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by Lord Muck oGentry
September 28th, 2007, 12:01 am
Forum: Humanist Ethics & Morality
Topic: Religion-erasing magic wand?
Replies: 23
Views: 5211

I think, if religion was stripped of it's undeserved privileges IE tax breaks, bishops in the house of Lords, preachers in prisons, schools, hospitals et-al, it would die a natural death, and we'd all be better for it. Alan C, I admire the general sentiment. :) But what methods are justifiable if "...
by Lord Muck oGentry
September 25th, 2007, 11:14 pm
Forum: Humanist Ethics & Morality
Topic: Religion-erasing magic wand?
Replies: 23
Views: 5211

DD, If you enjoy comedy treatments of religion, you may like this: http://www.susjed.com/multimedija/video/42p2SO5wQag/Marcus-Brigstocke's-'3-Abrahamic-Faiths'-Rant I certainly did. On the main topic, I may have failed to get my thoughts across. Using the wand is objectionable IMO for the same reaso...
by Lord Muck oGentry
September 25th, 2007, 12:39 am
Forum: Humanist Ethics & Morality
Topic: Religion-erasing magic wand?
Replies: 23
Views: 5211

I would say the ability to be able to imagine religion is part of what makes us human. Alas, it seems to be "human" to impose one's imagination on others as well. Stem cells might point to a cure for Mrs. D's blood-protein deficiency -- but God W. Bush imagines a superbeing, then imagines it speaks...
by Lord Muck oGentry
September 23rd, 2007, 4:18 pm
Forum: Culture Club
Topic: Favourite poems
Replies: 326
Views: 92226

Any fans of Archy and Mehitabel out there?

http://www.donmarquis.com/readingroom/a ... araoh.html
by Lord Muck oGentry
September 22nd, 2007, 2:15 am
Forum: Social Club
Topic: I think we should have been told...
Replies: 13
Views: 2478

jaywhat wrote:She then blames a corgi and gets butler to kick it.
Ancient joke: E II R is entertaining the Ruritanian Ambassador, when one of the corgis lets fly a real cheek-rattler.

E II R : Your Excellency, I do beg your pardon!

His Excellency: No need, Your Majesty. I thought it was the dog...
by Lord Muck oGentry
September 22nd, 2007, 1:38 am
Forum: Social Club
Topic: Which country do you live in?
Replies: 160
Views: 16800

Scotland

Glasgow

Byres Road

Now, where has that smug smiley got to...?
by Lord Muck oGentry
September 21st, 2007, 11:59 am
Forum: Miscellaneous Discussions...
Topic: Pope Joan
Replies: 6
Views: 2283

Alan C. wrote:There are a couple of references to Jesus outside of the bible, but they have long since been proved to be forgeries, I don't have time to research them just now

Josephus?
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Josephus_on_Jesus
by Lord Muck oGentry
September 20th, 2007, 8:52 pm
Forum: Social Club
Topic: Buzzword Bingo
Replies: 22
Views: 3902

Empowering and enabling.

Whenever I hear them, I have to count the spoons.
by Lord Muck oGentry
September 19th, 2007, 1:49 am
Forum: Humanist Ethics & Morality
Topic: Religion-erasing magic wand?
Replies: 23
Views: 5211

Gurdur wrote:
Not to be allowed to or not to be able to err is subhuman.



Thanks, BTW, for making this thread. It's a point which has been on my mind for a long time.

Amen, brother! :)

I shall hie me hence to the JREF, where it seems that the forces of errorsrightsupheldness are hard pressed.
by Lord Muck oGentry
September 19th, 2007, 1:23 am
Forum: Humanist Ethics & Morality
Topic: Religion-erasing magic wand?
Replies: 23
Views: 5211

I would say the ability to be able to imagine religion is part of what makes us human. I.e., not the religion itself, just the ability to be able to imagine it if one wants to. So no, I would not be in favour of diminishing free will and imagination. Certainly, it means we pay a price for it all; w...
by Lord Muck oGentry
September 19th, 2007, 1:07 am
Forum: Humanist Ethics & Morality
Topic: Religion-erasing magic wand?
Replies: 23
Views: 5211

Religion-erasing magic wand?

Spotted this discussion yesterday on JREF: http://forums.randi.org/showthread.php?t=93721 As you can see, I have already expressed an opinion on the JREF thread: given the opportunity to wave a magic wand and so eliminate ( by non-violent means) all religious sentiment from humanity, I should prefer...
by Lord Muck oGentry
September 2nd, 2007, 1:22 am
Forum: Social Club
Topic: Fruit
Replies: 35
Views: 4329

This thread could do with its own theme tune:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SS_sk8bmHzo
by Lord Muck oGentry
September 1st, 2007, 8:33 pm
Forum: Social Club
Topic: Strange Sayings...
Replies: 54
Views: 5998

God wrote:
What about "harping on". I said somewhere about people always "harping on" about something. Harping? Why harping?
From Shakespeare.
http://www.phrases.org.uk/meanings/172400.html


The image seems to be of a singer accompanying himself on a harp as he chunters on.
by Lord Muck oGentry
September 1st, 2007, 6:07 pm
Forum: Social Club
Topic: Why did you choose your particular user name?
Replies: 288
Views: 82603

New boy here, sent over from Reception to explain my username. (I suppose I ought to be grateful that I wasn't sent to the stores for a long stand :) ) Anyway, it's a portmanteau expression: LM in honour of the undervalued virtue of idleness, and MoG to echo the words of the plain man as the Quality...
by Lord Muck oGentry
September 1st, 2007, 5:23 pm
Forum: Social Club
Topic: Big Glasgow meet-up, 30th & 31st of August
Replies: 31
Views: 4306

Quick hello to Maria, Gurdur, Steve and others whom I met on Thursday. I'm sorry I had to leave so early in the evening, as I'd have been happy to get to to know everyone a little better.