Thursday, August 21, 2014

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Oklahoma’s Catholic Archbishop filed a lawsuit on Wednesday to halt the use of what he said were stolen (and evidently consecrated)  communion wafers destined for a satanic black mass ceremony to be held next month in Oklahoma City.

Officials for the Oklahoma Civic Center said that since the center is a city-owned facility, the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution does not allow for them to turn away productions based on their content.

Military Atheist Group Forces Naval Base To Remove Nativity Scene


Famed evolutionary biologist and atheist leader Richard Dawkins reportedly said this week that “nice Christians” and “nice Muslims” might actually be making the “world safe for extremists.”

While speaking at the Edinburgh International Book Festival in the U.K. on Wednesday, Dawkins apparently claimed that moderates inadvertently contribute to faith-fueled fundamentalism and extremism.

“It’s very important that we should not demonize ordinary, law-abiding, very decent Muslims which of course is the vast majority in this country,” Dawkins said, according to the Telegraph.

Dawkins went on to say that moderate religious people who are kind create the notion that “there’s something good about religion” and that there are benefits to bringing children up to embrace theological ideals. He such such a notion leads people to believe in something without having evidence or the need to offer justification.

“They’re entitled simply to say ‘oh that’s my faith, I believe it, you’re not allowed to question it and you’re not allowed to ask me why I hold it,” he continued.

Asshole“Once you teach people that that’s a legitimate reason for believing something then you as it were give a license to the extremists who say, ‘My belief is that I’m supposed to be a suicide bomber or I’m supposed to blow up buildings — it’s my faith and you can’t question that,’” he added, according to the Telegraph.

Dawkins also told the audience during the same appearance that he wasn’t always the outspoken atheist activist he is now. In fact, when he was 13 years old (alias, Wormwood), he prayed regularly and sought God out over a two-year period, the Guardian reported.

“I was briefly seduced by it and took it all in and would pray very vigorously every night,” Dawkins said.

The atheist leader recently came under fire for tweets about “date rape,” “stranger rape,” “mild pedophilia” and “violent pedophilia.” [Full Screed]

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Anonymous said...

" believe in something without having evidence..."
Mr. Dawkins, you having said the above leads me to ask you to PROVE God does NOT exist.
I'm waiting...... Where's your evidence? .....
So it's only YOUR belief.
Well then, STFU and leave us alone with OUR belief.
Lt. Col. Gen. Tailgunner dick

Helly said...

I, for one, am willing to accept my share of responsibility for all Presbyterian beheadings.

Anonymous said...

Helly, I'll take responsibility for the Baptist, Methodist and Lutheran beheadings. Between us, I think we've covered most of those warlike Protestants hereabouts.
Lt. Col. Gen. Tailgunner dick

Anonymous said...

Tailgunner, basic logic says it's impossible to prove a negative (i.e., that God doesn't exist, of gods if you'd rather) that's something that's covered in a highschool Theory of Knowledge class.

But if you want to prove Mr. Dawkins is wrong it's necessary to prove that God does exist (which no-one has managed to do to date).

But to quote Mark Twain "Faith is believing what you know ain't true."

Helly said...

"Faith is believing what you know ain't true."

Learning epistemology from comedians didn't work then and it doesn't work now.

Faith is essential to believe anything is true. As Bertrand Russell discovered, the search for truth and knowledge from phenomenalism is a fool's errand.

Anonymous said...

Helio, absolutely false. There is a clear line between "faith and knowledge". Nobody needs faith if the actually know something. Nobody. The only reason you might need faith is because you have no support for that belief.

Anonymous said...

There seems to be some confusion about the meaning of certain words. In particular faith, belief and knowledge. They do not mean the same thing.


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