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Civil forfeiture - is this real?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Sean Zipperer Oct 8. 3 Replies

I was watching the John Oliver show on Slate and am truly gobsmacked at this law. It makes Russia seem like a free state. I know this is a satirical show but is this really happening? Scary stuff.…Continue

What crazy rationalisations have you heard for the accident of birth that makes you xtian, muslim, etc?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Christopher Cosgrove Oct 7. 14 Replies

I am always bemused when you point out the simple fact that being born to a family predetermines to a great extent your path forward including belief in an eye in the sky.A little while ago a…Continue

Panacea society - Stephen Fry and QI - where would JC live if he came back?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Michael Penn Aug 9. 3 Replies

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q64EZHJhqcQSome of the fundies in the UK have a more gentle approach to things. Watch this clip from the…Continue

Tags: would, jesus, live, where, qi

BBC article - Study: Religious children are less able to distinguish fantasy from reality http://www.bbc.com/news/blogs-echochambers-28537149

Started this discussion. Last reply by Michael Penn Jul 30. 1 Reply

This study from Boston University goes into the impact of religion and thinking later on in life.The defence for the "imaginative" nature of religion teaching and it's benefit comes from the US…Continue

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Christopher Cosgrove replied to Visvakarman Svetasvatara-Upanish's discussion Should I just give up?
"Hi Michael. Very ironic when you hear about Harvard sitting on something like $36 billion or so. Guess other universities will be sitting on similar funds and putting into public libraries would certainly seem to be cause they should get behind. It…"
Nov 3
Christopher Cosgrove replied to jay H's discussion Free speech (right)
"Absolutely agree. He is a comedian and they take him way too seriously. And of course it really pisses them off that he mostly correct."
Nov 1
Christopher Cosgrove commented on Ivy's group Atheist Humor
Oct 31
Christopher Cosgrove liked Luara's discussion Bart Ehrman on Monty Python's "Life of Brian" and Jesus
Oct 24
Christopher Cosgrove replied to James M. Martin's discussion Ben Affleck Debates Maher and Harris and Makes Total Ass of Himself
"Thanks. Very enlightening. Unfortunately Ben A certainly lived up to the A in arsehole. Oh well. Cheers"
Oct 15
Christopher Cosgrove liked Loren Miller's blog post The Particular Problem with Islam
Oct 14
Idaho Spud liked Christopher Cosgrove's discussion Civil forfeiture - is this real?
Oct 9
Sean Zipperer replied to Christopher Cosgrove's discussion Civil forfeiture - is this real?
"Its very real. Police steal millions every year under those laws and almost none of it is or ever was actually for drugs. There are entire areas where any non local cars are pulled over and searched for anything valuable to claim."
Oct 8
Luara replied to Christopher Cosgrove's discussion Civil forfeiture - is this real?
"I wonder if they take your gold teeth and your hair. "
Oct 8
Michael Penn replied to Christopher Cosgrove's discussion Civil forfeiture - is this real?
"Even though John Oliver is doing a comedy show, some of this is real and it's also very frightening. A man traveling form Michigan to California with $2,400 cash is reportedly making the trip to purchase drugs so they keep his cash.…"
Oct 8
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Civil forfeiture - is this real?

I was watching the John Oliver show on Slate and am truly gobsmacked at this law. It makes Russia seem like a free state. I know this is a satirical show but is this really happening? Scary stuff.http://www.slate.com/blogs/browbeat/2014/10/06/john_oliver_on_civil_forfeiture_with_jeff_goldblum_he_creates_new_law_order.htmlSee More
Oct 8
Christopher Cosgrove replied to Christopher Cosgrove's discussion What crazy rationalisations have you heard for the accident of birth that makes you xtian, muslim, etc?
"Indoctrination certainly is and when you are surrounded by it as I was at boarding school where you go to church every day, say grace, etc.it hangs about 40 years later. Went through the whole considering the priesthood thing for a while because…"
Oct 7
Bertold Brautigan replied to Christopher Cosgrove's discussion What crazy rationalisations have you heard for the accident of birth that makes you xtian, muslim, etc?
"Even back in the 19th century Schopenhauer had this pretty well figured out: "
Oct 6
Freethinker31 replied to Christopher Cosgrove's discussion What crazy rationalisations have you heard for the accident of birth that makes you xtian, muslim, etc?
"I refer  to the  `indoctrination'  as  brainwashing of   vulnerable  innocents....."
Oct 6
Michael Pianko replied to Christopher Cosgrove's discussion What crazy rationalisations have you heard for the accident of birth that makes you xtian, muslim, etc?
"I was afraid to talk about religion with my parents until I was 27. My mother is actually a very honest person in the sense that I am good at leading her into answering tough, exposing questions which expose how stupid religion is, although I…"
Oct 4
Freethinker31 replied to Christopher Cosgrove's discussion What crazy rationalisations have you heard for the accident of birth that makes you xtian, muslim, etc?
"Funny that  you  mentioned  the pork  Christopher..........I was brought up in a non religious  household, and we were  some of the Jewish  families  who would go to a Chinese  restaurant on Sundays…"
Oct 3

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Keeping religious exemptions out of the executive order

Posted on June 17, 2014 at 8:00am 4 Comments

Greetings from South Africa.

GetEQUAL

Dear Christopher --

For the past two years, GetEQUAL and our community of organizers have worked…

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When refuting that ridiculous notion that religion is a science who would be our heroes?

Posted on June 3, 2014 at 9:12am 7 Comments

I was just pondering the above question when you hear people accusing non believers of having science as their religion. A patently ridiculous notion but I think it would be amusing to list our gods (heroes) and how the list is constantly growing or being eliminated as we learn more.

And is there a single book or even one pure science example?

So many heroes that we could be accused of worshipping or should that be honouring?

Aristotle,Socrates,Newton,Dawkins, Darwin,…

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At 7:07am on May 23, 2013, Randall Smith said…

I somehow came across one of your comments which mentioned Alison Krauss. Her "Wayfarin' Stranger" blows me away (Union Station group)! Yeah, it is "religious", but I look beyond that. I'll check on your reference.

At 3:16am on October 13, 2012, Wendy Noder said…

Hello.  I am new to the nontheist site, and it appears many members are very young.  That is sort of cool, actually, but I was pleased to read your profile.  I am 62.  My mother was the daughter of a Congregational Bishop and on her death bed confided to me she didn't believe all "that nonsense" about heaven and hell.  What a weight off of my shoulders, as I also was a non-believer by then.  

I show American Paint horses as a hobby.  I live in northern Michigan.  We have had snow already!  It didn't stick but is cold and frosts almost every morning.  

My parents visited your country in the 1970's.  My mother said it was the most beautiful country she ever visited, and they traveled around the world.  Unfortunately, she bought into the "vacant land" theory of white colonization.  

Is religion pervasive in your government as much as it is ours?  It reminds me of the old serfdom ideology of soothing the wretched masses into accepting their fate as they will be the ones to go to heaven, not the wealthy.  

I am a retired school social worker.  Our schools are in big trouble right now due to tax cuts starving the public services.  I got out at the right time, but it still saddens me.  I am happy my child is out of school.  It is not a good situation.

Well, thanks for reading, I am enjoying the site. It is comforting to know there are lots of folks out there that believe in science and not mythology.  I've always felt on the outside looking in.  --Wendy

At 12:04am on April 12, 2012, Steph S. said…

Greetings! Welcome to the site!

At 5:48pm on April 11, 2012, Ruth Anthony-Gardner said…

Welcome, Christopher! Glad you could join us. :D

Please consider joining a group to meet people and talk about anything that's on your mind, Hang With Friends. You might also like The Knife & ForkPolitics, Economics & Religion and Wine. After you've searched for stuff that interests you in "Groups" above and in the "Forums", don't forget to look at recent activity which hides along the right margin of the page all the way at the bottom.

At 12:39pm on April 11, 2012, Dr. Terence Meaden said…
Hello Christopher
You are so right.
Welcome to this world of rationality, truth and peace, where common sense leads to freethinking wisdom --- as you will know being a long time atheist. 
  
We invite you to make good friends by joining the busy group "ORIGINS: Universe, Astronomy, Life, Earth, Humans, Religion, Gods, Atheism, Evolution, Darwin..." with 680 discussion topics and 3400 members.
 
 
 

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