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Posted on August 11 at 12:55 p.m.

Here is a link to Reality's "about us" page:
http://realitycarpinteria.com/info/ab...

I'm not associated with Reality in any way, but I'm not sure their message is one "of hate and segregation veiled by the words of ordinary, power hungry men written thousands of years ago," as iamsomeguyinsb stated...

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Posted on September 11 at 10:36 a.m.

Oh, I see. So one deranged Catholic priest that brutally murders hundreds, proves that Bible believing Christians are mentally ill because of their faith?! You are sounding more ridiculous each time you post, rcobban.

It's funny that you bring up Rwanda because both times I've been there, both times to quaint little churches as well, I've not been instructed to murder any children. But I'm sure that my view of this on a global scale is not nearly as accurate as yours. I must not have gone to the churches that you're so certain of that teach to murder innocent children. Where are they?

While you may be personally upset with Christianity for one reason or another, to simply point out a terrible instance and refer to it as the norm makes any point you're trying to make difficult to take seriously.

And in the future, I would encourage you to expand your knowledge by studying the Bible on your own before you make any claims about what it teaches.

On The Mosque Question

Posted on September 10 at 8:18 p.m.

Oh... my fault, rcobban. I guess I didn't think about all the Bible teaching churches in Rwanda that are instructing their congregations to burn children alive. Obviously an overlooked point due to my blinders.

Strange to call me the misinformed one in this instance...

On The Mosque Question

Posted on September 8 at 7:10 p.m.

rcobban:

Do you seriously believe that the Bible encourages genocide and the slaughter of infants? Christians go to church and are taught to wipe out anyone who gets in their way, and kill some babies while their at it? I hope you aren't that misinformed.

As I posted earlier, I'm happy to help bring context to quotes that were simply pulled from the Bible without any background in order to attack Christianity, but if I'm simply posting here to provide you with "entertainment," I'm not sure it would be time well spent. After all, do you really want to have an intellectual discussion with someone stricken with this "widespread mental illness?" I don't think you'll really want to hear what I'd say anyway.

You are free to be as angry with Christianity as you please, and I take no offense to it, but to be honest, I'm not sure whether to take your post seriously or simply recognize that you're just taking an opportunity to vent.

On The Mosque Question

Posted on September 6 at 4:55 p.m.

Binky:

What exactly are you trying to prove? Your posts are obviously not in any way about a mosque being built... Maybe just another chance to put down Christianity? Should we go through each verse of the Bible that you pick out and study them to put them into real context, or is it just more fun for you to pick some out to make fun of?

I'll take the time to walk through each one of the above passages with you, but not if the only point of your posts are to mock the Christian faith.

Let me know.

On The Mosque Question

Posted on September 6 at 1:44 p.m.

pk:

No offense taken at what you quoted... If you would like we can begin a discussion for the context of why that order was made, and who the Amalekites were, and what they had previously done to the Israelites during their trip out of Egypt, but I'm not sure that this is the proper forum for that. No doubt, however, there was a direct instruction to commit genocide.

Now, the problem with this is that you took a single instance, an order from the Lord to the Jews, and from that, decided that "the Bible encourages believers to commit genocide against peoples who stand in their way."

In my opinion, this is a very weak place to set a foundation for your argument. Are you seriously saying that the Bible encourages it's followers to destroy anyone who stands in their way based on an order given to the 2 million strong nation of Israel on their way out of Egypt? Or am I just missing the irony again?

On The Mosque Question

Posted on September 6 at 12:18 p.m.

PK:

I'm impressed with your response to Tireater... As far as I could tell, he was pointing out what the Koran taught, not, in your words, relying "on the Bible from the protection of the Constitution."

Slightly aggressive.

Especially when your argument is based on your incorrect opinion that "the Bible encourages believers to commit genocide against peoples who stand in their way." Simply not the case.

Everyone is entitled to their own opinion, but to refer to all Bible believers as genocidal maniacs leaves your post tough to take seriously.

On The Mosque Question

Posted on March 18 at 3:37 p.m.

Alright friends, I'm going to let you keep going on this one...

To be so certain that what you believe is absolutely correct and that I am so impressively wrong only shows that your faith is alive and well, which was my argument from the start. I'll keep the willingness to follow the path of evidence no matter where it goes, and you can hang on to your obvious philosophical commitment to deny the possibility of anything greater than chance.

While I'm sure Binky will want the last word with a response regarding my poor choices in reading, inability to reason, or my stupidity for having the beliefs that he's assumed I do, I'm going out with the same point I started with: We all have faith, and it is our decision where to place it.

And Rich, I absolutely agree with you that it is up to us to form our beliefs around "good" reasons, and it is obvious that you make a point to do so. But just don't let those reasons be solidified on third-hand stories that you read on the internet about girls at summer camps trying to kill each other. If you refer back to Dawkins letter that you referred to earlier, that belief would be come from "authority" - not a good reason.

On Diagnosing <em>The God Virus</em>

Posted on March 17 at 6:47 p.m.

Binky,

You were missing the point of my post, and the point was simple. But I guess my suggestion that everyone puts faith in their beliefs, whether it be in a god or in the idea that there is nothing greater than ourselves, gives you the need to put down a view that obviously opposes your own.

Next time to spare you the upset post, I'll go ahead and re-type entire chapters so not to upset you with my choice of quotes. Might be a bit long, but hopefully you won't have to put me in a box assuming that my belief system is based on some "neo-con ramblings."

If I'm wrong, I'm wrong. But the sad thing here is that it's not the "religious" one who is coming across as close-minded. I don't need you to believe what I believe, but I think we need to accept that everyone lives thier lives based on some level of faith.

And if I'm wrong and life can be lived without faith, where is this absolute truth? I honestly want to know!

On Diagnosing <em>The God Virus</em>

Posted on March 17 at 1:59 p.m.

I’m assuming you’ve read Dawkins book, The Blind Watchmaker. (If not, let me know and I can give you more background.) In it, he admits that there are significant “gaps” in the fossil record and then oddly goes on to say that “the gaps, far from being annoying imperfections or awkward embarrassments, turn out to be exactly what we should positively expect.” So basically, the absence of evidence is itself proof that the theory is correct. He finally states, that “The theory of evolution by cumulative natural selection is the only theory we know of that is in principle capable of explaining the existence of organized complexity. Even if the evidence did not favor it, it would still be the best theory available.”

Blinding one’s self to weaknesses in a theory leave even the most zealous fact finding scientists with… faith.

Don’t get me wrong; there is plenty of good evidence for evolution. I just take issue with a close-minded approach to science that is based on a philosophical commitment to deny the possibility of anything greater than chance, rather than the willingness to follow the path of evidence no matter where it goes.

On Diagnosing <em>The God Virus</em>

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