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by cnorman18
Tue Mar 18, 2014 2:05 pm
Forum: Arts, Media & Literature
Topic: A bit of personal news...
Replies: 7
Views: 781

[quote=""DMB""]Congratulations! Nice to see you back here. You may not know, however, that we lost our dear David B less than a month ago.[/quote] I am truly sorry to hear that. As we say in my tradition -- may his memory be a blessing. I may be around a bit more. Kind of miss the place, even if I d...
by cnorman18
Tue Mar 18, 2014 12:52 pm
Forum: Arts, Media & Literature
Topic: A bit of personal news...
Replies: 7
Views: 781

A bit of personal news...

All my life I’ve been told that I have a “voice made for radio,” to which I’ve always replied, “Yeah, and a face made for radio too.” But a few months ago I decided to see what I could do. I uploaded a few auditions on ACX.com -- and the next day I had two contracts. I thought I'd share my good fort...
by cnorman18
Sun Aug 25, 2013 12:41 pm
Forum: Religion
Topic: Assassination - Narendra Dabholkar
Replies: 20
Views: 1483

A Murder in India

A tragedy for rationalism and the effort to free humanity from superstition.

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/08/25/world ... -life.html
by cnorman18
Sun Jun 23, 2013 5:46 pm
Forum: Religion
Topic: A fellow atheist's critique of Christopher Hitchens
Replies: 44
Views: 2031

[quote=""Wizofoz""]...And a lot of it is pure cock. He attacks Hitchens for stating there is no evidence of the Exodus- which is entirely the truth- simply because the Oxford Press published a book claiming the contrary.[/quote] But the Princeton University Press published a book giving the EVIDENCE...
by cnorman18
Sun Jun 23, 2013 5:34 pm
Forum: Religion
Topic: A fellow atheist's critique of Christopher Hitchens
Replies: 44
Views: 2031

Interesting how the criticisms of the article don't bother to address any of the actual arguments in it. Except, of course, those regarding the Exodus. That's only ONE argument among many here; still, it's always struck me as VERY strange that hard atheists and Christian fundamentalists AGREE on tha...
by cnorman18
Sun Jun 23, 2013 3:55 pm
Forum: Religion
Topic: A fellow atheist's critique of Christopher Hitchens
Replies: 44
Views: 2031

A fellow atheist's critique of Christopher Hitchens

I found this an interesting read. And, speaking as a liberal Jew -- the existence of whom is ignored or denied by Hitchens -- I quite agree with most of it.

http://www.salon.com/2013/06/23/christo ... no_favors/
by cnorman18
Fri May 24, 2013 1:32 am
Forum: Religion
Topic: Christians Are Retarded
Replies: 50
Views: 1765

I'm a Jew; I'm neutral on the question here. My beef is with the term "retarded." This word, when used in a literal sense of something being slowed or obstructed in some way, is perfectly acceptable: "The train's progress was retarded by the heavy snow." When used to refer to persons, it is an unacc...
by cnorman18
Mon May 13, 2013 12:16 am
Forum: Politics & World Events
Topic: Rush Limbaugh is a Horse's Ass
Replies: 11
Views: 1028

Just for the record; Rush Limbaugh's sponsors have been jumping ship in record numbers, and the media corporation that syndicates his show has posted record losses. Look here: http://www.addictinginfo.org/2013/05/09/over-80-of-network-advertisers-have-excluded-rush-limbaugh-when-buying-airtime-video...
by cnorman18
Sun Mar 31, 2013 1:47 pm
Forum: Religion
Topic: Looks like the new pope is another scumbag as suspected
Replies: 26
Views: 1521

Just dropping in to give a few facts: Popes ARE only "infallible," according to the Magisterium of the Church, when speaking ex cathedra, "from the Chair of Peter." This invariably happens on matters that are only of significance to Catholics; the last time it happened was in 1950, when Pope Pius XI...
by cnorman18
Sun Dec 30, 2012 3:32 pm
Forum: Religion
Topic: Atheism: Stronger in the US "heartland" than in the cities
Replies: 2
Views: 648

Atheism: Stronger in the US "heartland" than in the cities

This is a fascinating article I thought my friends on SC might be interested in. Enjoy -- and a Happy New Year to all!

http://www.salon.com/2012/12/23/there_r ... singleton/
by cnorman18
Fri Nov 23, 2012 5:37 am
Forum: Religion
Topic: Rational thoughts from an atheist on progressive religion
Replies: 99
Views: 6528

[quote=""Wizofoz""]Sure Charles, but it really does come down to the point Koy made- what is it you think should change? [/quote] The only points I saw Koy making were that liberal theists are either dishonest or deluded, any interaction that we have with atheists serves an agenda of censoring or de...
by cnorman18
Fri Nov 23, 2012 2:02 am
Forum: Religion
Topic: Rational thoughts from an atheist on progressive religion
Replies: 99
Views: 6528

(Addressed to everyone here, not just Wizofoz) [quote=""Wizofoz""] Like telling liberal theists that we should oppose homophobia, bigotry, and the teaching of actual science in the schools? Whose doing that? Who is implying liberals DON'T do those things? [/quote] Where did I say that anyone was? I ...
by cnorman18
Thu Nov 22, 2012 3:41 am
Forum: Religion
Topic: Rational thoughts from an atheist on progressive religion
Replies: 99
Views: 6528

[quote=""trendkill""] Absolutley nothing, bring it on and sign me up- and I REALLY don't think you will find any argument from any Secular/Atheist organisation. Telling someone over and over to do something that they have no objection against doing is an offensive political tactic. [/quote] Like tel...
by cnorman18
Wed Nov 21, 2012 8:32 pm
Forum: Religion
Topic: Rational thoughts from an atheist on progressive religion
Replies: 99
Views: 6528

[quote=""Koyaanisqatsi""] I just meant I don't think I'd care to work alongside you at a soup kitchen if you're going to be yelling at me about how RELIGION causes all the problems in the world the whole time. Well, that's just another false premise. No atheists are yelling at anyone while they work...
by cnorman18
Wed Nov 21, 2012 6:11 pm
Forum: Religion
Topic: Rational thoughts from an atheist on progressive religion
Replies: 99
Views: 6528

[quote=""Koyaanisqatsi""] Nobody's arguing the validity of religion here, or against atheism. The point of this article is that those questions, in the face of the specific needs of society, ought to be set aside long enough to actually do some practical GOOD. No, it's not. You may think that--on th...
by cnorman18
Wed Nov 21, 2012 5:34 pm
Forum: Religion
Topic: Rational thoughts from an atheist on progressive religion
Replies: 99
Views: 6528

[quote=""Jobar""] The idea here is simply that atheists and liberal theists ought to cooperate on specific projects toward specific goals that we share in common; e.g., fighting homophobia, bigotry, misogyny, and ignorance, and fighting for peace, justice, freedom, equality, and like that. When it c...
by cnorman18
Wed Nov 21, 2012 5:31 pm
Forum: Religion
Topic: Rational thoughts from an atheist on progressive religion
Replies: 99
Views: 6528

[quote=""Koyaanisqatsi""] Nobody's arguing the validity of religion here, or against atheism. The point of this article is that those questions, in the face of the specific needs of society, ought to be set aside long enough to actually do some practical GOOD. No, it's not. You may think that--on th...
by cnorman18
Wed Nov 21, 2012 3:28 pm
Forum: Religion
Topic: Rational thoughts from an atheist on progressive religion
Replies: 99
Views: 6528

[quote=""CatfaceMeowmers""] Yeah, yeah -- more or less as I expected. Nobody's arguing the validity of religion here, or against atheism. The point of this article is that those questions, in the face of the specific needs of society, ought to be set aside long enough to actually do some practical G...
by cnorman18
Wed Nov 21, 2012 3:07 pm
Forum: Religion
Topic: Rational thoughts from an atheist on progressive religion
Replies: 99
Views: 6528

[quote=""Wizofoz""]Absolutley nothing, bring it on and sign me up- and I REALLY don't think you will find any argument from any Secular/Atheist organisation. I'd certainly (indeed I DO) participate in charitable works which are run by religious organisations. it miffs me a little that they can't hel...
by cnorman18
Wed Nov 21, 2012 4:32 am
Forum: Religion
Topic: Rational thoughts from an atheist on progressive religion
Replies: 99
Views: 6528

Yeah, yeah -- more or less as I expected. Nobody's arguing the validity of religion here, or against atheism. The point of this article is that those questions, in the face of the specific needs of society, ought to be set aside long enough to actually do some practical GOOD. The idea here is simply...
by cnorman18
Tue Nov 20, 2012 3:43 am
Forum: Religion
Topic: Was Mount Sinai a volcano in Saudi Arabia?
Replies: 53
Views: 9058

Answer to the OP: Probably. It might be well to remember that the first five books of the Bible, known to Jews as the Torah, are redacted oral traditions. They are not historical reporting, they are not scientific treatises, they are not theological texts, and they are not consciously fabricated fic...
by cnorman18
Sat Nov 17, 2012 11:25 pm
Forum: Politics & World Events
Topic: On the US election
Replies: 33
Views: 5340

[quote=""praxis""]The media has been in a tizzy talking about how liberalism won the day when Obama was reelected. What a bunch of crap that is. The man governs as a moderate conservative. [/quote] I think that very much depends on where you are standing. From an American perspective, Obama as about...
by cnorman18
Sat Nov 17, 2012 4:23 pm
Forum: Religion
Topic: Rational thoughts from an atheist on progressive religion
Replies: 99
Views: 6528

Rational thoughts from an atheist on progressive religion

This article, excerpted below, echoes something I tried to express on this forum. Why Pluralism Should Matter to Atheists ...allow me to briefly make a case for why atheists should engage in cooperative dialogue and action with liberal believers... Religion isn't going away any time soon. Despite th...
by cnorman18
Sat Nov 17, 2012 4:16 pm
Forum: Politics & World Events
Topic: On the US election
Replies: 33
Views: 5340

On the US election

Just thought I'd drop in to post the opinion of a late-middle-aged, religious white male from the American South on the re-election of President Obama: WOOHOO! Turns out it isn't as easy for predatory plutocrats to buy an election as they thought. Good news all the way around, in my opinion. Everyon...