Atheist group wants 'balanced' debate

Atheist group wants 'balanced' debate

There are 2 comments on the AdelaideNow... story from Apr 21, 2013, titled Atheist group wants 'balanced' debate. In it, AdelaideNow... reports that:

THE influence of religion on social policy continues to provoke debate but a new organisation is trying to counter the religious viewpoint.

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Since: Sep 10


#1 Apr 21, 2013
As I posted on that site, barring censorship:


If religion had any merit, the religious would welcome atheists into debate. The fact that religious loons want atheists excluded shows that theistic belief is empty and its claimants are insecure in their belief.

The strongest argument is the one that listens to questions an answers them. That's the atheist and scientific position. The more questions you can and have answered, the stronger your argument becomes. It's not based on force, it's based on facts

The weakest argument is the one that tries to prevent questions from being asked. That's the tactic of the religious, to use violence and force to prevent examination of religion. The religious can't answer atheists' questions, so the religious try to prevent anyone from asking such questions.


Hamilton, UK

#2 Apr 22, 2013
The story looks similar in many countries: the decline of religion in South Australia seems to be resulting in a plethora of secular groups...

And others - Secular, Brights, etc.

These groups benefit when they work together but my experience is that different people are attracted to different concepts. One or two guys I know belong to the National Secular Society and AtheismUK but don't join the local humanist group, for example. To them, the Humanists look like they might almost become another religion, or somewhat authoritarian. Personally, on investigation, I see no sound basis for such attitudes or divisions. It just seems that some individuals exhibit less ability and readiness to co-operate. And secularists generally aren't 'joiners' at all. I think religions have made them very cautious of remotely monolithic organisations.

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