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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 Diana Bett on September 26, 2011 at 9:55am
Oh, I take no offense. This country is fucked in the collective head in many ways.
Comment by Hania Uscka-Wehlou on September 26, 2011 at 8:19am

Evil, yes; fundie, no.

I like it very much :-)

Comment by Joseph P on September 26, 2011 at 8:16am
I think it mostly has to do with fundamentalism.  The Catholic church isn't even vaguely fundamentalist.  Evil, yes; fundie, no.  They accept huge swaths of the Bible as a nice story that tells you how you're supposed to act.  America is one of the few first-world countries with such a large percentage of religious denominations that push literal, anti-scientific ideas.
Comment by Diana Bett on September 26, 2011 at 7:53am
Could still add it as a discussion topic somewhere, but yeah, you've got people talking about it. :P
Comment by Hania Uscka-Wehlou on September 26, 2011 at 7:51am

Diana - I see, it is possible that I could meet people like this in today's Poland... (I left Poland some 15 years ago).

PS. I see that I had better put this question as a discussion topic, not as a comment on the group. Too late...

Comment by Diana Bett on September 26, 2011 at 7:42am
To be honest, even in the US it's possible to never encounter the fact that people really do disbelieve evolution. I am 26 and it has only been in the last year that I've come to realize that yes, these people exist, and I have met some of them.
Comment by Hania Uscka-Wehlou on September 26, 2011 at 7:12am

Fil,

Indeed, it is an important question "how do we as atheists accommodate the particular characteristics of each culture?". When a catholic person from Poland watches "Religulous" or reads "The God Delusion", his/her reaction always is "it is not about us, it is about crazy people" ;-)

Comment by Hania Uscka-Wehlou on September 26, 2011 at 2:14am
I watched "Religulous" yesterday. I am a (strong) atheist, but I was raised in catholic Poland and used to believe in the catholic god + Jesus when I was very young. There are several striking differences between christians in Poland and christians in the USA. I have never ever met a single person from Poland who would not believe in evolution (is it really something you can BELIEVE or not BELIEVE? There is a lot of hard scientific evidence for evolution). The creation story from the Bible is (in Poland) always commented as something you have to see as a symbol (of triggering the Big Bang by god?). This is why there is no such a clear contradiction between religion and science in Poland. I know a lot of Polish people who are scientists and believe in god. I wonder where the difference in the attitude towards science in religious people in the USA and Poland comes from. Any idea?
Comment by Marc Draco on September 17, 2011 at 8:19am
New book alleges Sarah Palin was seen to snort coke while on a skiing trip.

Look people, it's Sarah Palin we're taking about - it was SNOW!
Comment by Rod MacLeod on September 7, 2011 at 5:29am
@Andre  Off topic but do you have sister Michelle?  The name Woodvine, a musician  and Barbados tells me that you must.
 

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