Your assertion that no one could knock raising money for Foodbank". The very important point re this is that the money will have a Tag on it. If the church donates anonymously, then it would be no big deal. But the money will be seen as coming from them and adds to their recruitment potential. GET IT!
I have a friend who is German. There, the government collects the tithe to the church directly from earnings--it's a form of taxation--and distributes it to the church (primarily Catholic). The only way to stop this from happening is to declare yourself officially as an atheist. I am sure all good Christians in the USA donate 10% of their earnings to the church but is it any wonder that church participation--especially among the young--is declining in Europe? Separation of church and state is not only good for the state, it is good for the church.
The US is presently a mostly Christian country which was founded by mostly Christians.
I'm an atheist but I respect the above (just like I respect that Thailand is a mostly Buddhist country, Indonesia is a mostly Muslim country, India is a mostly Hindu country, Italy is a mostly Catholic country, etc). No one is forcing me to join any of those religions. The USA has no state religion and no prohibitions on any religion, so all is well.
From my viewpoint, Muslim Jihadis, the Christian Right and Atheists are exactly the same cult with different worships but the same fine print. All of them share a mantra: "It's my way or the highway and I'll fight to enforce it". The fine print? "Live in Harmony". But the activists apparently are illiterate. They need glasses.....or to be neutered.
So.... all those naughty atheists should step back and let religious people have their way in school. It doesn't matter in the end, so let people have their fun since its harmless.
We should leave evangelicals alone who oppose things like birth control, sex education, same sex marriage, etc. We should just leave them alone and let them have food drives in school because they are harmless. We should ignore groups who actively interfere with a woman's right to choose when she reproduces. We should ignore groups who want to encode conservative christian values into law 'cuz to do otherwise is a "dick move."
Thanks for the meaningless and thoughtless rant. I was left shaking my head with its pure idiocy.
It's just the karma of the Christians for burning all those non believers at the stake back when they could. Now THEY have to catch the flack--doesn't seem like such a bad for them, it's relatively painless. Go Atheists! I'm glad somebody has enough free time to annoy the legions of delusional true believers who represent the mass consciousness of American Culture.
Ah, good ol' concern trolling.
Is this a real article or a joke/satire? There's no way this guy wrote 10 page article that makes absolutely no sense.
Were you drinking when you wrote this?
I'm actually quite grateful that these people will go out of their way to protect us from the superstitious fools. If not, before we know it we will be force bussed to houses of superstition whether we want to go or not.
And forced to make contributions to these businesses.
The people who want to force superstition on the rest of us are pretty much the same bunch who wanted to keep both woman and non - white persons "in their place"
They must be stood up to, and the line drawn beyond which we do not tolerate their nonsense.
That line has a name, it is the United States Constitution, and it protects us from becoming the theocracy that the Religious Wrong so badly want to implement.
Sure, it's so much easier to just "go with the flow", as Haire apparently thinks we should do.
But do we really want to live in a Christian version of the Muslim countries?
Your article has a false premise. One based probably in your own religious roots. It is that atheists or humanists are trying to recruit and developing a PR strategy to do so. Wrong. Yours or any persons continued personal fantasies are of no consequence to anyone. Frankly, no one cares. If you want to help a group of people simply do it. When you find yourself violating our constitution you should step back. Is going about something the wrong way to do something good, ethical? Age old question. The answer is simple. When there is a readily available LEGAL alternative, choose that route.
The right to comment is cool and important when Mat is the critic. When he's the subject of criticism, commenting is useless and should be verboten.
Animal Farm all the way. Nothing new under the sun.
Mat, unfortunately since getting your own column your comments are never about anything. How elitist for someone who parlayed their frequent contributions to the comments board into a regular column to now suggest that comments be closed.
I guess extremists of either stripe are just as closed-minded as the other.
It's amazing how these comment threads can never actually be about anything.
Fish Pimp - I'll take your word for it that less black on black shootings are determined to be justified as compared to white on black shootings. Only shootings? Or all homicides? Total numbers or per capita? I would like to see the data.
Anyway, assuming that's correct, maybe blacks more often commit acts against whites that the law allows the use of deadly force in response to? I don't know the facts, but sometimes a duck is a just a duck. We do know that blacks are being arrested for murder at a per capita rate of something like 7x more than whites. Clearly there are different behaviors in terms of violent acts between whites and blacks.
To dinner and a movie, why yes. I'm an easy lay.
John Byram..."jap owned company"? Are you from the 1940s?
Chris, we would like you to take him out.
A message sent to Sony Pictures executives, the North Korea–linked hackers say they will "ensure the security of your data unless you make additional trouble."
Oh, and just one more thing: Sony needs to "never let the movie [be] released, distributed or leaked in any form," and "everything related to the movie, including its trailers, as well as its full version [must be taken] down from any website hosting them immediately."
Where is the outrage from the art community?
So I assume given similar circumstances, over an article, the city paper would just bend over and grab your collective ankles?
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