Ignoring their rights and needs has made the attitude mandatory. They don't exist in a void, you know.
June 23, 2011 at 12:56 p.m.
TxAtheist; I think you may have missed my point.
Sentience - awareness, sensory perception - is a scientifically used quality to determine LIFE, not existence. There is a difference. If a child holding a stuffed rabbit determines the rabbit is feeling sad, the rabbit does not cease to exist based on the child's determination.
To that end, you can not disprove the existence of god based purely upon sentient qualities assigned by religion, as surely as theists can not prove that god exists based upon self-determined qualities of sentience. You may use evidence and statistics to prove god is not alive, or never lived, but it's simply not a qualifying factor for existence.
Once you've taken the quality of awareness and its resulting beliefs and rules out of the equation, you find the essence of what theists and atheists believe in is the same: you call it nature, they call it god.
November 24, 2009 at 11:40 p.m.
TXAtheist; okay - I give. Prove to me that the words 'Under God' make the pledge of allegiance a religious pledge. Here's the catch: no opinions or emotional arguments. I want solid proof that just by adding the words 'Under God' to the pledge, that it turned from a pledge of devotion to our country, to a pledge of devotion to god.
And, btw: science isn't driving your argument, cynicism is.
The only thing all religions agree on is that god is a supreme creative force. Obviously, this assumption is based on reality; creation exists. Whether it is the changing states of matter or the 'big bang' theory, objects (not on the molecular level, of course) are created and destroyed all the time.
Therefore, religion in general is correct when it comes to the existence of god - but only as a creative force. Which is great, because that's all theists can agree on about the matter anyway.
BUT WAIT ....
However, religion tends to assign sentient qualities to this creative force, and *that* is what has not been proven. So in that regard, if god is defined that way, then yes - god is fictional and atheists are correct.
The flaw in the theist logic is assigning sentient qualities because something exists.
The flaw in the atheist argument is nullifying the existence of something that exists because some group of people over there assigned it sentient qualities.
November 24, 2009 at 4:35 p.m.
The pledge of allegiance isn't a religious pledge, and never has been.
For a refresher: "I pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of America, and to the Republic, for which it stands, one nation, under god, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all."
I'm not diagramming out the sentence structure here; it suffices to say there's a clear verb and subject and neither has to do with god.
Just because the word god is used in the pledge doesn't make it a religious statement either. Not any more than: "I pledge allegiance to the flag and god ate a hot dog."
If you want to nitpick on the language, at least know what you're nitpicking about.
The worst part about atheists is that they truly believe they're thinking outside the box, when all they've done is crawled into a different one.
November 24, 2009 at 11:54 a.m.
I assume next will be the boycott of hard, cold cash.
November 20, 2009 at 1:51 p.m.
phantomphan09, haven't you ever heard of a Pell Grant or online classes? Student loans? Google the term Fafsa. You apply on the government website for money for school. Shop around for schools - find out which one has a decent tuition rate and has a degree program you want in a relatively stable industry (ie: not web design) - check Baker College (MI) first because it may be the one of the more affordable ones out there.
Then you can work on school work and still not have to worry about a babysitter. Look at that: problem solved.
If acting like a total dipsh*t at an interview, and un-padding your resume or not including information on your application helps you get a job, then that's what you do. Worst comes to worse, go work at West. They'll tell you flat out they'll hire literally anyone who can type without drooling on the keyboard. It's a terrible job, pays in parakeet food, and their computer systems are embarrassingly under-maintained, but it's a paycheck.
November 6, 2009 at 11:17 a.m.
Actually - yeah, people without jobs ARE lazy if they're able to work and don't.
Forget cuing the violin for the 'poor' unemployed. There's always options. There's changing industries. Doing menial work you wouldn't normally do and working your way up some other ladder. And *gasp* going back to school and learning about some other field.
If you're still in a rough spot after, say, a year, its YOUR fault, not the fault of the "economy." industries grow and die - that's life. Either you change, or you get pulled under.
Suck it up.
November 5, 2009 at 4:36 p.m.
NewsGeek26, whether the mother 'deserved it' or not is irrelevant; she's not the one in critical condition for her mistake. Not only does her child get to pay for her poor relationship decisions, she left her child in a dangerous situation, and that is the definition of neglect.
July 22, 2009 at 1:01 p.m.
Seriously, PetiteNsweet, the newspaper probably has the capacity to check and see if multiple users are coming from the same ip address. Defend yourself under your own account. You're embarrassing the rest of the race.
July 22, 2009 at 12:48 p.m.
betsyog, I'm pleasantly surprised you've taken your government cheese and traded it to purchase a new or used keyboard.
Now, let's talk about how to use that keyboard, okay?
Regarding positive, helpful communication on the Internet, which is primarily in the English language (and not in your native dialect of white Ebonics), you may want to invest in Strunk's book entitled The Elements of Style.
By reading this book, you stand to gain insight not only into why one shouldn't end every sentence with an exclamation point, but also why it is important to have a point when writing.
The same point you have failed to provide with your original post.
If you are here to troll, because you think it makes you some sort of internet hero and provides you a sense of accomplishment you will never get out of your dull, uninspired, unimaginative life ... well, this paper already has trolls, village idiots and yes-men, and most of them probably don't want you impeding upon their territory.
Think it through.
July 21, 2009 at 4:25 p.m.