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Richard Taylor

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I was actually tricked into attending mass one time...I was told we were going to a fancy restaurant when I got in the car.

Not to mention the constant attempts to convert our mutual Muslim friend. They love to point out flaws of other religions but as soon as you say shit about theirs, then all hell breaks loose. 
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Richard Taylor

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They will say that "those aren't real muslims".
No true scotsman...
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Dino Parris

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+Simz Murth Yeah, I know. I just want him to wonder if his aunt with the valve replacement is missing bits of her soul. ;)
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This literally brought tears to my eyes. And this is why we do what we do ladies and gentlemen. Whoa.
#stunned #humbled #hiphop #atheist 
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I don't get this. Is it good or bad? 
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Max Cook

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Funny how HONESTY, is so HARD, with THEISM?
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sendtoanthony

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If you're familiar with the call this was taken from you'll laugh your ass off.
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Obviously the guy was drunk , I could care less if he is an atheist or christian.   Just some drunk dude not in the proper state of mind.
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Frank McCauley

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Fucking cowards. "Christians"
Cunt disabled comments.
I may be atheist, but this is not on. 
And the cops held back the Muslims? Probably lucky for this dickhead.

Even as an Atheist, I want to tear him a new one. 
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+MifuneBoBune Atheism is a human trait. You don't qualify.
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Bill Lauritzen

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Perhaps some of you will think this a bold claim so I am including three links: 

Here's a link to the amazon book: http://www.amazon.com/The-Invention-God-Mythology-Religion/dp/0978754336/ref=tmm_pap_title_0

Here's a link to my personal website: http://www.earth360.com/

You can also Google me for more information: Bill Lauritzen. 
https://www.google.com.hk/search?q=Bill+Lauritzen&rlz=1C5CHFA_enUS574US574&oq=Bill+Lauritzen&aqs=chrome..69i57j69i60j69i65l3j69i61.458j0j7&sourceid=chrome&es_sm=119&ie=UTF-8
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"arrogance and shameless self-promotion"

It sure looks like it.

ADDENDUM: I checked the reviews on goodreads

"The author's entire thesis rests on the original stuff of the gods really being volcanoes and not nearly as supernatural as we've been led to believe, and while that's an interesting enough start, it's immediately obvious that he's going nowhere with the idea. He presents countless quotes from ancient Egyptian texts, not many of them all that remarkable or meaning much of anything, and almost verbatim, after each one he exclaims something like WELL THAT IS OBVIOUSLY A VOLCANO CAN'T YOU SEE??? It reminds me of Eli Cash in The Royal Tenenbaums: "Everyone knows that Custer died at Little Big Horn, but what this book presupposes is, maybe he didn't?" The amateuristic prose and faux intellectualism of this book is downright embarrassing, which I suppose I should have seen coming right off the bat when he marginalizes intellectual historians "in their ivory towers" and later when describing religious chants parenthetically as "mumbo-jumbo". No serious author should use the phrase "mumbo-jumbo". The highlight of tenuous connections is his insistence that the Sphinx is really just an example that lava can solidify into various shapes. So they made a statue out of it to represent that. Seriously, are you kidding me??? This book is terribly disappointing and I wouldn't recommend it to anyone."

Opinion seems to be divided between 5-star rave reviews and comments like that above.

Who else was it that was caught writing positive reviews about his own work?
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Lynn H

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Makes perfect sense +Vincent Vega. smh 
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Adedeji Akinfaderin

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TL;DR: I need advice on atheism
I'd appreciate it very much if you read the post
Hi everyone. I recently joined this community and this is my first post. For some time now i've been struggling with my faith. Like most of you I was raised Christian. I was one of those kids that was never really convinced of my religion, but out of conformity I never openly questioned it.

Now i'm a senior in college and my faith has only gotten weaker. I decided to actually start reading the bible from beginning to end and the more I read the less i'm convinced. The Old Testament is full of murder, but because God is setup to be benevolent, everything he does is justified. I haven't read through the New Testament yet, but from what I know through YouTube and years of George Carlin comedy, it's not very pleasant either (albeit a little less violent than the Old Testament).

Since this is an atheist community I know the overwhelming response will be something along the lines of "leave your religion, it does you no good believing in fairy tales" but it's complicated. I have no atheist friends (or at least people that will admit it) and there is no atheist club at my university. I have no where to vent my thoughts about belief and i'm tired of keeping it in. 

I watch alot of YouTube commentary about belief. I've seen alot of debates and have watched atheists like Matt Dilahaunty, Hemant Mehta, Sam Harris, Greta Christina, etc give talks about atheism. Ive also watched alot of videos by YouTube atheist channels. 

So I guess my question is, what do i do?
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If it is the case that "coming out" will disrupt your life (as it is seems this is an issue for many coming from religious backgrounds), finish school and get a foundation wherein you will not be in a position to be coerced.

I grant that the idealism of telling it like it is sounds great in theory, but in practice (unless one has a sufficient foundation) it can be a miserable experience based on what has been reported by numerous individuals.

It can be social death in the Black community with a fair number of women making comments such as "The Devil's got him!" or other comments suggesting complete dismissal.

There is no need to report your non-belief until it is germane, since, it can be just as annoying as the religious pushing their notions. This is not the same as being silent when the topic arrives.

Everyone's circumstances are different, so, you must use your best judgment for your well being.

Good Luck!
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Amir Basheer

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LOL.
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+Brett McNamara
Maybe they think humans are a kind of fungus. It has to be fungus, plant, or animal, because the other three kingdoms are single-celled.
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Vini a.k.a SThrill

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No flood!!! 
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My ultra religious father actually said a few times that the lack of rainbows he observed in Massachusetts was because God was displeased with all of the sinners in the state. As if he has a right to make that kind of judgment on God's behalf.

He thinks my liberalism is a betrayal of his life's work.

He was up to his ears in handling CIA level communication for US embassies in Iran and Greece. He is far right, believes in conspiracy theories. He just loves the dictators Marcos, Pinochet, the Shah, Suharto no matter how many they killed because the Communists were so evil, any tactic was acceptable.

I just don't agree. And if he feels like I've rejected his life's work, that's his sad problem not mine.
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William Benn

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I made a video of Bear Grylls discussing his Faith. I think I captured the essence of his message.
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+William Benn Funny you should mention that Mr Benn. Was thinking earlier that in the good old days of christianity there actually were days of rest. Now thanks to the benefits of multiculturalism, there is no longer a need for days of rest.
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Max Cook

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Funny how HONESTY, is so HARD, with THEISM?
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cecilia FXX
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opinion piece on why the internet -and other factors - may spell the end of religion
Religious institutions have survived by controlling what their adherents know, argues Tufts Prof. Daniel C. Dennett, but today that is next to impossible
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Someone once said that we are 'hard wired' to believe. I used to be sceptical, but I'm starting to have second thoughts. Not just theists, but so many different other belief systems.
Tarot cards, mediums etc. are obvious. Then there are moon landing sceptics, U. N. black helicopter people, alien abductions. There just seems no end to what people will choose to believe.
We all can have funny moments. I for example strongly believe that once Rachael Weiz sees me, Daniel Craig will be history.
Perhaps that will be the definition of A I. an inability for self delusion.
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Richard Taylor

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Christians panicking about the possibility of losing some of their tax exempt status.
When they scream 'morality' I always think 'follow the money"
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HOLY COW, THE COMMENTS on that story is unbelievable 
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Sparks T. Pikachu

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So Christian Science is a real thing...

Mary Baker Eddy  discovered and founded Christian Science, you can thank her for this bullshit. And Surprise surprise they believe faith healing which means no modern day medicine to fight off infections or diseases they we have today. We all know how faith healing works it's miracles with things such as Cancer, STDs, and  Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease.

The children born into these faiths have it the worse. They could die from any infections without proper treatment (because some of these infections have evolved and grown immune to our body's defenses). If the child dies because of this nothing happens because freedom of religion, they wait until the second child dies and arrest the parents instead of dealing with the issue straight on.

Well that's my little rant tell me what you guys think.
(P.S Islam also belives this bullshit.)    
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