressive. He acted and spent like a liberal.”

suzc on Jun 28, 2011 at 12:17:45

“No. It was 40 years of Reaganomics and the secret Koch Brothers Congress people destroying all semblance of good, useful, healthy regulation of corporations and industries who destroy clean water, clean air, decent food, living wages, and everything else essential for the Unwashed Masses formerly known as the Middle Class.”
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