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  1. Re: Game of Thrones: TV Series - Season 4 (Book spoilers in tags with warning)

    Bastards can be made legitimate by formal decree from the King.
    Something done for Ramsay Bolton and something offered by Stannis to Jon Snow.
  2. Re: Michigan Justices approve State's ban of Affirmative Action

    While affirmative action has it's bad side and action certainly needs to be taken, a wholesale ban is going slightly far. I'm thinking specifically people with severe disabilities who have to rely on...
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    Re: Russian Homophobia

    Not true. Many societies accepted/tolerated homosexuality throughout history in varying degrees, it's a natural component of the mammalian condition, it can't be eliminated it can only be driven...
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    Re: Cameron: UK is a Christian country

    Well that's hilarious. I have no words to respond to this.
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    Re: Cameron: UK is a Christian country

    51% of the population is female, so the UK is also a Female country then. Lol.
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    Re: Cameron: UK is a Christian country

    Recognizing that the UK is a different country from the country it was 1000 years ago doesn't mean the populace is "ashamed" of it's history. Pretending the country is something that it's not...
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    Re: The Bible on Slavery

    The Hebrews could have been a people in Egypt. Obviously they couldn't have built the pyramids, but they could have been among the conscripted Delta farmers to move Pi-Ramses when a branch of the...
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    Re: The Bible on Slavery

    Obviously.
    Harming someone is what makes something immoral. Abhorrence is merely subjective, personal taste shaped by biology, culture, psychological conditioning etc. Psychopathy, for instance, is...
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    Re: Political Correctness = Ridiculousness

    Good.
    Sometimes one must fight fire with fire, "plague" with "plague". How else can we fight nationalistic terrorists with traditional Islamic values? Or Neo-Nazi wannabes? Nationalism is a...
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    Re: So What Is a Christian anyway?

    There are narrower definitions of course. But that's no excuse for ignoring the broadest definition, nor pretending that the broadest definition doesn't exist.
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    Re: Russian Homophobia

    Had. I had never met a homosexual (oh the present perfect, the most confusing of tenses in the English language). Having lived most of my life in a Catholic boarding all-boys-school, the first...
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    Re: Russian Homophobia

    Well that was what I was always taught gay men were like. And that is how far far too many people still think gay men are like.
  13. Re: All who think marijuana use is safe step forward...not so fast there under 25 year ol

    Drugs can harm you? No way.
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    Re: Russian Homophobia

    Camp is one thing, the rampantly promiscuous, make-up wearing, drug taking, irredeemably vain, physically weak, pleasure seeking, self-centered douche is the stereotype I was referring to. I should...
  15. Re: French cops ask for Roma Gypsies to be evicted from France.

    Forced conscription into the French Foreign Legion for life in separate units of course.
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    Re: Russian Homophobia

    In a world where propaganda has no meaning perhaps. But in this world propaganda does have meaning.
    (This isn't addressed specifically at you, just general information.)
    Propaganda is characterized...
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    Re: The Bible on Slavery

    Hurray for moral relativity.
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    Re: So What Is a Christian anyway?

    There are no virtues in atheism. There are virtues in humanism, skepticism, science, egalitarianism etc. Those things associated with atheism are not atheism.
  19. Re: Necessity of the constructs of good and evil

    Like any other ontological construct it's meaning is intrinsically tied to the culture that made it. In this case it's something of a pan-human cultural construct. Without the current incarnation of...
  20. Re: Neil deGrasse Tyson on atheism ("the only 'ist' I am is a scientist")

    There is no distinction between saying: not symmetrical, non-symmetrical and asymmetrical. They are all synonyms. To say there are actual distinctions between not theistic, non-theistic and atheistic...
  21. Re: Necessity of the constructs of good and evil

    What I'm trying to elicit from you are the boundaries of when/where/why/how good and evil apply (making good and evil intrinsically relative). We agree that the construct applies to modern humans,...
  22. Re: Neil deGrasse Tyson on atheism ("the only 'ist' I am is a scientist")

    Atheist and non-theist are literally synonyms. A Jain/pantheist/buddhist don't necessarily believe in a deity and therefore can be atheists (AKA non-theists). If you believe in one or more deities...
  23. Re: Neil deGrasse Tyson on atheism ("the only 'ist' I am is a scientist")

    There is a lot of overlap though. Non-theist and atheist are synonyms.



    If he said "I'm not black" would that make him not black? No.
    Most people don't "want to be" associated with the...
  24. Re: People with very low IQ--What do you think of them?

    I view them the same as someone who is physically either lazy or disabled, it's different for every individual. The brain is a muscle like any other, it can be impeded by disability, but more than...
  25. Re: Necessity of the constructs of good and evil

    Well I was thinking of a 1984 like scenario taken to it's absurd logical, technological and biological conclusion: trans-humanism like the borg (that's why I said at mankinds' current evolutionary...
  26. Re: Necessity of the constructs of good and evil

    At the current point in human evolution (where a multitude of consciousness' exist in the social organism): sure. But, if/when we were/are a hive-mind, guided by a single/collective consciousness...
  27. Re: Neil deGrasse Tyson on atheism ("the only 'ist' I am is a scientist")

    Those definitions are correct, but they're overly narrow and implicitly ignores the subtle meanings these labels can cover.
    An agnostic person doesn't have to be of the position that certain...
  28. Poll: Re: Do you think of yourself primarily as a world citizen or as a citizen of your country?

    World citizen I suppose. More accurately I'm a middle-class citizen (like most people who claim to be citizens of the world).
    Underneath it all, middle class people from around the world aren't so...
  29. Re: Vkings were like the SS, and Scandinavians should apologize.

    It's pretty funny, it's blatantly tongue in cheek, (making the "anti-PC brigade"s reaction even funnier) but it's a false equivalence, should Mexico apalogise for the actions of the Aztecs? No, their...
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    Re: So What Is a Christian anyway?

    That's your personal definition. That's your interpretation based on your subjective experiences, without evidence it's just your opinion. There are 2.1 billion Christians currently in this world,...
  31. Re: Iraq child-marriage bill sparks outrage among human rights groups

    I was unclear. It's not the poverty caused by loss of life or war that I was referring to. Poverty has been a constant in Rural Iraq, poor farmers have always needed to get rid of their daughters...
  32. Re: Iraq child-marriage bill sparks outrage among human rights groups

    Secularism and education.
    However these are seen as corrupting forces designed by the west to dominate/destroy their culture so it's viewed with suspicion by many the middle-east (that doesn't mean...
  33. Re: Neil deGrasse Tyson on atheism ("the only 'ist' I am is a scientist")

    You're coming with an unpopular slant on epistemology there. Or rather an un-standard view on epistemology, this is confusing to atheists.
    Your definition of an agnostic isn't incorrect, but it is...
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    Re: So What Is a Christian anyway?

    So, two people claim to be Christian, both say the other is not a Christian, there is not a set of objective criteria to discern which is a Christian and which is not: conclusion, they're both...
  35. Re: Iraq child-marriage bill sparks outrage among human rights groups

    The west is more responsible for what happens in Iraq.
    But still, a good point.
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    Re: Gay marriage legalised in England and Wales

    You prefer the wannabe US to the actual US?
    That's like preferring generic cola to coca cola, it's crazy.

    But of course (time to put on my semantic hat, yay:tongue:) the very concept of "an...
  37. Re: Neil deGrasse Tyson on atheism ("the only 'ist' I am is a scientist")

    Monotheism is a sub-set of theism.
  38. Re: Game of Thrones: TV Series - Season 4 (Book spoilers in tags with warning)

    Like I said:The writers are making them into a mystery-solving folk-singing duo, they had to slightly alter the story line.
    Maybe the real hound will be the one who fights Brienne rather than biter...
  39. Re: The biggest insult a Christian priest can do against an atheist:To tell him that he is no longer a Christian

    The worst insult I've gotten from a religious person is that my twirly mustache makes me look like a hipster douche. He wasn't not wrong.
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    Re: Gay marriage legalised in England and Wales

    Marriage is the point, obviously, it's in the name. The tax concession is merely a minor point of it. If marriage isn't solely for the manufacture of offspring and is in fact an expression of love...
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