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by david house
July 31st, 2013, 11:21 pm
Forum: Religion
Topic: Evidence (?) for Christ's Resurrection
Replies: 196
Views: 24396

Re: Evidence (?) for Christ's Resurrection

I of course agree that the claims of the religionists are complete nonsense. I have often wondered though if there is a story behind "the story". Compared to today these were uneducated people, with little explanation for anything unusual other than superstition. Just imagine for a moment that a far...
by david house
February 27th, 2013, 11:19 am
Forum: Religion
Topic: Yet another case of instituional Catholic child abuse.
Replies: 92
Views: 26258

Re: Yet another case of instituional Catholic child abuse.

For my own reasons I regularly comment on a couple of well known Catholic blogs. I am usually the only opposing voice and often get vilified for my reasoning. As you can imagine there has been quite a lot to say in recent weeks. They feel, especially the hard line ultra traditionalists, that there i...
by david house
March 17th, 2012, 11:23 am
Forum: Humanism, secularism, freethought...
Topic: Why debate?
Replies: 27
Views: 6109

Re: Why debate?

I debate regularly with Catholics, in fact pretty much every day. The blog I am currently on is un-moderated and to his credit, the blog owner seems to enjoy the challenge of an alternative viewpoint. Some of his contributors hate me with a passion you can only imagine. Only today I was told my post...
by david house
March 17th, 2012, 11:02 am
Forum: Religion
Topic: Cardinal Keith O'Brien strikes again
Replies: 63
Views: 4902

Re: Cardinal Keith O'Brien strikes again

If you enjoy a bit of sarcastic humour with a bite under the surface, take a look at this:-

http://www.ft.com/intl/cms/s/2/3f1df970 ... ab49a.html#

I think it's brilliant and so true.
by david house
March 12th, 2012, 2:33 am
Forum: Religion
Topic: Cardinal Keith O'Brien strikes again
Replies: 63
Views: 4902

Re: Cardinal Keith O'Brien strikes again

We are going off topic here but as an aside, and for interest only I spend half my life in the Philippines. I am there now. It is obviously a Catholic dominated country in which to speak openly against the Church is a dangerous thing to do. You don't just risk jail, you risk someone shooting you bec...
by david house
March 11th, 2012, 5:57 am
Forum: Religion
Topic: Cardinal Keith O'Brien strikes again
Replies: 63
Views: 4902

Re: Cardinal Keith O'Brien strikes again

phalarope I don't believe I am over heating on this, but I do think the RC Church, together with some others who think as they do, are. Look at the current reports of what is being said in the USA., both by the Pope and others. This is no co-incidence. Complacency by those who don't want to see our ...
by david house
March 10th, 2012, 3:49 pm
Forum: Religion
Topic: Cardinal Keith O'Brien strikes again
Replies: 63
Views: 4902

Re: Cardinal Keith O'Brien strikes again

There is no doubt this is co-ordinated. As a regular contributor to various RC blogs and forums so many of the posts contain identical wording. I debate with some of the "Catholic Voices". There must be briefing documents being sent out. They are determined to preserve their view that marriage is a ...
by david house
March 5th, 2012, 1:55 pm
Forum: Religion
Topic: Cardinal Keith O'Brien strikes again
Replies: 63
Views: 4902

Re: Cardinal Keith O'Brien strikes again

There is a co-ordinated campaign underway, led by the Catholic Church, to stop the extension of marriage to include same sex couples. The "Irish Independent" reported this speech as a "declaration of war by the Church". So much for humanists being aggressive! I participate on a Catholic blog. Just t...
by david house
March 1st, 2012, 1:35 am
Forum: Sciences and pseudo-science
Topic: The dangerous quackery of nutritionists
Replies: 63
Views: 9025

Re: The dangerous quackery of nutritionists

I'm really interested to hear that, David. Where did these "nutritionists" train and what qualifications did they have? Why did you not employ either food technologists or dietitcians? Was this in the UK? Yes this was in the UK, and was over 15 years ago. I am now retired. The people we employed we...
by david house
February 29th, 2012, 11:49 am
Forum: Sciences and pseudo-science
Topic: The dangerous quackery of nutritionists
Replies: 63
Views: 9025

Re: The dangerous quackery of nutritionists

I worked in the food industry most of my life and have employed nutritionists. These were qualified professionals whose task was to calculate the nutritional value of the foodstuffs being produced, and to help with product development to ensure new products delivered what was claimed for them, and w...
by david house
February 29th, 2012, 11:31 am
Forum: Religion
Topic: Do the "believers" Really believe.
Replies: 16
Views: 1469

Re: Do the "believers" Really believe.

I annoy the hell (pun intended) out of Catholics during my many debates with them, whenever they refer to "Pascal's Wager" which is basically what this Bishop is proposing. "Pascal's Wager", for those unfamiliar with it, proposes that because the existence of God is unprovable, that His existence mu...
by david house
February 29th, 2012, 12:43 am
Forum: Religion
Topic: Religious privilege
Replies: 50
Views: 4566

Re: Religious privilege

Finca Do please take a look at Michael Voris, just so you can see what we are facing. Whilst I completely agree that quiet reason is the way to respond I do believe that we need to respond and not to ignore. It is almost exclusively Catholics with whom I debate, for my own reasons, and whilst their ...
by david house
February 28th, 2012, 2:34 am
Forum: Religion
Topic: Religious privilege
Replies: 50
Views: 4566

Re: Religious privilege

As someone who populates Catholic forums and blogs due to my special interest in their religion (I spend half my life in the Philippines) I can confirm that the level of paranoia which they have over being "persecuted" definitely seems to be on the increase. I do believe this is not a co-incidence b...
by david house
November 23rd, 2011, 1:27 am
Forum: Religion
Topic: Should protests outside abortion clinics be allowed?
Replies: 104
Views: 9961

Re: Should protests outside abortion clinics be allowed?

Having debated this matter at length with the ultra "pro-life" lobby, many of whom were in the USA I can assure you that they are a militant bunch with scant regard for the opinions of others. They know the "Truth" because "God" has told them. The emotions of the mother are a minor issue, which will...
by david house
June 1st, 2011, 8:28 pm
Forum: Religion
Topic: Fact v Opinion
Replies: 19
Views: 1653

Re: Fact v Opinion

I was thinking about the church and educational policy makers at the executive level - do they appear on forums in a discursive mode? Not the ones from Rome. Goodness they are already half way to heaven and hardly bother with their own members, let alone people like me. There are plenty of apologis...
by david house
June 1st, 2011, 5:39 pm
Forum: Religion
Topic: Fact v Opinion
Replies: 19
Views: 1653

Re: Fact v Opinion

The trouble is those who are active in the act of pushing their faith on others, the ones with the authority, rarely take part in forums. Bit like I doubt that politicians appear much on anarchist forums (if there are any)! Trust me there are plenty on their own forums. Some are so far away from re...
by david house
May 31st, 2011, 11:45 pm
Forum: Religion
Topic: Fact v Opinion
Replies: 19
Views: 1653

Re: Fact v Opinion

The forum is catholicforum.com. It is not as bad as you might imagine and some useful exchanges of views have occurred. However some of the members are really unreal. I have already been kicked off one Catholic forum for daring to challenge some attitudes and I am on a final warning in this one! Tha...
by david house
May 31st, 2011, 8:16 pm
Forum: Religion
Topic: Fact v Opinion
Replies: 19
Views: 1653

Fact v Opinion

I need some help. I am having a long and fairly tedious "debate" with some hard nosed Catholics on another forum who insist that their opinions are fact, because they, or "God", say they are. I have insisted that there is only one way to claim a fact, and that is if it is objectively, independently ...
by david house
May 4th, 2011, 11:42 am
Forum: Humanist Ethics & Morality
Topic: Osama Bin Laden
Replies: 33
Views: 5072

Re: Osama Bin Laden

it is not revenge to pursue a mass murderer, is it? And though some extremists will no doubt see him as a martyr, his continued survival might also be seen as a victory - who knows, and who are you to decide? Yes, al Qaeda seems somewhat less powerful than it was, but it and its progeny are still k...
by david house
May 3rd, 2011, 5:50 pm
Forum: Humanist Ethics & Morality
Topic: does anyone really care about global warming?
Replies: 257
Views: 57468

Re: does anyone really care about global warming?

I am not a scientist either but there are some things which seem blindingly obvious to me. Firstly that the world's resources cannot last for ever and that some will diminish quicker than others. Therefore finding new, or better, ways to do things must be essential. Second, that we cannot go on expa...