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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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It is always easier for a theist to attack or insult an atheist, than it is for him to prove his god.

Since there is no proof of god, what is a theist to do except whine and cry at the very people that made them realise their own stupidity?
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On opposite edges of Copley Square, separated by the makeshift memorial to the Boston Marathon bombing victims, two oases of calm reopened Wednesday and lured hundreds of visitors from the crowded plaza and surrounding streets.

The visitors knelt or sat in the majestic sanctuaries of Trinity Church and Old South Church, many alone, reflecting on the meaning of the mayhem that took three lives and ­injured 264 people only steps away.

They had come to pray.
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-Skeptic- wrote:
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You're a liar with no proof of god. That's what all theists are. If you think otherwise, you are welcome to prove your god...
God is an experience. He is something you just know deep inside. Quite frankly, I don't have to prove jack, but I will share what I know.
I grew up in a Christian home but we did not attend church all the time. When I got in high school I wanted everything the world had to offer and ultimately I got it in spades.
Now, 30 some years after high school I finally have a relationship with Jesus & I'm thankful.
I have had cancer. My house burned down. My mom passed away, and I have one child hooked on prescription pain medication & 2 stepchildren hooked. I can honestly say I could never have lived through all this (which isn't even the whole story) if I didn't have Jesus in my life.
I rededicated my life 11 years ago & all I can say is I'm not going back. I'm looming ahead & keeping my eyes on the prize.
I am not a liar. I know Jesus loves me. Take a minute or 2 out of your bitterness & just look at the beautiful spring unfolding. It's amazing.
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2centz wrote:
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God is an experience.......
or "He" is love, or whatever blah, blah.

All Abrahamic god(s) and these..
http://www.godchecker.com/
are obviously superstitious nonsense.

Religion = superstition. Religion is man-made, not god-given and it's divisive nonsense.
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2centz wrote:
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I have had cancer. My house burned down. My mom passed away, and I have one child hooked on prescription pain medication & 2 stepchildren hooked. I can honestly say I could never have lived through all this (which isn't even the whole story) if I didn't have Jesus in my life....
Exactly. Superstition can be a crutch for some people.

I don't mean to be unsympathetic to your suffering or problems and I don't pretend to know how you feel. Whatever help superstition has been to you it also causes problems. As long as religion is kept out of politics, science, morality, the law and especially out of education, then the only concern is the harm done by defending superstition. One problem there is that one cannot undermine one superstition (e.g witchcraft, Islam, or a cult a person becomes involved in) while trying to maintain another superstition (e.g. Christianity).

Not all of us need superstition in our lives to cope with our challenges, fears or grief. Those that do need to avoid the religious tribalism, segregation of children into religious denominated schools and the rest of the more serious damage superstition can do.
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EdSed wrote:
<quoted text>Exactly. Superstition can be a crutch for some people.
I don't mean to be unsympathetic to your suffering or problems and I don't pretend to know how you feel. Whatever help superstition has been to you it also causes problems. As long as religion is kept out of politics, science, morality, the law and especially out of education, then the only concern is the harm done by defending superstition. One problem there is that one cannot undermine one superstition (e.g witchcraft, Islam, or a cult a person becomes involved in) while trying to maintain another superstition (e.g. Christianity).
Not all of us need superstition in our lives to cope with our challenges, fears or grief. Those that do need to avoid the religious tribalism, segregation of children into religious denominated schools and the rest of the more serious damage superstition can do.
I'm not superstitious. I am a Believer & I think there's a difference. God is not easy to explain. You have to experience Him for yourself. If or until you do...nothing anyone can say to you will change your mind.
I realize you're not gonna be swayed any more than I would be in your direction. So on that note, I hope you have a great day!
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2centz wrote:
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I'm not superstitious. I am a Believer & I think there's a difference. God is not easy to explain. You have to experience Him for yourself. If or until you do...nothing anyone can say to you will change your mind.
I realize you're not gonna be swayed any more than I would be in your direction. So on that note, I hope you have a great day!
Naturally, I cannot agree, but thank you for your patient reply. I sincerely hope I didn't spoil your day.
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EdSed wrote:
<quoted text>Naturally, I cannot agree, but thank you for your patient reply. I sincerely hope I didn't spoil your day.
:) not at all. I hope the sun is shining where you are because here in Tennessee it's gorgeous!
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2centz wrote:
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:) not at all. I hope the sun is shining where you are because here in Tennessee it's gorgeous!
I'm in Scotland. What do you think??
https://www.google.co.uk/search...
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time for breakfast and good coffee

What us the best coffee?

Like Peets from San Francisco
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EdSed wrote:
<quoted text>Exactly. Superstition can be a crutch for some people.
I don't mean to be unsympathetic to your suffering or problems and I don't pretend to know how you feel. Whatever help superstition has been to you it also causes problems. As long as religion is kept out of politics, science, morality, the law and especially out of education, then the only concern is the harm done by defending superstition. One problem there is that one cannot undermine one superstition (e.g witchcraft, Islam, or a cult a person becomes involved in) while trying to maintain another superstition (e.g. Christianity).
Not all of us need superstition in our lives to cope with our challenges, fears or grief. Those that do need to avoid the religious tribalism, segregation of children into religious denominated schools and the rest of the more serious damage superstition can do.
a great post.

Superstition affect both believers and non ?
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EdSed wrote:
<quoted text>I'm in Scotland. What do you think??
https://www.google.co.uk/search...
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Wow
great assortment of photos,
Thanks

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So myth down, you don't believe in God?
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<quoted text>Myth down...Here I am. What cha' got G?:)

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Show observable proof for this god if he is not a delusion.

Have you accepted Jesus as your imaginary friend?
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<quoted text>I don ' t remember you being around during my childhood.
The tone of your comment is snide. You apparently think you are superior to us Believers so if being like you is indicative of being a non-Believer then Praise God even more He delivered me!!!!:)
That's my sense of humor, before you get your panties in a was.
There's really no sense in being ugly just because you disagree with my way of thinking.
God gives us all free will & you can choose to disbelieve if you want but don't knock me because I am a Believer.
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EdSed wrote:
<quoted text>I'm in Scotland. What do you think??
https://www.google.co.uk/search...
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Nice photos!

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Your irrational religious beliefs most likely played a role in your suffering today.

If Instead of ignoring your problems aka let Jesus take care of them, you had taken them on head first your family would be doing better.

Sad.
2centz wrote:
<quoted text>God is an experience. He is something you just know deep inside. Quite frankly, I don't have to prove jack, but I will share what I know.
I grew up in a Christian home but we did not attend church all the time. When I got in high school I wanted everything the world had to offer and ultimately I got it in spades.
Now, 30 some years after high school I finally have a relationship with Jesus & I'm thankful.
I have had cancer. My house burned down. My mom passed away, and I have one child hooked on prescription pain medication & 2 stepchildren hooked. I can honestly say I could never have lived through all this (which isn't even the whole story) if I didn't have Jesus in my life.
I rededicated my life 11 years ago & all I can say is I'm not going back. I'm looming ahead & keeping my eyes on the prize.
I am not a liar. I know Jesus loves me. Take a minute or 2 out of your bitterness & just look at the beautiful spring unfolding. It's amazing.

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You believe in something without a shred of observable proof, that is superstition.

I will take the honest truth over a comforting delusion any day.
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<quoted text>I'm not superstitious. I am a Believer & I think there's a difference. God is not easy to explain. You have to experience Him for yourself. If or until you do...nothing anyone can say to you will change your mind.
I realize you're not gonna be swayed any more than I would be in your direction. So on that note, I hope you have a great day!

“ IT'S A CHOICE !!!”

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Bob of Quantum-Faith wrote:
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Times have never been better, historically speaking.
Human life is more than 2 times longer than it was a scant score of years ago.
Two times as long (on average).
Two times longer to love your loved-ones. Two times longer to enjoy the beauty/fright of a magnificent lightning storm.
Two times longer to travel the world--to see people radically different from you.
Two times longer to enjoy family, freedom of speech, life.
Worst of times?
Maybe if you are one of the unfortunate who is killed because of religion's ugliness-- and >>all<< religion is ugly underneath the pretty words. Without exception.
And if you are not killed outright? It could well be the worst of times for you, too--if you are either a woman in a Religious culture, or a non-straight in a Christian one.
If that's the case? Then yeah, it is pretty bad-- but that is not anything new-- it's been pretty bad for those since ugly religion was invented by... >>men<<.
Bob? I was just quoting from the Book, being funny... Do you know what book I'm talking about?
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Givemeliberty wrote:
Your irrational religious beliefs most likely played a role in your suffering today.
If Instead of ignoring your problems aka let Jesus take care of them, you had taken them on head first your family would be doing better.
Sad.
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I have found it's a waste of my time to have a discussion with a closed mind. You probably feel the same. I can't imagine why you would make such rude comments about my family except that most non-Believers feel a need to belittle what they choose not to understand. If it gives you some kind of sense of something to be rude...have at it!

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His point stands
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<quoted text>Bob? I was just quoting from the Book, being funny... Do you know what book I'm talking about?

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