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rug Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Dec-06-11 11:04 AM
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Atheist display: Skeleton Santa nailed to a cross
21 minutes ago
By msnbc.com and NBCWashington.com

The skeleton in a Santa suit didn't survive for long outside the Loudoun County courthouse lawn, but it generated plenty of controversy in Leesburg, Va.

The skeleton was nailed to a cross on Monday by a mother and son associated with an atheist group, one of the nine approved displays for the Christmas season. But the macabre Kris Kringle was not standing for long. Someone tore the skeleton down, sparking a debate about free speech.

It's not a new argument. In 2009, Christmas displays on the courthouse lawn were banned after the constitutionality of a Nativity scene was questioned. Last year that decision was overturned, and 10 displays were allowed on the lawn based on a first-come, first-served basis.

Leesburg council member Ken Reid spoke out strongly against the skeletal Christmas display. "I think that it's just extremely, extremely sad," he said, "that somebody in this county who would try to basically debase Christmas like this. This really crossed the line."

http://usnews.msnbc.msn.com/_news/2011/12/06/9247743-at...

Video here: http://www.nbcwashington.com/news/weird/Skeleton-Santa-...
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Ian David Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Dec-06-11 11:07 AM
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1. I don't think that was the way to win hearts and minds. However...
Edited on Tue Dec-06-11 11:09 AM by Ian David
... "In the meeting, some suggested a complete ban of public displays in front of the courthouse."

Well, I guess it might work after all, then.

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hlthe2b Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Dec-06-11 11:11 AM
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2. I just don't understand the need to do this...
I believe in being tolerant and respectful towards others and their beliefs and cultural norms, no matter how much they may differ from my own. Standing firm on the line between church and state is admirable and one with which I can totally agree-- but I guess I'm old fashioned enough to think we needn't be so damned militant towards who hold ideas that are in opposition to our own. :shrug:
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murray hill farm Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Dec-06-11 11:15 AM
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4. I agree!
No need to be ugly! And that was just ugly!
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MADem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Dec-06-11 11:23 AM
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5. I have to agree. Traumatizing little kids is just not a smooth move and
certainly not a way to win hearts and minds to your POV.

It's just a "piss in the punch" type display--not terribly intelligent, either.

The point could have been better made with a less dire display. People respond to wit and humor much better than deliberate attempts to provoke or revile.
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Jim__ Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Dec-06-11 11:29 AM
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6. I agree. At best this will alienate public opinion. - n/t
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trotsky Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Dec-06-11 12:15 PM
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11. Being in the closet and remaining quiet has worked so well to this point?
:shrug:
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hlthe2b Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Dec-06-11 01:04 PM
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21. Becoming as bad or worse as that which you disdain will work, why?
I know some here do not like Gandhi, either, but still his words hold weight: "Be the change you want to see in the world." I respect atheists, agnostics and the basic right of believers to practice their religion to the extent it does not trample on the rights, health, or safety of others. Would you not at least consider doing the same? :shrug:
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trotsky Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Dec-06-11 01:42 PM
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23. "to the extent it does not trample on the rights, health, or safety of others"
And the skeleton Santa violates this how...?
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humblebum Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Dec-07-11 06:49 AM
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54. Hate speech is hate speech whether it is free speech or not. It is quite obvious
that the act was designed to offend. And, that is how it should be taken.
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cleanhippie Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Dec-07-11 03:04 PM
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71. You have no right to not be offended.
Sorry. Better luck on something else.
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humblebum Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Dec-07-11 10:30 PM
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74. I think you can do better than that. nt
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cleanhippie Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Dec-08-11 08:58 AM
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75. Again, you make no sense. The fact remains that you have no right to not be offended.
Edited on Thu Dec-08-11 09:02 AM by cleanhippie
Stick to the militant atheist schtick. You are much better at that.
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humblebum Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Dec-08-11 09:59 AM
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76. And you equally have no right not to be offended, nor to be automatically accepted. nt
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cleanhippie Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-09-11 01:17 AM
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77. I never claimed that right, but you sure did, and it's not your right to not be offended.
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humblebum Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-09-11 02:37 AM
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78. When and where did I make such a claim? Just more deceptive blather. nt
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cleanhippie Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-09-11 10:03 AM
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79. You have no right to not be offended. I'm glad we agree on that.
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humblebum Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-09-11 10:37 AM
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80. So does that hold true for anyone in all cases, or just as you so decide?nt.
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cleanhippie Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-09-11 10:44 AM
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81. You have no right to not be offended.
Not sure how much clearer that can be.
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humblebum Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-09-11 10:57 AM
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82. I realize the tough questions require exercising the grey matter, so I won't
burden you further, except to say that you have no right not to be offended.
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cleanhippie Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-09-11 10:58 AM
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83. Yeah, thats what I said, you have no right to not be offended. Glad we agree.
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humblebum Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-09-11 12:00 PM
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85. It is such a great load lifted off of my shoulders to finally realize that it's OK
Edited on Fri Dec-09-11 12:27 PM by humblebum
to point out the historical and philosophical parallels between the organized atheist movements of 18th and 19th Century France and Europe, to the movements in 19th and 20th Century Russia and China, etc., to the organized atheist movements in the early and middle 20th Centuries in N. America, to the New Atheist movement of the 21st Century. I no longer have to try not to offend anyone, because the right not to be offended doesn't exist. It is perfectly acceptable to refer to them as hate movements and to point out the millions that perished at the hands of militant atheists - all because hippie said that no one has a right to not be offended. Boy, that's a load off my shoulders. Thanks hippie for clearing things up.
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cleanhippie Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-09-11 01:36 PM
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86. Using that "other way of knowing" again? All I said was you have no right to not be offended.
Thats it, nothing more.


Oh wait, I see. You are trying to bait me into yet another one of your idiotic, nonsensical "arguments".

Sorry, find someone else. Talk to me when you get some new material, your current schtick is old and tired.


In the meantime, try not remember that you have no right to not be offended.
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humblebum Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-09-11 01:55 PM
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87. I would try "bait" you into an argument, but you have none. nt
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cleanhippie Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-09-11 02:48 PM
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88. You have no right to not be offended.
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humblebum Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-09-11 03:20 PM
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89. But, I always approach an argument with the expectation of an attempt being made to offend.
Because that is the way of radical atheists.
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cleanhippie Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-09-11 04:11 PM
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90. You have no right to not be offended
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humblebum Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-10-11 01:04 AM
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91. What's funny is that while you're busy doing your parrot imitation, you
Edited on Sat Dec-10-11 01:42 AM by humblebum
don't have time to offend anyone.
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cleanhippie Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-10-11 08:54 AM
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92. You have no right to not be offended.
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humblebum Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-10-11 12:24 PM
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93. You have no right to not be offended. nt
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cleanhippie Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-10-11 01:49 PM
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100. Yeah, thats exactly what I have been saying. Glad we agree.
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humblebum Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-10-11 01:52 PM
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101. You have no right to not be offended. Go ahead, it's your turn. nt
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cleanhippie Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-10-11 04:00 PM
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105. Its not my turn, thats exactly what I stated at the start. You have no right not to be offended.
Not really sure just why you choose to keep repeating exactly what I have said, but if thats what floats your boat...
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humblebum Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-10-11 04:28 PM
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106. You also made the claim that I claimed the right to not be offended.
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LeftishBrit Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-10-11 12:52 PM
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96. So in other words you start with a self-fulfilling prophecy
If someone does try to offend you, then it's proof that those evil radical atheists ALWAYS seek to offend. If someone doesn't try to offend you, you will nevertheless assume that they must be trying to so, and your resulting belligerence may provoke them into eventually snapping at you, which you will interpret as further proof that those evil radical atheists ALWAYS seek to offend. Even if people remain civil throughout, you will generally find a way of interpreting their remarks as proof that those evil radical atheists ALWAYS seek to offend. You've more or less admitted it in this post. So basically anything that happens will be used to support your existing prejudices.
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cleanhippie Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-10-11 01:48 PM
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99. Its funny how everyone can see that but him.
I guess ignorance really is bliss.


Great post.
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humblebum Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-10-11 01:54 PM
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103. You still avoid pointing out where I ever made such an implication.
You have no right to not be offended.
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humblebum Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-10-11 01:53 PM
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102. I have no right to not be offended.
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LeftishBrit Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-10-11 12:58 PM
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97. The only rights that I claim...
Edited on Sat Dec-10-11 01:00 PM by LeftishBrit
are to be accepted as an equal CITIZEN; and to not have people impose religiously based moral rules into law.

I don't demand that everyone should like me, never offend me, or never talk about their religious faith, etc. But if they use their religious faith to promote right-wing politics, well, they have the right to do so, but I have the right to HATE them! And because you will probably misunderstand this - no, I do not hate Christians or religious people in general; I hate the religious right - and indeed all forms of the Right.

FWIW, I don't approve of this particular display.
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LeftishBrit Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-10-11 12:41 PM
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94. It's not a matter of staying in the closet.
I'm all in favour of things like the 'atheist bus ads' for example. But there's a difference between being in the closet, and this sort of display. I don't think it should be illegal or banned or anything, but Christmas is a special occasion for kids (atheist and religious) and I don't think it's worth upsetting them in this way. Also, whether one believes in Jesus or not, crucifixion as a brutal punishment is a real and horrible part of history, and this display is a bit like showing Father Christmas being burned alive, or stoned, or broken on the wheel, etc.

In any case, the cross is associated with Easter, not Christmas.
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Humanist_Activist Donating Member (603 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Dec-06-11 12:37 PM
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14. Really, are you respectful of those who practice FGM? How about honor killings...
those are beliefs and cultural norms in some parts of the world, are they not?
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hlthe2b Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Dec-06-11 01:02 PM
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20. No, it is a bastardization of Islam, as true Muslims will tell you.
and it dates back to Bedouin customs... Tolerance of religion does not equate to tolerance of gross illegality and immorality. You know that, but choose to equate cultural and religious tolerance with abetting mass murder and other horrible misdeeds. Perhaps you may take some time to consider this. You really should... :shrug:
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trotsky Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Dec-06-11 01:43 PM
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24. The people doing the honor killings think they're True Muslims too. n/t
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hlthe2b Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Dec-06-11 02:15 PM
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28. One can say that of many who use some excuse to commit evil deeds...
Across the board. Religion is simply a simple scapegoat.
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trotsky Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Dec-07-11 06:39 AM
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53. One can say that.
One can also say that they are earnestly following their deeply-held beliefs. Can you read their minds to tell which is the case?
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Humanist_Activist Donating Member (603 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Dec-06-11 03:37 PM
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30. How do you tell false Muslims from true ones?
By how liberal they are? By what standard are you to judge this?

In addition, on a moral level, what's the difference between letting a woman die from a pregnancy that can't be survived and requires an abortion to save her to honor killings?

The obvious objection is that one is active killing, and the other negligent, but in both cases the women in question are dead.

My tolerance for cultural and religious beliefs ends where it negatively affects others, whether its oppressing those of differing beliefs, races, sexuality, or gender, or endangers their well being.

Take this crucified Santa, it harms no one, its offensive to some, to be sure, and is designed to provoke, but again, it harms no one.
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hlthe2b Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Dec-06-11 05:38 PM
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33. When you have actually read the Koran, you can ask that.
I have. Those who promote a bastardized extremist view of Islam, like many Xian fundamentalist "Christians" more often have not.
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Humanist_Activist Donating Member (603 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Dec-06-11 06:38 PM
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38. Uhn, to be frank, I don't care where their beliefs come from, they are still wrong. n/t
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LeftishBrit Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-10-11 01:04 PM
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98. Except that I don't care if people are false or true Muslims
As an atheist, and certainly a non-Muslim, I can't make that decision anyway.

I do care whether they use their religion for good, or in the cause of oppression or violence or authoritarianism.

Same for Christians, Jews, etc.
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DCKit Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Dec-06-11 11:12 AM
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3. Busted. Now they know that Halloween is our OTHER favorite holiday. nt
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saras Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Dec-06-11 11:34 AM
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7. So can we do this with any mythologized person, or just Santa?
I'm tired of people making a hero out of that adulterer Martin Luther King. Can I put up a display killing HIS myth?

How about Mohammed?

How about President Obama?

How about Ronald Reagan?

In all cases, the truth is vastly different than the myth, and the myth is harmful.
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laconicsax Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Dec-06-11 11:37 AM
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8. Each of those examples are free (read: protected) speech. n/t
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Speck Tater Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Dec-06-11 11:47 AM
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9. That's just stupid. "Let's see how we can get MORE people to hate us."
This just proves that one can be an atheist and STILL not have any brains at all.
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trotsky Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Dec-06-11 12:28 PM
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12. "Let's see how we can get MORE people to hate us."
A lot of people said that about PRIDE parades too.
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Speck Tater Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Dec-06-11 12:37 PM
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15. There was nothing inherently offensive about pride parades.
I am an atheist, but that doesn't mean I'm going to walk into a church, pull down my pants and shit on the altar.

There's a big difference between doing something to raise awareness of a legitimate issue, such as pride parades, and doing something ugly, deliberately meant to inflame the negative reactions of those we SHOULD be trying to reach out to.

Crucifying a skeletal Santa does nothing to promote the message of reason and rationality. It insults and denigrates two iconic cultural symbols for no purpose other than to be confrontational. It's stupid and counter-productive.
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trotsky Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Dec-06-11 12:42 PM
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16. To many people indeed there was something offensive about PRIDE parades.
Obviously, since they offended. QED

But given the bit that Ian David posted above, perhaps skeleton Santa worked better than any safe, squishy, timid display or request could have ever possibly done.
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deacon_sephiroth Donating Member (315 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Dec-07-11 09:38 AM
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58. You can't say that, "offensive" is subjective
There's nothing INHERENTLY offensive about ANYHTING, someone has to TAKE offense to it, by definition. So that entirely depends upon whom you ask.
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humblebum Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Dec-06-11 12:10 PM
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10. This is certainly not an isolated incident. Such actions are becoming more common.
Edited on Tue Dec-06-11 12:23 PM by humblebum
Of course, the group has the same freedom to speak as anyone else. That fact of course implies that it is also OK to burn a cross on the courthouse lawn, or hold a mock lynching with racial over tones, or to erect a huge swastika.

This does nothing for atheists and lends much credence to the image of organized atheism as a hate group.
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MarkCharles Donating Member (932 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Dec-06-11 12:28 PM
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13. Have you checked out the video of hundreds of children being indoctrinated in
public school to Christianity?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QVaMjeTaNDM

Which is more offensive? A plastic skeleton in a Santa suit a few weeks after Halloween, or using taxpayer paid public school time to force the Christian religious viewpoint into hundreds of captive audience junior high school kids' minds?

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humblebum Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Dec-06-11 12:47 PM
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17. Dear Mr. Pot, I guess it's a matter of perspective.
Which perspective will be more acceptable to the majority of people? BTW, the same argument can be made for a forced indoctrination into secularism.
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MarkCharles Donating Member (932 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Dec-06-11 12:54 PM
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18. So if a majority of people are OKAY with a skeleton on Halloween but
Edited on Tue Dec-06-11 12:55 PM by MarkCharles
not on December 1, that's just fine with you? We now rule by majority? All minorities would be just out of luck?

By the way, where is that "forced indoctrination into secularism" happening? I thought our nation was a secular nation by law, Now you're saying it's a majority Christian religious nation that can choose which days of the year a skeleton does or does not offend them? A nation that can force majority Christian beliefs upon any child they want to?
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humblebum Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Dec-06-11 12:58 PM
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19. I think you know the meaning of vacuous argument. And red herring.
Edited on Tue Dec-06-11 12:59 PM by humblebum
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cleanhippie Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Dec-06-11 01:48 PM
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25. I think you do too, as you have demonstrated that with your OP.
Of course, the group has the same freedom to speak as anyone else. That fact of course implies that it is also OK to burn a cross on the courthouse lawn, or hold a mock lynching with racial over tones, or to erect a huge swastika.

This does nothing for atheists and lends much credence to the image of organized atheism as a hate group.





yep, you seem to know all about it.
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MarkCharles Donating Member (932 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Dec-06-11 02:04 PM
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26. Yep, two rogues who might be atheists put up a skeleton Santa on a cross, and..
Edited on Tue Dec-06-11 02:05 PM by MarkCharles
of course, it's "freedom of speech" equal to the horrors of the KKK (a white, racist, anti semitic Christian group, by the way).

Only in the mind of some religious folks is there any statement about free speech of equal offensiveness there.



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humblebum Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Dec-06-11 03:49 PM
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31. It is what it is. nt
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humblebum Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Dec-06-11 05:52 PM
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34. Why are you always so dishonest about things that I have said?
"So if a majority of people are OKAY with a skeleton on Halloween but not on December 1" - this wasn't just a skeleton. It was a skeleton nailed to a cross. I doubt very seriously that it would have been acceptable at Halloween either. And, if by "secular" you mean absolute separation, then you are wrong. That has never existed in the US. It is a "free" nation. Limited separation is reality and constitutional.
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dmallind Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Dec-06-11 01:25 PM
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22. Not sure what they are going for there
Satirical comment on the feedback loop between commercialized and co-opted religiouus symbolism would be best guess, but not sure what the skeleton is supposed to mean.

Bit silly really.
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Iggo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Dec-06-11 02:37 PM
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29. Well, I thought it was funny.
What is any of that shit doing on the courthouse lawn anyway?
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Taverner Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Dec-06-11 04:21 PM
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32. I'm sorry, that's just funny
Says so much with so little - genius in a way
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darkstar3 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Dec-06-11 06:20 PM
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35. Suuuuure. The people who did this want to "debase Christmas".
It couldn't have anything whatsoever to do with pointing out the absurdity of putting holiday decorations on government property.
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humblebum Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Dec-06-11 06:34 PM
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37. "pointing out the absurdity of putting holiday decorations on government property."
Some one needs to point out the absurdity of objecting to holiday decorations anywhere.
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darkstar3 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Dec-06-11 06:48 PM
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40. Religious decorations, holiday-based or not, do not belong on government property.
It's so simple a four-year-old can figure it out. You may not like the fact that there is one place in this jesus-fellating country where religion is not immediately and automatically welcome, but that doesn't change facts. Religion doesn't belong on government property.
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humblebum Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Dec-06-11 07:25 PM
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41. Tell that to the US Senate. nt
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darkstar3 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Dec-06-11 07:51 PM
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42. Oh please, like the Senate can't do, and hasn't done, something unconstitutional.
Get a better argument.
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humblebum Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Dec-06-11 10:03 PM
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43. Unconstitutional in your book, which is not always the consensus opinion.nt
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darkstar3 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Dec-06-11 10:09 PM
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44. Baseless opinion is worthless in a discussion about fact.
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humblebum Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Dec-06-11 10:48 PM
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48. So the fact that OJ was found innocent negates any opinions to the contrary?
Interesting.
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darkstar3 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Dec-06-11 10:54 PM
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49. Where criminal law is concerned, it most certainly does.
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humblebum Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Dec-06-11 11:25 PM
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50. Don't look now, but the varying opinions still exist. Though he can no longer be tried
Edited on Tue Dec-06-11 11:32 PM by humblebum
for that crime, they do in fact still exist. And, the latest is that he admitted to the murders. Baseless?

Does the Constitution unquestionably dictate absolute separation? Apparently not, because those who wrote it were at the very same time disregarding such. Still, your opinion is your opinion. And you are entitled to that opinion, but it doesn't line up with reality.
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darkstar3 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Dec-06-11 11:30 PM
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51. And that matters...how?
Edited on Tue Dec-06-11 11:30 PM by darkstar3
Oh right, it doesn't, because it doesn't change the facts. From the perspective of the law, he's innocent.
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humblebum Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Dec-07-11 11:44 AM
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59. "From the perspective of the law, he's innocent" - but that isn't the only
Edited on Wed Dec-07-11 12:32 PM by humblebum
perspective. He was found liable in civil court (the law), if I recall correctly. And, in the court of public opinion, it has been a different story entirely. Baseless opinion? You claim absolute separation on public or government property, but neither history, nor government, nor the Constitution support you claim. Is your opinion then baseless?
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Goblinmonger Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Dec-07-11 02:01 PM
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64. Civil court has a MUCH lower standard burden of proof.
But again, silly stupid facts.
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humblebum Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Dec-07-11 02:22 PM
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67. And the court room was decorated in cherry wood, too.
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darkstar3 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Dec-07-11 09:48 PM
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73. It seems facts just get in the way.
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Goblinmonger Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Dec-07-11 02:00 PM
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63. OJ was found "Not Guilty." He was NOT found "innocent."
But don't let silly things like facts get in your way.
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humblebum Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Dec-07-11 02:21 PM
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66. Point taken, but not germane to this argument. nt
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NMMNG Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Dec-06-11 06:22 PM
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36. It's tacky
But I've seen things that debase Christmas more.



People trampled in Black Friday Stampede






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Silent3 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Dec-06-11 10:46 PM
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47. There's probably a button on the lighting controls for that tree...
...that'll make the cross inside the tree burst into artificial flames.
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NMMNG Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Dec-07-11 06:57 PM
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72. Real flames would be better
That tree is very deserving.
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frogmarch Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Dec-06-11 06:40 PM
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39. It's much worse than
Jesus nailed through the wrists to a cross with blood running from his side. Much worse. :sarcasm:
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struggle4progress Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Dec-06-11 10:15 PM
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45. NOVA Atheists needs to ponder coherent message delivery
Edited on Tue Dec-06-11 10:16 PM by struggle4progress
It's not really very clear how mishmashing together various cultural images associated with All Hallows Even, Christmas, and Good Friday can send the message "We abhor the commercialization of Christmas" -- the mishmash will rather convey visually to most people "NOVA Atheists are stark raving mad"

Of course, the American commercialization of Christmas ought to be something of a outrageous scandal to the Church, since the ancient Christian narratives are much more challenging and frightening than tinsel and bright lights: they tell of empire and despotism, a woman pregnant (but not by her husband) giving birth uncomfortably in filthy circumstances, a refugee family fleeing a massacre of innocents ...

But it is not nearly so clear why NOVA Atheists would be outraged by "the commercialization of Christmas" -- Christmas itself being a holiday that has no obvious significance to them. Of course, there are good secular reasons to decry the crass conspicuous commercial consumerism of our society, so excessively celebrated at this time of year -- but nailing a skeleton in a Santa suit to a cross is unlikely to communicate such a critique to anyone

Filed under: still more noisy bloviating

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darkstar3 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Dec-06-11 10:26 PM
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46. Sounds like the proper file.
;)
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trotsky Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Dec-07-11 06:30 AM
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52. NOVA Atheists didn't put up the display.
Did you read the article before bloviating?
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struggle4progress Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Dec-07-11 08:03 AM
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55. Jonathan Weintraub of the NOVA Atheists is all over the media about this:

Here's some video of him on the topic, for example:

... Jonathan Weintraub of the NOVA Atheists took pictures of the vandalism for the Heflins. "It was meant to show the over commercialization of Christmas," Weintraub said ...
Santa Nailed To Cross Angers Leesburg Residents
http://www.myfoxdc.com/dpp/news/virginia/santa-nailed-t...

... "The message to me at least," said Jonathan Weintraub, of the group NOVA Atheists, "is that the meaning of Christmas, which is about faith and family, is dead and has been replaced by commercialism" ...
Atheist display: Skeleton Santa nailed to a cross
http://usnews.msnbc.msn.com/_news/2011/12/06/9247743-at...

Coverage suggests this is more than incidentally associated with the NOVA Atheists

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trotsky Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Dec-07-11 08:15 AM
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56. Yet NOVA Atheists didn't put up the display.
Did you read the article?
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MarkCharles Donating Member (932 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Dec-07-11 11:55 AM
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60. Come now, there's no reason to read an entire article before one
Edited on Wed Dec-07-11 11:56 AM by MarkCharles
voices one's opinion of people who are not Christians, now, is there!

:sarcasm: :sarcasm:

The actions of two or three non-Christians, or 19 or so fundamentalist Islamists should be reason enough to condemn an entire movement, or, in the case of Peter King, reason enough to launch an unending series of Congressional investigations into their 1400 year old faith and status as American citizens!
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trotsky Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Dec-07-11 12:44 PM
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61. There's a super-special hypocrisy going on too...
when it's the same person who looks for ANY nit to pick in an article that's less than flattering about religion (HEY, this article from the India Times says the village is 1900 kilometers from Bombay, but this one from CNN says it is 1200 miles!) in order to cast the whole thing in doubt.
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humblebum Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Dec-07-11 01:45 PM
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62. Yes, I agree. and atheists do that here on a regular basis. nt
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MarkCharles Donating Member (932 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Dec-07-11 02:11 PM
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65. They DO WHAT? They don't read through mis-statements of fact and...
logically fallacious arguments they have seen in print 100 times before?

Heavens, I'm sure it is beneath you to come up with ONE CONCRETE EXAMPLE to prove your accusation!!!

"and atheists do that here on a regular basis"

Show us ONE!

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humblebum Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Dec-07-11 02:26 PM
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68. How about hundreds and thousands going back to 2001. Don't be absurd. nt
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MarkCharles Donating Member (932 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Dec-07-11 02:49 PM
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69. Unfortunate for you that you do NOT understand the challenge and...
Edited on Wed Dec-07-11 02:50 PM by MarkCharles
refuse to produce evidence.

I bet it would come as a relief to you if I were to put you on ignore and allow you to get away with dozens of posts a week where you insult people you never met, thinking they are, like me, the spitting image of the mind of Pol Pot, as just yesterday you decided I needed to be accused of being.

Oh yes, I have the "example" here...and you cannot erase it.

Now, back to your accusation and your lack of proof.

Your accusation: "Yes, I agree. and atheists do that here on a regular basis"

Your PROOF? Zilch!!! ZERO! NADA!

So typical of religious believers, not one scintilla of proof of their statements.
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humblebum Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Dec-07-11 03:01 PM
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70. What's not to understand? That certain atheists here use isolated
events involving religion and religious to rationalize broad-brush attacks on an entire group? And, this coming from one of the premiere radical atheists on DU. LOLOLOLOL!!!
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jeepnstein Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Dec-07-11 08:20 AM
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57. Free Speech is, well, free.
Doesn't mean it has to be pretty, or nice, or even smart.
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beam me up scottie Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-09-11 11:12 AM
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84. Oh my Gawd, they killed Jack Skellington!
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WolverineDG Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-10-11 12:48 PM
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95. While it did get approved
I seriously doubt the display was designed to get people engaged in rational discussions.

dg
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ZombieHorde Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-10-11 03:14 PM
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104. That is pretty interesting commentary on today's consumer-based Christmas.
The intent of the artists may be been to offend, but as social commentary, it is pretty good.

Santa (consumerism) has replaced Christ, but the Santa is now a skeleton (our financial depression).
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