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by MalteseHumanist
December 20th, 2007, 3:44 pm
Forum: Religion
Topic: Are we cultural Christians?
Replies: 17
Views: 2228

Re: Are we cultural Christians?

If anything, we'd be cultural pagans or cultural polytheists. Remember...christians stole christmas...virgin birth, 25th december...all copied.
by MalteseHumanist
December 20th, 2007, 2:47 pm
Forum: Social Club
Topic: Just to say "Happy Season!"
Replies: 19
Views: 3342

Re: Seasons Greetings to you all!

Season's Greetings :party:
by MalteseHumanist
November 21st, 2007, 7:00 am
Forum: Humanism, secularism, freethought...
Topic: Humanist principles/values
Replies: 5
Views: 1003

We should be tolerant to other beliefs and lifestyles just as long as those beliefs and lifestyles do not harm others or are themselves intolerant to other beliefs and lifestyles that do not harm others.
by MalteseHumanist
November 16th, 2007, 7:05 am
Forum: Humanist Ethics & Morality
Topic: Sex is only for husbands and wives
Replies: 11
Views: 2170

Sex Is Natural, but as you can see, it's also a sin :laughter:
by MalteseHumanist
November 14th, 2007, 6:55 pm
Forum: Humanism, secularism, freethought...
Topic: Is this cartoon offensive?
Replies: 37
Views: 8316

One has to have a good sense of humour to appreciate the caricature. Why not laugh at ourselves every once in a while. I wouldn't like to think that the cartoon would bother Dawkins or Hitchens.

Let's not act like the muslims who truly "raised hell" over cartoons some time ago.
by MalteseHumanist
November 14th, 2007, 2:30 pm
Forum: Religion
Topic: Don't you wish there was life after death, though?
Replies: 65
Views: 5879

Re: Life after death

For example, are believers less / more fearful, are they more / less willing to sacrifice their lives, do they take more / less risks, are they more / less inclined to devote effort and resources into saving the lives of themselves and other, are they more / less prone to supporting war, do they di...
by MalteseHumanist
November 14th, 2007, 2:21 pm
Forum: Humanist Ethics & Morality
Topic: Human rights
Replies: 15
Views: 2173

Re: Human rights

Moral rights (1) are rights which are conceived after rational inquiry into what justice and fairness would require. There's that word 'rational' again. How does it actually apply here? I mean, there has to be criteria on which to decide what is fair and just. What are these criteria and who decide...
by MalteseHumanist
November 14th, 2007, 5:59 am
Forum: Religion
Topic: Don't you wish there was life after death, though?
Replies: 65
Views: 5879

Meathead wrote:Ya gotta admit. If you're a dude, the Islamic notion of 72 virgins waiting for you in heaven is appealing. In fact, I'm thinking about jumping ship. Assalamu Alaikum :grin:
Unless you find that the 72 "virgins" are actually white raisins, as some suggest. :laughter:
by MalteseHumanist
November 14th, 2007, 5:53 am
Forum: Humanist Ethics & Morality
Topic: Human rights
Replies: 15
Views: 2173

The notion of rights, whether moral or legal, can take a bit of sorting out. I've always found Hohfeld a useful starting-point. Simple version here: http://personal.bgsu.edu/~roberth/hohfeld.html Wet-towel-round-the-head stuff here at 2.1: http://plato.stanford.edu/entries/rights/ The second link c...
by MalteseHumanist
November 13th, 2007, 7:38 am
Forum: Humanist Vegetarian Group
Topic: CONFERENCE ON ANIMAL ABUSE AND HUMAN VIOLENCE
Replies: 4
Views: 1301

Maybe I'm reading too much into this, or indeed got the wrong end of the stick, but the idea that banning 'cruel sports' will lessen domestic violence is pretty fatuous and self serving. Surely, the connection is that such people do not possess the skills to resolve issues without recourse to viole...
by MalteseHumanist
November 12th, 2007, 2:51 pm
Forum: Humanist Ethics & Morality
Topic: Human rights
Replies: 15
Views: 2173

Re: Human rights

I saw this hypothetical viewpoint offered on another forum as a starting point for discussion. I don't think it's a particularly helpful one but it did get me thinking about what we mean by human rights and where they come from. Does anyone have any comments? If a 'right' is that which exists indep...
by MalteseHumanist
November 12th, 2007, 2:16 pm
Forum: Humanist Vegetarian Group
Topic: Soy cheese?
Replies: 27
Views: 4186

Moose wrote:I've never seen a fish substitute now I come to think of it.
I have...he's called Steve Hogarth :hilarity:
by MalteseHumanist
November 12th, 2007, 12:13 pm
Forum: Humanist Vegetarian Group
Topic: Ideological basis for humanist vegetarianism?
Replies: 143
Views: 17007

Re: Humanist Vegetarian Ideology

Hmmm. I wonder what the vegan version of a curate's egg would be? :grin: It would still be the same...in a vegan world, there would still be eggs. :laughter: Except of course, that the curate would presumably not be able to eat it (or have I got that wrong?) All he could say would be, "Bless my sou...
by MalteseHumanist
November 12th, 2007, 6:28 am
Forum: Humanism, secularism, freethought...
Topic: British Muslim woman convicted of writing terrorist poetry
Replies: 6
Views: 1295

Moonbeam wrote:Poetry is against the law?
I think that incitement to violence is against the law.
by MalteseHumanist
November 12th, 2007, 6:07 am
Forum: Humanist Vegetarian Group
Topic: Ideological basis for humanist vegetarianism?
Replies: 143
Views: 17007

Re: Humanist Vegetarian Ideology

Hmmm. I wonder what the vegan version of a curate's egg would be? :grin: It would still be the same...in a vegan world, there would still be eggs. :laughter: And since you mention eggs...which came first...the chicken or the egg? Darwinism has the solution to that question. It was the egg. Since ch...
by MalteseHumanist
November 12th, 2007, 5:59 am
Forum: Humanist Vegetarian Group
Topic: Ideological basis for humanist vegetarianism?
Replies: 143
Views: 17007

I'm not generally in favour of banning people, or demanding they jump through hoops before joining. They must however subscribe to the general ideas of the group. If a wavering theist finds it attractive, I would not want to demand they renounce all gods before being admitted- I don't think they sh...
by MalteseHumanist
November 11th, 2007, 8:32 am
Forum: Humanist Vegetarian Group
Topic: Ideological basis for humanist vegetarianism?
Replies: 143
Views: 17007

Thanks for your considerably more reasonable response, Kenneth. I can see what you mean. That's why I am inclined against it. But I'm not in charge, so there it is. You're welcome Nick. I would also like to say that I tend to agree to your seeing a problem with having superstitious (faith) people w...
by MalteseHumanist
November 10th, 2007, 6:46 pm
Forum: Humanist Vegetarian Group
Topic: Ideological basis for humanist vegetarianism?
Replies: 143
Views: 17007

I wrote to the BHA at the time and was assured that the HVG was for the promotion of the BHA in other areas, not the promotion of veggiedom within the BHA. Personally, I don't see how you can do one (using HVG to promote BHA) without doing the other (promote vegerarianism within HVG). It's like say...
by MalteseHumanist
November 10th, 2007, 11:35 am
Forum: Humanist Vegetarian Group
Topic: What would you do?
Replies: 14
Views: 2840

As the animal has already been disrespected by being slaughtered, chopped to bits, cooked and served up, being left on the side of a plate is hardly adding insult to injury. Good point. Being an atheist of the kind who does not care what happens to my body after I die (it's what happens while I'm a...
by MalteseHumanist
November 10th, 2007, 11:15 am
Forum: Humanist Vegetarian Group
Topic: Ideological basis for humanist vegetarianism?
Replies: 143
Views: 17007

Re: Humanist Vegetarian Ideology

clayto wrote:Link to Animal Rights Malta now added to HVG website

Chris
Thanks. I will be putting a link to this forum on my blog as well.