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atheism and monsters
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Sunday Poem
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incoherent blockbusters and the Dark Knight
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not everyone who says he’s your friend is your friend
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compromising yourself into the discussion
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Emerging From the Hedged Roe
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Roe and the Culture War Morass
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D. Linker on Culture War-Abortion
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The comments...

Avatarantichrist

I know jesus loves me, because he give me head every night.

Avatarbananahammock
+ I think you are misinterpreting the role of the FSM. It was brought about as way to bring attention to the fact that School [. . .]
AvatarMike Cagle
+ Interesting post and comments (which I found from a link on Andrew Sullivan's blog). I'm a non-religious person who believes in treating others with respect [. . .]
AvatarFree Barabbas
+ I was just at holiday gathering and some cousins were playing some sort of spirit animal/tarotish card game - where you get your personality profiled [. . .]
AvatarDivGuy
+ Homosapiens sapiens is hardwired for superstitionalism, and for religious behavior, and the hardwiring was laid down in the EEA (environment of evolutionary advantage). I think the [. . .]

(Darn it - there's no way of editing a spelling error!)

Carolyn Ann

+ "I just can’t quite wrap my head around what, exactly, a film like Religulous is supposed to accomplish, besides box office success. Maher and his [. . .]
AvatarMatt C
+ I think atheism lacks a natural "mission," unlike the Abrahamic religion - particularly Christianity. Where would Christians be today with St. Paul? Religious people have [. . .]
AvatarChet
+ There's more atheists, now, than Jews. Are we supposed to believe that's in spite of a modern, outspoken ethic of atheism? Please. Keeping our heads [. . .]
Avatargnomestrath
+ Going back to the original article which started this thread .... It is overstating it that many atheists are insufficiently respectful. Most athiests simply [. . .]
+ The Flying Spaghetti Monster is introduced as a way of showing that anybody can invent anything as having godlike powers. The true trick is getting [. . .]
+ FSM is supposed to be funny. As an atheist with a sense of humor, I do think it's funny. Atheists concerned with "converting" anyone [. . .]

Fo' mo' poems and prose and good times: http://pprimeau.blogspot.com.

Avatarmatoko_chan

niiiiiice.
;)

Avatarmatoko_chan

Helen you are blinkeredblinded onto the past.
Everything evolves.
Do you think a Bush will ever win again?
Jeb sure doesn't.

Avatarmatoko_chan
+ Rawr, Helen you should reject them out of hand. The Noble Yeoman is not capable of leading in teh Age of Complexity. They simply don't have the [. . .]
AvatarBob
+ I'm as left as they come but I would never call Huckabee a hick. But calling Palin a hick is to give hicks a [. . .]
AvatarCascadian
+ "Huckabee and Palin both fell victim to the fallacy that hicks can only ever appeal to other hicks. I’m an Ivy League punk, yet I [. . .]
+ What’re the right wing dolts going to do once Mr. Ordinary USA is a bilingual, second generation Hispanic-American living in some urban ethnic enclave? That [. . .]
+ A couple points. 1. What're the right wing dolts going to do once Mr. Ordinary USA is a bilingual, second generation Hispanic-American living in some urban [. . .]
Avatarkarrsic
+ While I enjoyed Ledger's performance, more than once he reminded me of Dana Carvey's Church Lady. In general, I agree w/ Freddie. While much of [. . .]
+ I already regret stepping into a fight where I have such affection for all the actors, but, Freddie, if you’re worried that our rational democratic [. . .]
+ Nope, Freddie, Robert Stacy McCain came by my respect honestly. He's the kind of smart you get by being a real reader who reads a [. . .]
AvatarBob
+ Max thanks for your comments. You write, "I was under the impression that Yglesias’s failure to mention deficit spending was precisely the problem." [. . .]
+ Personally kip I preferred the idea of it ascending up to Heaven along with him, so that the two could be re-united. But let's not get [. . .]
Avatarmatoko_chan
+ I liked this very much, Freddie. Her position on party and loyalty threatens to leave her like the person who, out of loyalty, refuses to [. . .]
Avatarmatoko_chan
+ I think back to Helen's tribalism post, which is how I first read her. I think I said something like this. In the bad old days of [. . .]
+ Sometimes a little outrage in one's writing is appropriate. This is one of those times. Well said. I'd say that this whole [. . .]

I'm pretty sure he wasn't joking, Robert Stacy. But props for trying to take it like a man.

AvatarCascadian

Freddie you're being too kind once again. Why do you guys even respond to this overgrown troll?

"A tedious nothing"! Instant classic, Freddie. I owe you a beer for that one.

I considered that-- but how could Helen be opposed to "ivy league scribblers and feminism"?

+ Thanks, Freddie. You're right, of course. But ... I don't THINK that Helen's "Hear, hear" was meant for RSMcC - I assumed she was seconding the [. . .]
Avatarmatoko_chan
+ You don't get the basic dichotomy, yet do you? The basis for small government is so that local churches can distribute welfare. Once we have [. . .]
Avatarmatoko_chan
+ Not just teh Stimulous. I think Nate gets it right. He was right about the 'lections, durr. Republican Deathspiral. Read my lips. What does any constituant want from their representatives? Powerless [. . .]
+ You say that now, but popular consensus on Republicans being obstructionists requires that the stimulus work -- something which no one can predict. Even though it's [. . .]
Avatarmatoko_chan
+ an even larger marjority of Americans (i.e., practically all of them) thinks that drawing the line at actual birth is a bad idea. Look.....I feel like [. . .]
Avatarmatoko_chan
+ pfft The Party of teh Stupid is now the demographic minority. The repubs have just provided us with an empirical demonstration that they are obstructionist, reactionary, and [. . .]
+ Bob, I was under the impression that Yglesias's failure to mention deficit spending was precisely the problem. Douthat's right to point out that seeing [. . .]
AvatarDave Hunter
+ Mark Thompson; Sorry for not being more clear. Yes, it seems to me like you're writing in favor of results-oriented judicial decisions, due to sentences [. . .]
AvatarDave Hunter
+ Chris Dierkes "I’m not really sure where you got the ‘i’m after punishing sex’ line." I never said you did; you're misquoting me. It's true that [. . .]
AvatarJames Williams
+ Part of what we're seeing here is the flip side of the all-or-nothing strategy that the GOP started running since at least Gingrich, and codified [. . .]
AvatarJames Williams
+ "In most places, the pro-choice and pro-life absolutists will no longer find themselves with quite as much power, as the majority in the mushy middle [. . .]
+ Hey - it's a difficult issue, and the Ely article is usually not remembered for its discussion of the hyperbolic use of "Lochner-ing." I [. . .]
Avatarmatoko_chan
+ Mostly I am just awestruck by Obama. He is one move ahead of the repubs right down line. I keep going back to my Game [. . .]