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Re: REALLY OT: News Flash

On Sun, 2007-02-25 at 08:57 -0500, Roberto C. Sanchez wrote:
> On Sun, Feb 25, 2007 at 08:43:32AM -0500, Michael Pobega wrote:
> > 
> > This actually falls into a similar category as one of my favorite 
> > phrases ever: "There are no atheists in foxholes". 
> Well, people do like to pretend that they are in control of the world
> until they realize that they are not.

That's something of a non-sequiter.  You seem to be implying that
atheists pretend they are in control of the world.  I would say it's
just the reverse:  it's the theists who think they are in control, as in
"have all the answers."  They look to one of several ancient texts,
purported to be the words of either a deity or prophet, and decide these
things are true, ignoring all evidence to the contrary as well as the
internal contradictions of those texts.

It wasn't atheists who launched the Crusades, imprisoned Galileo,
perpetrated the Inquisition, the Holocaust, or flew planes into the
World Trade Center.  It's not atheists who deny evolution or claim that
the Earth is 6,000 years old.  You need religion to do those things --
the absolute certainty that your faith determines the laws of the

Michael M. ++ Portland, OR ++ USA
"No live organism can continue for long to exist sanely under conditions
of absolute reality; even larks and katydids are supposed, by some, to
dream." --S. Jackson

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