"I fully expect many more people to be killed. We'll wring our hands over it, hem and haw over the 2nd amendment and blame it all on liberal/multicultural politics. In the meantime the bodies will stack up like cord wood.
Unfortunately, that 2nd…"
"Guns are legal (with some minor restrictions) and ridiculously plentiful in this country.
Police officers are all too often killed with those ridiculously plentiful guns in this country.
As a result, police officers approach each contact wary…"
"I didn't get the impression he literally believed Brown to be demon. He was just trying to ehem..."demonize" Brown to give people a reason to believe he felt threatened. That there was an unexplained struggle in the police car,…"
"Chopra is not a physicist. His using quantum mechanics as an explanation is nothing more than modern trendy "god in the gaps" logic. He is a quantum mysticist.
It's too bad he and I aren't young any more. I'd love to watch,…"
"It's funny this should be brought up, especially in a song mocking atheists. One of the major reasons I started down the path of atheism had to do with this song (the original). Even at a young age, I had the creepy feeling I was being…"
"Unfortunately, whether or not we go extinct has no bearing in the mind of a theist. The possibility will just be rationalized as "part of gods plan". After all, who are we to question the great and powerful Oz...I mean god.
I think this…"
"I'm sure everyone here has read this before. Asimov nailed exactly what the xtians are trying to do.
“There is a cult of ignorance in the United States, and there has always been. The strain of anti-intellectualism has been a constant…"
"I've heard this is true but hadn't gone to eat there to find out.
I have no problem with them doing this, even though I find it kind of pushy and in your face. They can print their crap on every scrap of packaging they produce…"
"I saw the chart too.
It occurred to me that the progressives have Ferguson'd themselves. Commence the beatings and/or shootings. Those who choose to may begin whining now but my first question will be "did you vote?" This has to be…"
"Not that I enjoy being pessemistic but the general response I'm seeing on the conservative websites is
1)He's an idiot
2)He's an atheist idiot
3)Keep him the Hell away from my kids
4)America is a xtian nation, keep that atheist idiot…"
"I'd go with the cow shit and beer can retort. In fact, I think years from now, that's how it will formally be named.
It sounds as if he's trying to force you into the same old "if you can't prove me wrong, I must be right.…"
"All I can say to that is>>> It's not that I "believe" that god doesn't exist, it's that I do not "believe" that he does exist.
See how easy that was? All traces of belief wiped from the discussion.
""The brass rule: "Do unto others as they do unto you"-- Good for good; evil for evil; etc"
Years after reading this, I came across a newspaper article I liked. I don't recall who it was who wrote it but it referred to…"
Appreciate your comment (with a chuckle). Few people grasp the magical 50% threshold, or any other percentage for that matter. If one person in 300 survived a mining collapse, for example, it would be a "miracle" from god (and "thank god" uttered). Bad luck for the other 299. Crazy.
To try to encompass all of Robert Heinlein's philosophy by recommending one book is likely impossible. I COULD be tempted to suggest Time Enough For Love, even though it (sort of) requires that you read Methuselah's Children first (it really CAN stand on its own, though). There is a lot of RAH's philosophy in Time Enough and in many of his other books.
If you want to have a hard, strong look at his attitude on religion, I have three suggestions:
• Job: A Comedy of Justice. This REALLY gets to the heart of the matter ... and it should have been his FIFTH Hugo Award winner. • Stranger In a Strange Land. All you have to do is look at the gross parody which is Fosters "Church of the New Revelation" to see what he thinks of current-day organized religion. • If this goes on... from the collection, Revolt in 2100. One of the first pieces Heinlein wrote which dealt directly with religion and its leanings toward imperialism.
These are among my faves. We can talk about this if you like or you can go your own way. In any case, I'd be interested in hearing your reaction to whatever you do get into.
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