Pope resigns: An atheist's reflections

Pope resigns: An atheist's reflections

There are 325 comments on the Examiner.com story from Feb 11, 2013, titled Pope resigns: An atheist's reflections. In it, Examiner.com reports that:

On Feb. 11, Joseph Aloisius Ratzinger , announced his retirement. He is the first pope in 600 years to resign from the position.

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Since: Mar 11

Scottsburg, IN

#107 Feb 16, 2013
Or could it be because we are sick and tired of your lot holding the world back with your antiquated sky wizard nonsense? Using this zero proof god as your excuse to be bigots, indoctrinate children, stand in the way of life saving science, condemn even other religious people to scorn and violence because they don't believe exactly as you do?

Did you by chance consider any of that?

Probably not.
Dan wrote:
<quoted text>
They're like reformed smokers.
They have a psychological compulsion to tell everyone how smart they are, and conversely, how dumb their audience is for not thinking like them.
EdSed

Hamilton, UK

#108 Feb 16, 2013
Theus wrote:
Would an atheist please tell me why someone who doesn't exist I.e God. Give him or her so much bother.
Spent ages writing you a long list and Topix blew-it. Teach me to save ALL comments before attempting to post 'em. I may get back to you.

Religion = superstition

The answer to your question is obvious enough if you follow these threads - unless you seriously believe things like 'Jesus died for our sins' or the Pope or Mohammed is guided by a supernatural being.

“Quantum Junctn: Use Both Lanes”

Since: Dec 06

Tulsa, Oklahoma USofA

#109 Feb 16, 2013
Buck Crick wrote:
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If I owned Tulsa and Hell, I'd rent out Tulsa and live in Hell.
Thank you!

If you lived in Tulsa? The collective IQ would go down 50 points.

And all the property values would immediately drop to zero.

So, please-- go live in the Hell you so richly deserve.

“Quantum Junctn: Use Both Lanes”

Since: Dec 06

Tulsa, Oklahoma USofA

#110 Feb 16, 2013
Theus wrote:
Would an atheist please tell me why someone who doesn't exist I.e God. Give him or her so much bother.
1) because stupid faithful sh7ts like you keep passing laws based on your non-existent "god"

2) because your churches are living large off tax payers: by claiming tax exemption.

“Quantum Junctn: Use Both Lanes”

Since: Dec 06

Tulsa, Oklahoma USofA

#111 Feb 16, 2013
Dan wrote:
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Odd that they'd do so as you claim, since all Popes actually died in accord with natural law.
One making your statement would assume that they'd save themselves. Guess not.
Lie.

Many-many of the popes in the past died of poison and other human-created methods of murder.

For quite a stretch there, the "natural cause" of a pope dying, was poison by the next-in-line.

Here are 6 who practiced the holy tradition of murdering their predecessors:

" http://www.somethingawful.com/d/most-awful/po... ;

“Quantum Junctn: Use Both Lanes”

Since: Dec 06

Tulsa, Oklahoma USofA

#112 Feb 16, 2013
Theus wrote:
<quoted text>.
That sounds like a comment from Stalin or Hitler
Both, were good Spiritualists-- and Hitler was a Genuine Catholic™ too.

Here: " http://anticlerical.multiply.com/photos/album... ;

The Nazi-Catholic connection with photos!
Theus

Warrington, UK

#113 Feb 16, 2013
Stalin was a communist You say hitler was a catholic. I hope not. Catholic means universal. And, just because you were born in a garage doesn't mean you are a car.
Imhotep

Deltona, FL

#114 Feb 16, 2013
Catholic slaves unite!
If the Pope can quit... So can you!

Did you know...?
The pope protected pedophiles as a cardinal

http://nationalcatholicreporter.org/update/bn...

And then find out...?
He joined the Hitler Jugen at age 14

http://atheism.about.com/od/benedictxvi/i/Rat...

Is RCC crime rampant worldwide?
Sadly... Yes

http://www.vaticancrimes.us/2010/04/catholic-...

“Quantum Junctn: Use Both Lanes”

Since: Dec 06

Tulsa, Oklahoma USofA

#115 Feb 16, 2013
Theus wrote:
Stalin was a communist You say hitler was a catholic. I hope not. Catholic means universal. And, just because you were born in a garage doesn't mean you are a car.
Hitler was a Genuine Catholic™

Here's photographic proof:

" http://anticlerical.multiply.com/photos/album... ;

“Quantum Junctn: Use Both Lanes”

Since: Dec 06

Tulsa, Oklahoma USofA

#116 Feb 16, 2013
Theus wrote:
Stalin was a communist
So what?

So was Jewsus (if he had been real, that is).

Jewsus of the BuyBull advocated selling everything, giving that all to the local synagogue and going to live there in a big commune.

Jewsus hated free enterprise too: he trashed the sole example of free capitalism in the BuyBull (the money changers in the temple).

Finally, Jewsus sternly commanded his followers to pay ALL the taxes they owe. "render unto Cesar what is Cesar's"

So, in truth Stalin was more like your Jewsus than most Genuine Christians™ are today--

-- you included, for you obviously own stuff, including a computer (or else you would not be on Topix)

“Reason's Greetings!”

Since: Feb 11

Pale Blue Dot

#117 Feb 16, 2013
Theus wrote:
<quoted text>.
That sounds like a comment from Stalin or Hitler
Actually it's more like a famous comment by Mohandas Gandhi:

“I like your Christ. I do not like your Christians. They are so unlike your Christ.”

- Gandhi

“Reason's Greetings!”

Since: Feb 11

Pale Blue Dot

#118 Feb 16, 2013
Theus wrote:
Stalin was a communist You say hitler was a catholic. I hope not. Catholic means universal. And, just because you were born in a garage doesn't mean you are a car.
Ratzinger and Hilter: Both Catholic and Both Nazis!

“Reason's Greetings!”

Since: Feb 11

Pale Blue Dot

#119 Feb 16, 2013
Introducing Your Papal Frontrunners

The People's Choice
Luis Antonio Tagle, hailing from the Philippines
bookmakers have him at 16-1.

Please, God, No
The boisterous Timothy M. Dolan, USA
Bookies have him at 50-1.

The Relunctant Canuck
The Quebecois Marc Ouellet
running at 4-1

Home Cookin'
Italy's Cardinal Gianfranco Ravasi
He's running at 16-1

The Charismatic Favorite
Angelo Scola, the archbishop of Milan
He's running at 7-2

The Black Pope
Peter Turkson, Ghana's first Cardinal
odds have him at 5-2

http://gawker.com/5984775/introducing-your-pa...

“Citizen_Patriot_ Voter_Atheist!”

Since: May 09

Earth,TX

#120 Feb 16, 2013
Siro wrote:
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Another worthless post by you, at least it matches your life value.
Go blow a donkey
Aw, you are just jealous that you didn't think of it first.

Ok, all done. Now we will go back to pretending that your god and your morality make you better than that, and it takes a case of you being demon possessed to make you spout things like "Go blow a donkey". Praize the Lurid!

“Citizen_Patriot_ Voter_Atheist!”

Since: May 09

Earth,TX

#121 Feb 16, 2013
Dan wrote:
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They're like reformed smokers.
They have a psychological compulsion to tell everyone how smart they are, and conversely, how dumb their audience is for not thinking like them.
Well duh. Imagine worshipping the god who might make you eat your children. When you walk away from that nutso crap, you are more than happy to warn others what they are standing in. Geez, you are already ass deep, don't you even want to know? There is still time to escape it, I know, I was in up to my neck.
Audiience is the wrong word, though. Neighbor fits better.

“Citizen_Patriot_ Voter_Atheist!”

Since: May 09

Earth,TX

#122 Feb 16, 2013
MrDesoto1 wrote:
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Ratzinger and Hilter: Both Catholic and Both Nazis!
Both power hungry mad men taking the cowardly way out.

“Quantum Junctn: Use Both Lanes”

Since: Dec 06

Tulsa, Oklahoma USofA

#123 Feb 16, 2013
Reason Personified wrote:
<quoted text>Both power hungry mad men taking the cowardly way out.
Indeed.

Except that Ratzy will be surrounded by the little boys he loves in the end, whereas Hitler was beside whosshername, Eva Brown? His girlfriend to the end.

“Sombrero Galaxy”

Since: Jan 10

I'm An Illegal Alien

#124 Feb 17, 2013
Bob of Quantum-Faith wrote:
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Without a doubt.
I actually think that few of these "highest of the high" leaders actually believe in the bullsh7t they feed their flocks.
By the time they make it to the top? They will have seen all the dark and dirty little secrets. Few moral's faith can withstand such, and survive.
Of course, that they continue to spout the party line, in spite of knowing it is all bull?
Says quite a bit about their morality.
... or rather, the lack of any.
That is true. I remember reading a story about a medieval Italian bishop who when he was dying, refused to be given a christian burial. When he was asked why, he said because he was not a christian. The people then asked him if he was not a christian then why did he become a bishop and he respond by saying that it was because all of the wealth and power that came with the office. Back in the medieval ages, it was forbidden to work on Lent, a stupid rule that naturally led to conflict between people and the church. In fact during the many peasant rebellions that flashed throughout Europe, the church was often targeted because of it's extreme greed and oppression.

“Sombrero Galaxy”

Since: Jan 10

I'm An Illegal Alien

#125 Feb 17, 2013
Bob of Quantum-Faith wrote:
<quoted text>
1) because stupid faithful sh7ts like you keep passing laws based on your non-existent "god"
2) because your churches are living large off tax payers: by claiming tax exemption.
3-Because they keep preaching their god at us.
4-Because they continue to encourage hate and ignorance

“Sombrero Galaxy”

Since: Jan 10

I'm An Illegal Alien

#126 Feb 17, 2013
Bob of Quantum-Faith wrote:
<quoted text>
Lie.
Many-many of the popes in the past died of poison and other human-created methods of murder.
For quite a stretch there, the "natural cause" of a pope dying, was poison by the next-in-line.
Here are 6 who practiced the holy tradition of murdering their predecessors:
" http://www.somethingawful.com/d/most-awful/po... ;
Pope Boniface VIII was killed because he dared stand up to the King of France. The king wanted the church to pay their fair share of their taxes. Naturally, the most Christian pope found the idea that the church should pay taxes egregious so he excommunicated the king. The pope declared himself the supreme ruler on earth, with all the kings and princes as his vassals. The king was not having that so he sent his thugs to beat the pope up. The pope died a few days later.
The king was a good christian just like the pope. He had the Knights Templar arrested on false charges so he could seize their great wealth. The king pressured fellow good Christian Clement V to agree to their conviction on faulty charges.http://en.wikipedia.or g/wiki/Pope_Clement_V
Good Christian Clement and his predecessor as well as his successors sanctioned the English invasion of Scotland and England's cruel rule there(remember Braveheart)

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