“Not quite true as there was a train all ready to leave with more children and at that point Germany declared war and the train never left. Nicholas Winton has been my number one hero ever since I heard his story, not least for his care in placing the children with families who looked after them wll.”
“With the new system the elderly will be on equal footing with the young and healthy in the care given to them, as will the long term ill who were denied any care for long standing illness. This is one of the major changes in the system.”
“Blackmail seems to come normally to the GOP. They are doing it in Congress at the moment. "We will bring the country to a standstill if you don't get rid of Obama Care". That is blackmail on a grand scale. So why wouldn't they use it to get rid of a teacher who had annoyed them?”
“If this book was properly entitled "The Apocryphal New Testaments" it might be an acceptable read for scholars and serious believers, but the suggestion given by the name (New New Testament) implies that these mainly gnostic texts could supercede the canonical text of the gospels. This would open a door to a sort of vague "New Age" spirituality, with the resultant weakening of the received truths of the Gospels. A very good text on early references to Christianity and writings (if you can find a copy) is Dunkerley's *Beyond the Gospels".”
vidkid40 on Mar 29, 2013 at 13:12:56
“"This would open a door to a sort of vague "New Age" spirituality"
Precisely! So let's open that door as wide as possible. I hope in the near future no one will be able to agree on exactly what 'belongs' in the bible, what was added, redacted, edited, etc. If they keep this up, the whole 'book' will be even more confusing and meaningless.”
“Have you read some of the comments? Vicious attacks from both sides, Hate fundamentalism from anyone, christian, pagan, atheist - they are all the same, and I happen to be a Christian, with many humanist/atheist friends and a pagan daughter, who I love to bits and whose beliefs, though they are not mine I respect. The trouble with fundamentalists of all kinds is that they don't respect other people's beliefs and don't care if they hurt people by their disrespect.”
“Richard Dawkins, or anyone who preaches atheism to the rooftops, or anyone who finds it necessary in the name of their unbelief to make a mockery of someone else's belief. If you read the comment section here you will probably find a few!”
Chikkipop on Nov 20, 2012 at 10:21:31
“Nope. Dawkins is merely speaking out about the fraud that is religion. This doesn't make someone a fundamentalist.
There is nothing wrong with mocking someone's belief, especially when it is absurd and lacking in the slightest evidence! Writers, comedians, and other cultural commentators have used mockery throughout history.
But the important thing is that mockery is not all we use. We use reason to examine beliefs, and point out where they are in error.
If people had to stay quiet in order not to offend someone's belief, all kinds of absurd ideas would go unchallenged. Nobody should want that, which is why I welcome scrutiny of anything I believe.”
“Of course the kangaroos swam across the ocean to the Ark. Sadly the unicorns didn't make it as they were so busy saving two baby dragons that all four perished. I thought everyone knew that!”
MosesDidItBest on Nov 2, 2012 at 08:18:12
“I learn so much reading this comments, thanks I did not know that. Creationism is important and so is the denial of evolution because it immediately points out the people with whom I will have no reltionship with and keep at a distance.
In other words it makes it easy to sort out the crazies.”
“If I remember rightly he only wrote two books after the death of Joy, one "A Grief Observed" is a kind of diary of his grief and resentment and finally coming to terms after her death, and the other is "Letters to Malcolm, mainly on prayer". All his other books on Christian Apologetics were written before he even met Joy.”
“The Germans actually owed the Greeks billions (including interest) from enforced loans which they took out during the second world war. The money was never repaid. It would be sufficient to get the Greeks out of their current problems and leave a little over for social programs if they wanted them.”
“No, it's done with carrots not sticks and we call it farm subsidies,”
Armando Bendito on Oct 16, 2013 at 00:40:13
“And the biggest, fattest, tastiest carrot of them all is the carrot of profit.
The silo maker doesn't build the silo because of a subsidy. The truck driver who hauls the crop doesn't do it because of a subsidy. The supermarket that sells the food doesn't do it because of a subsidy. Hundreds of people -- hundreds of profit-seeking people -- have a hand in bringing food to the table.
The next time you are at a supermarket please pause and look around. Ask yourself what process caused all of these products to be found here. Was it dictated by a strong-man in Washington? Or did hundreds of thousands of people who don't know each other from Adam somehow unknowingly coordinate their activities to make this happen?
Before giving the nod to the government strong man and his carrots, why not first ask, "How can we adapt to health care that which works so well for this supermarket?"”
“Children with chicken pox can give adults shingles, even, as far as I know, if the adult has been vaccinated. It is a really serious disease and never is completely cured. Children with rubella can pass it on to pregnant women and if it is in the first trimester there is a very high risk of the child being born deaf or brain damaged. Parents could be held responsible for either of these events.”
“The actual constitutional amendment says that Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion or prohibiting the free exercise thereof. This does not seem to prohibit the school taking its students to a Charlie Brown special even if it is held in a church.;”
HoustonWeHaveAProblem on Nov 27, 2012 at 10:44:59
“Linus reads from the book of Luke about the birth of Jesus, not how Santa makes his trip. When the "State" acts in concert with any "Church" or "religion," then the clear separation of the two is incontestably corrupted.
The mere act of school field trips to a church is in direct violation of that clear and unambiguous line, unless the class concerned comparative religion, which would necessitate visits to many different faiths, such as Jewish and Muslim houses of worship, not just Christian.
Before you dismiss this as just an overreaction, would you allow your child to attend a Wiccan sponsored play about the origins of that belief?”
“You Americans are a bit pathetic. I live in Ireland, supposedly one of the least secular countries in the world, but my daughter, a practising witch has been invited by her children's school to give a talk on the pagan basis of hallowe'en and nobody went apeshit about it. The more kids know about all faiths the better. In life they will have to live and work with atheists, christian, pagans, hindus, and muslims. Ramadan and Diwali will be celebrated by co-workers and they may even be invited occasionally to join in or kindly to fill in for someone who wishes to celebrate their festivals. The actual constitutional amendment says that Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion or prohibiting the free exercise thereof. This does not seem to prohibit the school taking its students to a Charlie Brown special even if it is held in a church.;”
Guys POV on Nov 29, 2012 at 17:09:40
An atheist visiting Ireland gets stopped by a stranger at a pub and asked:
"Protestant or Catholic?"
To which he replies:
"I'm an atheist."
To which the stranger replies:
"Protestant atheist or Catholic atheist?"”
CoveredUp on Nov 27, 2012 at 08:27:08
“We just like to complain and whine.”
Tom Berndt on Nov 27, 2012 at 06:36:24
“I've been reading a lot about Ireland. Used to be a Catholic country. Now, nothing. Am I right, or am I right?”
“Surprisingly (or not) the American teens who are least likely to use contraception of any kind are the fundamental Christians, who statistically have a higher rate of unwanted pregnancies than any other group of their socio-economic level.”
“Guess you are the wrong side of the Atlantic. On this side we all endorse universal healthcare. Our only complaint is that sometimes it isn't good enough!! I don't know if we really push aside our monetary infatuation, but this morning we all put our hands in our pockets to help a bit in Somalia. Perhaps we aren't "real" Christians, just the usual run of sinners with only the grace of God on our side.”
“He also said "If I be raised up I will lift all to me." By his crucifixion he brought all men to him. Thus, the only way to the Father is through the Son; but not necessarily through belief in the Son. He never said that if we do not believe in Him we were damned.”