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by Ygern
Thu Jul 07, 2011 11:40 pm
Forum: Atheism in the News
Topic: Rebecca Watson v. Richard Dawkins
Replies: 111
Views: 29819

Re: Rebecca Watson v. Richard Dawkins

she has very little chance of denting the influence of good old Dawkins, though, so I doubt he's bothered; I'm sure he, too, is confident of his own influence, or he wouldn't have made his original comment, which he had to have known was going to draw attention before he posted it. See, that's the ...
by Ygern
Thu Jul 07, 2011 9:20 pm
Forum: Atheism in the News
Topic: Rebecca Watson v. Richard Dawkins
Replies: 111
Views: 29819

Re: Rebecca Watson v. Richard Dawkins

For the most part, I think we're on the same page; but I want to clarify a few things. (long rant, sorry) First of all, no-one knows what "elevator-guy"'s motives were, unless they are psychic. An awful lot of time and energy has been expended by people saying - he was a creep - he was hitting on he...
by Ygern
Tue Jul 05, 2011 10:52 pm
Forum: Atheism in the News
Topic: Rebecca Watson v. Richard Dawkins
Replies: 111
Views: 29819

Re: Rebecca Watson v. Richard Dawkins

It's an emotive issue and the division seems to fall largely along gender lines. Nope, it really doesn't. (check out photo to the left for gender) I am hugely unimpressed by the fallout over this incident. I have no problem with someone feeling uncomfortable with the "4AM elevator incident". I don'...
by Ygern
Mon Jul 04, 2011 1:12 am
Forum: Political Discussions
Topic: the irish catholic and gambling
Replies: 4
Views: 3355

Re: the irish catholic and gambling

How is this different from the casinos & betting venues that already exist all over Ireland, in the form of the always ubiquitous Ladbrokes and a multitude of other private establishments? Don't get me wrong, personally, I think gambling is akin to flushing your money down the loo; but then so are a...
by Ygern
Thu Jun 23, 2011 9:55 pm
Forum: Separation of Church and State
Topic: Blasphemous UCC exhibit sparks outrage
Replies: 29
Views: 8704

Re: Blasphemous UCC exhibit sparks outrage

Well, we did spend quite a bit of time trying to persuade the then minister, Dermot Ahern to get rid of it. He promised a referendum on the issue, but seeing as his government has gone that may take some time. The two main issues are: 1) It is pointless to have such an illiberal law on the statute b...
by Ygern
Thu Jun 23, 2011 9:09 pm
Forum: Separation of Church and State
Topic: Blasphemous UCC exhibit sparks outrage
Replies: 29
Views: 8704

Re: Blasphemous UCC exhibit sparks outrage

If it were possible to get the protesters to complain to the gardai under the blasphemy law, we might get a test case. It's not going to work. The law was written to be practically unenforceable, and particularly to protect artists of all media from being targeted by it. This is one of the reasons ...
by Ygern
Sat Jun 18, 2011 6:12 pm
Forum: Separation of Church and State
Topic: Blasphemous UCC exhibit sparks outrage
Replies: 29
Views: 8704

Re: Blasphemous UCC exhibit sparks outrage

Seeing as the Guadalupe image (the original) is an opportunistic fraud to begin with, I am finding it hard to see how anyone could be moved towards outrage at the satirical version. As satire goes, it's not even particularly shocking and certainly as far from obscene as it gets. Almost every perfume...
by Ygern
Sat Jun 18, 2011 9:44 am
Forum: Atheism in the News
Topic: Conference in the news
Replies: 23
Views: 5442

Re: Conference in the news

Oh cool, a new variation on the "I am an atheist but..." theme. We shall call this one the Argument from Youtube Donald Clarke's argument is a bit muddled though. He announces the thrust of his argument (organised atheists are just reaffirming theists' beliefs) which is a dubious claim at best, and ...
by Ygern
Wed Jun 08, 2011 11:01 pm
Forum: Atheism, Philosophy and Religion
Topic: Participate in my research study on atheists
Replies: 29
Views: 5531

Re: Participate in my research study on atheists

Some of your questionnaire would benefit from some tweaking. There are questions that are not as clear-cut as you might think, and could either be broken down further or re-worded for clarity. It might improve the information you get. Intro What part of the world are you from? - Do you mean where ar...
by Ygern
Tue Jun 07, 2011 11:32 pm
Forum: Atheism, Philosophy and Religion
Topic: Muslims engage with PZ Myers and Dawkins at conference
Replies: 17
Views: 5117

Re: Muslims engage with PZ Myers and Dawkins at conference

The "stoning" reference is to a joke in rather poor taste used by the Islamic crowd to deflect a question about the stoning of women under Sharia Law.

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