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Islam, religion of peace.

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In regard to atheism, people who believe in some god literally have one and only one task: Produce credible real world evidence that substantiates the idea that that god exists.

Yet about 99% of the anti-atheist rhetoric of religious believers such as Pearrell consists of - and is in fact designed for the purpose of - spouting straw men and red herring to try to bury their sheer lack of evidence under a mountain of evasion. If you're not talking about this evidence, then what you have to say is utterly pointless.

We thank Pearrell for demonstrating this fact.

Pearrell writes, "the primary cause for atheism, in my opinion, is a desire to justify one’s wrong actions." In fact, the fundamental reason for atheism is the fact that religious believers cannot produce credible real world evidence to substantiate their belief in whatever god they've conjured up. Pearell is employing his straw man precisely because he knows he is incapable of producing good evidence to back up his belief - so instead of even trying he employs red herring falsehoods to try to demonize those who recognize his lack of evidence.

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To identify the countries spending the most on their military, 24/7 Wall St. reviewed figures from the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute.
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Share · Print · Email. Policymakers and defense officials have recently expressed concern that defense spending is insufficient, citing the recent drop in base defense funding as proof. The use of this lower figure understates the actual taxpayer cost of maintaining the United States' global ...
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Is it utterly impossible to get rid of any federal program, no matter how corrupt or cronyist or useless?
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When does aging really begin? Scientists now have a molecular clue. In a study of the roundworm C. elegans, they found that adult cells abruptly begin their downhill slide when an animal reaches reproductive maturity. A genetic switch starts the aging process by turning off cell stress responses that protect the cell by keeping important proteins folded and functional. Germline stem cells throw the switch in early adulthood, after the animal star...
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For the first time, advanced technologies made it possible to read parts of a damaged scroll that is at least 1,500 years old, discovered inside the Holy Ark of the synagogue at Ein Gedi in Israel. High-resolution scanning a revolutionary virtual unwrapping tool revealed verses from the Book of Leviticus.
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Another great example of the common fallacies that permeate religious rhetoric. This guy is an ordained priest in the Catholic Church (and says he studied theology at Oxford University), by the way, so people can't just pass this off as some uneducated fundamentalist Christian yo-yo. Yet his essay - like virtually every anti-atheist essay he writes - is just one string of fallacies after the other. He's also the guy who was so intended to deliberately ignore all of the errors in his essays pointed out to him that he deleted the entire response comments mechanism from his blog. Yes, Dwight Longenecker, nice way to demonstrate the superiority of your religious inanities, don't even try to deal with the criticisms of your errors, just ignore them entirely.

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We currently spend more on defense than the next 7 countries combined. Defense spending accounts for almost 20 percent of all federal spending — nearly as much as Social Security, or the combined spending for Medicare and Medicaid. The sheer size of the defense budget suggests that it should be part of any serious effort to address America's long-term fiscal challenges. National security threats have evolved over the past 50 years, changing the n...
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Free markets generate value, deliver diversity, and spur better ways of doing things
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EU’s grid connected cumulative capacity in 2014 reached 129 GW, meeting 8% of European electricity demand, equivalent to the combined annual consumption of Belgium, the Netherlands, Greece and Ireland. According to a report, the impressive growth of the industry will allow at least 12% electricity share by 2020, a significant contribution to the goal of the European energy and climate package of 20% share of energy from renewable sources.
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The Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA) has been used to detect the most distant clouds of star-forming gas yet found in normal galaxies in the early universe. The new observations allow astronomers to start to see how the first galaxies were built up and how they cleared the cosmic fog during the era of reionization. This is the first time that such galaxies are seen as more than just faint blobs.
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Grand Rapids, Michigan
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Atlanta, Georgia - San Jose, California - Abilene, Texas - Molalla, Oregon
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I've been programming computers since the 1970s starting as a hobby in high school, and since the 1980s professionally. I read lots of books and magazines, especially on science and science fiction. I really enjoy things like spending a nice summer day canoeing/kayaking down a river, but it's a rare time I get that kind of opportunity. I play pool - I used to play pool in a league in Eaton County, Michigan, but now just play once in a while, since I moved. I was born in Marshall, Michigan, but grew up in Texas, Oklahoma, and Oregon, and I've also lived in California and Georgia, as well as Michigan. Recently I've set my sights on Florida - specifically, the Miami metro area. I had wanted to move to Arizona, but I finally realized I wanted to be not just in a warmer climate in the winter, but also close to the ocean.
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I bought a Yamaha FZ6R in June 2013 - and having an awesome time!
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Computer programming - data processing; automated processes (C/C++, Perl); database design and coding (SQL).
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