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Ancient, old codger and howling atheist.

Oh yes - also writes books, loves dogs, listens to classical music, and used to plait kangaroo-hide bullwhips.

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Do You Believe The World Will End, Or We Face Global Extinction?
ToakReon comments on Jan 20, 2018:
Of course all life will end. Nothing is permanent. Not the earth. Not the sun. Not life on this planet. It's just a matter of when.
How can there be global warming? It's cold outside! [livescience.com]
ToakReon comments on Jan 19, 2018:
How can humans be described as 'intelligent life' when people can't tell the difference between short-term weather and long-term climate?
Who are your favourite authors /poet's and why?
ToakReon comments on Jan 18, 2018:
For me the opening of 'Under Milk Wood' by Dylan Thomas is about as perfect as the written word in English can be. The First Voice's introduction, starting:- 'To begin at the beginning: It is spring, moonless night in the small town, starless and bible-black, the cobblestreets silent and the hunched, courters'-and-rabbits' wood limping invisible down to the sloeblack, slow, black, crowblack, fishingboat-bobbing sea ...' on to:- '... Only you can hear and see, behind the eyes of the sleepers, the movements and countries and mazes and colours and dismays and rainbows and tunes and wishes and flight and fall and despairs and big seas of their dreams. From where you are, you can hear their dreams.' For me those words are magic beyond belief. Haunting. Overwhelming. Words of extraordinary rhythm, power and image ... and if I hear them spoken well, by someone who understands them and knows how to make the best of them, they will instantly reduce me to tears of wonder.
Do you think atheists are actively seeking to destroy religion, as many religious people claim?
ToakReon comments on Jan 18, 2018:
Most atheists simply want people to think, and question, and base their lives on rational consideration of checkable evidence - the 'problem' for religion is that rational thought is incompatable with faith, so religion is 'attacked by proxy'.
The False Reality – Why Christianity Requires Ignorance
ToakReon comments on Jan 18, 2018:
Start with a belief that critical thinking would inevitably challenge. Then supporting that belief requires you to not critically think. It really is the simplest of questions.
Find an atheist for a good company
ToakReon comments on Jan 18, 2018:
Best of lick in the search Annya
What age should be the age of legal consent for sex?
ToakReon comments on Jan 18, 2018:
It's a compromise at best. There are some very mature, sensible young people who, even at an early age, would be QUITE wise enough to make decisions about their sexual activity. Then there are some who never reach that level of maturity even when their hair is going grey. The age of consent, wherever it is, will always fail to protect some whose maturity does not match their years while overly restricting others who are mature above their age. In Britain it's 16. My thoughts - not perfect, it never can be, but around there is probably 'about right'
Okay, tax exemption status for churches...easy enough to say "TAX 'EM!!!" when they are peddling ...
ToakReon comments on Jan 18, 2018:
A genuine charity should:- 1. Not be directly connected to any religion 2. Use it's collections for the benefit of the unfortunates it claims to help - admittedly charities have genuine administration costs, but their financial records should be fully open to public scrutiny and their charity status should depend on the genuine nature of the aid they give A church collecting money of which 'some' might, possibly, go to good causes - but some go to the church - and exactly what goes where is nicely hidden, is NOT charity.
If all male politicians were replaced by women we'd either have world peace or some really ...
ToakReon comments on Jan 17, 2018:
Really? I look at male politicians at the 'top of politics' and they seem very different creatures from 'ordinary men' - just look at Donald Trump, Boris Johnson and Vladimir Putin. I look at female politicians at the 'top of politics' and they seem very different creatures from 'ordinary women' - just look at Theresa May, Sarah Palin and Aung San Suu Kyi. I don't think a 'big difference' would happen if women replaced men - I think the big difference would be if we could get 'career politicians' of EITHER sex out of politics.
If the Bible Were Law, Would You Qualify for the Death Penalty?
ToakReon comments on Jan 17, 2018:
Yes - many times over. Worked on the sabbath, for example.
Why do you think that just because my boobs are big?
ToakReon comments on Jan 16, 2018:
The problem is that there are women who have earned fame through the size of their boobs and little else. That, then, leads people to assume that ALL women with big boobs have 'little else' - in invallid assumption. Yes, it's unjust - but you assess what is before you based on what you've already seen unless you have the wisdom to consciously recognise that danger and deliberately set it aside.
Tell me something random about you...
ToakReon comments on Jan 16, 2018:
I wove a 10 foot, Kangaroo hide, 16-plait bullwhip for my niece and her husband to be as an (unusual) wedding pressent.
What is your favorite kind of dog ?
ToakReon comments on Jan 16, 2018:
A friendly one. Character is more important than appearance - though I have to admit I like a dog to have a decent length of nose, so pugs, etc go down the list!
If you could live anywhere in the world except your homeland, where would that be?
ToakReon comments on Jan 16, 2018:
Somewhere with high mountains.
Is belief a choice?
ToakReon comments on Jan 16, 2018:
Belief might not, of itself, be a choice - but deliberately discarding the evidence that challenges it is. If you believe in Noah's Flood, and someone points out to you the absurdity of the tale (and there are many, many absurdities) then you choose to either genuinely consider those points or to discard them out of hand. That's where the actual choice lies. If you choose to consider the points, then I suspect your belief in Noah's Flood will be shaken - but that's not you 'choosing to not believe', it's you 'choosing to think rationally' and the loss of belief is the consequence.
How Well Do You Suspend Your Disbelief?
ToakReon comments on Jan 15, 2018:
I'm writing my second novel. It takes place in a society of subterainian elves, who are capable of sorcery, and who worship a goddess called Udyth. I have no difficulty generating fiction myself, or enjoying it. I 'know' it's not true - but neither is 'gritty modern drama' even if it is more believable.
How do you let people know you're interested in meeting them if you're a level one?
ToakReon comments on Jan 13, 2018:
Talk. Comment. Get involved. Post. Show yourself to be someone of views and interest - and within scant days you will no longer be a 'level one'
Why aren't churches taxed, after all they are "For Profit" organizations? Why aren't preachers, ...
ToakReon comments on Jan 12, 2018:
Churches aren't taxed in the US because the American people accept that they should not be taxed. If the American people demanded the churches were taxed, and would not vote for anyone unless they agreed to the taxation of churches, then they would be taxed.
Men, what is up with the fascination of a younger woman ?
ToakReon comments on Jan 10, 2018:
It's the hard-wired 'breeding imperative'. OK - men don't always want to father children, but the 'gut reaction' to potential partners is driven by that 'biological aim'. Young women tend to be healthy, and are therefore 'prime breeding partners'.
Why do so many people in the US seek out therapy?
ToakReon comments on Jan 10, 2018:
Because many Americans are dingbats.
If you were God, what would be the moral thing to do?
ToakReon comments on Jan 9, 2018:
If I was god, what would I do? I would give a big, open 'Goodbye speech' in which I undeniably stated that I, as god, was retiring from all 'divine duties', that no further prayers were going to be listened to, that heaven and hell were shutting down and when you die you will be dead, that the definition of morallity is 'make life more satisfying and enjoyable for your fellow inhabitants of Earth' and the definition of imorality is 'acting in a way that causes harm or distress to your fellow inhabitants of Earth' (ie the 'two commandments' to replace the ten) ... and then, speech over, I'd sod off and never appear or do anything - other than keep reminding people I'd retired, by sending regular 'enjoying my retirement' postcards.
The Murderer/Victim Paradox
ToakReon comments on Jan 8, 2018:
What do I think? I think you shouldn't expect religion to actually make sense - so when it doesn't that is no surprise.
Why does it anger you when a person tries to convert you to their belief?
ToakReon comments on Jan 8, 2018:
It doesn't anger me as much as dissapoint. When a dellusional fool tries to convince me to discard rationality, discard the concept of understanding based on demontrable fact and testable evidence, discard logic, discard questioning thought, and replace all that with blind, unquestioning belief, then the response is sorrow and profound pity for that individual. In effect, 'How the HELL could your beliefs and fairytales be better than what I already have? A questioning, rational mind?'
How do you cope with the fact that any day you will die and that will be the end?
ToakReon comments on Jan 8, 2018:
How do I cope? Well ... easily. Without effort. I just know it to be true and accept it. It's simply not an 'issue'. In truth it's something I barely think about - and certainly something I don't worry about.
Can we please do away with the compliment button on the site. I understand what the creators were ...
ToakReon comments on Jan 7, 2018:
Damn - you mean there was a way I could be super creepy and compliment all the cute, early twenties girls ... And I DIDN'T NOTICE? ... And it's NOW GONE??? Curses! Foiled again!
OK... first post. Don't know what to say... Just talking haha Hi? HI! Hey yo... Uhhh flibbityflob......
ToakReon comments on Jan 7, 2018:
Welcome to the world of people who are SO MAD that they don't actually believe in an invisible, bearded sky-fairy who loves us so dearly that he engaged in mass genocide by drowning everyone except one family, and will burn us for an eternity of torment if we don't love him. How can anyone be as insane as an agnostic, huh?
Church weddings?
ToakReon comments on Jan 6, 2018:
Yes - though I feel uncomfortable doing so. My feelings for the couple being married, or the individual being buried, over-ride my issues with faith. That said, when prayers are said or hymms sung I stand with eyes open in silence - respect but not active participation.
In his latest tweets - Trump said he was a "Stable Genius". Who would agree this is truly ...
ToakReon comments on Jan 6, 2018:
No - not horseshit. Horseshit is SO much less foul than Trump.
Atheist Billboards in the Bible Belt (with David Silverman) - YouTube
ToakReon comments on Jan 6, 2018:
A couple of people talking a lot of sense.
Who here was never religious? I realize I'm in a minority here. But I'm curious just how few of ...
ToakReon comments on Jan 6, 2018:
Non religious here. Atheist father, 'mildly' Church of England mother - both of whom trusted their children enough to leave them in peace to make up their own minds. Result me - atheist. My eldest sister - seriously religious. My middle sister - mild, non-church-going, 'sort of christian'. My youngest sister - as atheist as I am.
Should the U.S. government remove all references to god on monuments, buildings, and money?
ToakReon comments on Dec 31, 2017:
No place for any connection at all between government and religion.
Atheism rubbing off on boyfriend?
ToakReon comments on Dec 31, 2017:
It seems you may be healing your boyfriend from his severe case of religious infection. Perhaps you should be re-named 'EmeraldTheMentalAntibiotic'. If you manage to complete the process that gentleman may have a great deal to thank you for - but beware, relapses are common when fighting religious infection ... and even when cured he might be delicate for a while.
“The banana is the atheists nightmare "
ToakReon comments on Dec 31, 2017:
I confess I don't like bananas - but my dislike is entirely a matter of taste and texture, not religious philosophy.
I have asked many religious folks to define "True Christian". Normally. I get no response. Can ...
ToakReon comments on Dec 30, 2017:
Easy. A 'true christian' is no more and no less than someone who shares the same 'christian views' as the person describing them as a 'true christian'. A 'true christian' is the way a christian describes someone like themselves.
The End Christopher Hitchens - YouTube
ToakReon comments on Dec 30, 2017:
Christopher Hitchins was a genuinely 'great man' - unlike the showboating 'self-declared alpha-male types' such as Trump, who are all bluster, all arrogance, and in comparison to Hitchins utterly moronic and utterly uncivilised.
People tell me there is no such as atheism. They say, read the bible. It will convince you. ...
ToakReon comments on Dec 30, 2017:
If you READ the bible - and by that I mean actually take in those words and consider them - the only thing it convinces you of is that it's BOLLOCKS.
Single or Partnered, looking or not?
ToakReon comments on Dec 30, 2017:
So, ladies ... form an orderly queue, please ... ????
Personally, Was 2017 A Good Year For You Or A Bad Year? Explain Why.
ToakReon comments on Dec 30, 2017:
Neither - an average year
If you lived in the distant past, would you have been an agnostic/atheist?
ToakReon comments on Dec 30, 2017:
Live FAR enough in the past and there was no religion at all. Religion is only a temporary illness - I suspect we'll recover in time, if we don't wipe ourselves out first of course.
Does the lack of beleif in an afterlife bring you fear or comfort?
ToakReon comments on Dec 30, 2017:
It doesn't really 'bring me' anything - it's no great factor in my thoughts.
What do you think? should atheist know and should have read the religious books in all its ...
ToakReon comments on Dec 29, 2017:
I wouldn't say atheists must have read the bible to 'qualify' to talk about it - after all, many christians haven't read it either. For all people, however, speaking from a position of knowledge is better than speaking from a position of ignorance.
What are your thoughts about euthanasia?
ToakReon comments on Dec 29, 2017:
What are my thoughts on euthanasia? That a poor, deluded soul like Ken Ham desperately needs it.
So on Facebook I’m friends with 2 physicists Sean Carrol and Lawrence Krauss. I find I’m almost ...
ToakReon comments on Dec 29, 2017:
I don't know Mr Carrol and Mr Krauss - but I have known great physicists who were vastly my intellectual superior, and those I have known were wonderful people who wanted to help, and explain, and were talented at doing it. Yes, they were my intellectual superiors - but they never made me feel 'inferior' ... just priviledged to know them.
KInda lost. Can't stand Trump, and I am no longer a liberal.
ToakReon comments on Dec 28, 2017:
Just as a side-line, I invested in a robot vacuum cleaner some time ago - during the Trump/Clinton presidential campaigns. I jokingly named my robot vacuum cleaner 'Donald' in honour of Mr Trump - because it SUCKS. For the last year, however, the joke has seemed increasingly unfunny.
KInda lost. Can't stand Trump, and I am no longer a liberal.
ToakReon comments on Dec 28, 2017:
You don't need to be liberal to dislike Trump ... only sane.
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I think atheists are tolerant of the religious. Why aren't the religious tolerant of atheists?
ToakReon comments on Dec 28, 2017:
Because there is a fundamental difference. An atheist sees a theist as someone who is deluded, but as long as they are not actually acting like a bastard they do no harm. Basically a theist isn't a threat to an atheist. A theist sees an atheist as someone seeking to 'destroy faith' - an enemy of everything they have based their life upon. An atheist IS a threat to a theist.
Why did you choose your username/avatar?
ToakReon comments on Dec 27, 2017:
I confess, long ago, I played the table-top roleplay game 'Advanced Dungeons and Dragons' 'Toak Reon' was my second favourite character - my favourite being a girl ...
Opinions wanted: my now ex has suddenly converted to Christianity??
ToakReon comments on Dec 27, 2017:
Hmmm. Sounds to me like something is going on behind the scenes. I expect the real story is not the one he chose to tell you. He hasn't met a cute christian girl and 'discovered god' for her, has he?
Anyone believe that UFO sighting that's all over the news?
ToakReon comments on Dec 27, 2017:
UFO sightings. Are they UFOs? Well, if they are an object, and they are flying, and you don't know what they are, then by definition they are 'unidentified flying objects'. However whether they are alien spacecraft visiting us from some distant world is another story entirely. To say 'Oh look - there is something up there that I cannot identify, it must be an alien spaceship' is as inherently absurd as saying 'Oh look - lightning has struck and destroyed a tree, it must be the wrath of Thor, god of thunder'. So do UFOs exist? Of course they do. Are they evidence of alien visitation? Very, VERY unlikely.
How much would a 100 dollars be 15 years from now?
ToakReon comments on Dec 26, 2017:
It would still be 100 dollars - it would just be WORTH damn all.
is there any countries that are not so religious as usa ?
ToakReon comments on Dec 26, 2017:
Lots. I look at the US from Britain and I am ASTONISHED how absurdly religious America is. In the US you have no chance whatever of being elected to high office if you are not 'a person of faith' - in Britain if you started spouting about your relugion that would STOP you being electable.
The BBC's head of religious programmes reveals he is an atheist - Mirror Online
ToakReon comments on Dec 26, 2017:
Why not? Just because a man is in charge of religious programs doesn't mean he has to be religious.
how certain are you god does not exist ? 0% 25% 50% 75% 90% 95 % 99% 100 %? reason o ask is because ...
ToakReon comments on Dec 25, 2017:
Let me use an analogy. I will PREDICT THE FUTURE (wow!) - if I lift my pen up, and hold it above the table, then release it, it will ACCELERATE DOWNWARDS TOWARDS THE CENTRE OF THE EARTH AT 9.8 METERS PER SECOND SQUARED. One moment while I do the experiment (sorry - you have to imagine me doing this) ... Yes. Experiment done - and the pen did accelerate as I predicted, in the direction I predicted. In fact I did the experiment twice, just to make sure. Isaac Newton's 'theory of gravitation' is still JUST A THEORY. An intellectual proposal that seeks to explain what we see happening around us - but it has been tested mind-numbingly vast numbers of times and it KEEPS WORKING. It keeps accurately predicting what we actually see. Let me just test gravitation one more time, after all this might be the test that disproves the theory ... No. It worked again. Can I be CERTAIN that the next time I drop my pen the same thing will happen? Absolutely, totally certain - beyond all possible conception of doubt? No I can't - but, you know what? I trust what I observe to the point that I no longer have any personal doubt that gravitation is 'real'. (Let me just check one more time ... Yes, the pen fell - again) I feel much the same about the non-existance of god. Can I be absolutely, totally, 100% certain he doesn't exist? On an intellectual level I have to admit there is doubt - but on a personal level, guess what? He isn't bloody there.
I feel like a walking contradiction. If I don't like something somebody has said or done, I ...
ToakReon comments on Dec 25, 2017:
Not at all. We talk of Wednesday, which is named after the Norse god Wotan. It doesn't mean we believe in Wotan, or worship him. Christians using the word 'god' doesn't mean they suddenly get exclusive rights to that word, and that no-one else has the right to utter it. I'm John. Me being John doesn't mean I can dictate when other people may or may not utter the name 'John'. So if you want to use christians' own words right back at them, and say, 'God help you, you evangelical dingbat! Jesus Christ you're an idiot!' then you have every right to do so.
Should recreatinal drug use be legalized?
ToakReon comments on Dec 24, 2017:
Hmm ... My own thoughts are rather more complex than any of these 4 options.
I recently posted about losing one of my cat family,and,got very little response. I have noticed ...
ToakReon comments on Dec 24, 2017:
I fear I did not see your post, but I understand how you feel, being a dog-lover who has lost loved dogs. Best wishes.
If you could have any supernatural power in the world, what would you choose?
ToakReon comments on Dec 24, 2017:
The ability to induce an orgasm in any woman, at any time. And yes, I fear I would use that power mischievously.
What would you do differently if you knew nobody would judge you?
ToakReon comments on Dec 24, 2017:
I'd probably start taking sledgehammers to church doors in winter so that the homeless could shelter in them.
Share with me how you demonstrate kindness to others, how can you do more?
ToakReon comments on Dec 24, 2017:
When a 'howling preacher type' accosted me in the street in Redhill, and told me that my only hope of escaping eternal damnation was by 'allowing the lord Jesus into my heart and soul', I demonstrated my kindness and compassion by smiling sweetly rather than telling him that he was a MORONIC FUCKWIT.
Tattoos??
ToakReon comments on Dec 24, 2017:
No.
What's an unusual talent or skill you have that most people don't know about?
ToakReon comments on Dec 24, 2017:
I can make rather nice, kangaroo hide bullwhips and snake whips.
Why should we have children ?
ToakReon comments on Dec 24, 2017:
Children are like elephants. Fascinating creatures. Good to go and see on occasion - but I wouldn't want one of my own.
What’s always been your biggest dream?
ToakReon comments on Dec 24, 2017:
Two nice dogs, and enough money to retire comfortably.
Are atheists a growing population?
ToakReon comments on Dec 23, 2017:
My understanding is that atheists are a growing proportion of the population in the western world, but that in other nations - notably strongly muslim nations - the combination of high birthrate and religious intollerance means that islam is the growing population there. Perhapse someone else has the figures?
xmas trees
ToakReon comments on Dec 23, 2017:
I will have no visitors over christmas as I'm going elsewhere. Besides ... BAH! HUMBUG!
These Evilgelicals and Hypo-Christians are really getting on my nerves. Supposedly Jesus died for ...
ToakReon comments on Dec 23, 2017:
Evangelicals see 'proof' of god everywhere - even where the supposed proof actually doesn't fit the facts. Take hurricanes. According to the evangelicals, they are god's punishment for either being liberal or homosexual (or both, of course) - but guess what? They tend to hit south eastern, 'bible belt' states of the US ... so surely, if they are god's punishment, they are targetted at conservative, evangelical christians.
Wisconsin Lawmaker: Convert To Christianity Or Be ‘Destroyed’
ToakReon comments on Dec 23, 2017:
Sit and SWIVEL, asshole!
Does religion damage Self-Esteem?
ToakReon comments on Dec 23, 2017:
Absolutely. That is the whole PURPOSE of religion. "You're a FOUL SINNER!" "You don't DESERVE god's love!" "Grovel before the lord, so that he might take pity on you and forgive the endless multitude of sins that make you a verminous creature in his eyes!" "Nothing you do is good, for all good comes from god rather than you. Only your EVIL is your own - and you're not even capable of being bad without the inspiration of Satan! Talk about you being worthless and insignificant!" "Oh - and give us your money."
Does religion damage Self-Esteem?
ToakReon comments on Dec 23, 2017:
Absolutely. That is the whole PURPOSE of religion. "You're a FOUL SINNER!" "You don't DESERVE god's love!" "Grovel before the lord, so that he might take pity on you and forgive the endless multitude of sins that make you a verminous creature in his eyes!" "Nothing you do is good, for all good comes from god rather than you. Only you're EVIL is your own - and you're not even capable of being bad without the inspiration of Satan! Talk about you being worthless and insignificant!" "Oh - and give ys your money."
Why do people here hate Christmas?
ToakReon comments on Dec 23, 2017:
We don't. What the heck gave you that idea - or was it reading some nonsense spouted by a theist who hasn't got a clue about what ab atheist really is?
Critical vs Creative Thinking
ToakReon comments on Dec 23, 2017:
I am not x% critical, y% creative. I think in different ways in different circumstances. When writing my last novel my thinking was mostly creative - the novel contains magic, and is set in a monotheistic society of subterainian elves (OK- the high priestess is a traitor, as is her lesbian lover, and the whole temple is awash with deception and corruption ... maybe my 'anti-theistic tendancies' are coming to the fore there!). On the other hand, when I am making points that I consider significant (on here, for example, or other similar forums) I try to be far more critical. The way you think is something you choose, depending on circumstance.
New ornament for my tree! (Flying spaghetti monster...). Thanks to my sister!
ToakReon comments on Dec 23, 2017:
Magnificent!
What are you doing this Christmas Eve?
ToakReon comments on Dec 22, 2017:
Hopefully, christmas eve, I'll spend the full 24 hours living. If I don't manage it, I guess I'll know for CERTAIN what I'll be doing christmas day.
How to explain the Adam and Eve story?
ToakReon comments on Dec 22, 2017:
The more fundamental question is how anyone can read Genesis WITHOUT realising that the story is so full of holes that your average three-year-old would laugh at it.
Loss of religion is a medical diagnoses wtf?
ToakReon comments on Dec 22, 2017:
Well - if you believe god is so 'obvious' that there is no valid possibility to doubt his existance, then you will conclude that doubting his existance must be the sign of a mental problem. It doesn't greatly surprise me that 'christian definitions of mental health' would have such concepts in them - it's just ridiculous that there ARE definitions of mental health that are faith based. As ridiculous, of course, as hurricanes being 'christian defined' as god's punishment for sin.
The 42 Laws of Ma’at The Egyptian goddess of law, justice, and truth. Usually depicted with the...
ToakReon comments on Dec 22, 2017:
Different religions have their 'commandments' - 10 or 42 - but just as you read through the ten commandments and think 'Some are OK, some are garbage, and lots have been left out', you do the same here. Oh - and in these 42 there are some silly 'almost repeats'.
Would you buy an electric car?
ToakReon comments on Dec 22, 2017:
Several years ago I started thinking about electric cars, and how I would personally design one myself. I thought about it over an extended period and came up with a concept that was not a hybrid (as they then were) but a fully electric car with a 'engine powered charger' that was not in any way directly connected to the wheels, neither was it directly connected to the throttle - it simply automatically 'fired up' if the battery voltage dropped below a specified value, and then ran at a fixed speed (chosen for maximum efficiency) until the battery voltage had been raised to a suitably higher, specified value. Nowadays something rather like my own concept has started to appear - called an 'e-rev' (extended-range electric vehicle). I would certainly concider an e-rev, if I could find one with basically the same idea behind it as I had those years ago.
If you could ask "god" just 2 questions, what would they be ?
ToakReon comments on Dec 22, 2017:
1. Why does a god who is so desperate to be loved, not appear before his worshippers so that they can love him? 2. Why does a god who declares 'thou shalt not kill' then encourage his followers to kill non-believers, homosexuals, women who are not virgins on their wedding night, and anyone who works on the sabbath? In short, god, why are you a HYPOCRITICAL CUNT!
According to this post, non theists have higher morals and values than non religious folks. Felt ...
ToakReon comments on Dec 22, 2017:
These are statistics that 'look nice' and are interesting - but I personally don't have the greatest confidence in. In a society that is 'strongly religious', someone on the verge of incaceration in prison is not going to want to declare themselves 'unusual' by stating they are an atheist. They are not going to want to attract the extra attention that such a declaration would bring. Being a 'normal person' would be very tempting indeed, with all the other pressures of jail - and saying 'christian' on the odd form is very easy. So yes, it does look from the figures as if atheists are 'morally better' than theists - and they may be - but I suspect these figures are skewed in favour of that appearance by social pressure.
God said let us make man in our image. Who was he talking to?
ToakReon comments on Dec 22, 2017:
He was talking to himself - or would have been, if he had existed. In honour of this christians have talked to themselves ever since - they call it 'praying'.
Will the world be a better place without religion?
ToakReon comments on Dec 22, 2017:
Yes.
Gift Giving
ToakReon comments on Dec 21, 2017:
Sisters, their hubbies, nephews and nieces. Anyone beyond that doesn't get a gift.
Can you define this phrase???
ToakReon comments on Dec 21, 2017:
Oi! You! It's ME who decides when I'm going to have a piss.
I noticed that there are a lot of old people on this site and very few Millennials. There are also ...
ToakReon comments on Dec 21, 2017:
I think there are lots of young atheists, agnostics abd skeptics - they just have things to do that are so much more fun than nattering away on here or facebook!
For those of us who are single, do you enjoy your singleness?
ToakReon comments on Dec 21, 2017:
It has its good points - it has its bad points.
You are in a time machine. You have a choice of two buttons, Past or Future. Which do you choose and...
ToakReon comments on Dec 21, 2017:
Neither. I would get out if the time machine. The past was full of religious-fuelled violence, death, poverty, desease, and injustice. The future could disappear in nuclear armageddon at any moment.
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ToakReon comments on Dec 21, 2017:
It would depend whether she was young and luscious, with never-ending legs, the figure of a goddess, hair like spun silk, a vibrant and engaging personality - and, of course, be a howling, erotically-depraved nymphomaniac. If the young lady had other 'plusses' I dare say I could forgive her the 'minus' of a bit of religious belief. Of course such a girl would have to be TOTALLY insane to choose an ugly old codger like me!

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