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13 years ago @ Sean the Blogonaut - Funerals to remain joy... · 1 reply · +2 points

See, this kind of thing is exactly why I started my own religion.

14 years ago @ Sean the Blogonaut - Mercy Ministries Austr... · 0 replies · +1 points

Gee, what a surprise. :-|

Also, did the person who made the request mention the FOI Act at the time? It seems an odd thing to bring up otherwise. I'm inclined to wonder what specific information they asked their lawyers to advise upon, given the general slant of the legal advice quoted in the letter. O_o

I'm no expert in these things, but it just seems odd that there would be no law preventing MM from destroying its records, particularly given the nature of its operations.

14 years ago @ Sean the Blogonaut - Hillsong’s origi... · 1 reply · +1 points

I assumed that the ACCC investigation had fizzled out too. I'd be very interested to learn of the outcome.

I'm inclined to wonder whether Hillsong is just protecting its image after realising that it had backed the wrong horse, or if there where things even it didn't know were going on. :-\

14 years ago @ Sean the Blogonaut - Mercy Ministries Austr... · 1 reply · 0 points

Glad that they are gone. I'd still have liked to see them legally brought to account, but hopefully this at least means that organisations like MM aren't going to find the kind of support in Australia that they seem to enjoy in the USA.

14 years ago @ Sean the Blogonaut - Australian Vaccination... · 0 replies · +2 points

I'd be happy if the AVN was simply compelled to retract any false or misleading statements that it has made. They would probably only re-form under some other guise if shut down anyway.

With regard to free speech, even in jurisdictions which do have an express right to free speech, limitations are placed on that right. In Australia, we legally only have a limited right to free speech with respect to political issues. That right to can be overridden by other considerations.

In any case, I don't think that the right to free speech should include the right to make false claims, particularly with regard to medical advice.

14 years ago @ Sean the Blogonaut - Has Anonymous jumped t... · 0 replies · +1 points

Certainly undemocratic and posturing. No more juvenile than much of the other political posturing I've seen perpetrated by so-called adults.

But then what would you expect from an essentially anarchist movement which developed out of 4chan?

14 years ago @ Sean the Blogonaut - Australian parents urg... · 0 replies · 0 points

Hells yeah.

14 years ago @ Sean the Blogonaut - Atheism does not neces... · 0 replies · +1 points

"They tend to buy into wicca, psychics, crystals and new age woo. "

Just out of curiosity, how on earth do these people manage to reconcile being an atheist with wicca? In my understanding wicca is a duotheistic/pantheistic religion whose followers generally believe in both a god and a goddess. I know that there is a good deal of diversity amongst wiccans but I thought that theism was pretty much a defining feature. O_o

"Since I've always been a science geek, (yes, I bit the heads off spherical chickens for my PhD thesis defense)..."

Punk rock!

14 years ago @ Sean the Blogonaut - Atheism does not neces... · 0 replies · +1 points

I don't consider myself to be an atheist. I usually describe myself as either Discordian or agnostic if people want the short version of my religious beliefs. At any rate, I have a very secular value-system.

I've encountered a number of atheists who are surprisingly close-minded. In my experience, it usually doesn't manifest as an uncritical acceptance of what is commonly termed "the paranormal". It's often about philosophical, ethical or scientific issues. For example some of them will vitriolically reject the existence of anything that might be termed a god, but nonetheless uncritically accept traditional Christian or other values. For example, I recall having a particularly heated argument with one individual who was adamant that suicide is morally wrong, but couldn't offer any rational explanation as to why.

Then there are the atheists who give other atheists a bad name: The ones who uncritically accept the non-existence of god/the supernatural. It's one thing to take the view that since there is currently insufficient evidence to support the existence of "god", one should proceed on the assumption that no such thing exists. It is another to close one's mind to the possibility that things might exist that cannot be proven to exist or explained by the current body of scientific knowledge.

I guess it all comes back to the idea that atheism is a term which only refers to a single aspect of a person's world view.

15 years ago @ Sean the Blogonaut - Dolphins - Totems of n... · 1 reply · +1 points

Only because kitties are easier to catch than dolphins. Plus they curry up a treat. :|