Atheism Rising

Dec 5, 2012 | Posted by: roboblogger | Full story: Houston Press

It's a warm fall morning near the Texas State Capitol's south steps, and there's a fight brewing.

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“Citizen_Patriot_ Voter_Atheist!”

Since: May 09

Earth,TX

#379 Mar 24, 2013
Siro wrote:
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Fantasies?
Projection?
I certainly have no fantasies about you...(well maybe one where you and all the other maltheists from here are stuck on a desert island and you are all screaming and arguing about who hates God the most).
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Fantasies about you?!.......Puke!.....No really,.......Puke!
Its not prison slang either.....you poofter
Mal-theist? Ha, ha, ha, ha, bad, bad, bad theist. LOL! It's too bad you have nothing to say against us, it's not healthy to direct all your vitriol, inwards. Poor, poor silly bad theist. You got caught using a "es-too-pid" so now you are trying to claim, we are you. You should have written it as malatheist, which would have been just as fooked up, but it would have in some small way been actually directed at us, you silly maltheist.

Btw, the god you imagine that we hate is ...... nonexistent, and it would be silly to hate, like or even to pretend either for your pretend deity.

“It's just a box of rain...”

Since: May 07

Knoxville, TN

#380 Mar 24, 2013
My basic reaction to the realizion that I was an atheist and had been for a long time was, "Now what? How does the realization that there are no deities effect discourse of any sort? What kind of relationships can I find with other nonbelievers?"

The quest for answers to those questions and the resulting search for a community of atheists led me to the Topix atheism forum, where I met with suspicion about my motives. Now I know that newcomers asking questions are more often evangelical trolls than genuinely curious newbies, but at the time, I reacted with a stunned defensiveness that alienated me from those already here.

As I slowly found my place within the forum, I found the constant debate over the basic questions that I'd already settled to my own satisfaction to be a huge distraction from the more exciting prospect of dialogue with other nonbelievers about the widest possible range of subjects. This turned out to be impossible because every discussion was turned into a debate about religion by said evangelistic trolls.

So I participated mostly as a fact checker, a role that I quite enjoy, and as an advocate for kindness and courtesy, which I value. The latter role has been largely unsuccessful, sad to say. I sometimes wish more of us would let go of concerns about who we are dealing with and focus more on any actual ideas that might arise, but that might reduce the number of participants below the "critical mass" required to keep the forum alive and active. It's a quandary.

But I would like to reiterate one point: we can talk about ideas or about each other, but only rarely about both.

Aren't ideas more interesting in the long run?

Since: Apr 08

Nottingham, UK

#381 Mar 24, 2013
Langoliers wrote:
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pla·gia·rize\ˈplā-jə-ˌr z also -jē-ə-\
transitive verb
: to steal and pass off (the ideas or words of another) as one's own : use (another's production) without crediting the source.
I don't know how many times I said it is a quote from Merriam-Webster.
A nice description for much of the Bible.

Full of myths stolen from elsewhere (Babylonian, Egyptian, Sumerian, etc) and passing them off as its own without crediting the source.

“I Am No One Else”

Since: Apr 12

Seattle

#382 Mar 25, 2013
Givemeliberty wrote:
What happened that caused this poor soul to become a fanatic with you?
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I have several possible ideas, but I think the over powering one is that he cannot counter any of my actual points so he has to make up things in a lame attempt to insult. Sadly, he doesn't realize that only morons are insulted by what he posts.
Siro

Ringwood East, Australia

#383 Mar 25, 2013
KittenKoder wrote:
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I have several possible ideas, but I think the over powering one is that he cannot counter any of my actual points so he has to make up things in a lame attempt to insult. Sadly, he doesn't realize that only morons are insulted by what he posts.
What points?
You have only one point, and its a rather flaccid one at that.

Poofter
Siro

Ringwood East, Australia

#384 Mar 25, 2013
Bob of Quantum-Faith wrote:
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My bet is simple: Siro is an attention wh**re.
That's about it, really--
-- when Siro first started posting his ugly sh7t, I called him on his BS.
He then proceeded to stalk me to the other threads, and posted his inane crap.
So I concluded he was simply an attention sl7u7, and refused to play: I started ignoring him.
At first, he got really angry at me ignoring him-- he really, >>really<< hated that.
And his vitrol got really ... ugly.
But he revealed himself as just another True Believer in the process-- something I called him on on Day One.
What a load of crap, you are really a non entity
Siro

Ringwood East, Australia

#385 Mar 25, 2013
Thinking wrote:
That cu*t siro used to post under other names - the usual believer shithouse tactic.
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I have never posted under different names at the same time.
I said that I posted as Tad before using Siro, I do not use socks unlike you Brit Expat
Siro

Ringwood East, Australia

#386 Mar 25, 2013
Reason Personified wrote:
<quoted text>Shh, everybody listen up, Siro is speaking in tongues, he has been chosen to deliver the word of god to us. Siro's word is proof of the glory of god, from him we hear the lord's voice.
And the message is that youre a chip mouthed slag
Thinking

Mirfield, UK

#387 Mar 25, 2013
I only post as "Thinking".

Don't judge everyone else by your pitifully low standards.
Siro wrote:
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I have never posted under different names at the same time.
I said that I posted as Tad before using Siro, I do not use socks unlike you Brit Expat
Siro

Ringwood East, Australia

#388 Mar 25, 2013
Thinking wrote:
I only post as "Thinking".
Don't judge everyone else by your pitifully low standards.
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You bozo, everyone knows its you
Thinking

Mirfield, UK

#389 Mar 25, 2013
I only post as "Thinking".

Don't judge everyone else by your pitifully low standards.
Siro wrote:
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You bozo, everyone knows its you
Siro

Melbourne, Australia

#390 Mar 25, 2013
Thinking wrote:
I only post as "Thinking".
Don't judge everyone else by your pitifully low standards.
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I must have low standards if I am bothered to respond to a twice flushed crapclown like you

Since: Jun 07

Location hidden

#391 Mar 25, 2013
Siro wrote:
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I must have low standards
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yes. well said.

“Citizen_Patriot_ Voter_Atheist!”

Since: May 09

Earth,TX

#392 Mar 25, 2013
Siro wrote:
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And the message is that youre a chip mouthed slag
Very well said, I expect nothing less from your putrid god. I'd even bet that you are his mirror image.

“It's just a box of rain...”

Since: May 07

Knoxville, TN

#393 Mar 25, 2013
I would like to put forward a contrary point of view about Siro: he is not stupid, far from it. I would guess that his IQ is average or a bit above. But he is a sad example of what can happen when intelligence is diverted towards that belligerent opposition that makes intelligent discourse all but impossible. That's especially true when his perceived enemies react in kind.

I propose an experiment: as many of us that can muster enough self-control should reply to Siro with courtesy, focusing on ideas rather than personality. Let's see how he reacts when his vitriol fails to cause the predicted reactions. Alternatively, we could ignore him altogether and see how he reacts to that, but I am curious: if we treat him with courtesy, even kindness, will he eventually respond in kind and join our discussions on a higher level or will he continue to post only to insult those with whom he disagrees?

I think the experiment is worth the effort.
CunningLinguist

Hernando, FL

#394 Mar 26, 2013
NightSerf wrote:
I would like to put forward a contrary point of view about Siro: he is not stupid, far from it. I would guess that his IQ is average or a bit above. But he is a sad example of what can happen when intelligence is diverted towards that belligerent opposition that makes intelligent discourse all but impossible. That's especially true when his perceived enemies react in kind.
I propose an experiment: as many of us that can muster enough self-control should reply to Siro with courtesy, focusing on ideas rather than personality. Let's see how he reacts when his vitriol fails to cause the predicted reactions. Alternatively, we could ignore him altogether and see how he reacts to that, but I am curious: if we treat him with courtesy, even kindness, will he eventually respond in kind and join our discussions on a higher level or will he continue to post only to insult those with whom he disagrees?
I think the experiment is worth the effort.
"Tolerance is the positive and cordial effort to understand another's beliefs, practices, and habits without necessarily sharing or accepting them."
~Joshua Liebman

Your experiment shall fail.
There is zero indication that this individual understands tolerance.
david

Ballwin, MO

#395 Mar 27, 2013
I am very saddened that y'all are going to burn in HELL for all of Eternity! Such hardened hearts... Alas, if you're reading this- there is still time to repent and be saved!!!

“Darwin died for your sins”

Since: Aug 08

Nunya

#396 Mar 27, 2013
david wrote:
I am very saddened that y'all are going to burn in HELL for all of Eternity! Such hardened hearts... Alas, if you're reading this- there is still time to repent and be saved!!!
You're not sad at all. This fantasy of your's gets you erect. That's why you keep repeating it. Why must you insist on bringing your perversions into a public forum?
david

Ballwin, MO

#397 Mar 27, 2013
You can mock me. That's ok. But understand this, GOD will NOT be mocked!

“Darwin died for your sins”

Since: Aug 08

Nunya

#398 Mar 27, 2013
david wrote:
You can mock me. That's ok. But understand this, GOD will NOT be mocked!
It's ok to mock anything if it's ridiculous. Your burning sexual fantasy is just as ridiculous as your silly belief in magic beings.

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