Search found 38 matches

by Rational_thinker
Wed Feb 17, 2010 2:47 pm
Forum: Atheism, Philosophy and Religion
Topic: Pope to judge Irish clergy over child abuse
Replies: 3
Views: 1312

Re: Pope to judge Irish clergy over child abuse

Is it just me - or is this all a bit rich coming from the very man who so vigoursly enforced the 1962 Vatican rule that clergy could not (at the risk of excommunication!) cooperate with the civil authorities in cases of alleged abuse? The very same guy who allowed Fr Marcial Maciel to retire (and di...
by Rational_thinker
Wed Feb 17, 2010 12:08 pm
Forum: Atheism, Philosophy and Religion
Topic: Is happynewyear just another Troll??
Replies: 22
Views: 4898

Re: Is happynewyear just another Troll??

It's one of the distinguishing features between an atheist site and a religious site: they ban those who don't agree with them - generally we don't. A ban is a ban though - and makes us look like we don't like debating with those who disagree with us - whatever the reality might be. So I'd take the ...
by Rational_thinker
Tue Feb 02, 2010 2:25 pm
Forum: Atheism, Philosophy and Religion
Topic: Large atheism article authored by Mariano
Replies: 6
Views: 1883

Re: Large atheism article authored by Mariano

Well - I read it and posted them a long, polite response. Don't know why I bothered...they are unlikly to publish it! Total load of bull of course. No attempt at intellectual rigour at all... Just a load of 'put em up and knock em down' theist wank. Really - why do they bother? What I find amazing i...
by Rational_thinker
Fri Jan 22, 2010 11:14 am
Forum: Atheism, Philosophy and Religion
Topic: US military weapons inscribed with bible references
Replies: 86
Views: 16142

Re: US military weapons inscribed with bible references

The uncivil criminal element will always have weapons, they will always be with us. If we were a piecefull species then everyone could have a gun even in government buildings and schools, and nothing bad would ever happen. Wherever you look on the globe, whatever culture, humans are a people who ke...
by Rational_thinker
Thu Jan 21, 2010 10:05 am
Forum: Atheism, Philosophy and Religion
Topic: US military weapons inscribed with bible references
Replies: 86
Views: 16142

Re: US military weapons inscribed with bible references

Well, consider where we're coming from. We negotiated with the crown, we tried various treaties, charters, and forms of government for a long time before it came to war. We didn't just wake up on the wrong side of the bed one day, pick up a musket and stroll into town shooting indiscriminately. The...
by Rational_thinker
Wed Jan 20, 2010 8:11 pm
Forum: Atheism, Philosophy and Religion
Topic: US military weapons inscribed with bible references
Replies: 86
Views: 16142

Re: US military weapons inscribed with bible references

Jerry - I believed we were talking about the modern context (and it was that context I had in mind). I'm no historian, so I'll avoid commenting on old wars. The recent conflict in Ireland though was propogated by gun owning extremists, with an agenda to pursue. I don't know anyone who thinks that ha...
by Rational_thinker
Wed Jan 20, 2010 7:45 pm
Forum: Atheism, Philosophy and Religion
Topic: US military weapons inscribed with bible references
Replies: 86
Views: 16142

Re: US military weapons inscribed with bible references

We wouldn't be our own country if not for an armed populace. Yes, we want our government afraid of us. We want to them to live with the knowledge that if they push us to far, if they refuse to listen to debate and reason, if they refuse to negotiate and compromise, if they become oppressive, we wil...
by Rational_thinker
Wed Jan 20, 2010 4:45 pm
Forum: Atheism, Philosophy and Religion
Topic: Is Atheist becoming just an other religion?
Replies: 172
Views: 32697

Re: Is Atheist becoming just an other religion?

1) Religious forums are much more censored and you get banned much faster if you disagree with the maine doctrine there, than on Atheist forums :evil: Example: eccles got recently banned on catholicanswers and the whole forum section where he posted got closed for unknown times to come by the mods ...
by Rational_thinker
Wed Jan 20, 2010 2:10 pm
Forum: Atheism, Philosophy and Religion
Topic: Is Atheist becoming just an other religion?
Replies: 172
Views: 32697

Re: Is Atheist becoming just an other religion?

Ok - so I'm going to get my hard hat on here... but: I have really noticed that there are massive similarities between how we atheists and the religious sound. ie our methods and tone of debate are really similar. One of the things that made me realise that religion was a load of old tosh was how si...
by Rational_thinker
Wed Jan 20, 2010 12:51 pm
Forum: Atheism, Philosophy and Religion
Topic: US military weapons inscribed with bible references
Replies: 86
Views: 16142

Re: US military weapons inscribed with bible references

It just struck me... The idea that gun ownership might influence law making is pretty horrible! ie we might go and commit some crimes so don't provoke us? Or??? We believe that laws should be made through reaonable debate and civilised protest. Threats of violence should have nothing to do with it -...