I'm not saying you're incorrect, but what makes humans special? You are making a dichotomy between "higher ordered" animals and "lesser"(?) animals, what is this distinction based upon?
Is it the ability to…"
"We are animals - but we are higher ordered animals. Human lives are more worthy than animal lives. The priority for human life is always precedent to animal life.
Again - I consider myself an animal rights advocate. I am simply not an extremist and…"
"I USED to be a vegan, but have been a vegetarian since age 16 (41 now). I had the same dilemma, but the answer seemed/seems easy to me. If I keep myself in the best possible health, then I won't be contributing to animal…"
Simply said, because we as humans assign importance to animals and humans based upon our own perception of the world and our own subjective interpretations.
We cause suffering and hurt because it makes us feel better or live our lives…"
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My example of using humans for experiments is based on Sassans logic. And that is, humans are just animals anyway. If that is the case what is the difference between using humans for experiments and using…"
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My particular brand of atheism is closer to a more open and inclusive view; I reject hardline, confrontational, "militant atheism" as counter productive. I believe that religion could be the greatest tool we have for working towards a common goal, as long as it is guided by a compassionate progressive mindset. The only religion we need to be working against is the backwards and hateful fundamentalist movements.
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Aha hello there, I see you made a thread just line mine long time ago (and probably it was quite old so it was filtered away over time which then went unnoticed by me), but I get the impression we are of a similar stance regarding the atheism/agnoticism options under your profile edit.
What I really wanted to say is that I find the opposition a little sad and most of all, a little hypocritical for at on the one hand saying that they don't want other people here, but at the same time allowing them as long they behave in a civil manner.
I for one, don't find the reasons behind that sort of thinking. While I certainly am aware of this place after all being called The Atheist Nexus, should we take it literary? I at least for one, don't find myself agreeing with this sort of more militant approach. Maybe it's because I live in such a country where actual theists barely ever seriously bother me in my everday life.
On a sidenote, this isn't the first time our views have reconciled :)