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Rachel provides an excellent example of a closed mind caused by cognitive dissonance.
"Just believe" is what Christians say to non-theists, yet you object when told to do the same thing on a different subject. If there is evidence for something, then believe and if there is none, then do not believe --- which makes you an atheist. Like me.
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Governed by Rules, Not Men

Richard2666 Wrote: Mar 12, 2014 11:55 AM
The only area I can think of in which I disagree with Dr. Williams is religion. Except for the last line, this article is excellent. I do not trust in a god, I don’t even know to which of the thousands of gods homo sapiens have trusted he refers. Worse, I do not think Dr. Williams can even intelligibly define the particular god in which he professes to believe. In any event, theism was not relevant to the article, is divisive among the readers, and it would have been best omitted.
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New Assaults on American Law

Richard2666 Wrote: Feb 28, 2014 11:51 AM
18 United States Code, §4 killed the atty client privilege years ago. This statute says ANYONE (no exceptions for lawyers) who knows of a crime committed by someone else must report it to the authorities. Failure to do so is a felony. You cannot tell you lawyer anything.
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Still One Nation Under God

Richard2666 Wrote: Feb 13, 2014 10:14 AM
Of the thousands of gods humans have worshipped over the years, to which does Dr. Carson refer? Most likely the Abrahamic god which is worshipped by the Jews, Christians and Muslims, but really doesn't matter. As a Libertarian I don't care if a politician goes for gods, but I do care if they want to bring their beliefs to government. There must be a separation of church and state or we go back to burning people on the cross (something for which the good Christians are so famous) or murdering entire populations as they did in South America.
Hawkins asks: “How did we end up in a world where Big Gulps are being banned in New York while the welcome mat for potheads is being rolled out in Colorado?” The answer is both Hawkins and the mayor believe whatever they think is good another person should be imposed on that other person. Same principle. Hawkins should admit he truly is a lefty and lives among the anointed. What business is it of Hawkins, or anyone else, what (good or bad) an adult puts in his own body? It is the responsibility of the individual, not government and not Hawkins. If a person wants to ruin their own live, it is their life to ruin. Leave them alone.
Ransom says: "He's doing it because a liberal will do lots of things they can do, once given the power to, good idea or not." But if you substitute the word "conservative" for "liberal" the same statement is true. Why do you care what other people do with their own lives and bodies? If they want to smoke/eat/drink poison it is none of your business, "good idea or not."
When conservatives "talk" to us Libertarians, I find the same scenario. Conservatives have a lot to learn about the art of conversation, too.
I am a Libertarian and an Atheist. It is not only the “left” who is opposed to using government land and taxes to support religion. There should be a separation of church and state. This is far from being “cruiphobic.” All I want is not to have the force of government take my money (directly or indirectly via tax exemptions for churches) to support somebody else’s beliefs. Go put crosses on private property with your own money and pray to as many of the more than 3,000 known deities humans have prayed to over the years—just do not force me to pay for it.
So long as people act upon faith, not reason, who commits these horrible agressions is simply part of the "rotating faith" experience. The root of the problem is lack of reasoning ability, and the root of that problem is teaching innocent babies to believe in anything for which there is not only no proof, but which they cannot lintelligently defilne.
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