Atheists on the march in America

Atheists on the march in America

There are 70650 comments on the TurkishPress.com story from Aug 26, 2009, titled Atheists on the march in America. In it, TurkishPress.com reports that:

When South Florida atheists held their first meeting, they were just five friends, having a beer at a bar.

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Since: Apr 11

North Hollywood, CA

#65379 Dec 1, 2012
postscript wrote:
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That's neither here nor there when science offers no evidence to prove that life sprang from dead matter and transformed itself into a myriad of different species.
Life wasn't always here, now it's here. So, it had to come from non living matter. And there is plenty of evidence to support evolution.
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Science represents but one single lens through which you focus. You interpret events you perceive through this lens alone. So entranced is your concentration, that when you wonder about reality in general, you automatically confine your questions to science's definitions and descriptions of physical reality. True reality is far more diverse, far richer and unimaginable than you or science can presently comprehend.
There is not just one country on our planet, or one planet in our solar system. Likewise there is an infinite variety of probable universes, far more vast that those aspects of the physical universe with which scientists are familiar. Often scientific answers have no meaning outside of our physical system.
And you know this...how?
Independent

Alice, TX

#65380 Dec 1, 2012
jack13 wrote:
<quoted text> For some reason this pop up. So let me ask you a question what facts do you have that your god is the true one when over three thousands are out there to choose from? How do you know you made the correct choice? Why do you reject all the other gods? Do you have any proof their god is not just as possible as yours? Or are you so igotistical to insist all the millions of people who have believed in their gods are wrong and your god is the right one? Go ahead.
Proove it.
Alone one time in Army bootcamp, I asked for God's assurance, I felt a presence that can only be explained as divine, full of love. From then on, I was "hooked" on God. Can't or do not need to explain anything, if it is good for me, then that is enough. Another time about three years ago, my wife, was robbed at her place of employment, these two black men, jumped the counter and forcibly held her down, while they looted the cash drawer. She said she felt calmness and peace, despite such a terrifying experience, she is a changed woman and loves and serves her God faithfully everyday of the week. By the way, she fought back and won against these two hoodrats! How do you explain that? She was able to outwit and out muscle two men, enough proof to me that God takes care of his own.

“ecrasez l'infame”

Since: May 08

Atlanta, Georgia

#65381 Dec 1, 2012
Independent wrote:
<quoted text>Alone one time in Army bootcamp, I asked for God's assurance, I felt a presence that can only be explained as divine, full of love. From then on, I was "hooked" on God. Can't or do not need to explain anything, if it is good for me, then that is enough. Another time about three years ago, my wife, was robbed at her place of employment, these two black men, jumped the counter and forcibly held her down, while they looted the cash drawer. She said she felt calmness and peace, despite such a terrifying experience, she is a changed woman and loves and serves her God faithfully everyday of the week. By the way, she fought back and won against these two hoodrats! How do you explain that? She was able to outwit and out muscle two men, enough proof to me that God takes care of his own.
Tell that to all the god-fearing parents who lose their children to terminal illnesses every day. Tell it to the people all over the world starving and praying for food. Yeah, you're more special than all of them.

(PS: your wife's feeling and 'amazing' ability is called adrenaline.)
postscript

Santa Fe, NM

#65382 Dec 1, 2012
KittenKoder wrote:
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You are purposefully remaining ignorant. There was a time there was no life, no there is life, life had to come into existence somehow. You are made up of dead matter, is carbon alive? Is oxygen alive? Is hydrogen alive? You are made of these things in abundance, are all those atoms alive before they get consumed? What about when they are expelled? What is the actual difference between "living" atoms and "nonliving" atoms?
The way they organize themselves obviously. How many times are you going to repeat the same silly mantra (life came from dead matter) under different identities? You don't prove anything. You simply sound like a broken record.
postscript

Santa Fe, NM

#65383 Dec 1, 2012
Rose_NoHo wrote:
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Life wasn't always here, now it's here. So, it had to come from non living matter. And there is plenty of evidence to support evolution.
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And you know this...how?
Consciousness creates form anytime - anywhere. There is no fossil record to support the theory of evolution. If you are willing to believe the fable anyway - you should have no problem accepting the notion that Moses parted the Red Sea.
postscript

Santa Fe, NM

#65384 Dec 1, 2012
Rose_NoHo wrote:
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Don't think Christians are afraid of dying? LOL. They believe in god and heaven BECAUSE they are afraid of dying.
Also, Buddhists are atheists, they believe in a life after this one.
Christians have the promise of a heavenworld to work towards in life. Atheists have nothing.
postscript

Santa Fe, NM

#65385 Dec 1, 2012
Rose_NoHo wrote:
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And you know this...how?
"Many-worlds implies that all possible alternative histories and futures are real, each representing an actual "world" (or "universe"). It is also referred to as MWI, the relative state formulation, the Everett interpretation, the theory of the universal wavefunction, many-universes interpretation, or just many-worlds."

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Many-worlds_inte...

Since: Apr 11

North Hollywood, CA

#65386 Dec 1, 2012
postscript wrote:
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Christians have the promise of a heavenworld to work towards in life. Atheists have nothing.
Buddhists are atheists, they believe in a life after this one. Reincarnation.

Since: Apr 11

North Hollywood, CA

#65387 Dec 1, 2012
postscript wrote:
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Consciousness creates form anytime - anywhere. There is no fossil record to support the theory of evolution. If you are willing to believe the fable anyway - you should have no problem accepting the notion that Moses parted the Red Sea.
There is a fossil record that supports evolution, but no evidence Moses existed.
postscript

Santa Fe, NM

#65388 Dec 1, 2012
Rose_NoHo wrote:
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There is a fossil record that supports evolution, but no evidence Moses existed.
Large gaps in the fossil record that can't be explained away says you're full of it.
postscript

Santa Fe, NM

#65389 Dec 1, 2012
Rose_NoHo wrote:
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Buddhists are atheists, they believe in a life after this one. Reincarnation.
Buddists are not atheists. They don't identify God as a supreme being, but more of an exalted state of consciousness i.e. the clear light of the eternal Buddha They do accept the existence of beings in higher realms however. Devas.

Reincarnation will not save you. The ideas you harbor about the nature of reality in life will strongly color your after death experience for you will interpret events in the light of your beliefs. The fear of death itself can cause such a psychological panic that out of a sense of self-preservation and defense, an individual will lower his consciouness so that he laspes into a coma which may then take some time to recover after transition. Those who do not believe in life after death may find themselves in a state of limbo, the most hindering state of all.

“I Am No One Else”

Since: Apr 12

Seattle

#65390 Dec 1, 2012
postscript wrote:
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The way they organize themselves obviously. How many times are you going to repeat the same silly mantra (life came from dead matter) under different identities? You don't prove anything. You simply sound like a broken record.
Atoms organize themselves based on their properties, they aren't doing it with intelligence or will, they react how they do all the time, whether in a living organism or in any other environment. Atoms are not alive, are they? If so, then the rocks that are made up of the same atoms we are live as well. Are rocks alive?

“I Am No One Else”

Since: Apr 12

Seattle

#65391 Dec 1, 2012
postscript wrote:
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Large gaps in the fossil record that can't be explained away says you're full of it.
What "large gaps?" There will always be gaps, because not all changes will have an effect on the fossil.
postscript

Santa Fe, NM

#65392 Dec 1, 2012
KittenKoder wrote:
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Atoms organize themselves based on their properties, they aren't doing it with intelligence or will, they react how they do all the time, whether in a living organism or in any other environment. Atoms are not alive, are they? If so, then the rocks that are made up of the same atoms we are live as well. Are rocks alive?
There are indeed. They perceive their own reality.

Consciousness is fully capable of energizing, organizing and communicating with matter, including the brain, the body, and other material things. If scientists actually understood the dynamics of being for example, the mind/body relationship, illness would not be seen as a foreign agent thrust upon us.

“Is that all you've got?”

Since: Jun 10

Location hidden

#65393 Dec 1, 2012
-Skeptic- wrote:
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Says the idiot who failed to convince anyone that the earth is 6000 years old....
Where did you ever see me argue that point? Does lying make you feel good?
postscript

Santa Fe, NM

#65394 Dec 1, 2012
KittenKoder wrote:
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What "large gaps?" There will always be gaps, because not all changes will have an effect on the fossil.
The missing link is not exactly a needle in a haystack. If science is going to claim that man emerged from primates, the fossil evidence should prove it, but it doesn't.

“Is that all you've got?”

Since: Jun 10

Location hidden

#65395 Dec 1, 2012
Drew Smith wrote:
The Earth was once incapable of supporting life.
Later, the Earth was capable of supporting life and in fact did support life.
Therefore, life on Earth came from non-life.
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I notice that you've provided no alternative scientific theory as to where life came from, if not from non-life. Why is that?
And you still can't prove what the catalyst was that created life from non-life. Until you do it is all just theoretical musing.

“Is that all you've got?”

Since: Jun 10

Location hidden

#65396 Dec 1, 2012
Rose_NoHo wrote:
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Don't think Christians are afraid of dying? LOL. They believe in god and heaven BECAUSE they are afraid of dying.
Also, Buddhists are atheists, they believe in a life after this one.
Just who or what is it that Buddhists believe is responsible for judging them and deciding whether they get to reincarnate, or not, and as "what"? I've studied Buddhism, BTW. "That" implies a supernatural consciousness making a judgement. You are not terribly bright.

I'm used to that on Topix.
Independent

Alice, TX

#65397 Dec 1, 2012
Hedonist wrote:
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Tell that to all the god-fearing parents who lose their children to terminal illnesses every day. Tell it to the people all over the world starving and praying for food. Yeah, you're more special than all of them.
(PS: your wife's feeling and 'amazing' ability is called adrenaline.)
Look, I can't explain why things happen as they do. I feel terrible for anyone losing a child.Believe it or not some of these experiences bring some closer to their faith as well as lead some to drift. The bible explains that all will be revealed in the end. My wife, although terrified, still does not feel ill will toward her attackers and has forgiven them. I,on the other hand admittedly had some difficulty forgiving them for what they did to my wife, but I found the strength in scripture. I am not a saint, but try to do my best daily.
Independent

Alice, TX

#65398 Dec 1, 2012
Rose_NoHo wrote:
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There is a fossil record that supports evolution, but no evidence Moses existed.
The fossil record is littered in gaps and "lost" and missing pieces. Just for starters, where are all the pre existing evolutionary fossils for insects? Insects discovered in sap and supposedly millions of yrs old look exactly as they do today, exactly. Also bats, where are the relatives of bats? or any pre fossils of them?

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