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11 years ago @ Atheist Revolution - Christians Mailing Bib... · 0 replies · -2 points

It's just a tactic of preying on the vulnerable and getting in at people at their emotionally weakest moment. At present there is still no scientific answer for "what happens when we die?" and for those people who are agnostics this may be the tipping point needed to convert them to believers (especially if the person throws in the "God told me that I would meet you on this day because he knew that I could provide comfort to you" spiel).
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11 years ago @ Atheist Revolution - Religious Stupidity vs... · 0 replies · -1 points

In my opinion the problem may be due to the fear of general backlash from the believer's community, that if you offend a member of their group/network, then other members of the group may be fanatical enough to take matters into their own hands and seek retribution.
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11 years ago @ Atheist Revolution - We Can Make Being Iden... · 0 replies · -3 points

Aye, the Netherlands tend to be quite open-minded and forward thinking when it comes to religion, allowing people to explore all aspects of it and not just limiting themselves to "traditional" teachings, for this I applaud them, as it may lead the general public to rely on general goodwill through human morality alone instead of the reliance to curry favour with a deity whose existence is extremely dubious.
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11 years ago @ Atheist Revolution - More Christian Email: ... · 2 replies · +5 points

These so-called Christians who are following their "good book" to the letter seemed to have completely glossed over the "love thy neighbour" parts of the Bible. So I think a good response is to quote some of it back to them:

"Thou shalt not hate thy brother in thine heart: thou shalt in any wise rebuke thy neighbour, and not suffer sin upon him." - Leviticus 19:17

"And the second is like, namely this, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself." - Mark 12:31

And my favourite so far:

"Even a fool, when he holdeth his peace, is counted wise: and he that shutteth his lips is esteemed a man of understanding." Proverbs 17:28 (i.e. shut up!)
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11 years ago @ Atheist Revolution - Government Paying to R... · 0 replies · -1 points

This seems like a poor excuse from a government, I am sure there are many other private houses which also qualify as buildings of historical significance. Should these houses also be restored using public money?

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11 years ago @ Atheist Revolution - Government Paying to R... · 0 replies · -2 points

Science knows the things it knows (with reasonable certainly), but more importantly, will tell you the things that it doesn't know (beginnings of the universe, etc). Religion simply makes things up that it can't explain and attempts to pass them off as "theories".

At the end of the day, the Scientologist theory of creation holds just as much water as the Creationist one.
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11 years ago @ Atheist Revolution - Before You Dismiss Bre... · 1 reply · +1 points

London's mayor Boris Johnson provides an interesting, and perhaps level-headed view on the current situation. He makes the point that Breivik's violent slaughter of seemingly random and innocent Norwegians was perhaps not driven by any political or religious agenda (as some commenters have already pointed out, killing your own people is not necessarily symbolic of defiance against immigration of Muslims into Europe), but rather, he used these materials as "justification" for his own heinous acts.

So far all that has been observed is that he is a extremely clever and dedicated psychopath who most likely killed to support his European supremacist values, but it is perhaps unwise to hastily label Breivik as a Christian "extremist", as currently there is no evident to indicate that his actions were a reflection of "Christian" values or in the name of his "God" or for the "common good".

11 years ago @ Atheist Revolution - Christian Extremists T... · 2 replies · +11 points

When you look at the basic facts, there is not much difference between Christian and Muslim extremists.

11 years ago @ Atheist Revolution - Reality is Not a Democ... · 0 replies · +1 points

As a collective, we would prefer to think of things such as truth and fact to be absolute, pure and incorruptible, but due to the irrational nature of human beings the concept of truth becomes subjective based on who speaks it. The forces of mass media and popular culture have actually strengthened stereotyping and social inequality in modern society instead of breaking down the barriers between ethical and racial prejudice.

The "democratic model" can also be applied to the cases where belief clashes against belief. An example of this is that historically religious orders, backed by their country, have rampaged and destroyed other religions by not only slaughtering the most devout of their followers, but also destroying all their holy relics and desecrating their holy places simply because they spoke a different "truth" (for example, the Haggia Sophia and the Buddhas of Bamiyan).

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11 years ago @ Atheist Revolution - Thank You to All Athei... · 0 replies · +2 points

There's actually an additional lesson to the two above: "America is good"

The examples listed in the article not only promote selfishness, but also encourages a reluctance in engaging in co-operative team-work for mutual benefits. Most importantly, at first glance it appears that this goes completely against the image of selflessness and charity that the majority of Christian organisations strive to maintain, surely there are bound to be conflicts of the "morals" that these children are taught against the "morals" outlined in the Bible?