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Comment Re:Certainty of answers (Score 1) 600

None of the questions asked about 100% certainty. They asked how confident the respondents were that particular propositions were true, ranging from "Not at all confident" to "Extremely/very confident"; I think most scientists in the relevant fields would be able and willing to answer them as they were put.

Comment Re: If they are SO REALLY CONCERN about religion . (Score 1) 674

Our problems are traditional and societal, not legislative and institutional. The CofE gets to appoint Lords; imagine if the Baptist Church got to directly appoint a number of Senators! Faith schools are also directly supported by tax monies in the UK.

Comment Re: If they are SO REALLY CONCERN about religion (Score 1) 674

Mammon on the other hand he doesn't serve either. He could make a lot more money than he does, but he often waives speaking fees and he donates to charities. Simply making a good living, even a very good living, is not the same as worshipping money.

Comment Re:If they are SO REALLY CONCERN about religion .. (Score 4, Informative) 674

Dawkins isn't primarily trying to convert believers into atheists; he's trying to level the playing field so that it is as acceptable to criticise or even mock a religious or otherwise superstitious belief as it is to criticise or mock a political belief or any other kind. He is also trying to raise opposition to the institutional legislative advantages religion, particularly the Church of England, has in government, such as the seats in the House of Lords which are automatically assigned to CoE bishops, and to end the practice of governmental support of faith schools.

He's also made it quite plain that he doesn't dislike "religious people" in general - he is in fact close personal friends with many, including prominent bishops and other clerics.

Comment Re: Fireworks in 3...2...1... (Score 1) 1251

No, I think you're straw-manning their view, though not necessarily deliberately. The ones I've spoken to are quite serious about their philosophy, not just poking fun at Christianity (though there's a little bit of that too). They also don't worship Satan in quite the same sense; the Satan figure is overtly symbolic, not taken to be a literal personality as the Christian deity is.

It's a bit weird and to my point of view unnecessarily so, but they do seem to be mostly serious. They're not (at least for the most part) a joke religion along the lines of Pastafarianism; it's a bit more nuanced than that.

Comment Re:It's about damn time (Score 3, Insightful) 1051

The fortified cockpit door doesn't help if the pilot or copilot employed by the airline is the terrorist. He kills the other occupant of the cockpit, if necessary, and flies the plane into the target. The passengers, even if they realize what's going on, can't do anything about it because they're locked out of the cockpit.

The changes make it more difficult. They don't make it impossible.

New York... when civilization falls apart, remember, we were way ahead of you. - David Letterman