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294 weeks ago @ You Made Me Say It! - Reason Rally Not A Rel... · 1 reply · +1 points

BTW, I didn't say the Reason Rally was a religious event. I said it had similar dynamics.

294 weeks ago @ You Made Me Say It! - Reason Rally Not A Rel... · 0 replies · +1 points

Philly,

I'm well aware that atheism is not a religion. Still, I can't help thinking that the experiences that people reported after attending the reason rally - euphoria, inspiration, motivation to go do something meaningful - are similar to the emotions that religious followers feel after they attend big religious events. As for your questions,

Does passion equate to religion? Does gathering en mass with like minded people make you religious or the group a religion? Is supporting a cause a religious action?


I agree with you. Still, I like what SI said,

it's not a religious revival. It's an areligious revival.


There's nothing wrong with getting together with likeminded people, and there's nothing wrong with being inspired and feeling good and seeing that lots of other people think and feel the as you do. But I think it's a mistake not to recognize that rallies, and even sporting events (I went to the Verizon Center to watch a hockey game last weekend) meet human needs for community, belonging, etc.

303 weeks ago @ Atheist Revolution - The Fallacy of Atheism... · 1 reply · -1 points

My experience in fundogelicalism was that I was taught two contradictory things:

1. God rewards the good and punishes the bad, and
2. God allows shit to happen to the good and bad alike.

These were reconciled with the idea that the "rewards" might be delivered in the afterlife rather than the temporal one.
My recent post Religious Attitudes Poll

303 weeks ago @ Atheist Revolution - The Fallacy of Atheism... · 0 replies · -1 points

I agree. No one should get a free pass. I can support atheist activism without approving of all of its expressions.
My recent post Religious Attitudes Poll

304 weeks ago @ Atheist Revolution - Idiot of the Week: Gov... · 0 replies · +1 points

I wish I could say "un-fucking-believable," but I can't. It's all too believable.
My recent post Un-Newsworthy News

304 weeks ago @ Atheist Revolution - Republican Voters Reje... · 0 replies · -1 points

This year's Republican candidates have been either crackpots or manipulators. The voters who have to narrow down this field to one nominee that is "electable" don't have an easy task. Not that I feel the least bit sorry for them. The Republicans are reaping what they've sown.
My recent post Un-Newsworthy News

305 weeks ago @ Atheist Revolution - Rick Santorum: The Chr... · 0 replies · -2 points

According to One News Now :

The Evangelical community still holds a divergent opinion on who the nominee should be,” Rick Tyler, senior advisor to Winning Our Future PAC, a pro-Gingrich group, told OneNewsNow.com. “Rick Santorum won a straw poll that had a questionable methodology.”

Of the 150 registered attendees, only 114 voted in the final paper ballot - Santorum received 85 of those votes...


As I see it, the evangelicals are still pretty badly divided. For whatever that's worth.
My recent post McCain Endorses Romney…

307 weeks ago @ You Made Me Say It! - Chiefs Defense Defeats... · 1 reply · +1 points

Poor John Elway. It must kill him to watch Tebow make such a hash of the position he once held.

307 weeks ago @ You Made Me Say It! - Chiefs Defense Defeats... · 3 replies · +1 points

I love the Steve Young clip. Young - with his lengthy list of NFL accomplishments - is a guy whose opinion has to be taken seriously. And that clip of Tebow's passing motion is priceless.

314 weeks ago @ You Made Me Say It! - Like a bunch of children · 1 reply · +1 points

Maybe his god doesn't care for a sweet, tomato-based KC sauce.


Maybe his taste runs more toward Carolina-style BBQ.