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David Yonge-Mallo
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I think if your beliefs can't handle criticism from a teenage blogger then they're beliefs not really worth maintaining.
Of the eight charges against him, five are for allegedly wounding the religious feelings of Muslims, and one for allegedly wounding the religious feelings of Christians.
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religious' Censorship at its best
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<At one recent meeting with Trump, evangelical leaders noted how he often flashes a signature hand gesture, with a thumb out and a finger point to the sky, as he enters and exits rallies.  

"You see athletes do it all the time and it's their chance to point to the sky, to thank God for their success," said Pastor Mark Burns, CEO of a Christian television network based in South Carolina. "Trump does this all of the time, too. He's giving reverence to the man upstairs.">

If this isn't an example of cognitive dissonance, I don't know what is. 
The presumptive Republican presidential nominee has been holding meetings at Manhattan's Trump Tower to try and court members of the evangelical community.
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The things they'll do to ignore the way god lied to so many of their candidates about being the next president, LMFAO.
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So I'm in the East West Book Shop, which is a spirituality/religion-themed bookstore in California. Most of the items there are about things like tarot cards, astrology, channeling spirits and the like, but they also have scholarly or non-partisan books on religion which are hard to find elsewhere, which is why I sometimes go there. It's an interesting place, because there are books on witchcraft next to books on orthodox Islam (which condemns witchcraft), books on the history of religion which very matter-of-factly describe how certain religious doctrines developed over time next to books which assume they came straight from God, and so forth. It's probably not every atheist's cup of tea.

Anyway, in the "Young Adult Non-Fiction section, I noticed the book "What If I'm an Atheist?" by David Seidman (among books on oracle divination and the zodiac... how exactly are these non-fiction?!). This is pretty interesting, because I assume the store stocks what sells, which means that there is some demand among young people who are exploring spirituality/religion to read books about atheism.
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Atheism is not "an option to explore".

Let's get it right from the start.

Thinking rationally debunks any superstitious belief (gods, muses, ghosts...)

Whether other people may think that such concepts have merit to entertain does not make them any more true.

Atheism happens to people who have the capability to reason, who are not persuaded by cutting corners in their cognitional processing, who have had a good education and took advantage of it to learn.

Though I do not discount that atheism can be started by a healthy degree of skepticism.

But it is not a 'life choice' or a philosophy of mind, or anything related to the kind of rubbish encountered in those shops illustrated in the picture.

That is just plain fraud.

It certainly is not something one learns from a book. It only happens in the confines of ones mind, it can not be taught or indoctrinised. It is the only conclusion to one's questioning whether there is evidence to the claim presented about gods.

So, no. It's not an option to explore.
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They don't teach recursion in law school, apparently.

<“The G part stands for GNU?” [Judge] Alsup asked in disbelief.

“Yes,” said Schwartz on the stand.

“That doesn’t make any sense,” said the [judge].>
The problem with Oracle v. Google is that everyone actually affected by the case knows what an API is, but the whole affair is being decided by people who don’t.
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They could've made that movie with like one thousandth of the budget, and it'd still be watchable.
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If God answered her prayers, why was the fertility clinic necessary, and why did she have to wait 46 years? If I were a doctor at the clinic I'd be pretty pissed at her statements. Why do believers insist on giving credit to an invisible deity when there are actual visible humans who do all the hard work?

<An Indian woman has given birth to her first child at the age of 72 after undergoing fertility treatment at a controversial IVF clinic...

“We will raise him and give him a proper education. I had faith in Almighty that I will have my own baby, and Waheguru answered my prayers,” she told the Telegraph, using the Sikh term for God.

"God heard our prayers. My life feels complete now."

The pair from Amritsar in Punjab state have been married but childless for 46 years.>
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why didn't they adapt?
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<Utah lawmakers proposed a ceremonial bill in April to declare a public health crisis because residents were viewing too much pornography. Now, they want to take it a step further and enact legislation that would place statewide filters to ensure no Utah resident could view pornography.>

Good luck with that.

<The majority of Utah residents are members of the Church of Latter-day Saints and have a reputation of convincing members they are addicted to pornography when they aren’t. Even with the church’s ban on porn, they are 50 percent more likely to search Mormon pornography than any other state.>

What is "Mormon pornography"? Does anyone know?
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They really don't understand this new-fangled internet thing, do they? And Mormon porn is one man with multiple wives women.
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<"There were a lot of children there, and parents covered their eyes while it was going on," one eyewitness told Chilevision, "he was screaming religious things." Another, Cynthia Vasquez, claimed the zoo staff were slow to react and that Ferrada had been "shouting things about Jesus.">

The man likely had mental health issues, and if he hadn't been religious perhaps he'd have been shouting about something else, or chosen another method of suicide. (He might have been inspired by early Christian martyrs who were killed by lions.) Still, it's yet another incident of a horrific event with religious overtones.

But what I wanted to say is how wrong it was for the zookeepers to kill the lions to save the man. I can understand if the man had fallen into the enclosure by accident, in which case shooting the lions would've been regrettable but justified. But by all accounts the man broke into the enclosure and taunted the lions. The article didn't say what he shouted about Jesus, but presumably it was about meeting him, which would've made it clear the man was suicidal.
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+David Yonge-Mallo - simply remove the "ligi" from religitard and continue; the term was used as a generic label and saved me typing " suicidal stupid twat who could have given the lions indigestion ".

Or what +Hasse Mephisto said  ;)
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You call yourself a "skeptic"? Pfft, I don't believe you.
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Today in "Canada is not like (some parts of) America" news...
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau plans to introduce legislation that would give broad legal protection to transgender people.
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And such discrimination has been illegal already for a little while.
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The upshot of this is that religious charities will be displaced by secular ones over time.

<"I thought it was all about the children and the generosity and kindness and then it made me stop and realize that it it isn't really. It's about adults and their antiquated points of view.">
A woman's 17-year-long dedication to filling Christmas shoe boxes for underprivileged kids has ended in disappointment in Burgeo, N.L., after she was denied a volunteer position because of her personal beliefs.
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Well Hell good for her
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<Ontario parents will soon have to complete an evidenced-based course in the science of vaccination if they want their children to be exempt from immunization requirements in public schools.>
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I’m a believer in what’s called a classical liberal education and aspire to be a polymath. My basic interest is the same as the fundamental question of science: “How do we know what is true?" But beyond the merely intellectual, I also want to build things.

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BASc, MASc, MMath

I also dropped out of (uh... withdrew from) a Ph.D.

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