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ORIGINS: UNIVERSE, LIFE, HUMANKIND, AND DARWIN

We debate origins of the Universe, life, Earth, humans, religion, atheism, using common sense, evolution, cosmology, geology, archaeology, and other sciences, to repel biblical creationism and other religious beliefs.

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Comment by Marc Draco on September 5, 2011 at 8:32am
Thanks mate - now we also need a volunteer to sort Chad out...
Comment by Littlejohn Dellar on September 5, 2011 at 8:29am

@Marc Draco re Oakfields.  Done.  We absolutely MUST keep our children safe from infection by this insidious disease.

 

Re Chad.  Sounds like a plan...

Comment by Marc Draco on September 5, 2011 at 8:19am
As for Chad - can't we do "extracts" from his videos under US Fair Use and then clip the crap out of them - allowing all comments and likes? This would make a mockery out of him censoring. Any takers?
Comment by Marc Draco on September 5, 2011 at 8:17am

A favour from the Brits (in particular) please - this is my personal campaign to stop a bunch of "suits" from giving control of my local school up forever. If you can like it on Facebook and spread the word among your friends to do the same, that would really help. There is a time limit on this, but it only takes a second.

http://www.facebook.com/pages/No-To-Oakfields-Academy/261882257173077

 

Thanks for reading.

Comment by Tommy on September 5, 2011 at 8:17am
We are orgainized here in North Georgia. We call ourselves the Carter family. I could walk to any of 4 churches inside of 5 minutes so we won't be expecting a membership boom anytime soon.
Comment by Littlejohn Dellar on September 5, 2011 at 8:08am

@TrekJunky

You are right on there, man.

Comment by John Jubinsky on September 5, 2011 at 7:44am

@joseph garrett

 

Can you present that in an orderly manner? Theists might say it was incoherent.  

Comment by AtheistTech on September 5, 2011 at 7:27am

@ LittleJohn Dellar

 

Yes, Sir, I was talking about the US. After reading about the cruelty the bible belt inflicts on the people who support the constitutional mandate of separation of Church and State, I think that Atheists need to take a stand. I think we need to live up to our ideals and organize to wield our collective power to quash the bigotry and hatred. We need to put our money where our mouths are.

Comment by Littlejohn Dellar on September 5, 2011 at 7:15am

@TrekJunky

Which country do you mean?  It does get a tad irritating when fellow atheists just assume that the threads they post to are all US based.  *GRIN* No disrespect meant, but comments like "this country" nearly ALWAYS seem to come from the States.

 

To your point, though. Here in the UK the Zeitgeist is different.  Atheism is much more the mainstream attitude, at least among the younger demographic.  Most popular comedians give the impression that they have atheist views.  Even WITH an established church, very few people here could say they feel oppressed by religious groups, with the possible exception of radical Islam.  

 

In the US I DO very much think you need to organise and show a consensus; after all, atheists represent a much larger group than religious Jews, yet they have a VERY strong voice in both local and national politics.  

 

The advantages of a strong and unified voice plus the enabling of more atheists to "come out" must be balanced against making yourselves an obvious target for ALL religious groups.  But I think on balance it is something you have to do, or you are going to end up with an unconstitutional theocracy.

Comment by joseph garrett on September 5, 2011 at 6:56am
sounds very much like: God either wants to eliminate bad things and cannot, or can but does not want to, or neither wishes to nor can, or both wants to and can. If he wants to and cannot, then he is weak - and this does not apply to god. If he can but does not want to, then he is spiteful - which is equally foreign to god's nature. If he neither wants to nor can, he is both weak and spiteful, and so not a god. If he wants to and can, which is the only thing fitting for a god, where then do bad things come from? Or why does he not eliminate them?--Epicurus
 

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