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#3059284 To whom it may concern

Posted by JohnM on 22 January 2015 - 07:29 PM

We should of course respect othe people. We should respect their right to hold views and have beliefs however strange and unlikely, but why should we respect the views and beliefs themselves if they are wrong, baseless, etc and if they try to impose their beliefs on others.

#3058975 To whom it may concern

Posted by JohnM on 22 January 2015 - 09:05 AM

Well said, religion is just an excuse that people have used.The crusades is a perfect example.

Rather, I see these things as originated in, motivated by and driven by religions striving to impose their wills on others,

#3058563 To whom it may concern

Posted by JohnM on 21 January 2015 - 02:53 PM

Jesus and Mo

#3058120 Six Nations

Posted by JohnM on 20 January 2015 - 08:33 PM

Click here for  details of the forthcoming Six Nations here. No, really, honest like....trust me

#3058086 10 dead at French Satirical Mag

Posted by JohnM on 20 January 2015 - 07:57 PM

The saints and sinners of our world are small in number. The latter are good at making a lot of noise, though, so they seem more widespread.


The rest of us in the vast majority just muddle along, our sins being more of omission than commission, and are generally decent, despite our weaknesses.


While we might say something about, for instance, how nice it would be to drop Russell Brand into a tub full of rabid gerbils, it's just a pleasant fancy, and we wouldn't actually do it, given the opportunity.



Oh yes I would. Thanks for the idea...!

#3057812 To whom it may concern

Posted by JohnM on 20 January 2015 - 10:34 AM

Really?  I've been repeatedly advised on these very forums that aetheism is the absence of faith.

Distortion again.
1. It's not advice
2. Aetheists have faith in lots of things, but they do not have a blind unreasoning irrational faith in the existence of a supreme being such as the god you worship.

#3056197 Tories & nationalisation....

Posted by JohnM on 16 January 2015 - 08:34 AM

Out of the frying pan and into the flier, as it were?

#3056188 10 dead at French Satirical Mag

Posted by JohnM on 16 January 2015 - 08:03 AM

Imagine how good those schools would be if they rid themselves of the religious brainwashing and the nonsense that is religion.

#3055995 Trouble at NS&I!

Posted by JohnM on 15 January 2015 - 04:56 PM

Oh dear, grandad's gone off on one again.  Better switch off his hearing aid.


Out of date.


It's now great-grandad..I  'eard that. Pardon?

#3055970 Trouble at NS&I!

Posted by JohnM on 15 January 2015 - 03:52 PM

Its a sop to those few  remaining pensioners with any accessible savings  who have been subsidising you avoricious debt-ridden mortgagees through the reigns of successive governments. We didn't fight the war just to keep you lot in Guardian subscriptions, tofu and Waitrose gift cards y'know. Clip round the  ear ole, that what you need. Modern yoof? Pah! You don't know you're born!

#3055524 To whom it may concern

Posted by JohnM on 14 January 2015 - 12:02 PM

"So why do they always end up like Stalin or Pol Pot?"

France hasn't ..and that is a secular state.


BTW, I am not suggesting  going looking for religious things to ridicule. I am suggesting that whatever the religion, if they parade ridiculous things in public as they are perfectly entitled to do, then expect to be ridiculed..and they are perfectly entitled to be ridiculed.  If they adopt an internal rule that says "no pictures of the boss" then that is up to them to stick to it. Lets be clear, though, I'm not in their club and that rules does not apply to me. Equally, if they set up schools that indoctrinate the young, as they are perfectly expected to then expect to be criticised for it, however good these schools are, Islamic schools, jewish schools, catholic schools, evangelical schools, whatever. 


I fear we are sleepwalking into a new dark age where the counter to Islamic fundamentalism seems to be more Christianity. Not a day passes that there is not some bish or other on TV hijacking a disaster, setting up a church service  etc  . No. Not in my name.

#3055447 To whom it may concern

Posted by JohnM on 13 January 2015 - 11:17 PM

Sorry Chris but can't agree with the first part of that. If you have a different belief or opinion say to me then thats up to you but I wouldn't dream of ridiculing you for it. Its your personal belief and you're entitled to it.

If the beliefs cause harm or are exploitive then thats a different matter.


So if you believe that certain races or colours are inferior to others, you are entitled to it and should not be ridiculed?

#3053565 Ladbrokes to sponsor Challenge Cup

Posted by JohnM on 08 January 2015 - 11:31 PM

I find Monte Carlo ever so downmarket these days.

#3053431 UKIPpery

Posted by JohnM on 08 January 2015 - 05:23 PM

ARRRGH. Trigger words! Brand....#a##§&¥€£$%%+

The great thing About Jordan is that I bet he knew the reaction he'd have had if he'd told people what he was going to do. I'd like to think he thought " ###### em.....I'm going anyway."

#3053429 THE BIBLE

Posted by JohnM on 08 January 2015 - 05:18 PM

Yes, Christianity is the most widely followed religion in the world. I can't account for some people who choose to take on board the Old Testament. They need a bit of direction, clearly. However, that doesn't change the fact that Christianity is a New Testament religion. If it wasn't, why bother killing Jesus? He would have been no threat at all if he had just been another Old Testament prophet or teacher.

They need a bit of direction? Thays the problem...right there. I realise it was meant to be taken in a light hearted fashion, but nevertheless, its this direction thing that is wrong. You believe what you like, but it is not for any religion, ANY religion, to direct ANY non members what to think,what to say or what to do.