• What do atheists think of Shroud of Turin?

    It's one of the better fake relics commissioned by the Catholic Church. The artist did some impressive work on it. Pity we'll probably never know who the artist was.
    It's one of the better fake relics commissioned by the Catholic Church. The artist did some impressive work on it. Pity we'll probably never know who the artist was.
    16 answers · Religion & Spirituality · 4 hours ago
  • In Y!A Politics - - how many "anonymous" users are working for Russia?

    I never go anonymous, but... Being a good capitalist... I'm always interested in an opportunity to make money. If you are an agent of a foreign power interested in a monetary sponsorship, drop me a line. Thanks for your consideration.
    I never go anonymous, but... Being a good capitalist... I'm always interested in an opportunity to make money. If you are an agent of a foreign power interested in a monetary sponsorship, drop me a line. Thanks for your consideration.
    11 answers · Politics · 4 hours ago
  • Do you support Or oppose President Trumps plan to the raise the age to buy a firearm to 21?

    Oppose. I'm a radical libertarian and I would do away with almost all gun control laws of I had the power.
    Oppose. I'm a radical libertarian and I would do away with almost all gun control laws of I had the power.
    27 answers · Politics · 5 hours ago
  • Nearly 30,000 people die a year from suicide. Nobody cares. Seventeen people die from an insane person. America goes insane. Why is this?

    1.3 million die in car accidents annually... That's 3200 A DAY. But we totally need to be worried about school shootings.
    1.3 million die in car accidents annually... That's 3200 A DAY. But we totally need to be worried about school shootings.
    13 answers · Mental Health · 7 hours ago
  • Are you pissed because you're losing your NRA discount?

    I don't care if companies make me pay more for being an NRA member, I'm not going to stop supporting the constitutional right of self defense with firearms.
    I don't care if companies make me pay more for being an NRA member, I'm not going to stop supporting the constitutional right of self defense with firearms.
    6 answers · Politics · 8 hours ago
  • Would you be best friends with people who are spiritually harmful to you?

    Spiritual is too subjective and vaguely defined for me to even understand what one would mean by "spiritual harm". Nothing spiritual is quantifiable, so I don't see how it could be either beneficial nor harmful.
    Spiritual is too subjective and vaguely defined for me to even understand what one would mean by "spiritual harm". Nothing spiritual is quantifiable, so I don't see how it could be either beneficial nor harmful.
    9 answers · Religion & Spirituality · 15 hours ago
  • Why is it so hard for some people to accept that there is a reality beyond their grasp?

    Because there is no practical difference between something that cannot be measured and quantified and something which doesn't exist. Maybe there is an invisible, intangible dragon living in my garage... But without being somehow detectable, there's no way to distinguish it from something just made up.
    Because there is no practical difference between something that cannot be measured and quantified and something which doesn't exist. Maybe there is an invisible, intangible dragon living in my garage... But without being somehow detectable, there's no way to distinguish it from something just made up.
    28 answers · Religion & Spirituality · 15 hours ago
  • Why do the snowflakes think we should pay for their 200k education in cultural appropriation studies?

    Lots of young people feel entitled to everything they want for free. They don't understand that there is nothing that is free. Someone, somewhere has to pay. Every dime that generations yet unborn will ever pay in taxes has already been leveraged to pay for all kinds of social programs. It will be interesting when the bill comes due. Will... show more
    Lots of young people feel entitled to everything they want for free. They don't understand that there is nothing that is free. Someone, somewhere has to pay. Every dime that generations yet unborn will ever pay in taxes has already been leveraged to pay for all kinds of social programs. It will be interesting when the bill comes due. Will we cut spending to the bone and deal with the protests from people who were promised free stuff, raise taxes to the point where the wealthy flee or start printing money until inflation collapses the fiduciary economy? All of these options are bad.
    9 answers · Religion & Spirituality · 17 hours ago
  • How do atheists deal with unearthly deep sorrow?

    I'm not even sure what "unearthly" would mean in this context. Deep sorrow can be an appropriate emotional response in some situations like the death of a loved one, but if it is in response to an inappropriate stimulus, I would seek out a mental health professional.
    I'm not even sure what "unearthly" would mean in this context. Deep sorrow can be an appropriate emotional response in some situations like the death of a loved one, but if it is in response to an inappropriate stimulus, I would seek out a mental health professional.
    20 answers · Religion & Spirituality · 18 hours ago
  • Was there a belief system predating Christianity with the same story line?

    Not only were there many similar cults in the region at the time, but the early Christians knew it. If you read the works of the early apologists, they argue that Satan counterfeited Christianity IN ADVANCE to make Christianity seem less plausible. * Baptism is Egyptian * Resurrected Savior cults were a dime a dozen in the Greco-Roman world *... show more
    Not only were there many similar cults in the region at the time, but the early Christians knew it. If you read the works of the early apologists, they argue that Satan counterfeited Christianity IN ADVANCE to make Christianity seem less plausible. * Baptism is Egyptian * Resurrected Savior cults were a dime a dozen in the Greco-Roman world * Heaven/Hell are taken from Zoroastrianism * The 12 Disciples are the signs of the zodiac * The Eucharist was a common pagan ritual meal to honor the dead * All the philosophy Jesus repeats on the gospel was promoted by Greek philosophers for centuries before him * The Gospel of Mark is an event-by-event ripoff of the Odyssey, the most popular fiction work of its day. Not one speck of it is original.
    18 answers · Religion & Spirituality · 1 day ago
  • How did Nazi Germany know who was Jewish, and why didn't people just say they weren't?

    Germans are efficient record keepers. Marriage, birth and death records were available going back to the 18th Century. Being Jewish wasn't hidden in these old records and many Jewish names stand out compared to German names. There are plenty of stories of people who successfully evaded being outed as Jews, so it wasn't impossible to hide... show more
    Germans are efficient record keepers. Marriage, birth and death records were available going back to the 18th Century. Being Jewish wasn't hidden in these old records and many Jewish names stand out compared to German names. There are plenty of stories of people who successfully evaded being outed as Jews, so it wasn't impossible to hide your heritage, but it was hard for most Jews to do.
    11 answers · Sociology · 1 day ago
  • Cons, I dont allow guns in my house, when can I expect the NRA to sue me?

    No one will sue you...but don't expect or count on anyone coming to your aid either. Why should I put my safety on the line to protect someone who doesn't provide adequately for their own self-defense? Hopefully, you'll never need it, but you can wait for the police and hope you're not dead by the time they show up. The average... show more
    No one will sue you...but don't expect or count on anyone coming to your aid either. Why should I put my safety on the line to protect someone who doesn't provide adequately for their own self-defense? Hopefully, you'll never need it, but you can wait for the police and hope you're not dead by the time they show up. The average response time in my area is 12 minutes. That's a LONG time to wait when seconds count.
    12 answers · Politics · 1 day ago
  • If an area is a Gun Free Zone and you are not allowed to defend yourself, should the people who declared the area?

    That would be nice. It would be nicer if the Supreme Court had ruled in DeShaney v. Winnebago County or Castle Rock v. Gonzales that the police have an obligation to help and protect individual citizens. But the Justices didn't...and you're on your own and the police can ignore you if they want. I'll bet at least SOME gun owners would... show more
    That would be nice. It would be nicer if the Supreme Court had ruled in DeShaney v. Winnebago County or Castle Rock v. Gonzales that the police have an obligation to help and protect individual citizens. But the Justices didn't...and you're on your own and the police can ignore you if they want. I'll bet at least SOME gun owners would give up their weapons if they had guaranteed police protection. I know I would be less heavily armed if I could count on backup.
    17 answers · Politics · 1 day ago
  • Why do people still not realize that Global Warming is Government Propaganda?

    I'd be much less suspicious of climate change claims if the politicians pushing for climate change policies weren't positioned to gain power and influence while reducing living standards for everyone else.
    I'd be much less suspicious of climate change claims if the politicians pushing for climate change policies weren't positioned to gain power and influence while reducing living standards for everyone else.
    18 answers · Politics · 1 day ago
  • A question for Atheists: Why are you not an agnostic?

    I am. I am an agnostic for I do not know that no gods exist. I am an atheist for I do not believe that any gods exist. I am an antitheist for I think belief in gods is bad for humanity. I am an igtheist for no one has ever presented me with a concept of god that wasn't internally self-contradicting. None of these things are mutually exclusive. show more
    I am. I am an agnostic for I do not know that no gods exist. I am an atheist for I do not believe that any gods exist. I am an antitheist for I think belief in gods is bad for humanity. I am an igtheist for no one has ever presented me with a concept of god that wasn't internally self-contradicting. None of these things are mutually exclusive.
    38 answers · Religion & Spirituality · 2 days ago
  • Agree or Disagree? 1 of the major reason Atheists don't believe in God is. Because they know that if they become religious they won't be?

    *sigh* We keep trying to tell you -- We are atheists because we do not believe your religious claims. Saying we just want to sin makes no sense. Pretending the police don't exist wouldn't keep you from being arrested. No matter how many times you claim to know what I think or what I feel, you never get it right. Perhaps you might want... show more
    *sigh* We keep trying to tell you -- We are atheists because we do not believe your religious claims. Saying we just want to sin makes no sense. Pretending the police don't exist wouldn't keep you from being arrested. No matter how many times you claim to know what I think or what I feel, you never get it right. Perhaps you might want to consider that whatever source you have for this information, it is incorrect. I used to be religious. I stopped being religious because I read the Bible, found it obviously and laughably false, and went in search of more useful answers to my questions...and I found them in reality, in claims that are supported by evidence and repeated experimentation -- Something religious people can only DREAM of having.
    15 answers · Religion & Spirituality · 2 days ago
  • My pastor told me that after his friend got brain damage he turned into an atheist. Is this true?

    It's possible. Brain damage is known to cause dramatic shifts in perception and/or personality. The implication, though, that atheism is caused by brain damage would be false. I tend to look on such stories with severe skepticism because so many apologists have a similar story... Like the fact that pretty much every apologist has a story of... show more
    It's possible. Brain damage is known to cause dramatic shifts in perception and/or personality. The implication, though, that atheism is caused by brain damage would be false. I tend to look on such stories with severe skepticism because so many apologists have a similar story... Like the fact that pretty much every apologist has a story of meeting an atheist professor from Berkeley on a flight who couldn't give even a passable 4th grade explanation of evolution. It isn't impossible, but it certainly is unlikely that ALL of them have such a similar rare experience.
    15 answers · Religion & Spirituality · 2 days ago
  • How extreme would gun control measures have to become before mass-shootings could be stopped entirely?

    You'd need daily, house to house searches of every structure and constant surveillance of everyone in the country. Anything less and someone committed could illegally obtain or make and hide a gun.
    You'd need daily, house to house searches of every structure and constant surveillance of everyone in the country. Anything less and someone committed could illegally obtain or make and hide a gun.
    21 answers · Politics · 2 days ago
  • Why is it legal to own a gun but you are not allowed to own a nuke?

    It's really hard to make the case for a nuke for personal self defense. You'd harm hundreds or thousands of millions if you ever used it. Guns on the other hand are actually the best personal defense weapon available. Easy to use and operate without years of training like martial arts, they do not rely on physical strength and can... show more
    It's really hard to make the case for a nuke for personal self defense. You'd harm hundreds or thousands of millions if you ever used it. Guns on the other hand are actually the best personal defense weapon available. Easy to use and operate without years of training like martial arts, they do not rely on physical strength and can intimidate as well as kill someone maybe you can avoid pulling the trigger.
    20 answers · Politics · 2 days ago
  • Why do atheists even read the bible if they're not even going to believe what's being read?

    When I started reading it, I was a believer... But the Bible changed my mind. When I finished reading the Bible, I didn't believe any more.
    When I started reading it, I was a believer... But the Bible changed my mind. When I finished reading the Bible, I didn't believe any more.
    88 answers · Religion & Spirituality · 2 days ago