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Richard Dawkins tweets on abortion: ‘any fetus is less human than an adult pig’

There are 1829 comments on the freerepublic.com story from Mar 16, 2013, titled Richard Dawkins tweets on abortion: ‘any fetus is less human than an adult pig’. In it, freerepublic.com reports that:

It would seem the pro-life movement has acquired an unlikely supporter. On Wednesday, Richard Dawkins, a vocal proponent of atheism and the author of The God Delusion, posted a provocative tweet about abortion: With respect to those meanings of "human" that are relevant to the morality of abortion, any fetus is less human than an adult pig.

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Lincoln

United States

#490 May 2, 2013
Alas Pope Francis makes more money than Dr. Dawkins but the RC church as been in business for a while longer.

Atheists Do Exist -
....for the most part of threads
LOL

President Obama is raising his daughters Christian.
Christianity seems also to exist
LOL
Lincoln

United States

#491 May 2, 2013
Atheists Do Exist -
....for the most part *on* threads
LOL
Thinking

London, UK

#492 May 2, 2013
I don't know how it helps to call a baby (I assume you mean foetus, i.e. unborn) a parasite, but your argument is wrong.

Many species are parasitic for only part of their life cycle.

e.g. blowflies.
zef wrote:
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Fetus is not an organism. Fetus denotes how mature an organism is.
A parasite is an organism, not how mature an organism is. Besides which, a parasite is an organism of a species other than its host. Babies are always the same species as their mother. Furthermore a parasite does not benefit the host. While the physiology of the mother undergoes many beneficial changes during pregnancy, caused by the presence of the baby.
Parasitic means of, relating to, or characteristic of a parasite, which the baby does not have.
Thinking

London, UK

#493 May 2, 2013
Who is Dr. Dawkins?

Professor Dawkins however does not seem particularly avaricious.
He's married to a titled lady who does not seem particularly avaricious, either.
Lincoln wrote:
Alas Pope Francis makes more money than Dr. Dawkins but the RC church as been in business for a while longer.
Atheists Do Exist -
....for the most part of threads
LOL
President Obama is raising his daughters Christian.
Christianity seems also to exist
LOL

“Citizen_Patriot_ Voter_Atheist!”

Since: May 09

Earth,TX

#494 May 2, 2013
zef wrote:
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Any species is either a parasite or is not a parasite. Examples of parasites are tapeworms, flukes, lice, ticks, etc.
If the baby is a parasite than the mother must also be a parasite, as all members of that species must also be parasites.
Well the female host was at one time, a parasite too. There are many species which are parasitic during some part of thier life cycles

“Citizen_Patriot_ Voter_Atheist!”

Since: May 09

Earth,TX

#495 May 2, 2013
Thinking wrote:
As we are all born Atheists, that must be god's design.
;)
<quoted text>
Yeah, Problem Solved!....... Oops, wait, which god?
zef

Los Angeles, CA

#496 May 2, 2013
Reason Personified wrote:
<quoted text>Well the female host was at one time, a parasite too. There are many species which are parasitic during some part of thier life cycles
A species and any member of that species either is a parasite or isn't a parasite for their entire lifespan. A parasite is a species, not an age of a species.
zef

Los Angeles, CA

#497 May 2, 2013
Thinking wrote:
I don't know how it helps to call a baby (I assume you mean foetus, i.e. unborn) a parasite, but your argument is wrong.
Many species are parasitic for only part of their life cycle.
e.g. blowflies.
<quoted text>
I never called a baby a parasite. A parasite is a species, not an age group of a species. A baby is not a species. And a baby is never parasitic.

Since: Jun 07

Location hidden

#498 May 2, 2013
Lincoln wrote:
Alas Pope Francis makes more money than Dr. Dawkins but the RC church as been in business for a while longer.
Atheists Do Exist -
....for the most part of threads
LOL
President Obama is raising his daughters Christian.
Christianity seems also to exist
LOL
Oh look it the defeated theist troll with no proof of god back for his daily embarrassment at the hands of atheists he chooses to antagonise.
Thinking

London, UK

#499 May 2, 2013
I was correcting your error regarding parasites, not foetuses.
zef wrote:
<quoted text>
I never called a baby a parasite. A parasite is a species, not an age group of a species. A baby is not a species. And a baby is never parasitic.
Thinking

London, UK

#500 May 2, 2013
You're still wrong.
zef wrote:
<quoted text>
A species and any member of that species either is a parasite or isn't a parasite for their entire lifespan. A parasite is a species, not an age of a species.
Lincoln

United States

#501 May 2, 2013
Thinking wrote:
Who is Dr. Dawkins?
Professor Dawkins however does not seem particularly avaricious.
He's married to a titled lady who does not seem particularly avaricious, either.
<quoted text>
Dr. Dawkins received his M.A. and D.Phil. degrees by 1966.
As a published author he does well, his views are interesting if not conclusive.

Politically his views might prove negative if advocated by a candidate for President of the US.

Peace
zef

Los Angeles, CA

#502 May 2, 2013
Thinking wrote:
I was correcting your error regarding parasites, not foetuses.
<quoted text>
What error?
Parasites are species. A baby is not a species. Parasitism is a non-mutual relationship between organisms of different species where one organism, the parasite, benefits at the expense of the other, the host. The mother and her baby are not different species. Besides which, the mother and her baby share a mutual relationship.
Published accounts of the occurrence of parasites mostly fall into one of two categories: the distribution of a single species or higher taxon of parasites within a single species or a few species of hosts, or the occurrence of all species of parasite
from a broad range of taxa within one or more species of host.
Thinking

London, UK

#503 May 2, 2013
Contrary to your assertion, some species are only parasitic for part of their life cycle.
zef wrote:
<quoted text>What error?
Parasites are species. A baby is not a species. Parasitism is a non-mutual relationship between organisms of different species where one organism, the parasite, benefits at the expense of the other, the host. The mother and her baby are not different species. Besides which, the mother and her baby share a mutual relationship.
Published accounts of the occurrence of parasites mostly fall into one of two categories: the distribution of a single species or higher taxon of parasites within a single species or a few species of hosts, or the occurrence of all species of parasite
from a broad range of taxa within one or more species of host.
Thinking

London, UK

#504 May 2, 2013
It is 2013, cuntard.

Dawkins has been a Professor for 46 years.
Lincoln wrote:
<quoted text>
Dr. Dawkins received his M.A. and D.Phil. degrees by 1966.
As a published author he does well, his views are interesting if not conclusive.
Politically his views might prove negative if advocated by a candidate for President of the US.
Peace
Lincoln

United States

#505 May 2, 2013
Funding the Church of England

It takes just over £1000 million a year to run the Church of England, financing its 13,000 parishes and 43 cathedrals.

Around three-quarters (£750 million) comes from worshippers in the parishes. Over the past five years, parishes have increased their giving by around £100 million to meet increased ministry and pension costs.

Across the Church, regular, tax-efficient giving rose by nearly 50% in the five years between 1999 and 2004.

Today:

*

over £200 million is given tax-efficiently each year through Gift Aid and a further £60 million is recovered from the Inland Revenue in tax;
*

£200 million is given in cash and donations by congregations and visitors;
*

£250 million is raised through legacies, special events, the letting of church halls, bookstalls, fundraising and parish magazines etc.
Thinking

London, UK

#506 May 2, 2013
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-12799801
Lincoln wrote:
Funding the Church of England
It takes just over £1000 million a year to run the Church of England, financing its 13,000 parishes and 43 cathedrals.
Around three-quarters (£750 million) comes from worshippers in the parishes. Over the past five years, parishes have increased their giving by around £100 million to meet increased ministry and pension costs.
Across the Church, regular, tax-efficient giving rose by nearly 50% in the five years between 1999 and 2004.
Today:
*
over £200 million is given tax-efficiently each year through Gift Aid and a further £60 million is recovered from the Inland Revenue in tax;
*
£200 million is given in cash and donations by congregations and visitors;
*
£250 million is raised through legacies, special events, the letting of church halls, bookstalls, fundraising and parish magazines etc.
Lincoln

United States

#507 May 2, 2013
The newest bishop to take a seat in the House of Lords has said the Church of England is taking its role in Parliament "more and more seriously".

The Bishop of Truro, Tim Thornton, was introduced in the Lords on 22 April.

Speaking on BBC Radio Cornwall he said the Lords Spiritual, as the bishops are known, have regular meetings about how best to engage in politics.

He said it was "very important" that Cornwall had a voice in the Lords.

A total of 26 unelected bishops, known as the Lords Spiritual, traditionally sit in the House of Lords. They are not affiliated to any political party.

Bishop Thornton explained: "There aren't that many peers in the Lord's representing Cornwall although we've got some really good MPs.
Faith and politics

"The Church of England is taking its role in Parliament more and more seriously.

"We have a convenor, the Bishop of Leicester, and regular meetings of the Lords Spiritual to say, if we are going to be there, how can we actually engage?

"Politics is about doing things and Christianity is about people, therefore they are interconnected.

"I don't understand how it could be that faith and politics could be separate."

Places on the Lords Spiritual are reserved for the archbishops of Canterbury and York, and the bishops of Durham, London and Winchester.

The other 21 places go to bishops who have served the longest time in office.

Bishop Thornton became a bishop in 2001 and was enthroned Bishop of Truro in 2009.
zef

Los Angeles, CA

#508 May 2, 2013
Thinking wrote:
Contrary to your assertion, some species are only parasitic for part of their life cycle.
<quoted text>
What assertion?

“I Am No One Else”

Since: Apr 12

Seattle

#509 May 2, 2013
Lincoln wrote:
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Which software do you write?
Interesting
Peace
Nothing you use. I am a freelance server maintainer, and thus have to often write utility programs for the clients in various languages, preferably Java for client side and Python or PHP for serveside, though I am capable of writing in a variety of languages, most of the others annoy me to no end. I am also a very vocal and open atheist, and most of my clients are as well ... come to think on it, most professionals and wealthy people in this state are as well. Do we all "make money" off being atheists or just because we're smart enough to find a niche and fill it?

Note: I am not wealthy, just comfortable and really good at working with a budget, most of my clients are wealthy though.

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