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ORIGINS: UNIVERSE, LIFE, HUMANKIND, AND DARWIN

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Comment by Susan Stanko on September 5, 2011 at 6:02pm
@Fil.  It happens a lot.    Take John Kerry.  He thinks abortion is wrong, but, would not try to make it illegal because it is not for him to decide what other people think about abortion.
Comment by Ezra David Rose on September 5, 2011 at 5:44pm

@ LittleJohn Dellar

  Well yes, a fanatic fundie will always take religion over reality. "When one person suffers from a mental illness It's called insanity, when a million people suffer from a mental illness it's called religion." However I do believe that there are more moderate believers than out there, than there are the bat-shitters who will take religion over freedom. They are the ones that I have hope for, and the ones to which I was referring. I was a church boy once. And it's because I came to know the bible so well, and recognized the institutional hypocrisy and corruption, that I turned away from believing in impossible nonsense for no good reason.
Comment by Natalie A Sera on September 5, 2011 at 3:56pm
Ezra, you put my thoughts in a nutshell. I couldn't care less about a legislator's personal religious views, if he is a good legislator and works for the good of ALL. The concept of separation of church and state is the US's gift to the world, and now we're losing that gift ourselves. The reason that free public education was started was in order to create intelligent voters who could think through political issues, but the Republicans and Fundies are trying to destroy that very system. Depressing, isn't it?
Comment by Marc Draco on September 5, 2011 at 3:44pm

George, all the more reason to download his videos for critical review under "Fair Use". We could, of course, write to Google but my experience with that shower hasn't been too positive. If it's making money and isn't directly illegal in a way that can impact them, they don't give a fig!

Comment by George on September 5, 2011 at 3:41pm
Regaring fivethirty's Santa video - he's pretty much just repeating William Lane Craig's arguments from this video - "Is God Like Santa Clause?" (sic).
I don't think Craig's argument is that great either,  but he's getting applause from an appreciative audience. 
Comment by Marc Draco on September 5, 2011 at 2:48pm

Anyone fancy setting up a Secular school in the UK?

 

I guess this warrants a proper discussion - but much as I detest our government's Free School initiative - I think this might send it a message.

Comment by Joseph P on September 5, 2011 at 12:41pm

@G Smith

Just hit the Print Screen key.  It should be somewhere over near your number pad.  It varies from keyboard to keyboard.  That puts a copy of the screen in your clip board.  Then, you just have to go to a graphic utility of some sort (even Windows Paint will work) and paste it in.

Comment by Littlejohn Dellar on September 5, 2011 at 12:39pm

@Ezra David Rose

 

  "...the First Amendment is more sacred than any religion..."

 The problem is, though, that if you are REALLY religious, NOTHING can be more sacred than your religion by definition. 

Comment by Ezra David Rose on September 5, 2011 at 12:32pm

@TrekJunky

  Well we don't necessarily need atheists in congress and in the White House. We just need honest people who believe and understand that the First Amendment is more sacred than any religion. People who believe and understand that the wellbeing of the country as a whole is more important than personal gain. The ultimate problem is greed and dishonesty. The only difference between an atheist candidate and a religious candidate in the context of politics is that an atheist candidate will not be able to rely on the "idiot vote". It will make no difference as to whether the person may be honest or not. This is a war of classism, and the upper class is largely getting their way by playing the religion card - just one big f#cking money hording game.

http://youtu.be/7BGb5X1C6Bs

Comment by G Smith on September 5, 2011 at 12:30pm
How do you do screen captures?
 

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