All Blog Posts Tagged 'ethics' (53)

Is rape more morally abhorrent than murder?

I've heard a lot of people say that they think rape is worse than murder. I'm not sure where I stand on this, but I have a few opinions that sway me either way.
1. You can have a good reason to kill someone, like they are trying to kill you, although this may not count a murder, since it was out of self defense.
2. There is never a good reason to rape someone.
3. After a rape, the victim is never fully healed. Rape victims often have flashbacks, memories long after the…
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Added by Hekate Moon on February 26, 2010 at 10:35pm — 7 Comments

Governer de Kretser talked to Victoria's Police Chaplains' Annual Conference about ethics and religion.

Victoria's Governor spoke to the annual conference of Police Chaplains and said a lot of nonsense unfortunately. First he said that because church attendance is declining we should think of teaching ethics in schools and other educational institutions. Well I'm all in favour of teaching ethics but what does it have to do with declining church attendance?



Church attendance in Australia is about 7.5% and falling. A figure I'm very proud of. It makes Australia one of the most secular… Continue

Added by Janet Holmes on November 3, 2009 at 10:15pm — No Comments

The Atheist's Guide To Christmas

This was originally posted over on my blog, Cubik's Rube.




If you want to know what I think of the Atheist's Guide to Christmas, a book that's just been released, which was put together by the lovely Ariane Sherine (organiser of the Atheist Bus Campaign) and which features essays from many of the grooviest godless guys and gals of our time,… Continue

Added by Cubik's Rube on September 29, 2009 at 6:13pm — 1 Comment

Is it Ethical for the Free Thinking Community to Bite Our Tongues and Allow the Religious to Stop Progress?

I wrote an article against Kissimmee Florida’s City Council’s attempt to put “In God We Trust” on their city seal. The day after the article was written the Kissimmee City Council decided to quash the motion and their attempt to make their town a mini theocracy ended. A few days later, a man from Georgetown, Texas named Dave Atkinson wrote me a series of emails on the… Continue

Added by LaRae Meadows on August 24, 2009 at 1:30am — 4 Comments

Morals came from some where.... so they must have came from God!

98% of theists (don't ask where I got those statistics. I don't know.) I've talked to for some reason think this is an end-all good argument, when it really is a poor one.

They usually start out by asking if you believe in good and evil. My answer is yes, with a but. Yes but...people aren't all good or evil. Good and evil are very vague and broad terms, especially the word good. The idea of Good and Evil isn't the same for all people, but generally most people living in the same place… Continue

Added by Hekate Moon on June 29, 2009 at 8:16pm — 5 Comments

Religion Doesn't Make One Moral, It Gives Cover for Being Immoral

http://www.examiner.com/x-4112-Skepticism-Examiner~y2009m5d1-Church-goers-more-likely-to-approve-of-torture

A month ago, I asked whether it was more important to be moral or faithful. The theological argument is usually that morality is a result of faith. This is practically a given, even among agnostics who will send their kids to church to teach them morality. As… Continue

Added by Dylan Otto Krider on May 3, 2009 at 10:00pm — 3 Comments

Ken Ham and the Answers in Genesis Video

Ken Ham wrote an opinion piece about the new AiG video with the young boy pointing a gun at the camera.

I responded here: RationalityNow - Ken Ham Confirms His Moral Bankruptcy

For those of you who are interested. :-)

Cheers!

Dan

Added by Dan Gilbert on April 21, 2009 at 1:26pm — 1 Comment

Ten Commitments (an ethical and modern replacement for the Ten Commandments)

Ten Commitments



1. Do not lie to yourself.

2. Do not lie to other people, unless they are exercising tyranny.

3. When you think it is your duty to inflict pain, scrutinize your reasons closely.

4. When you desire power, examine yourself carefully as to why you desire it.

5. When you have power, use it to build up people, not to constrict them.

6. Do not attempt to live without vanity, since this is impossible, but choose the right audience from which to seek… Continue

Added by Galen Thurber on April 5, 2009 at 10:00pm — 1 Comment

ANOTHER SINNING PASTOR

When a Christian decided to go soul fishing on the Unreasonable Faith site recently, his ignorance of the reality of non-belief and non-believers tripped him up.



Most Religionists are incredibly ignorant of what it means to be a non-believer. Fundamentalists of any brand are among the most naive in this respect. The gross inadequacy of their primary assumptions about the causes and characteristics of atheism is one of the reasons why attempts to reconvert the disillusioned faithful… Continue

Added by Rosemary LYNDALL WEMM on March 21, 2009 at 9:00pm — 4 Comments

Sex, drugs and rock'n roll! Oh, and beer. But no stankin' gods!

I am finally getting around to telling of how my atheism came to be. I guess it really did begin as a child. I must admit though that I have grown up in church surroundings and have not been an atheist all my life (or maybe I subconciously have been). I was christened as an infant in to the Catholic church, attended pre-school at a church, and have attended many churches growing up. I think I was more in love with the buildings and the architecture than god, or the idea of god. I think I just… Continue

Added by Leslee Love on January 6, 2009 at 12:39pm — 8 Comments

An Inconvenient Commandment

lie43092 One of the common worries I hear from religious commentators about nonreligious people is the absence of a solid, reliable, unchanging moral compass. Lacking that...why, folks could make up the rules as they go along.



I've written about this nonsense before ("The red herring of relativism," July 8, 2007), so I won't go too deep into the silly idea that moral relativism follows from the absence of religious… Continue

Added by Dale McGowan on September 14, 2008 at 3:00pm — 3 Comments

Phishing With God

I am sure we are all familiar with the vast array of scams on the internet but this, in particular, caught my eye.

When I opened my inbox this morning I was greeted with this:



Being an inquisitive sort, I went to visit their site and see what they are about. The first thing to strike me as odd was the lack of any link to tell you what this organization is about. They begin, immediately, asking for personal information without so much… Continue

Added by Rev. Mathew G. Thompson on August 30, 2008 at 8:00am — 5 Comments

The Bible vs. Love





Moral dilemmas are our gadflies, the weak spots of any philosophy, and by extension, of any religion. When one highly esteemed virtue battles with another of equal merit, reflective people the world over turn to their philosophy or faith to make peace between the two. But how would your favorite life-enhancing ethic deal with the following:

  • Does your duty to “crown & country” outweigh your…
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Added by NH Baritone on July 26, 2008 at 7:00pm — 1 Comment

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