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Title: Coach Sparky's atheism thread.
Post by: coachsparky on July 04, 2014, 01:58:17 PM

I'm calling an audible.  Apologies to Ray and V if they hate the idea.  Sparky, all of your atheism links can go here.  Other posters who think he's just antagonizing, you now only have one thread to deal with.  It won't clutter the board, and should be easy to avoid if you don't want to deal with it.  -Fuhr


Christian PHD Student Interview an Athiest as Part of his Dissertation

Very Interesting

http://richarddawkins.net/dogmadebate/ (http://richarddawkins.net/dogmadebate/)
Title: Re: Christian PHD Student Interview an Athiest as Part of his Dissertation
Post by: Hardcore on July 04, 2014, 03:01:55 PM
As the self identified smartest man on this site and a man of science and reason what do you expect the outcome of this thread to be?

Look at the many similar threads that you have started with the same theme (pro atheist) and analyze the responses and the outcome of those threads. What makes you believe that this thread will be any different?

I believe that the reason that the other boards were locked is that once certain posters found a button to push to incite other posters they proceeded to push that button on every thread. This guaranteed that threads would follow the same path to a disruptive, divisive finish every time.

You claim to be a changed man yet you insist on following the same failed path that led to the current state of affairs here. The majority of posters who engaged in the bad behavior have dialed it back and are following the new rules. Why are you finding it so hard to do the same?

No good will come out of this thread. I am asking the mods to move it to the boneyard or to lock it.

Have a great 4th!

I almost forgot, Reported.
Title: Re: Christian PHD Student Interview an Athiest as Part of his Dissertation
Post by: coachsparky on July 04, 2014, 03:31:23 PM
Yep, I am changed.  When is the last time you saw me reply to any post by name calling or even a hint of anger? 

Glad you waste your time reporting post that have zero violations in them.  Some people call that spinning your wheels, which means it is going nowhere.
Title: Re: Christian PHD Student Interview an Athiest as Part of his Dissertation
Post by: Hardcore on July 04, 2014, 03:42:35 PM
I do not remember you posting with anger in the past so no change noted. You claimed that you never resorted to name calling so what change should I expect to see there?

Like I said earlier I do see the same types of threads being started by you. The poke the bear in the eye type meant to incite others while you sit back and giggle. No change.

Do you care to answer my question as to what change in outcome do you expect to see from this thread as compared to all of the similar themed threads that you have started in the past?

Reported
Title: Re: Christian PHD Student Interview an Athiest as Part of his Dissertation
Post by: ban basketball on July 04, 2014, 03:56:46 PM
As the self identified smartest man on this site and a man of science and reason what do you expect the outcome of this thread to be?

Look at the many similar threads that you have started with the same theme (pro atheist) and analyze the responses and the outcome of those threads. What makes you believe that this thread will be any different?

I believe that the reason that the other boards were locked is that once certain posters found a button to push to incite other posters they proceeded to push that button on every thread. This guaranteed that threads would follow the same path to a disruptive, divisive finish every time.

You claim to be a changed man yet you insist on following the same failed path that led to the current state of affairs here. The majority of posters who engaged in the bad behavior have dialed it back and are following the new rules. Why are you finding it so hard to do the same?

No good will come out of this thread. I am asking the mods to move it to the boneyard or to lock it.

Have a great 4th!

I almost forgot, Reported.
Guess what?  You're the first one to contribute to it being a "disruptive, divisive thread."

I'm personally a little tired of only a couple of people being blamed for all of the problems on here, all the while the finger pointers who contribute to these thread forget that it always takes two to tango.   ;)
Title: Re: Christian PHD Student Interview an Athiest as Part of his Dissertation
Post by: Bob H. on July 04, 2014, 04:17:22 PM
I watched the video from the other thread (I said I would give it a try) for about two minutes before I got bored listening to the young girl jabber on.  She may have eventually gotten to the point, but I tired of waiting for her to get to it.

I do see irony in her desire to convert people to atheism instead of just living and letting live.
Title: Re: Christian PHD Student Interview an Athiest as Part of his Dissertation
Post by: MetsFan on July 04, 2014, 04:34:50 PM
Led Zeppelin.
Title: Re: Christian PHD Student Interview an Athiest as Part of his Dissertation
Post by: ban basketball on July 04, 2014, 04:52:22 PM
Iron Butterfly
Title: Re: Christian PHD Student Interview an Athiest as Part of his Dissertation
Post by: coachsparky on July 04, 2014, 04:56:26 PM
I watched the video from the other thread (I said I would give it a try) for about two minutes before I got bored listening to the young girl jabber on.  She may have eventually gotten to the point, but I tired of waiting for her to get to it.

I do see irony in her desire to convert people to atheism instead of just living and letting live.

I say when Christians stop trying to convert atheist will no longer need to counter with the reasoned position.
Title: Re: Christian PHD Student Interview an Athiest as Part of his Dissertation
Post by: coachsparky on July 04, 2014, 04:59:45 PM
I watched the video from the other thread (I said I would give it a try) for about two minutes before I got bored listening to the young girl jabber on.  She may have eventually gotten to the point, but I tired of waiting for her to get to it.

I do see irony in her desire to convert people to atheism instead of just living and letting live.

It is too bad you have such a short attention span Bob.
Title: Re: Christian PHD Student Interview an Athiest as Part of his Dissertation
Post by: coachsparky on July 04, 2014, 05:34:31 PM
I do not remember you posting with anger in the past so no change noted. You claimed that you never resorted to name calling so what change should I expect to see there?

Like I said earlier I do see the same types of threads being started by you. The poke the bear in the eye type meant to incite others while you sit back and giggle. No change.

Do you care to answer my question as to what change in outcome do you expect to see from this thread as compared to all of the similar themed threads that you have started in the past?

Reported

Odd that you do not remember that those were the charges hurled at me.  I know I always contend and still do that I never started the attacks but was only responding to attacks.  But I even stopped that , your two personal attacks in the other thread were not responded to in kind but were simply REPORTED.
Title: Re: Christian PHD Student Interview an Athiest as Part of his Dissertation
Post by: Bob H. on July 04, 2014, 05:37:45 PM
I watched the video from the other thread (I said I would give it a try) for about two minutes before I got bored listening to the young girl jabber on.  She may have eventually gotten to the point, but I tired of waiting for her to get to it.

I do see irony in her desire to convert people to atheism instead of just living and letting live.

It is too bad you have such a short attention span Bob.

Not a short attention span, just didn't ant to waste any more time on the natterings of a young kid.
Title: Re: Christian PHD Student Interview an Athiest as Part of his Dissertation
Post by: FiveWords on July 04, 2014, 05:39:31 PM
And the beat goes on...
Title: Re: Christian PHD Student Interview an Athiest as Part of his Dissertation
Post by: coachsparky on July 04, 2014, 05:46:55 PM
I watched the video from the other thread (I said I would give it a try) for about two minutes before I got bored listening to the young girl jabber on.  She may have eventually gotten to the point, but I tired of waiting for her to get to it.

I do see irony in her desire to convert people to atheism instead of just living and letting live.

It is too bad you have such a short attention span Bob.

Not a short attention span, just didn't ant to waste any more time on the natterings of a young kid.

From the mouths of babes Bob.
Title: Re: Christian PHD Student Interview an Athiest as Part of his Dissertation
Post by: coachsparky on July 04, 2014, 05:48:59 PM
And the beat goes on...

Who are sonny and Cher?
Title: Re: Christian PHD Student Interview an Athiest as Part of his Dissertation
Post by: Hardcore on July 04, 2014, 05:57:49 PM
Your failure to answer my question is all of the answer that I expected. This tread just being attempt to rile folks that do not believe as you do and being a clear violation of the new rules banning topics that were the providence of the two dead boards.

Case in point: The link that you provided brings me to a site whose mission statement is evolution based and they proudly present there stance on the topic.


"The foundation focuses on alarming statistics. Both of which have serious implication for America’s ability to innovate and compete in the 21st century:

1)    Forty-six percent of Americans tell pollsters human beings arrived on this earth in their present form within the last 10,000 years. (Gallup, 2012)

2)    Fifty-three percent of Americans say they are unlikely to vote for a politician who is an atheist on that basis alone — a percentage that far exceeds the number of Americans who say they won’t vote for a gay politician or a even an adulterer. (Pew Research Center, 2014)

Think about it. A huge percentage of Americans reject what we know about human evolution. And more than half of Americans say they are less likely to vote for a candidate simply due to the fact they subscribe to an evidence-based view of the natural world. Meanwhile, politicians who say the earth is fewer than 10,000 years old routinely win election."

This thread is a clear violation of both the intent and the letter of the new rules. Will the mods please move this thread to the evolution board where it belongs.

Reported.



 
Title: Re: Christian PHD Student Interview an Athiest as Part of his Dissertation
Post by: MetsFan on July 04, 2014, 06:09:45 PM
Iron Butterfly

Care to explain the relevance?
Title: Re: Christian PHD Student Interview an Athiest as Part of his Dissertation
Post by: coachsparky on July 04, 2014, 06:14:09 PM
Your failure to answer my question is all of the answer that I expected. This tread just being attempt to rile folks that do not believe as you do and being a clear violation of the new rules banning topics that were the providence of the two dead boards.

Case in point: The link that you provided brings me to a site whose mission statement is evolution based and they proudly present there stance on the topic.


"The foundation focuses on alarming statistics. Both of which have serious implication for America’s ability to innovate and compete in the 21st century:

1)    Forty-six percent of Americans tell pollsters human beings arrived on this earth in their present form within the last 10,000 years. (Gallup, 2012)

2)    Fifty-three percent of Americans say they are unlikely to vote for a politician who is an atheist on that basis alone — a percentage that far exceeds the number of Americans who say they won’t vote for a gay politician or a even an adulterer. (Pew Research Center, 2014)

Think about it. A huge percentage of Americans reject what we know about human evolution. And more than half of Americans say they are less likely to vote for a candidate simply due to the fact they subscribe to an evidence-based view of the natural world. Meanwhile, politicians who say the earth is fewer than 10,000 years old routinely win election."

This thread is a clear violation of both the intent and the letter of the new rules. Will the mods please move this thread to the evolution board where it belongs.

Reported.

The video had no  items that were a violation of the rules.  It younger going to start claiming that a site with topics that violate the rule cannot be linked to, then I will start checking every site and report any thread that links to a site even remotely offending the rules.  I don't believe anyone thinks that is appropriate but you.  I actually think your sole purpose is to attempt to sabotage any thread I start.  Why is what I cannot figure?  You are clearly an existing or former poster who is pissed off that I have not been banned from this site and set up another screen name to mount your attacks.
Title: Re: Christian PHD Student Interview an Athiest as Part of his Dissertation
Post by: coachsparky on July 04, 2014, 06:18:10 PM
That is "If you are" not "it younger."  Hate this IPad.
Title: Re: Christian PHD Student Interview an Athiest as Part of his Dissertation
Post by: FiveWords on July 04, 2014, 06:21:36 PM
That is "If you are" not "it younger."  Hate this IPad.

Then turn off the auto-correction.  ::)
Title: Re: Christian PHD Student Interview an Athiest as Part of his Dissertation
Post by: coachsparky on July 04, 2014, 06:25:03 PM
That is "If you are" not "it younger."  Hate this IPad.

Then turn off the auto-correction.  ::)

Don't be sad five.  Just tell me how the heck to do that?
Title: Re: Christian PHD Student Interview an Athiest as Part of his Dissertation
Post by: FiveWords on July 04, 2014, 06:31:36 PM
An engineer who can't google?  :o
Title: Re: Christian PHD Student Interview an Athiest as Part of his Dissertation
Post by: coachsparky on July 04, 2014, 06:35:49 PM
An engineer who can't google?  :o

Just admit you don't know how five.
Title: Re: Coach Sparky's atheism thread.
Post by: coachsparky on July 04, 2014, 08:28:57 PM
Me thinks someone does not understand the rules and I am not referring to fuhr.
Title: Re: Christian PHD Student Interview an Athiest as Part of his Dissertation
Post by: ban basketball on July 04, 2014, 10:35:01 PM
Iron Butterfly

Care to explain the relevance?

Led Zeppelin and Iron Butterfly have always been discussed as symbolically dichotmous band names.

Nothing more complex than that...  :-[
Title: Re: Coach Sparky's atheism thread.
Post by: MetsFan on July 04, 2014, 10:54:40 PM
Gotcha. I was thinking along the lines of "The Song Remains the Same" with my post.
Title: Re: Coach Sparky's atheism thread.
Post by: Rain on July 04, 2014, 11:02:30 PM
Iron Butterfly, meh. Rambling picks, tedious monotonous drums, and a vocal who lacked the range of tonal color necessary to be interesting and distinct.  8)
Title: Re: Christian PHD Student Interview an Athiest as Part of his Dissertation
Post by: RYou on July 04, 2014, 11:12:47 PM
I actually think your sole purpose is to attempt to sabotage any thread I start.  Why is what I cannot figure?

Because every thread you start contains nothing but garbage and you habitually post links supporting your obsession with LGBT and religion, and with no commentary. 

No one gives a coons ass about your LGBT and religious beliefs.  Politics and Evolution shut down solely because of your disruptive and argumentative attitude.  Don't give me that "well others have religion posts" crappola, they were all posted before Evolution was designated the site.

GO AWAY !

Get the hint?  Pull your freakin plug and go bug some other site.  You're unwanted here. You add zero value and solely succeed in disrupting the community.

Get the hint?  GO AWAY !

We're tired of your continuous harassment and self defense of your religious obsessions.

Get it..GO AWAY !
Title: Re: Coach Sparky's atheism thread.
Post by: ban basketball on July 04, 2014, 11:21:05 PM
Iron Butterfly, meh. Rambling picks, tedious monotonous drums, and a vocal who lacked the range of tonal color necessary to be interesting and distinct.  8)
Not a fan myself; just pointing out and having fun with the irony in names.

As for Zeppelin, well, definitely a fan.   :) 
Title: Re: Christian PHD Student Interview an Athiest as Part of his Dissertation
Post by: Hardcore on July 04, 2014, 11:55:44 PM
Your failure to answer my question is all of the answer that I expected. This tread just being attempt to rile folks that do not believe as you do and being a clear violation of the new rules banning topics that were the providence of the two dead boards.

Case in point: The link that you provided brings me to a site whose mission statement is evolution based and they proudly present there stance on the topic.


"The foundation focuses on alarming statistics. Both of which have serious implication for America’s ability to innovate and compete in the 21st century:

1)    Forty-six percent of Americans tell pollsters human beings arrived on this earth in their present form within the last 10,000 years. (Gallup, 2012)

2)    Fifty-three percent of Americans say they are unlikely to vote for a politician who is an atheist on that basis alone — a percentage that far exceeds the number of Americans who say they won’t vote for a gay politician or a even an adulterer. (Pew Research Center, 2014)

Think about it. A huge percentage of Americans reject what we know about human evolution. And more than half of Americans say they are less likely to vote for a candidate simply due to the fact they subscribe to an evidence-based view of the natural world. Meanwhile, politicians who say the earth is fewer than 10,000 years old routinely win election."

This thread is a clear violation of both the intent and the letter of the new rules. Will the mods please move this thread to the evolution board where it belongs.

Reported.

The video had no  items that were a violation of the rules.  It younger going to start claiming that a site with topics that violate the rule cannot be linked to, then I will start checking every site and report any thread that links to a site even remotely offending the rules.  I don't believe anyone thinks that is appropriate but you.  I actually think your sole purpose is to attempt to sabotage any thread I start.  Why is what I cannot figure?  You are clearly an existing or former poster who is pissed off that I have not been banned from this site and set up another screen name to mount your attacks.

My sole purpose is not to sabotage any thread that you start. It is to express my displeasure at your attempt to have the Off Topic board go the way of the Politic and Evolution boards. The Off Topic board has always been the fun board. The place to hang out and enjoy. It was never an angry place like the two banned boards. Your last two "religion" threads would have fit nicely on the banned boards and I would have had no issue with them. I did not post on those boards and did not care what went on over there. I am sorry that those boards are no longer available to you. You played a part in their demise so you share some of the blame. Deal with it. The crap that went on over there does not have a home here.

 
Title: Re: Coach Sparky's atheism thread.
Post by: Rockhard on July 04, 2014, 11:57:24 PM
^this
Title: Re: Christian PHD Student Interview an Athiest as Part of his Dissertation
Post by: coachsparky on July 05, 2014, 09:47:47 AM
I actually think your sole purpose is to attempt to sabotage any thread I start.  Why is what I cannot figure?

Because every thread you start contains nothing but garbage and you habitually post links supporting your obsession with LGBT and religion, and with no commentary. 

No one gives a coons ass about your LGBT and religious beliefs.  Politics and Evolution shut down solely because of your disruptive and argumentative attitude.  Don't give me that "well others have religion posts" crappola, they were all posted before Evolution was designated the site.

GO AWAY !

Get the hint?  Pull your freakin plug and go bug some other site.  You're unwanted here. You add zero value and solely succeed in disrupting the community.

Get the hint?  GO AWAY !

We're tired of your continuous harassment and self defense of your religious obsessions.

Get it..GO AWAY !

I love you too you. 

Tell us how you really feel. 

I have not harassed any body by the way.  If you feel harassed by me stating my opinion, you have a problem.
Title: Re: Christian PHD Student Interview an Athiest as Part of his Dissertation
Post by: coachsparky on July 05, 2014, 09:56:57 AM

My sole purpose is not to sabotage any thread that you start. It is to express my displeasure at your attempt to have the Off Topic board go the way of the Politic and Evolution boards. The Off Topic board has always been the fun board. The place to hang out and enjoy. It was never an angry place like the two banned boards. Your last two "religion" threads would have fit nicely on the banned boards and I would have had no issue with them. I did not post on those boards and did not care what went on over there. I am sorry that those boards are no longer available to you. You played a part in their demise so you share some of the blame. Deal with it. The crap that went on over there does not have a home here.

I am making no such attempt Reported.  I am simply putting topics of interest out there that I hope people will view and think about.  If they want ton even  discuss in a civil manner.  Neither of the two religion threads I started should have caused anyone angst.  The only attacks on either thread came from yourself and others and they were unnecessary.  If this board were to go the way of the other two, it would be because of those types of posts, not because an intelligent thoughtful person started a thread of interest.
Title: Re: Coach Sparky's atheism thread.
Post by: Rain on July 05, 2014, 12:18:40 PM
I think it's obvious what you're doing coachsparky.  You're trying to walk the line of the rules to spite them. You're basically flipping off Ray and V as well as the community members.

Your recent topics are veiled attempts to continue to thwart the rules.  They are designed to cause argument or to irritate people than to contribute to a constructive discussion.  In my opinion they should be treated as baited troll posts.

You may be the most childish adult I've ever come across on these boards.  It's no surprise you've been banned before. It is my opinion your posting style here has worn out its welcome.

While Ray and V can not control your behavior they do have control over what they will tolerate. I hope they don't suffer this behavior much longer.
Title: Re: Coach Sparky's atheism thread.
Post by: MetsFan on July 05, 2014, 12:49:26 PM
Sparky, are your eyes brown?
Title: Re: Coach Sparky's atheism thread.
Post by: coachsparky on July 05, 2014, 01:28:35 PM
Sparky, are your eyes brown?

Nope, I have beautiful blues mets.  How about you?
Title: Re: Coach Sparky's atheism thread.
Post by: coachsparky on July 05, 2014, 01:32:03 PM
I think it's obvious what you're doing coachsparky.  You're trying to walk the line of the rules to spite them. You're basically flipping off Ray and V as well as the community members.

Your recent topics are veiled attempts to continue to thwart the rules.  They are designed to cause argument or to irritate people than to contribute to a constructive discussion.  In my opinion they should be treated as baited troll posts.

You may be the most childish adult I've ever come across on these boards.  It's no surprise you've been banned before. It is my opinion your posting style here has worn out its welcome.

While Ray and V can not control your behavior they do have control over what they will tolerate. I hope they don't suffer this behavior much longer.


If I was a high school student who cared what people thought about me this might bother me.  But I am not.  I am a completely we'll adjusted adult who simply wants to speak the truth.  Your personal attack reflects upon yourself not me.  If you want to appear petty and angry then by all means continue your personal attacks.  I am above it rain.
Title: Re: Coach Sparky's atheism thread.
Post by: coachsparky on July 05, 2014, 04:09:43 PM
BTW it certainly appears Ray and v have effectively controlled my behavior.  Now if they could just get control of some of you others who are hell bent on continuing the personal attacks.
Title: Re: Coach Sparky's atheism thread.
Post by: Hardcore on July 05, 2014, 06:08:25 PM
One of the funniest posts that I have ever read on these forums. 10/10.

I will be back after I clean the coffee off of my monitor. Well played.
Title: Re: Coach Sparky's atheism thread.
Post by: coachsparky on July 05, 2014, 06:41:26 PM
One of the funniest posts that I have ever read on these forums. 10/10.

I will be back after I clean the coffee off of my monitor. Well played.

Thanks reported.  I aim to please.
Title: Re: Coach Sparky's atheism thread.
Post by: Jointdoc55 on July 06, 2014, 08:02:38 AM
Jesus loves atheists too.
Title: Re: Coach Sparky's atheism thread.
Post by: coachsparky on July 06, 2014, 09:40:23 AM
Jesus loves atheists too.

Which one?  I have personally known the Jesus's in my life.
Title: Re: Coach Sparky's atheism thread.
Post by: AKIN on July 07, 2014, 11:50:53 AM
Magistrate
Title: Re: Coach Sparky's atheism thread.
Post by: coachsparky on July 10, 2014, 01:23:28 PM
Another outstanding clip.

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=s3lwG4MytSI&feature=youtu.be
Title: Re: Coach Sparky's atheism thread.
Post by: coachsparky on July 13, 2014, 05:19:41 PM
Another really good clip from the young lady atheist.  7 myths about atheist several that I have seen used by people on this form.
Title: Biblical Principles None of Us Live By
Post by: coachsparky on July 13, 2014, 05:59:40 PM
I would be interested in a discussion of why people can claim to be literalist and still ignore lots of these word that were, according to them sent by an infallible god?


http://m.huffpost.com/us/entry/5571511?ncid=fcbklnkushpmg00000051
Title: Re: Biblical Principles None of Us Live By
Post by: Cougar1 on July 13, 2014, 06:19:24 PM
Curiosity overwhelms me. Some time ago on this forum you insisted that you were a Christian. Has that changed?
Title: Re: Biblical Principles None of Us Live By
Post by: ban basketball on July 13, 2014, 06:40:31 PM
Barely a day of my life passes where I don't have to remind the "faithful" about many of these "sacred" principles that are being slectively avoided.
Title: Re: Biblical Principles None of Us Live By
Post by: coachsparky on July 13, 2014, 07:36:54 PM
Curiosity overwhelms me. Some time ago on this forum you insisted that you were a Christian. Has that changed?

Understanding that it means believe in the teaching attributed to the mythical character if Jesus, yes I still consider myself a Christian.  I also belong to a Church that most definitely has Christian roots, Unitarian Universalism.  Like Gandhi, I like Jesus but most of his followers today leave a lot to be desired.
Title: Re: Coach Sparky's atheism thread.
Post by: coachsparky on July 13, 2014, 08:03:24 PM
Someone cannot comprehend English.  This thread I created about biblical principles has nothing to do with atheism and does not belong here. ::)
Title: Re: Coach Sparky's atheism thread.
Post by: AKIN on July 13, 2014, 09:54:27 PM
(https://encrypted-tbn1.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:ANd9GcS7npPMhtTdTs_c8LyopPvB8jtxragdllqVOUEzEi5qxmw0sfgW)
Title: Re: Coach Sparky's atheism thread.
Post by: coachsparky on July 14, 2014, 07:31:09 AM
(https://encrypted-tbn1.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:ANd9GcS7npPMhtTdTs_c8LyopPvB8jtxragdllqVOUEzEi5qxmw0sfgW)

Reported.
Title: Re: Coach Sparky's atheism thread.
Post by: Jason Bryant on July 14, 2014, 09:17:46 AM
is that a vortex or a cosmic butthole?
Title: Re: Coach Sparky's atheism thread.
Post by: coachsparky on July 14, 2014, 11:29:01 AM
is that a vortex or a cosmic butthole?

Good insult there Jason, how ingenious of you.
Title: Re: Coach Sparky's atheism thread.
Post by: Jason Bryant on July 14, 2014, 11:31:25 AM
I was talking about the picture.
Title: Re: Coach Sparky's atheism thread.
Post by: coachsparky on July 14, 2014, 11:36:52 AM
I was talking about the picture.

And you are so coy with your insults.  How quaint.
Title: Re: Coach Sparky's atheism thread.
Post by: Jason Bryant on July 14, 2014, 11:42:19 AM
I was talking about the picture.
Title: Re: Coach Sparky's atheism thread.
Post by: coachsparky on July 14, 2014, 11:50:54 AM
I was talking about the picture.

Whih you knew was supposed to be a vortex insult toward me and so to make the comment is that a cosmic butthole is a vailed attempt to call me a butthole.  You are not as clever as you would like to think.
Title: Re: Coach Sparky's atheism thread.
Post by: Rain on July 14, 2014, 11:51:28 AM
Coachsparky's continued childishness is so high maintenance that if I were an admin I'd permanently ban his profile.
I'd monitor the IP and any new profiles linked to it I'd ban too.

That would only leave him the alternative to bounce his connection and reassign a new IP then create a new profile.
If he follows the rules with it then he has no problems. The very first violation I'd ban him again. He'd either modify his childish ways or move on where a new site will tolerate it.
Title: Re: Coach Sparky's atheism thread.
Post by: coachsparky on July 14, 2014, 11:52:33 AM
Coachsparky's continued childishness is so high maintenance that if I were an admin I'd permanently ban his profile.
I'd monitor the IP and any new profiles linked to it I'd ban too.

That would only leave him the alternative to bounce his connection and reassign a new IP then create a new profile.
If he follows the rules with it then he has no problems. The very first violation I'd ban him again. He'd either modify his childish ways or move on where a new site will tolerate it.

And in which way am I childish?  I am not the one making the insults.  Perhaps you should look at those individual for banning and call them childish.
Title: Re: Coach Sparky's atheism thread.
Post by: coachsparky on July 14, 2014, 11:53:55 AM
I find it truly facinating that I am the one being insulted and yet I am called childish.  Some people need to take a step back and look in the mirror.  They may not like what they see though.
Title: Re: Coach Sparky's atheism thread.
Post by: Rain on July 14, 2014, 11:59:09 AM
I won't rechew that fat. I know how to deal with troublesome community members and your past and current behavior would get you on a zero tolerance list. You'd get tired if bouncing your connections for new non-public IPs and creating new profiles and email emails that you'd come into voluntary compliance or move on. Either the board wins. Just my opinion.
Title: Re: Coach Sparky's atheism thread.
Post by: coachsparky on July 14, 2014, 12:01:12 PM
I won't rechew that fat. I know how to deal with troublesome community members and your past and current behavior would get you on a zero tolerance list. You'd get tired if bouncing your connections for new non-public IPs and creating new profiles and email emails that you'd come into voluntary compliance or move on. Either the board wins. Just my opinion.

List my transgressions since May 9.  It will be perhaps 1 or 2.  The transgressers are others since then.
Title: Re: Coach Sparky's atheism thread.
Post by: Rockhard on July 14, 2014, 12:01:22 PM
Coachsparky's continued childishness is so high maintenance that if I were an admin I'd permanently ban his profile.
I'd monitor the IP and any new profiles linked to it I'd ban too.

That would only leave him the alternative to bounce his connection and reassign a new IP then create a new profile.
If he follows the rules with it then he has no problems. The very first violation I'd ban him again. He'd either modify his childish ways or move on where a new site will tolerate it.

^This
Title: Re: Coach Sparky's atheism thread.
Post by: Jason Bryant on July 14, 2014, 12:10:35 PM
Let's be clear Sparky, if I was trying to insult you, I would have included the correct descriptor rather than using "that" which clearly infers I'm taking about a picture, not a person. If I was talking about a person, I would have used a different pronoun. If I was talking about you, I would have used different language entirely.

PHOTO
Is that a vortex or a cosmic butthole.

PERCEIVED INSULT
I'm a cosmic butthole.

But hey, if you want to give yourself an insult when I my comment was a question to AKIN on what the PICTURE could represent, that's your own insecurity and that's something you have to deal with.





Title: Re: Coach Sparky's atheism thread.
Post by: coachsparky on July 14, 2014, 12:36:28 PM
Let's be clear Sparky, if I was trying to insult you, I would have included the correct descriptor rather than using "that" which clearly infers I'm taking about a picture, not a person. If I was talking about a person, I would have used a different pronoun. If I was talking about you, I would have used different language entirely.

PHOTO
Is that a vortex or a cosmic butthole.

PERCEIVED INSULT
I'm a cosmic butthole.

But hey, if you want to give yourself an insult when I my comment was a question to AKIN on what the PICTURE could represent, that's your own insecurity and that's something you have to deal with.

Nice try to deflect Jason.  Not very convincing but you gotta respect the effort.
Title: Re: Coach Sparky's atheism thread.
Post by: Jason Bryant on July 14, 2014, 12:53:13 PM
How about I spell it out for you so you can understand it ...

If it was a personal insult, I WOULD have said YOU are a COSMIC BUTTHOLE.

But since my comment was about an picture posted on a message board and not a person, you're the one insulting yourself.

Maybe you shouldn't be so thin-skinned and think everything is an attack on you and be a tattle-tale about everything that hurts your poor wittle feewings.
Title: Re: Coach Sparky's atheism thread.
Post by: coachsparky on July 14, 2014, 01:01:34 PM
What did you think that picture was?  A vortex right?  And why do you suppose someone posted a picture of a vortex on a thread of mine.  I will let you answer that one.  And any person can draw their conclusion from there.
Title: Re: Coach Sparky's atheism thread.
Post by: Jason Bryant on July 14, 2014, 01:03:14 PM
Your own insecurity perhaps?
Title: Re: Coach Sparky's atheism thread.
Post by: spider on July 14, 2014, 03:54:43 PM
Well it's good to see that while I've been off the board nothing has changed. Since I am an atheist and that seems to be what this thread is supposed to be about, I'd like to express my opinion. While I BELIEVE that a supreme being does not exist and everything that we as humans perceive can be explained by scientific investigation, I do not KNOW if I am right or wrong and really, no one KNOWS if God exists or not. In all the discussions I have witnessed or participated in regarding religion, no one has ever convinced anyone to change their mind. This is because the existence of God cannot be proved or disproved. It is a matter of faith. I would love to find that I am wrong and that when I die I will be reunited with deceased loved ones, but I simply can't believe this. Since no one returns from the dead (near-death experiences notwithstanding), we will never know the "truth." I am not offended by those who believe differently than I do. I am only offended by those who tell me that I am wrong or by those who want to control my live via legislation based on their religious beliefs.That's about it, and I hope I haven't offended anyone or participated in any personal attacks.
Title: Re: Coach Sparky's atheism thread.
Post by: Rain on July 14, 2014, 04:04:37 PM
Well it's good to see that while I've been off the board nothing has changed. Since I am an atheist and that seems to be what this thread is supposed to be about, I'd like to express my opinion. While I BELIEVE that a supreme being does not exist and everything that we as humans perceive can be explained by scientific investigation, I do not KNOW if I am right or wrong and really, no one KNOWS if God exists or not. In all the discussions I have witnessed or participated in regarding religion, no one has ever convinced anyone to change their mind. This is because the existence of God cannot be proved or disproved. It is a matter of faith. I would love to find that I am wrong and that when I die I will be reunited with deceased loved ones, but I simply can't believe this. Since no one returns from the dead (near-death experiences notwithstanding), we will never know the "truth." I am not offended by those who believe differently than I do. I am only offended by those who tell me that I am wrong or by those who want to control my live via legislation based on their religious beliefs.That's about it, and I hope I haven't offended anyone or participated in any personal attacks.

Reported!  :)
Title: Re: Coach Sparky's atheism thread.
Post by: Bozak on July 14, 2014, 04:15:05 PM
Well it's good to see that while I've been off the board nothing has changed. Since I am an atheist and that seems to be what this thread is supposed to be about, I'd like to express my opinion. While I BELIEVE that a supreme being does not exist and everything that we as humans perceive can be explained by scientific investigation, I do not KNOW if I am right or wrong and really, no one KNOWS if God exists or not. In all the discussions I have witnessed or participated in regarding religion, no one has ever convinced anyone to change their mind. This is because the existence of God cannot be proved or disproved. It is a matter of faith. I would love to find that I am wrong and that when I die I will be reunited with deceased loved ones, but I simply can't believe this. Since no one returns from the dead (near-death experiences notwithstanding), we will never know the "truth." I am not offended by those who believe differently than I do. I am only offended by those who tell me that I am wrong or by those who want to control my live via legislation based on their religious beliefs.That's about it, and I hope I haven't offended anyone or participated in any personal attacks.

While I am not an atheist, I feel the exact same way in regards to nobody changing their minds.  I prefer to live and let live.  I don't understand why some people, both atheists and Christians, can't just let each other believe what they want.  No need to tell somebody how wrong they are when there is absolutely no way to prove the whether or not God exists.
Title: Re: Coach Sparky's atheism thread.
Post by: fuhr on July 14, 2014, 04:35:07 PM
Bozak and Spider, FTW
Title: Re: Coach Sparky's atheism thread.
Post by: Bozak on July 14, 2014, 04:53:31 PM
I would like to hear Sparky's reasoning for trying to convince people that they are wrong in their beliefs.  What purpose does it serve?
Title: Re: Coach Sparky's atheism thread.
Post by: ban basketball on July 14, 2014, 05:06:01 PM
Well it's good to see that while I've been off the board nothing has changed. Since I am an atheist and that seems to be what this thread is supposed to be about, I'd like to express my opinion. While I BELIEVE that a supreme being does not exist and everything that we as humans perceive can be explained by scientific investigation, I do not KNOW if I am right or wrong and really, no one KNOWS if God exists or not. In all the discussions I have witnessed or participated in regarding religion, no one has ever convinced anyone to change their mind. This is because the existence of God cannot be proved or disproved. It is a matter of faith. I would love to find that I am wrong and that when I die I will be reunited with deceased loved ones, but I simply can't believe this. Since no one returns from the dead (near-death experiences notwithstanding), we will never know the "truth." I am not offended by those who believe differently than I do. I am only offended by those who tell me that I am wrong or by those who want to control my live via legislation based on their religious beliefs.That's about it, and I hope I haven't offended anyone or participated in any personal attacks.
For what it's worth, Spider, and I could be wrong, but I think your views sound much closer to being an agnostic, versus an atheist.  I've lived most of my life oscillating between these two beliefs, and yours sound like an agnostic to me.

The difference?  An atheist absolutely does not believe in higher powers, heaven or hell, satan, etc, whereas an agnostic doesn't believe that there is any concrete evidence either way to form a valid opinion on whether such things exist or not.  The latter sounds closer to your views.
Title: Re: Coach Sparky's atheism thread.
Post by: spider on July 14, 2014, 05:22:01 PM
Well it's good to see that while I've been off the board nothing has changed. Since I am an atheist and that seems to be what this thread is supposed to be about, I'd like to express my opinion. While I BELIEVE that a supreme being does not exist and everything that we as humans perceive can be explained by scientific investigation, I do not KNOW if I am right or wrong and really, no one KNOWS if God exists or not. In all the discussions I have witnessed or participated in regarding religion, no one has ever convinced anyone to change their mind. This is because the existence of God cannot be proved or disproved. It is a matter of faith. I would love to find that I am wrong and that when I die I will be reunited with deceased loved ones, but I simply can't believe this. Since no one returns from the dead (near-death experiences notwithstanding), we will never know the "truth." I am not offended by those who believe differently than I do. I am only offended by those who tell me that I am wrong or by those who want to control my live via legislation based on their religious beliefs.That's about it, and I hope I haven't offended anyone or participated in any personal attacks.
For what it's worth, Spider, and I could be wrong, but I think your views sound much closer to being an agnostic, versus an atheist.  I've lived most of my life oscillating between these two beliefs, and yours sound like an agnostic to me.

The difference?  An atheist absolutely does not believe in higher powers, heaven or hell, satan, etc, whereas an agnostic doesn't believe that there is any concrete evidence either way to form a valid opinion on whether such things exist or not.  The latter sounds closer to your views.

Ban, I have often wondered which category I fall into, and usually just say I'm an atheist because people understand that better. Probably, the truth is that I'm an atheist who really believes that he is right, but allows for the possibility that he may be wrong. If that makes me an agnostic, so be it, but it seems that I'm straddling that line.
Title: Re: Coach Sparky's atheism thread.
Post by: spider on July 14, 2014, 05:23:17 PM
Bozak and Spider, FTW

Is that a dyslexic WTF?
Title: Re: Coach Sparky's atheism thread.
Post by: coachsparky on July 14, 2014, 05:36:18 PM
Your own insecurity perhaps?

Nope wrong, it has nothing to do with my supposed insecurities, which are much much smaller than you appear to think they are.
Title: Re: Coach Sparky's atheism thread.
Post by: coachsparky on July 14, 2014, 05:37:33 PM
I would like to hear Sparky's reasoning for trying to convince people that they are wrong in their beliefs.  What purpose does it serve?

I actually do not try to convince them they are wrong.  I simply point out the relevant facts and let them choose to believe despite the evidence to the contrary or to change their position so it is supported by the evidence.  It is their choice.
Title: Re: Coach Sparky's atheism thread.
Post by: AKIN on July 14, 2014, 10:12:39 PM
is that a vortex or a cosmic butthole?

Actually, a black hole, which is completely different from a vortex. Paranoia seems rampant around here lately.
Title: Re: Coach Sparky's atheism thread.
Post by: coachsparky on July 14, 2014, 10:18:04 PM
is that a vortex or a cosmic butthole?

Actually, a black hole, which is completely different from a vortex. Paranoia seems rampant around here lately.

Now that I agree with!
Title: Re: Coach Sparky's atheism thread.
Post by: RYou on July 14, 2014, 10:18:47 PM

Still won't go away will you.  Says a lot about your personality. May you find the assistance you need, because it's not here.

http://therapists.psychologytoday.com/rms/state/CA/Los+Angeles.html
Title: Re: Coach Sparky's atheism thread.
Post by: coachsparky on July 14, 2014, 10:21:37 PM
Don't  worry Ryou.  no assistance is needed in any way shape or form.
Title: Re: Coach Sparky's atheism thread.
Post by: LILHOWDOG on July 15, 2014, 01:43:55 AM
Never have i seen one person get so many folks knickers in a twist.
Title: Re: Coach Sparky's atheism thread.
Post by: coachsparky on July 15, 2014, 08:15:38 AM
Never have i seen one person get so many folks knickers in a twist.

It is interesting isn't it?
Title: Re: Coach Sparky's atheism thread.
Post by: ban basketball on July 15, 2014, 10:39:08 AM
Never have i seen one person get so many folks knickers in a twist.
I find it equally interesting.  I could write a six page essay on why it's so-Sparky has hit the nail on the head with some of it-but for people to find what Sparky says to be so offensive and incendiary, all the while we have posts on here that deride police and wish bad things on them, hate our system of gubment, proclaim that young kids are best sent to their own devices into the middle of the desert, and openly call those less fortunate than us "cheats" and "weasels," all the while proclaiming the "glory of God."

Yes, Sparky is terribly offensive.   
Title: Re: Coach Sparky's atheism thread.
Post by: RYou on July 15, 2014, 07:44:13 PM
I don't find him be offensive at all. 

Lonely
Obsessive
Compulsive
Schizoid
Bore
Title: Re: Coach Sparky's atheism thread.
Post by: coachsparky on July 15, 2014, 07:56:11 PM
I don't find him be offensive at all. 

Lonely
Obsessive
Compulsive
Schizoid
Bore

Not in the least bit lonely and without knowing me personally you really do not have any basis for making that assumption.

Obsessive and compulsive, yep as are all people who excell at what they do.

Schizoid, nope.

Bore, everyone is a bore to certain people.
Title: Re: Coach Sparky's atheism thread.
Post by: coachsparky on July 16, 2014, 12:51:52 PM
Curious if any posters would agree with institutionalizing people simply because they do not believe in god?

http://richarddawkins.net/2014/07/nigerian-put-in-mental-hospital-for-atheism/
Title: Re: Coach Sparky's atheism thread.
Post by: coachsparky on July 18, 2014, 12:47:41 PM
Great article and watch the invocation which is an embedded link if you have time.

http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/our-humanity-naturally/201407/blessing-in-disguise-atheists-0
Title: Re: Coach Sparky's atheism thread.
Post by: coachsparky on July 21, 2014, 12:37:30 PM
Good article on impact of religion on children.

http://mobile.rawstory.com/all/2014-07-18-children-exposed-to-religion-have-difficulty-distinguishing-fact-from-fiction?oswbuild=b6.4&mediaKey=therawstory&ref=https%3A%2F%2Fm.facebook.com&origin=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.rawstory.com%2Frs%2F2014%2F07%2F18%2Fchildren-exposed-to-religion-have-difficulty-distinguishing-fact-from-fiction%2F&oswts=1405955966332&size=large&olcts=1405955968257&width=1024&height=684&redirectCount=2
Title: Re: Coach Sparky's atheism thread.
Post by: coachsparky on July 22, 2014, 09:47:24 AM
http://thehumanist.com/commentary/why-the-way-we-live-is-more-important

Here is an excellent quote from the article I am attaching.

Quote
My evolving understanding of the Abrahamic God condoned neither Christianity’s historical atrocities nor its contemporary headlines. Rather, it reinforced the demand for compassionate response to the complexities of human life and led me to reject much that is taught as Christianity. Eventually, I came to realize that what I name “god” is not at all exclusive to that term, or to Christianity and its Abrahamic siblings. It is an amalgam of humanistic principles bound up with the belief that, because we need one another, we must learn how to love one another. It is something shared throughout the human family that, over the course of our long history together, has birthed diverse traditions and religions.
Title: Re: Coach Sparky's atheism thread.
Post by: Jointdoc55 on July 22, 2014, 09:19:51 PM
The lady doth protest too much, me thinks.
Title: Re: Coach Sparky's atheism thread.
Post by: coachsparky on July 23, 2014, 09:19:05 AM
The lady doth protest too much, me thinks.

Why would you say that?  She wants people to understand people are good, caring and loving because that is what good people do.  Not because some made up old man in the sky commands it.
Title: Re: Coach Sparky's atheism thread.
Post by: coachsparky on July 24, 2014, 05:04:07 PM

Why would the military want to deny humanist a chaplain?

http://www.nydailynews.com/news/national/humanists-congress-military-chaplain-article-1.1877939
Title: Re: Coach Sparky's atheism thread.
Post by: mspart on July 24, 2014, 05:11:20 PM
The lady doth protest too much, me thinks.

I assure you sir, he is no lady!!

mspart
Title: Re: Coach Sparky's atheism thread.
Post by: coachsparky on July 24, 2014, 05:14:45 PM
The lady doth protest too much, me thinks.

I assure you sir, he is no lady!!

mspart

He was talking about the young lady who is the atheist minister of a Christian congregation in the article.
Title: Re: Coach Sparky's atheism thread.
Post by: coachsparky on August 07, 2014, 11:56:54 AM
Thankfully not all ultra-conservative evangelicals are this loony.

http://www.thenewcivilrightsmovement.com/pastor_pleased_ebola_could_solve_america_s_problems_with_atheism_and_homosexuality
Title: Re: Coach Sparky's atheism thread.
Post by: ban basketball on August 07, 2014, 02:21:35 PM
Thankfully not all ultra-conservative evangelicals are this loony.

http://www.thenewcivilrightsmovement.com/pastor_pleased_ebola_could_solve_america_s_problems_with_atheism_and_homosexuality
My goodness!  Weirdos like that have about as much to do with Christianity as do atheists ( no offense intended), and what gives Christianity a bad name to those who know so little about it.
Title: Re: Coach Sparky's atheism thread.
Post by: coachsparky on August 08, 2014, 09:59:53 AM
How very Christian of them.  Sarcasm alert!

http://mobile.rawstory.com/all/2014-08-08-florida-church-cancels-blasphemous-funeral-after-learning-man-was-gay
Title: Re: Coach Sparky's atheism thread.
Post by: ban basketball on August 09, 2014, 01:37:54 PM
Good article about the sea change of "religious liberty" cases.  I like this quote contained in the article.

"We know that conservatives will continue to market their prejudices under the guise of religious freedom," said the Rev. Nancy Wilson, head of the Metropolitan Community Churches, a denomination formed as a refuge for gay Christians. "Everyone loves religious liberty, but we dare not confuse sincere prejudice with sincere religion."

http://wcfcourier.com/news/national/from-peyote-to-sex-religious-liberty-fight-recast/article_76da7f97-5850-5157-b18e-202d61723ca0.html
Title: Re: Coach Sparky's atheism thread.
Post by: coachsparky on August 10, 2014, 01:01:01 PM
Interesting well written.

https://richarddawkins.net/2014/08/how-atheists-can-overcome-a-reputation-of-arrogance/

Quote
I can empathize with religious groups whose mission is to convert everyone in the world, since I think the world would be better if everyone “saw the light” of secular humanism. But whether religious or secular, I believe the best form of proselytizing is to lead by example. I think Matthew 7:16 had it right — “By their fruits you shall know them.”
Title: Re: Coach Sparky's atheism thread.
Post by: coachsparky on August 10, 2014, 02:48:13 PM
I have said it myself, if this guy had been pope when I was struggling with beliefs in the mid to late seventies, I may still be Catholic.

http://www.upworthy.com/pope-francis-offers-surprising-take-on-science-versus-religion?c=ufb1
Title: Re: Coach Sparky's atheism thread.
Post by: coachsparky on August 10, 2014, 08:40:04 PM
I wonder if any of the Christian theist posters would like to defend the posting of hatred in this story?

http://mobile.rawstory.com/all/2014-08-10-burn-in-hell-christians-respond-on-facebook-to-al-atheist-with-death-threats-hatred#1
Title: Re: Coach Sparky's atheism thread.
Post by: coachsparky on August 13, 2014, 03:50:15 PM
Some people just seem oblivious to the true meaning of the separation of church and state.  It is not about government forcing a religious view on people or even about an explicit statement endorsing a religion.  It is all about implicit endorsements of religion by the government.

http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2014/08/13/elisabeth-hasselbeck-links-atheists-forcing-prayer-out-of-school-to-christian-deaths-in-iraq/
Title: Re: Coach Sparky's atheism thread.
Post by: ban basketball on August 13, 2014, 04:13:49 PM
Some people just seem oblivious to the true meaning of the separation of church and state.  It is not about government forcing a religious view on people or even about an explicit statement endorsing a religion.  It is all about implicit endorsements of religion by the government.

http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2014/08/13/elisabeth-hasselbeck-links-atheists-forcing-prayer-out-of-school-to-christian-deaths-in-iraq/

If one could find three people more un-Christian than those goofballs on the segment, please direct me to where they are and I'll say a prayer for them.

To even imply that Christians are being persecuted in the U.S. perfectly illustrates how few times they've ever been in a Christian church, or known where to look for one.
Title: Re: Coach Sparky's atheism thread.
Post by: coachsparky on August 22, 2014, 02:14:03 PM
Sad. truly sad on the part of one Mr. Doug Collins.

https://richarddawkins.net/2014/08/football-and-christian-politics-in-the-south/
Title: Re: Coach Sparky's atheism thread.
Post by: coachsparky on August 26, 2014, 10:47:17 AM
Excellent book resource for young parents.

http://www.amazon.com/dp/1908675292?tag=daarbl-20

Quote
The Christian Right is overtaking our public school system. Atheists are one of the fastest growing minorities in the US. The Christian Right is primed and ready to proselytize to our children and it is up to us to give them the tools to stand up against them. Our children should question authority, even us and come to their own conclusions using evidence and reason. The fight for equality in the US rests in the hands of those willing to fight for a secular nation... Parenting Without God is a book for atheist parents who are seeking guidance on raising freethinkers in a Christian dominated nation. No longer can parents stay in the closet and deny their atheism through fear of it hurting their children in some way. As responsible parents we must be open and vocal about the necessary secularization of our country through politics and education, and raise our children to embrace secular values. The time is now to come out and join your local and national atheist and secular community and stand up for the separation of church and state. You have a responsibility to promote not only freedom of religion but also freedom from religion. Parenting Without God is the call to action and the kindle that will light the flame for atheists everywhere to take on the challenge of making the world a better place for our children.
Title: Re: Coach Sparky's atheism thread.
Post by: coachsparky on August 26, 2014, 04:58:50 PM
Interesting article about Christian vandalism.

http://unitedcor.org/national/news/godless-road-sign-vandalized-chico
Title: Re: Coach Sparky's atheism thread.
Post by: coachsparky on September 01, 2014, 06:04:16 PM
Article supporting the growing disbelief in an historical Jesus.  Some of you made it out as almost unheard of several months back.

http://mobile.rawstory.com/all/2014-08-30-did-the-historical-jesus-exist-a-growing-number-of-scholars-dont-think-so
Title: Re: Coach Sparky's atheism thread.
Post by: coachsparky on September 01, 2014, 06:12:02 PM
This story is more of the typical fair about a humanist/atheist being harassed for exercising his constitutional rights.

http://www.patheos.com/blogs/friendlyatheist/2014/08/29/florida-mayor-kicks-atheist-out-of-city-commission-meeting-after-he-doesnt-stand-for-the-invocation-or-pledge/
Title: Re: Coach Sparky's atheism thread.
Post by: coachsparky on September 03, 2014, 01:22:36 PM
Powerful stuff.

http://www.upworthy.com/atheists-view-on-life-could-make-anyone-cry-4-minutes-in-the-interviewer-almost-gets-choked-up?c=ufb2
Title: Re: Coach Sparky's atheism thread.
Post by: coachsparky on September 04, 2014, 11:38:30 AM
Religious freedom explained for all.

https://richarddawkins.net/2014/09/what-the-religious-right-doesnt-get-about-religious-freedom/
Title: Re: Coach Sparky's atheism thread.
Post by: jammen on September 05, 2014, 09:20:13 AM
Air Force changes enlistment oath to require "so help me God". 

http://www.airforcetimes.com/article/20140904/NEWS05/309040066/Group-Airman-denied-reenlistment-refusing-say-help-me-God-
Title: Re: Coach Sparky's atheism thread.
Post by: coachsparky on September 05, 2014, 09:31:55 AM
https://richarddawkins.net/2014/09/whos-afraid-of-a-mostly-fictional-bible/

Telling it like it truly is.
Title: Re: Coach Sparky's atheism thread.
Post by: coachsparky on September 05, 2014, 09:32:44 AM
Air Force changes enlistment oath to require "so help me God". 

http://www.airforcetimes.com/article/20140904/NEWS05/309040066/Group-Airman-denied-reenlistment-refusing-say-help-me-God-

Jammen, thanks for sharing.  I saw that this morning too.
Title: Re: Coach Sparky's atheism thread.
Post by: jammen on September 10, 2014, 08:56:48 AM
Swear "So help me God" or get kicked out.

http://www.airforcetimes.com/article/20140909/NEWS05/309090065/Atheist-airman-must-swear-help-me-God-get-out-November?sf30886492=1
Title: Re: Coach Sparky's atheism thread.
Post by: jammen on September 13, 2014, 10:14:32 AM
14 year old boy faces two years in prison for simulating oral sex with Jesus statue.

http://www.motherjones.com/mojo/2014/09/pennsylvania-teenager-hump-oral-sex-jesus-statue-prison
Title: Re: Coach Sparky's atheism thread.
Post by: ctc on September 13, 2014, 10:48:31 AM
I'm sure he will get all the oral sex he wants now.  What a loon.

Strange the LGBT advocacy group would come to the defense.  Certainly they don't want "hate speech".
Title: Re: Coach Sparky's atheism thread.
Post by: Hardcore on September 13, 2014, 11:56:24 AM
MAGISTRATE!
Title: Re: Coach Sparky's atheism thread.
Post by: jammen on September 14, 2014, 09:37:17 AM
Christopher Hitchens responds:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MJ2LehsA1dk
Title: Re: Coach Sparky's atheism thread.
Post by: jammen on September 18, 2014, 09:18:02 AM
Air Force changes enlistment oath to require "so help me God". 

http://www.airforcetimes.com/article/20140904/NEWS05/309040066/Group-Airman-denied-reenlistment-refusing-say-help-me-God-

Air Force backs down when airmen refuses oath: http://www.washingtonpost.com/news/checkpoint/wp/2014/09/17/the-air-force-will-now-allow-airmen-to-omit-so-help-me-god-from-enlistment-oaths/?Post+generic=%3Ftid%3Dsm_twitter_washingtonpost
Title: Re: Coach Sparky's atheism thread.
Post by: jammen on September 22, 2014, 09:36:30 AM
Gideons passing out bibles to middle schoolers; http://journalstar.com/news/local/education/distribution-of-bibles-near-lux-upsets-parent/article_dba189d1-88eb-5fc7-82fe-50c8461f835c.html
Title: Re: Coach Sparky's atheism thread.
Post by: ctc on September 22, 2014, 03:55:36 PM
Gideons passing out bibles to middle schoolers; http://journalstar.com/news/local/education/distribution-of-bibles-near-lux-upsets-parent/article_dba189d1-88eb-5fc7-82fe-50c8461f835c.html
Oh my, that is just terrible.  I bet they forced the kids to take them and read them.  Oh, they can be so clever in the way they threaten someone.   :-*
Title: Re: Coach Sparky's atheism thread.
Post by: Jason Bryant on September 23, 2014, 09:39:19 AM
Gideons pass out bibles to everyone. This is nothing new and it's not news.
Title: Re: Coach Sparky's atheism thread.
Post by: jammen on September 26, 2014, 08:31:32 AM
Stephen Hawking declares himself an atheist "Before we understood science, it was natural to believe that God created the universe, but now science offers a more convincing explanation, ... I'm an atheist."

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/09/25/stephen-hawking-atheist_n_5882860.html
Title: Re: Coach Sparky's atheism thread.
Post by: voter on September 26, 2014, 10:16:26 AM
Stephen Hawking declares himself an atheist "Before we understood science, it was natural to believe that God created the universe, but now science offers a more convincing explanation, ... I'm an atheist."

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/09/25/stephen-hawking-atheist_n_5882860.html

+1
Title: Re: Coach Sparky's atheism thread.
Post by: brycemus on September 26, 2014, 10:50:08 AM
Who cares what a stupic robot has to say.
Title: Re: Coach Sparky's atheism thread.
Post by: voter on September 29, 2014, 09:25:43 AM
Who cares what a stupic robot has to say.

Good joke there since everyone knows he is a living human being.  And quite possibly the most intelligent and insightful living human being on Earth. :D
Title: Re: Coach Sparky's atheism thread.
Post by: voter on September 30, 2014, 12:23:23 PM
A Canadian Minister comes to the same conclusion as Stephen Hawking.

http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2014/09/minister-who-ran-canadas-largest-protestant-church-comes-out-as-atheist/
Title: Re: Coach Sparky's atheism thread.
Post by: brycemus on September 30, 2014, 12:29:51 PM
I didn't know Canada had a minister.  crazy he had to proselytize to the entire Country like that
Title: Re: Coach Sparky's atheism thread.
Post by: voter on September 30, 2014, 12:32:34 PM
I didn't know Canada had a minister.  crazy he had to proselytize to the entire Country like that

Many of them.  Did you think they had no religious people in Canada?
Title: Re: Coach Sparky's atheism thread.
Post by: brycemus on September 30, 2014, 12:37:06 PM
I just assumed that there weren't any people there.  kind of like North Dakota, or Rhode Island
Title: Re: Coach Sparky's atheism thread.
Post by: voter on September 30, 2014, 12:43:46 PM
I just assumed that there weren't any people there.  kind of like North Dakota, or Rhode Island

Sparsely populated for sure even though there are some large metropolises like Quebec, Montreal and Toronto.
Title: Re: Coach Sparky's atheism thread.
Post by: brycemus on September 30, 2014, 12:52:12 PM
those all sound made up ... I bet there are cities like "bububabab" and "Lalakapoopy" too
yeah I'm not buying what you're selling

Canada has like 10 people in all of it and they're Mountain men living in the Yukon Cornelius land
Title: Re: Coach Sparky's atheism thread.
Post by: voter on September 30, 2014, 12:56:49 PM
those all sound made up ... I bet there are cities like "bububabab" and "Lalakapoopy" too
yeah I'm not buying what you're selling

Canada has like 10 people in all of it and they're Mountain men living in the Yukon Cornelius land

I see you like playing silly.  I'll just move on.
Title: Re: Coach Sparky's atheism thread.
Post by: brycemus on September 30, 2014, 01:19:21 PM
joue vas ta
Title: Re: Coach Sparky's atheism thread.
Post by: voter on September 30, 2014, 04:20:11 PM
joue vas ta

Vous verrez que très frustrant parce que je ne vais pas jouer en même temps
Title: Re: Coach Sparky's atheism thread.
Post by: brycemus on September 30, 2014, 04:59:34 PM
Vous êtes déjà jouez le jeu et je gagne
Title: Re: Coach Sparky's atheism thread.
Post by: voter on September 30, 2014, 05:04:49 PM
Non, trop mature pour que j'ai opté une fois j'ai reconnu que vous étiez un petit garçon
Title: Re: Coach Sparky's atheism thread.
Post by: brycemus on September 30, 2014, 05:12:22 PM
avec tout votre réponse vous vous enfoncerez plus profondément dans mon jeu
Title: Re: Coach Sparky's atheism thread.
Post by: voter on September 30, 2014, 05:15:46 PM
que dans votre imagination très limitée.
Title: Re: Coach Sparky's atheism thread.
Post by: voter on September 30, 2014, 05:16:50 PM
Amusez-vous avec vous-même, je suis fait ici.
Title: Re: Coach Sparky's atheism thread.
Post by: brycemus on September 30, 2014, 05:20:42 PM
au revoir
Title: Re: Coach Sparky's atheism thread.
Post by: ctc on October 03, 2014, 08:51:05 AM
A Canadian Minister comes to the same conclusion as Stephen Hawking.

http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2014/09/minister-who-ran-canadas-largest-protestant-church-comes-out-as-atheist/
Wow!!!  Do you suppose I could post countless examples of atheists converting to Christianity?  If I do it one at a time, this will become the 2nd longest thread ever on TOM.
Title: Re: Coach Sparky's atheism thread.
Post by: Jointdoc55 on October 12, 2014, 05:39:04 PM
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Title: Re: Coach Sparky's atheism thread.
Post by: jammen on November 04, 2014, 08:35:33 AM
Atheists get equal rights protection

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/11/03/atheist-religion-oregon-court_n_6095776.html
Title: Re: Coach Sparky's atheism thread.
Post by: ctc on November 04, 2014, 09:20:19 AM
Atheists get equal rights protection

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/11/03/atheist-religion-oregon-court_n_6095776.html
Good article.  I agree with the ruling.  Humanism is a religion as is atheism.  I believe in freedom of religion (I do have reservations about inmates having any of these freedom guaranteed to them).
Title: Re: Coach Sparky's atheism thread.
Post by: jammen on November 07, 2014, 09:22:52 AM
US Pastor Gets Mind Blown in Atheistic Europe!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZVc1ab2RcMs
Title: Re: Coach Sparky's atheism thread.
Post by: jammen on November 11, 2014, 10:02:17 AM
Pure entertainment gold:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y5j5Gdg8i-0
Title: Re: Coach Sparky's atheism thread.
Post by: brycemus on November 11, 2014, 11:54:44 AM
US Pastor Gets Mind Blown in Atheistic Europe!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZVc1ab2RcMs

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Religion_in_Europe (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Religion_in_Europe)

while the decline of religious importance in Europe is clearly documented, to say that Europe is Atheistic is a gross mistatement.  In the European Union only about 20% identify themselves as not believing in some sort of spirit.
Title: Re: Coach Sparky's atheism thread.
Post by: jammen on November 12, 2014, 10:21:40 AM
No One Should Have The Right To Die Until God Is Done Toying With Them

http://www.theonion.com/articles/no-one-should-have-the-right-to-die-until-god-is-d,37418/
Title: Re: Coach Sparky's atheism thread.
Post by: brycemus on November 12, 2014, 10:58:48 AM
you can do better than the Onion Jammen.  might as well post something from The Examiner
Title: Re: Coach Sparky's atheism thread.
Post by: ctc on November 12, 2014, 12:09:01 PM
jamman, are you doing your best sparky impersonation?  You are running at a very high success rate.
Title: Re: Coach Sparky's atheism thread.
Post by: jammen on November 17, 2014, 09:29:10 AM
School district reconsiders allowing groups to pass out bibles: http://www.wftv.com/news/news/local/district-meets-group-wants-pass-out-satanic-materi/nh6nn/
Title: Re: Coach Sparky's atheism thread.
Post by: jammen on December 04, 2014, 09:42:29 AM
https://www.change.org/p/target-withdraw-the-holy-bible-this-sickening-book-encourages-readers-to-commit-sexual-violence-and-kill-women
Title: Re: Coach Sparky's atheism thread.
Post by: jammen on January 17, 2015, 09:42:01 AM
Mr Deity has a few words for the Pope: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6xDnxv6eFNg&feature=youtu.be
Title: Re: Coach Sparky's atheism thread.
Post by: heelpick on January 17, 2015, 03:19:28 PM
je suis charlie
Title: Re: Coach Sparky's atheism thread.
Post by: jammen on January 17, 2015, 06:29:59 PM
Well said.  I wish I was as eloquent as Mr Deity.
Title: Re: Coach Sparky's atheism thread.
Post by: lkwdsteve on January 18, 2015, 07:34:04 AM
If my spiritualism is based on something akin to a version the "force" can I still be atheist?
Title: Re: Coach Sparky's atheism thread.
Post by: lkwdsteve on January 18, 2015, 07:39:02 AM
Edit:

If my spiritualism is based on something akin to a version of the "force", can I still be atheist?

I regret the need to add "of" and a "," to make the sentence proper.