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  1. She's just reinforcing her belief that...

    Does she realize the nowadays the word “literal” no longer means “literal”?[/QUOTE]

    She's just reinforcing her belief that Superheroes like Jesus are real. Mercy.

    Warnock's message was pretty...
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    Maybe it was climbed but there is no record. ...

    Maybe it was climbed but there is no record. Attempts were made in the 1800s but the first successful, recorded climb occurred in 1913. So I think it is entirely possible that it was never...
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    If Gods are Real, Where are They?

    The ancients didn't even know what the sun was, or the Moon. Their "planets" were just stars that wandered, they didn't know that these were bodies similar to Earth. So it's understandable that...
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    The candy bowl is small potatoes to me. If...

    The candy bowl is small potatoes to me. If someone in the candy bowl area doesn't want the candy bowl then the candy bowl is not small potatoes.
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    Religion, if it is sincere, really is a private...

    Not just faith in religion, we all or maybe most of us find a way to adjust to reality. It is somthimes called comming to terms with reality or getting right with the world.

    Today te culture is...
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    That is an awesomely great post. I long ago...

    That is an awesomely great post. I long ago recognized that much of the religious urge is the act of projecting one's own insecurities and ignorance onto others and onto other groups. I also agree...
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    It's escapism pure and simple. A couple gin and...

    It's escapism pure and simple. A couple gin and sodas do the same for me but don't have me sacrificing my scientific literacy on the altar of woo.
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    Which means they are attempting to substitute an...

    Side note. I just read a sentence while surfing that I find quite interesting: "Religion is an effort to sublimate the desire to return to the uterus." There may well be some truth to this, but it...
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    She makes assholes out of the attack journalists,...

    She makes assholes out of the attack journalists, really politely hands them their heads. They must just like getting screwed by a strong female.
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    Sorry WAB, I'm not big on the idea because I...

    Moogly, what do you think of my screenplay idea? Perhaps you missed it, or didn't think much of it.

    At any rate, it involves Oxford as the chief author of Shakespeare.

    See post #346[/QUOTE]
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    I've watched many Waugh videos and my being...

    I've watched many Waugh videos and my being without all the knowledge he has about those times gives the appearance that he is dabbling in Da Vinci Code fantasy speculation. But I cannot say because...
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    Religiously speaking, and this is the danger,...

    Religiously speaking, and this is the danger, what a person does in the name of their god, their group and their religion is not important. What is important is why they are doing it. I suppose...
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    I agree it's a weird question. It demonstrates...

    And it's been answered many times. Religion offers nothing of human goodness that can't be had without it. We already have everything we think we need from religion. We don't need religion to...
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    Eywa has heard you!

    Eywa has heard you!
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    And it's good to bring those things into the...

    It's also about the psychology and cognitive aspects of religious beliefs and how they directly relate to problems and suffering in the world, especially all the vile, depraved things that abusers do...
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    I didn't say that you were smarmy and unhealthy.

    I hope you are referring to the practice of filling a post with the worst invective and stereotyping filth you can think of to describe anyone who believes differently than you, then dubiously...
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    That's smarmy and unhealthy.

    Yes, it would be terrible if someone were to become obsessed with a "tribalism" and a skewed perception of their own moral superiority, and blanket condemnation of outgroups. Just terrible....
  18. Poll: Is it a hate speech law or an authority worship...

    I mean shit, wasn't a law brought in the last 60 days to make insulting officers a crime?[/QUOTE]

    Since Jarhyn wasn't kind enough to provide a link to this vague assertion, I did some searching.
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    Lose the fear and insecurity and apathy. Replace...

    So drop the supernatural and call it a social club? Social and psychological support, charity work on behalf of the community and humanity with no expectation of heavenly reward?[/QUOTE]

    Also...
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    Faith is the religious version of fantasy. ...

    Faith is the religious version of fantasy. Fantasizing can be quite comforting and we all do it. The religious version typically has a superfriend that makes all the bad go away. The religious...
  21. There you go again with another inane analogy,...

    There you go again with another inane analogy, like your equating someone baking a pink/blue cake with someone baking a cake that says "Niggers suck cocks in Hell." You didn't by some chance do some...
  22. Why do you keep bringing up this strawman? "The...

    Yes, I know you want the State to force people to express things they don't believe. You've established that.[/QUOTE]

    Why do you keep bringing up this strawman? "The State" is your bogeyman that...
  23. The question is obviously how we should legislate...

    The question is obviously how we should legislate the subject of discrimination in the name of religious belief. Antebellum white southerners believed that racism was religiously ordained and...
  24. A 25 dollar food budget is ridiculously low but...

    We don't know what her budget is comprised of but I'd venture to guess she doesn't have much in the way of healthcare coverage, so that costs. Further, people living paycheck to paycheck can not...
  25. Poll: When you get right down to the nitty gritty, even...

    When it comes with violence or implied threats of violence.[/QUOTE]

    When you get right down to the nitty gritty, even regulations and governments are part of the free market. Everything is out...
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