"Yeah, that was one of the things the State actually did do against islam, and that's the thing: it wasn't FOR women's right (I mean, there are laws in France to ensure equality between men and women in parliament, and still most…"
"Just to pick you up on a point.
You state "As is the case all over the world, Islam is "protected" from criticism by the fear of retaliation. A lot of politicians, left- and right-wing, support the Muslims in…"
"(I meant "...religious people PREY on the poor like spiders on flies", not "... PRAY on the poor...". Haaa, homonyms! They sure sure make great puns a lot easier. And for once, this "pun not intended REALLY wasn't…"
"yeah I see what you mean. Somehow, and ironically enough, I guess my attitude towards theists is akin to 'love the sinner, hate the sin'. I don't hate christians/jews/muslims/etc., but I have no repsect nor do I think I should, for…"
"Yes, I don't understand being expected to respect peoples religious beliefs. I Don't respect religious beliefs. I think they are stupid and ignorant beliefs. They have a right to their beliefs, of course, and I respect…"
"Did your statistics come from a census or a poll ? Either way I like your definition of an Atheistic or Agnostic religious person and I think these people exist in Britain as well. There has been a recent national census in Britain which…"
"True, it is indeed fairly rare. The only reason religious people come and talk to me is because I frequently go busking, i.e. I play the accordion in the street or on the market (to make ends meet, buy cigarettes, etc.), so I am thought of as part…"
"We have a duty to keep mocking all "faith" for what it is, an evil to humanity equalling poverty, ignorance, cruelty, etc. At least in the U.S., it is not a crime to disparage the "Holocaust" (which I would never do),…"
My name is Gilles (I go by the nickname "Sol", for various reasons). I am an anarchist and an atheist. I was raised in a secular houshold so I was able to make up my own mind, and although most of my familly just doesn't care about it (France is amongst the most secular countries in the world - fourth position last time I checked ^^), being a linguist and having spent some time abroad I know that religion is a problem in other countries, especially the United States. I have been following Youtube's atheist movement for quite some time now and I have recently applied to be a translator for the Richard Dawkins Foundation as a volunteer, being a professional translator (French <-> English).
So yeah! That's me!
Master's degree in Linguistics, Sociolinguistics and Literature -- University of Reading (UK) and Université de Haute Bretagne Rennes 2, Rennes, Britanny, France.
Translator and Independant Linguistic consultant for the largest computer company (I can't name it, but its name probably appears when you turn on your PC)
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By the way, is anyone else coming? (to Dublin, I mean, for the World Atheism Convention)ha ha! Cos I'm going there on my own, but I'd be glad to spend the week end with some like minded fellows who would, like me, not have any experience of Dublin and would be as lost as I'll probably be.Lost with a stranger is always better than lost alone ha
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Welcome, Gilles! I never heard of Sociolinguistics. But, I was just reading about norms of conversation in chapter 4 of Living in Denial: Climate Change, Emotions, and Everyday Life by Kari Marie Norgaard.
It's awesome of you to volunteer to be a translator for the Richard Dawkins Foundation! As a supporter of the foundation, I thank you.
Now that I think about it, you're probably the perfect guy to help with projects in support of atheists in former French colonies, like in Africa, etc. They have it even harder than us American atheists.
As for anarchism, I can't quite wrap my brain around the idea of abolishing currency.