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279 weeks ago @ Atheist Revolution - Circumcision · 0 replies · +4 points

279 weeks ago @ Atheist Revolution - Circumcision · 2 replies · +6 points

Pro-choice on circumcision is not analogous to being pro-choice on abortion (not that you're saying it is). But I wonder if we would be so blase about cutting off a part of a child's body for reasons originally rooted in religious belief, if, say for instance, that body part was the left ear?
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279 weeks ago @ Atheist Revolution - Circumcision · 2 replies · +8 points

The part I oppose is that the foreskin is there for a reason, from an evolutionary point of view. I know that from that point of view, we also have vestigial body parts that are leftovers from the evolutionary process, (appendix?) but I have a hard time thinking anything so close to the reproductive process is vestigial.

I have researched it a bit, in the process discovering that it's possible to restore one's foreskin, depending on how much of the cut foreskin cells were left after the process. Those skin cells are different than the rest of the penile shaft, and have nerve endings that I would imagine could be quite useful during sex. They are far more sensitive than the ones left behind. Cutting them off before I've had an opportunity to decide for myself was inadvertent barbarism.
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283 weeks ago @ Atheist Revolution - Rep. Paul Ryan to Head... · 1 reply · +2 points

We had our "values" rally in Washington this spring. Why can't they?

Yeah, yeah, I know, we're right and their wrong. We have the country's good at heart, whereas they are deluded by their belief in a fictitious god. We are actually trying to comply with the Constitution, whereas they are trying to re-write it. Our focus is on common beliefs, theirs is on division. We empathize, they hate.

It's probably good that they get together in a nice neat little group so we can keep a watchful eye on them.
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285 weeks ago @ You Made Me Say It! - Pity Nick Zuccarello · 1 reply · +1 points

I scanned the comments, but didn't read them in any depth. I got the gist of it.

There is both arrogance and insecurity in his proselytizing while trying to "give away" his free gift of his GC model along with "the Word".

The arrogance is is the assumption that if only people could see and know what he knows, they would be as good, or smart, or lucky as him. The assumption behind that is that at present, they aren't. Whatever they currently believe or don't believe is somehow less worthy, and only he has the truth. Everyone who doesn't agree is working with falsehoods. That's a common attitude in Christians, and Muslims, I've noticed. And it's arrogant.

The insecurity comes from what I can only suspect, but it makes sense. Deep down, somewhere in the rational recesses of his mind, those recesses that he has had to repress in order to believe what he believes, what he says explicitly doesn't jive, doesn't fit, with everything else he believes. It can't, if rationally looked at, but he doesn't use reason to come to those beliefs, so his rational mind is in conflict with his irrational beliefs. And the best way to quiet those nagging doubts? Get others to believe. If everyone believed what he did, there would be no one to call him on it, no one to say "hey, that's stupid". So he proselytizes.

My $.02.

286 weeks ago @ Atheist Revolution - Here Comes Isaac · 1 reply · +6 points

What you need to stock up on is rebuttals to the anticipated claims that lesbians, abortionists and Democrats are the reason God sent Isaac. Cue Pat Robertson.
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287 weeks ago @ Atheist Revolution - Results of Reader Poll... · 1 reply · +3 points

You're a better man than me, vjack, if you do so. While the percentages seem in favor, the poll on a atheist blog would almost be guaranteed to be in favor of a forum. But the numbers don't seem all that high, and a forum, to be interesting and worthwhile, needs volume.

Also, you'll need moderators willing to spend their time ...ummm..moderating. Forums have a nasty tendency to devolve into flame wars without some moderation.

Don't want to be a naysayer, but some sober reflection is in order.

316 weeks ago @ Atheist Revolution - The Fallacy of Atheism... · 0 replies · +6 points

If someone criticizes me for being too outspoken, or criticizes my atheism for being obnoxious, honestly? I stop listening. It's not a valid criticism of an idea. If you are going to criticize me or the ideas behind my atheism, criticize them for being wrong. Show me I'm not right. Otherwise shut up.

And if you do criticize me for being wrong, back it up with evidence or sound argument. Don't tell me I'm wrong because of the tone of my voice, the stridency in which I speak or write, or because you think I'm a dick. When I hear that, your opinion becomes irrelevant to the argument, and I move on.
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317 weeks ago @ Atheist Revolution - Congratulations, Newt · 0 replies · +2 points

Actually, I hope Newt is the nominee. The Republican primaries only tell us who Republicans will vote for, but in the general election, I can't see his past being so well ignored. He has far too much baggage. Obama has a better chance against Newt than Romney, since Mitt can change his colors like a chameleon to please a far broader spectrum of the electorate. Newt pleases only one - the crazies.

And for all those reasons, you're probably right in your prediction.

My recent post is Sexual Hypocrisy which is also about Newt.

318 weeks ago @ You Made Me Say It! - Tebow's Numbers and Sc... · 1 reply · +1 points

Live by the sword;die by the sword. Matt 26:52. If you are going to live as if only one book is relevant to your life, then you have to assume that the same book counts the misses along with the hits.