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Sam Harris discusses liberals and Muslim fundamentalism

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Sam Harris, author of End of Faith and Letter to a Christian Nation, discusses the threat from Muslim extremism and how liberals do not recognize that threat. Harris talks about how the West is at war with Muslims such as the ones who think that cartoonists should be beheaded because of cartoons.

Two important points that Harris makes

  • Liberals don’t know what it is like to be a fundamentalist.
  • Larger number of Muslims are radical than most people in the West realize.

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December 20, 2009 at 11:42 pm

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Bill O’Reilly and Ann Coulter’s Tirades Against Atheism

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Bill O’Reilly: “The atheists are just stupid for making people angry”.

Is O’Reilly being stupid ever time he makes people angry? Then that would be all the time.

Ann Coulter: “This country was founded explicity on a belief in god.”

Really? Is that in the U.S. Constitution? Where exactly is that?

Ann Coulter: “It doesn’t even fit within the public forum definition of what speech must be tolerated. So, it is the government officials being idiots to even allow these atheist signs”.

Where are you getting this Ms. Coulter? Why wouldn’t this type of speech be tolerated? Because it’s not Christian?

Bill and Ann are intolerant and hateful. Then they try the switch-and-bait to put their characteristics on their opponents.

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December 16, 2009 at 2:00 pm

The Rocks of the Church

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Those “infallible” popes.

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December 8, 2009 at 8:00 pm

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Catholic billboard of condom user

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Really disgusting. I can’t believe the ignorance of  people who think
the Catholic Church is so calm in modern times.

Condoms save lives. The Catholic Church kills.

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December 8, 2009 at 7:36 pm

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The United States a Christian Nation?

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The FOX channel fundamentalists have made a mountain over president Obama’s speech in Turkey where he states the U.S. is not a Christian nation, it’s a nation of citizens.

The founding fathers seem to have been unaware of FOX and the present day fundamentalists view of their time period. The U.S. Senate passed and president John Adams signed the Treaty of Tripoli in 1796. Section 11 reads.

Art. 11. As the Government of the United States of America is not, in any sense, founded on the Christian religion; as it has in itself no character of enmity against the laws, religion, or tranquility, of Mussulmen; and, as the said States never entered into any war, or act of hostility against any Mahometan nation, it is declared by the parties, that no pretext arising from religious opinions, shall ever produce an interruption of the harmony existing between the two countries.

The Wikipedia article on the treaty continues with:

Advocates of the separation of church and state claim[17] that this text constitutes evidence that the United States Government was not founded on the Christian religion. The Senate’s ratification was only the third recorded unanimous vote of 339 votes taken. The treaty was printed in the Philadelphia Gazette and two New York papers, with no evidence of any public dissent.

I’m still waiting for the proponents who think the U.S. is a Christian nation and founded on Christian principles to produce the evidence.  Show one place in the Bible or early Christianity that advocates democracy or freedom and liberty as we understand it in the West. If you search the Bible and early church fathers you’ll find they are antithetical to all our secular democracy stands for. The founding of the U.S. was based on the Enlightenment and the thinkers of ancient Greece and Rome.

References

http://memory.loc.gov/cgi-bin/ampage?collId=llsp&fileName=002/llsp002.db&recNum=23

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Treaty_of_Tripoli

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December 3, 2009 at 10:53 pm

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Divine Impulses: Richard Dawkins on the “arrogance” of religious belief

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December 1, 2009 at 11:17 pm

Irish Catholic Church apologises for abuse by priests

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Wow, the Catholic Church has another “heartfelt” apology after a damaging report. If the Catholic Church was so concerned about the innocent they wouldn’t allow these atrocities to continue much less cover them up.

It was not long ago that the Vatican claimed this was only a problem in the United States. But since the cover up goes all the way up to the Pope, it is sad to think how many innocent children are subject to what the Church supposedly refers to as evil..

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/europe/8382042.stm

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November 27, 2009 at 5:18 am

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