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4 days ago @ Atheist Revolution - Pragmatic Secular Acti... · 0 replies · +1 points

It will be interesting to see what happens after Trump serves out his two terms in office. Will we return to normal or will there be a new "normal" that resembles what we are now seeing more than many of us would like?

6 days ago @ Atheist Revolution - Maybe Your Deceased Lo... · 0 replies · +1 points

I hadn't heard of him. It sounds like he paid a high price for expressing unpopular views. It almost sounds like heaven isn't rewarding enough if one has to share it with "them."

6 days ago @ Atheist Revolution - Friday the 13th: Relig... · 0 replies · +1 points

That makes sense. I'm trying to be more willing to overlook nonsense when I have a hard time detecting the harm that it causes. But yes, certainly another foolish illusion.

1 week ago @ Atheist Revolution - Friday the 13th: Relig... · 3 replies · +2 points

I don't see the typical belief in karma as being quite as harmful as most religious superstitions. I suppose it is an excuse for inaction, and that's obviously not good. On the other hand, I don't see adherents trying to push it on others or legislate it in the same way as many other religious beliefs.

1 week ago @ Atheist Revolution - October 2017 Horror Wa... · 0 replies · +2 points

I haven't seen the new version of "It" yet, and I'm not sure I want to. As dated and cheesy as the original is, I love Tim Curry's performance in it so much that I'm not sure I want to see the new guy. I'm sure I'll check it out eventually because it is supposed to be really good, but I'm not in any hurry to do so.

I do love Captain Spalding too! As for American Horror Story, I really liked Coven but haven't been all that impressed with the rest of them. I haven't seen any of the current one yet though.

1 week ago @ Atheist Revolution - Thoughts and Prayers · 0 replies · +3 points

Preying on the vulnerable by praying for the vulnerable, or something along those lines.

1 week ago @ Atheist Revolution - Do Atheists Have a Ver... · 0 replies · +2 points

I don't doubt that many of them are, but I know enough ex-fundamentalists to recognize that there are exceptions. I also don't have a great deal of confidence in my ability to predict who might be such an exception, especially if it takes them several years to become one.

1 week ago @ Atheist Revolution - Do Atheists Have a Ver... · 2 replies · +3 points

Good point. We do need to start with ourselves and to recognize that this will require sustained effort.

At the same time, I do hate to see the "can't reason with theists" type of argument because (1) I think it is false and (2) I think it can lead some to apathy. As a former theist, I can assure you that I was susceptible to reason. Without it, I'd probably still be a theist. And yes, one of the things that helped me arrive at atheism and maintain it over the decades was the interactions I had with reasonable people. It does often feel like arguing with a wall, but that doesn't mean such interactions aren't putting tiny cracks in that wall. We might never see them, but some can make a difference over time.

It helps to approach these interactions with realistic expectations. I was indoctrinated over the course of roughly 15 years during my childhood. That sort of thing is not going to do away as the result of a few good arguments, but this doesn't mean that a few good arguments won't help.

1 week ago @ Atheist Revolution - Do Atheists Have a Ver... · 1 reply · +3 points

Agreed. It has been encouraging to see some signs of declining religiosity, but I don't expect to see the end of religious belief either. Organized religion is still far too powerful, and religious thinking is by no means limited to religious believers (unfortunately). The hate and bigotry being expressed by religious fundamentalists does appear to be driving many younger people away. Assuming that continues, it is difficult to see how they don't begin losing support as their core grows old and is not replaced in sufficient numbers.

1 week ago @ Atheist Revolution - The Weatherman Who Cri... · 0 replies · +2 points

The Weather Channel seems to have built their entire business model on doing exactly what you say they shouldn't do. I think you are right, and I find it sad that not even the weather has escaped the over-the-top sensationalism.