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Who has the burden of proof with God? The believer to show that God exists or The atheist to show that God does not exist 6 years ago 376 votes 50 comments 0 likes
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Is there sufficient evidence to believe in a God? Yes, there is or No, there is not 6 years ago 549 votes 238 comments 0 likes
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Should churches be tax exempt? Yes, they should or No, they should not 6 years ago 358 votes 21 comments 0 likes
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Do humans have a thing called a soul? Yes, they do or No, they do not 6 years ago 343 votes 38 comments 0 likes
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Would you vote for an atheist running for president? Yes, I would or No, I would not 6 years ago 678 votes 30 comments 0 likes
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Are you a person of Science or Religion 6 years ago 266 votes 40 comments 0 likes
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Are you Pro-science or Anti-science 6 years ago 272 votes 30 comments 0 likes
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Is climate change (global warming) real? Yes, science has proven it or No, science has not proven it 6 years ago 244 votes 28 comments 0 likes
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How did life come to be on Earth? Through natural processes or Through a supernatural being 6 years ago 325 votes 97 comments 0 likes
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What do you think is the current worldwide trend? It is becoming more atheistic or It is becoming more religious 6 years ago 258 votes 5 comments 0 likes
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Would you rather have An atheist Theology Class teacher or A creationist Astronomy Class teacher 6 years ago 225 votes 8 comments 0 likes
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Do ghosts exist? Yes, they are real or No, they do not exist 6 years ago 396 votes 27 comments 0 likes
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Do you believe in a god Yes, I Do or No, I Do Not 6 years ago 449 votes 39 comments 0 likes
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Would you rather live in a Christian Theocracy or Islamic Theocracy 6 years ago 420 votes 25 comments 0 likes
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Would you rather Vote for Romney or Vote for Obama 6 years ago 790 votes 60 comments 0 likes
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Would you rather Have government funding for stem cell research or Not fund it for basically no f*cking reason 6 years ago 224 votes 9 comments 0 likes
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Should it be legal for parents to refuse necessary medical care for their child in favor of "faith healing"? Yes, parents have the right to endanger their child in this situation or No, it is dangerous and stupid 6 years ago 259 votes 23 comments 0 likes
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Would you rather donate money to An atheistic organization that uses all funds towards a cause or A religious organization that keeps some money for itself 6 years ago 235 votes 13 comments 0 likes
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Should Intelligent Design (aka Creationism) be taught in schools? Yes, it should or No, it is not science 6 years ago 343 votes 52 comments 0 likes
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How old is the earth? Around 6,000 years old or Around 4,540,000,000 years old 6 years ago 419 votes 22 comments 0 likes
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Should marijuana be legalized and given laws similar to alcohol? Yes, it should or No, it should remain illegal 6 years ago 312 votes 52 comments 0 likes
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Are you in favor of a person's right to die when their life is no longer worth living? Yes, it should be legal or No, it should be illegal 6 years ago 251 votes 24 comments 0 likes
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Do you believe religion to be a hindrance to society or a benefit? Hindrance, it is not helping us or Benefit, the world would be worse off without religion 6 years ago 382 votes 29 comments 0 likes
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Why did 9/11 happen? Terrorist attack or Planned attack by the United States government 6 years ago 288 votes 19 comments 0 likes
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Do you support "In God We Trust" as America's national motto? Yes, keep it or No, get rid of it 6 years ago 739 votes 38 comments 0 likes
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Would you rather have religions involved with government or have separation of church and state? Religions Involved with Government or Separation of Church and State 6 years ago 371 votes 20 comments 0 likes
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What is infinity plus 1? Infinity or My brain just exploded 6 years ago 346 votes 13 comments 0 likes
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What happens when someone dies? They cease to exist or Afterlife, reincarnation, etc 6 years ago 329 votes 7 comments 0 likes
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Would you rather live in a world run by Christians or Atheists? Christians or Atheists 6 years ago 462 votes 34 comments 0 likes

ZachKlever has posted the following comments:

You know who else claims faith? People from tons of different religions. What makes their faith wrong and your faith right? 4 years ago  
I don't see how you can claim that people would riot in prison more if there was no religion. Also, people can mellow out through many different ways other than religion. Lastly, you need to consider the extreme amounts of harm religion has done including, but not limited to, the Crusades. 4 years ago  
Ghosts and spirits do not exist. Sorry 4 years ago  
Not in the least bit. Studies show that on average atheists are much more educated on matters of the Bible and Christianity than are Christians. 4 years ago  
And there's none to prove that Leprechauns, Unicorns, and Dragons don't exist. That doesn't mean that they do exist! Read up on how the burden of proof works buddy. And faith is the excuse people give when they don't have any actual evidence. No one with actual evidence would claim faith. 4 years ago  
Muslims say they have the Quran and a bunch of proven miracles. Hindus say they have the Bhagavad Gita and a bunch of proven miracles. So do tons of other current and passed religions. What makes them wrong and you correct? And do you have any proof that Leprechauns aren't real? That's not how you go about proving things. Learn up on the burden of proof and how it works. 4 years ago +4
Do a simple good search for "age of the earth" "christianity" and "bible" 5 years ago  
Mere feelings aren't any good reason to believe in something though 5 years ago  
Impossible 5 years ago  
These questions will stop being asked as soon as skepticism and standards of evidence are properly applied to god claims 6 years ago  
It could help to change the "This is a Christian nation!" mindset that too many Americans these days have. This is a secular and inclusive nation and having "In God We Trust" as our nation's motto goes directly against that. 6 years ago +3
Give me evidence that the Hindu god Vishnu doesn't exist. Give me any bit of evidence that you have that Vishnu didn't create science 6 years ago  
That's not a good thing for the believer.... 6 years ago +4
And yet no one has written back to this comment producing any evidence. Sure seems like the other side just doesn't have any evidence 6 years ago  
How do you know this? 6 years ago +1
But as a matter of the nature of evidence and knowledge, faith doesn't justify anything. You can believe whatever you want, but just know that if you believe in something because of faith you aren't believing in it for any actual good reason at all. 6 years ago +1
That's exactly how it works actually. That's the burden of proof. It doesn't care about how many people believe a claim 6 years ago  
I'm not trying to appear superior to anyone. It is a matter of fact that faith is not an actual justification for anything. It's a matter of the nature of evidence and epistemology 6 years ago +2
Repeating the claim doesn't answer my question. How do you know your conscience has anything to do with a god or holy spirit? 6 years ago +1
It doesn't matter how many people believe something. It needs to first be shown to be true. The burden of proof is on the person making the claim. If 99% of the world believed in invisible unicorns, would we be justified in saying that they exist? Not until there is evidence to prove the claim. The burden of proof isn't hard. I'm sure you use it correctly with almost everything besides God. 6 years ago  
Religious crusade? Like the Inquisition and Crusades? It's nothing like that. It's simple questions to get people thinking and voicing their opinion 6 years ago +1
Or maybe it just is your conscience. How do you know it isn't just your conscience? 6 years ago +1
Faith isn't a justification for anyone for anything ever. It isn't a means of evidence. It isn't a way to get to the truth in any way 6 years ago +2
Not how the burden of proof works at all. If 90% of this country believed in invisible magical unicorns, would it be up to the non-believers to prove that those unicorns don't exist? No, it would still be up the the unicorn believers to prove that they do exist. The burden of proof is a simple logical construct. The person making the claim has to prove their case. 6 years ago +2
Someone is necessarily wrong. Simple logic. And how am I bashing believers by calling their beliefs into question? Would I be bashing people who think 9/11 is a conspiracy by pointing out flaws in their theories? 6 years ago +2
Faith is not a justification though. That's the problem. It's the excuse people give when they don't have real justification 6 years ago +2
Why the hell can't you just people off of what they believe? And atheists don't think they have the answer to everything. That's ironic actually. Because it's religious people who claim they have the answers to things that no one has the answer to 6 years ago +2
That's the strategy I try and employ as well. If people get annoyed while thinking about religion from time to time then that sucks 6 years ago  
No one is trying to cause a religious war. Just trying to get the important questions out there and get a marketplace of ideas going 6 years ago +3
I'm more about creating a marketplace of ideas like Locke would say. Just get everyone's views out there as often as possible and the truth will likely prevail eventually 6 years ago  
These questions are important because they regard eternal damnation and eternal paradise. If those are real we might want to know about them. Plus, policies are enacted all the time because of religion like denying people the right to marry or honor killings in the Middle East. There is much more, but I'm not going to waste my or your time on them. We, as a species, need to make sure that we are doing these things for good reasons and not because of myths. Also, the question on the home page is really nothing like this one. 6 years ago  
How exactly does the Holy Spirit guide you? Like what is the process? 6 years ago +1
The burden of proof is a logical construct and does in fact have a correct answer and a wrong answer 6 years ago +3
Well that's too bad because religious questions are probably some of the most important questions that should be asked. 6 years ago +1
You say all of this, yet you don't have the right answer. The burden of proof is not on the non-believer, yet that's the option you picked. I ask questions like this to figure out why people have these sorts of misconceptions and hopefully help them to the correct answer 6 years ago +1
That's not how it works though. It is up to the person making the claim to prove their case. Would you believe in invisible dragons just because no one has proved that they don't exist yet? 6 years ago  
Not trying to start a religious war. Many people are confused as to how the burden of proof works and I'm hoping some people will realize how it works because of my question. And I've never seen a question regarding the burden of proof on this site before so it seems halfway original to me. 6 years ago +2
Wow. I'm not saying that my actions will make a huge difference because I'm pretty certain my actions will do no such thing. But anything to move the cause forward is beneficial. And you don't just "believe or you don't" like it is set in stone and unchanging. People change their beliefs all the time. 6 years ago +2
Not to be rude, but I just wouldn't care 6 years ago  
They will be unjustly offended though so I don't really care 6 years ago  
Say hey to Putin for me! 6 years ago +1
I compared the burden of proof of fairies with the burden of proof of God. If you got offended then that's on you. That's not my fault. And people need to keep asking these questions. By necessity, a lot of people have the question of religion wrong, so we need to keep working on these questions until we come upon the truth and have most people if not everyone agree with it. 6 years ago +1
No offense should be taken here. I'm merely trying to show how people use the burden of proof one way with God and another way with fairies or anything else 6 years ago +2
This is funny that this was your question. But I wasn't trying to insult 6 years ago  
Do you have to show that magical fairies don't exist? Or do you not believe in them until they are proven to exist? This is directly analogous to God. 6 years ago +1
So you throw out the Ten Commandments? Because those are in the Old Testament. And so you follow all the New Testament laws? Because there are bad and dumb ones listed throughout there too. Or do you follow your own secular view of morality and just pick and choose the Bible passages that fit it? I would bet a lot of money that that's what you do 6 years ago +2
That doesn't matter. You don't know what God will want you to do. Plus, he has already done it before so why not again? 6 years ago +1
A complete lack of evidence that God exists. Same with every single god that has been posited to exist 6 years ago  
And I don't understand why anyone would ever want to do that. I just don't get it 6 years ago +1
Christians going strictly by the Bible will do all of those things. The Bible is pretty clear on many of those topics. 6 years ago +2
What makes the Bible correct but the Quran, Bhagavad-Gita, and all other "holy books" wrong? 6 years ago +5
It actually will affect me. That's the thing. Christians in the past would kill atheists. Nowadays they refuse rights to gay people, they deny life-saving medical service to children, they deny reality when setting public policy. The list goes on. 6 years ago +2
You should read the Bible and see how dumb it is. Seriously. Read it cover to cover 6 years ago  
It is ridiculous when people claim that faith justifies their belief. It does no such thing 6 years ago +3
So because we don't understand everything right now we can never be sure whether or not there is sufficient evidence to believe in a god? I don't follow your reasoning 6 years ago +1
Prosecuted? Being challenged on your beliefs is far from prosecution. And believing in false things can be harmful in many different ways 6 years ago +3
Any evidence that is actual evidence will appeal to me. Quit claiming it won't. It's getting ridiculous. Give me your best evidence that proves god exists or admit you don't have any. Anything other than providing me evidence is you admitting that you don't have any 6 years ago  
Faith is believing in things for no good reason whatsoever. It's synonymous with gullibility. You can believe in any crazy thing by claiming faith. It's ridiculous 6 years ago +2
Yes you can. Why can't you? 6 years ago +1
Faith is believing in things for no good reason whatsoever. It's synonymous with gullibility. You can believe in any crazy thing by claiming faith. It's ridiculous 6 years ago +4
Except that it does matter. And why wait until your life is over instead of solving these important matters? 6 years ago +2
Go read the Bible and get back to me. Like seriously read it cover to cover. God makes the world, makes people, both end up being messed up, so he floods the world and kills everyone to start over, then he still isn't satisfied with people so he thinks to fix the problem he can sacrifice himself to himself to save everyone else. It makes no sense. It's a comedy of errors. Not to mention god loves stoning people to death for trivial things and he has killed millions of people according to the Bible. Seriously, go read your Bible 6 years ago  
I don't know how you can't mind in believing in something that hasn't been proven. No rational person could ever want to do that. WIND AND OXYGEN HAVE BEEN PROVEN TO EXIST. You don't have to see it with your eyes to verify its existence. That's just nuts. But with God, we have nothing at all that verifies its existence, so it is only logical to conclude that no such thing exists 6 years ago +1
I like to think so 6 years ago  
I know. That's part of the point I am making. You believe that Muslims killing people in the name of Allah are crazy. I think you are crazy in just the same way for saying you would kill if you thought your god told you to 6 years ago  
God is a myth anyways so who cares about the fictional actions of fictional characters 6 years ago  
Because that is a news article mentioning the results of the survey, not a presentation about its methods and validity to be peer-reviewed. It's methods are out there somewhere for you to find. Funny how we have this big long argument just because you won't accept the result of a survey confirming a fact that has been proven by many other surveys 6 years ago  
What the heck does that even mean? 6 years ago  
What does any of that have to do with the validity of a survey that NPR did? -_- 6 years ago +1
Wrong. If you refer to the three holy books of those three religions you will find that the three gods talked about in them are mutually exclusive. And let me change that example to make my point. Is the Bhagavad Gita proof that Vishnu exists? Why not? (I'm referring to Hinduism btw) 6 years ago  
What were the prerequisites of the study? And I've already answered that by saying that I'm not gonna do your dirty work for you. You can look at how the study was done to independently verify that it is in fact a credible study. It's not my job to do that for you 6 years ago  
Too bad the white house isn't a news source that does surveys. I don't get what your point is lol 6 years ago +1
I know. I think they despise it because they know we have the better points though lol 6 years ago  
Um, both? 6 years ago +8
Um, both? 6 years ago +2
Um, both? 6 years ago +1
No True Scotsman Fallacy. Look it up. You've committed it and it makes the point you are trying to make completely invalid 6 years ago +1
Didn't seek him for 10 years, I just believed in him for 10 years. Is the Quran also evidence for Allah? Does Allah exist? 6 years ago  
And I respect yours as well. I just think you are gravely mistaken. And I'm sure you think the same about me lol 6 years ago  
Faith: believing things for no good reason. Synonymous with gullibility 6 years ago +3
The Bible contains some accurate information for sure. But not when it comes to the existence of anything supernatural 6 years ago +1
I don't get how you can deny this fact that has been proven time and time again. You dismiss the truth with ease and it's kind of troubling 6 years ago +1
It's not my job to prove to you that a credible source is credible. You can do that yourself, But you won't do it because you don't want to know the truth here and/or maybe you are too lazy to look that far into it 6 years ago +1
I think it is a book (like countless other religious books) that spawned out of humans always trying to put a human face on things, being naturally superstitious, and having a tendency to assert supernatural answers to things they don't have answers to 6 years ago  
Can't seek what doesn't exist. How about instead of assuming things about metal toughness and seeking you provide some tangible evidence for God's existence 6 years ago  
These questions should never stopped being asked. If in the future every single person is an atheist they should still all be asking and wondering these questions 6 years ago +4
Wow. Just wow 6 years ago +1
Dude, this is a credible survey that has been repeated by tons of other credible sources. Leave your little fantasy bubble for a second 6 years ago +1
You treat hearsay written 100 years after Jesus as proof? That's ridiculous 6 years ago +1
I will only say it's not proof if it truly isn't proof. And proof is not subjective. Proof is proof. Evidence is evidence. Just give me a piece of evidence that could proves God exists. This is getting kind of ridiculous 6 years ago  
I don't want to believe in things that do not exist, that is why I don't believe in God anymore. And fyi I believed in God for more than 10 years 6 years ago +1
None needed. I hope that one day you will look back on that comment and this conversation and understand why I literally laughed out loud at your comment there 6 years ago +3
Well you already believe that about his Muslim counterpart Muhammed so....... Why do you not think that the Quran proves that Allah and Muhammed exist? By the way, there is absolutely no historical evidence of Jesus. Ask your local Bible scholar 6 years ago +1
You should join the rest of us in reality 6 years ago +1
Irony. Sweet irony 6 years ago +2
Pretty sure they did a complete job. NPR is a credible source. Studies like this have been done a good amount and they always end up with the same answer. 6 years ago +3
But what makes you think a god exists in the first place? 6 years ago  
I will accept evidence as soon as it is presented to me, which you clearly aren't going to do because you clearly have no evidence otherwise you would have presented some by now 6 years ago  
You have to prove that God made the rules of science. Can you do that? Can you give me any evidence that such a being exists? Any? By the way, I believed in a god for the 10 plus years and never got any evidence to prove his existence during that time. So just give me any evidence that god exists. I will believe in anything that has sufficient evidence 6 years ago +1
Wow. You were pretty damn quick to just toss out that actual study. It's just a fact that atheists on average know the bible and religion better than believers do. It's ok for you to admit that 6 years ago +2
I always get a lot of comments on my questions lol 6 years ago  
Produce a single piece of evidence that magical invisible fairies don't exist. Checkmate. Looks like those exist too 6 years ago +1
Aka you presupposed that god was real and then looked for evidence to support that preconceived notion. God (if he exists) is subject to logic and reason like anything else. And you are still yet to give me a single piece of evidence that proves god exists. Just give me one. This isn't hard I feel like 6 years ago +1
I am willing to believe anything that has sufficient evidence. So give me the evidence. 6 years ago  
Or we can follow the evidence where it leads, which is to the conclusion that no god exists and there is no such thing as an afterlife 6 years ago +1
npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2010/09/28/130191248/atheists-and-agnostics-know-more-about-bible-than-religious 6 years ago +3
None taken. I just feel like people really do care about these questions 6 years ago  
Studies show that the people who know the Bible best are more likely to be atheist. 6 years ago +3
I'm pretty sure most people care about this question and have a pretty large stake in its truth value 6 years ago  
The one you picked means that you want churches to not be taxed at all. Is that what you meant to pick? 6 years ago  
I would only say there is no proof of god if there wasn't any proof of god. I am open to any proof. I want to believe what is true, so if god exists I would love to know this fact. And it's funny how you are yet to provide a single piece of evidence. You always dodge that part 6 years ago  
How do you figure? 6 years ago +1
You say "the proof is everywhere". Produce some of that proof then. Us non-believers would love to see it so that we aren't tortured for eternity. 6 years ago  
Say the same thing about fairies and then you are believing in them. You can't just presuppose something to exist and then come to the conclusion that it exists. You are doing logic wrong 6 years ago +3
I heard you're the other proselytizing non-believer on rrrather lol 6 years ago +2
Well I had no idea about other people asking it. 6 years ago +1
Awesome. Then what is your best piece of evidence that proves God's existence? Just the best one 6 years ago +1
Quit complaining guys. These are the questions that people should think most about in life. They are the most important 6 years ago +11
Are you being payed by Dr. Pepper to do this? lol 6 years ago  
The question is asking if churches should have to pay taxes or not 6 years ago  
Not all do that, but too many of them do for sure 6 years ago  
In the United States they are. And they make a sh*t ton of money 6 years ago +4
That's what I've been wondering for a while 6 years ago +3
The mind is a name given to purely physical and natural processes of a brain. So the mind is just an abstract concept and not some existing thing. I've heard of the soul weight thing many times before and it is fake. It's pseudo-science. Look it up. It is completely fake. Humans do not have a thing called a soul. No such thing as a soul exists. 6 years ago  
Faith is gullibility. It is believing ridiculous things without evidence just because it is sold as being a virtuous thing. You can't prove that fairies do not exist, but that gives you absolutely no reason to think that they do exist. Same with god. You have to prove the thing to exist, that's all that matters. You say the thing you believe in does not have to be proven because of faith, but why would you ever want to believe in something that hasn't been proven? Don't you want to believe in true things? 6 years ago +1
I know. But you are missing the point. You have work to do if you want to prove that a god is real and created humans using evolution 6 years ago  
Except that he has done this........ 6 years ago  
But the original point stands. You are just changing the subject now. 6 years ago  
Oh I know this. You can have a god that guides evolution. The two are not mutually exclusive. But evolution has been proven and its mechanisms are purely naturalistic. You have some work to do proving that there is a god and that this god intervenes in this seemingly natural process 6 years ago  
I am me. That's all I am. You have to prove there is something extra called a soul. I mean like literally point it out to me how you can point out a my arm or a rock or anything else that actually exists. 6 years ago  
But out-of-body experiences and ghosts don't have any evidence to support their existence. So it seems that these things are myths. What other basis do you have for thinking a thing called a soul exists? 6 years ago +6
The feeling is mutual lol 6 years ago  
I'm not here to funnel information to people. You can easily look it up 6 years ago  
No we haven't. That has been 100% debunked. It's pseudo-science. Look into it. 6 years ago +4
That's all metaphorical talk. Tell me what the soul actually is. Kind of point it out to me 6 years ago  
You cannot verify that what you think is god talking to you is a god actually talking to you. Muslims often murder people because they think their god Allah is telling them to do so. 6 years ago  
We don't know the answer to this question right now. What we do know, however, is that there is no good reason of any kind to believe there is such a thing as a god or that a god created matter. The bible is not proof of a god anymore than the Koran is proof that Allah exists or the Bhagavad-Gita is proof that Vishnu exists. 6 years ago +1
I wish there was an "I Don't Know" button because that's the one I would have clicked. No one knows why the big bang happened or how matter came into existence, and anyone claiming that they know the answer to either of those things is either a liar, a fraud, or is mistaken (I'm talking about those of you who claim that a god is the answer). 6 years ago +1
There is no good evidence of any kind that points to a god existing. None. At all. For any god 6 years ago +1
Yeah I should get on here more often and drum up some more good conversation. But yeah never stop questioning anything. Have an open mind at all times. Use good reasoning skills. Obtain as much evidence as possible. Proportion your beliefs to the evidence. If you do this you will find the truth more often than not. 6 years ago  
Not necessarily. They will probably share a higher percentage of genetic diseases with each other than they would with more evolutionarily distant relatives though. 6 years ago +1
No benefit can be obtained from religion that could not be obtained by other means. Also, religion is the cause of many problems in the world today. I can expand on that last point if anyone wants me to. Main point: without religion the world would be a much better place. 6 years ago +1
Meaning is an abstract concept and is completely subjective. 6 years ago  
No, you are frowned upon for projecting your own personal bigoted beliefs regarding sexuality in the form of religious belief 6 years ago +4
That's awesome. I hope I'm one of the people who is helping to open your mind 6 years ago  
I ask the hard-hitting religiously motivated questions lol 6 years ago  
What is the soul? Can anyone explain it to me? 6 years ago +1
You would kill someone if you heard a voice in your head that you thought was God that said "Kill this person"? There is a place for people like that, it's called an insane asylum. 6 years ago  
Already has. Read the story where God tells Abraham to sacrifice his son. 6 years ago  
But the original point stands that God can and has asked people to kill their child 6 years ago  
You are gonna have to prove your case on that one. And it's a huge hill to climb 6 years ago  
I sure do know that. I know that with the same certainty that I know that magical fairies and gremlins don't exist. 6 years ago  
Except that no one goes anywhere after they die on account of THEY ARE DEAD. Ignoring this question 6 years ago  
Sorry, no heaven exists. Ignoring this question 6 years ago  
Quit being such a condescending douche. The guest is from Argentina. I highly doubt his or her first language is English. Please learn to take into account every possible reason that a person is not writing in perfect English, then you won't look like such an idiot. By the way, the sentence structure you used in your last sentence necessarily leads to grammatically incorrect and/or fragmented sentences. 6 years ago +2
But it proves my original point that you can't be for both science and religion. They contradict. That's all. Bye now 6 years ago +1
You believe in the worldwide flood? The resurrection of Jesus? Any of the countless miracle as depicted in the Bible? All of those things are in direct contradiction with science. 6 years ago +1
We don't have estimates. We have a pretty specific date range that is supported by mountains of evidence. The Earth is 4.54 billion years old give or take just a little bit. This is in complete contradiction with the the Bible that says that the Earth is 6,000 years old give or take a little bit. So which side are you on? Science or your religion? Both is impossible. 6 years ago  
What makes you think there is a God and that he made science? Science is a human construction. How old do you think the Earth is? 6 years ago  
I highly doubt it. There is undoubtedly issues where your religion and science are in direct conflict where you have to pick one over the other. 6 years ago +3
I can cite specific passages of the Bible where God does and endorses horrific things if you would like. And just because some parts of the Bible are historically accurate and about real places does not make everything in the Bible true. Spiderman is set in New York City. We know New York City is a real place. But that does not make Spiderman a real person. That does not make everything else in the comic true. Same thing with the Bible. 6 years ago  
Asking me to prove a supernatural being doesn't exist is like me asking you to prove that fairies and leprechauns don't exist. That's not how it works. It is up to you to prove the supernatural being. That's how logic and the burden of proof work. And the Bible is wrong about insane amounts of information. For starters, it says the Earth was created around 6,000 years ago. That's about 4.5 billion years off. That's about as bad a percentage error as you can get. The Bible also advocates slavery, the murder of innocent people, etc. If the Bible is the word of God then God is an asshole and a buffoon. 6 years ago +1
Because it is outside of nature. And how could you even possibly tell that something supernatural existed? How could you prove something supernatural to exist? 6 years ago  
But if something is supernatural (outside of nature) then how can it affect nature? 6 years ago  
They are more or less derived from the same basic conception for sure. But they are mutually exclusive beings at this point. 6 years ago +1
The same person/being cannot do contradictory things and cannot have contradictory attributes. The Christian God (as depicted in the Bible), the Jewish God (as depicted in the Hebrew Bible), and the Muslim God (as depicted in the Koran) have each done things that contradict what the other two have done and each have attributes that contradict the other attributes of the other two. By logical necessity these are three different beings. 6 years ago +2
You must not follow politics very close then. Not an insult, I'm just saying. Two of the biggest political issues currently are same-sex marriage and abortion, both being highly religiously involved. 6 years ago  
Actually yes. Many religious people are against preserving the planet because according to them God would not have given the Earth to us if he didn't want us to use it to its fullest extent. And there are soooo many other ways that not believing in a god could affect a person's decisions, policies, etc. 6 years ago +1
Not even close. Atheism is only the lack of belief in a god. Atheists can believe anything they want besides that. 6 years ago +5
People's beliefs inform/influence their decisions. It could actually have a decent impact. 6 years ago +3
I don't like that line of reasoning 6 years ago +1
The context is clearly referring to the Christian conception of God, so now all people of a different religions and non-believers alike have been alienated for no good reason whatsoever. Muslims and Christians do not have the same god by the way, one look at their holy books shows this pretty clearly 6 years ago +4
This is unlike any cycle that we know of. And our carbon emissions are directly correlated with the rise in average temperature. And we've know for a long time that carbon on our planet and the other rocky planets in our solar system is the main cause of each planet's climate. 6 years ago  
By accident lol 6 years ago  
Who is to say god is even a real thing? You say you know there is a god based on facts. What are the facts that prove their is a god? 6 years ago  
That man needs a new job immediately because he clearly does not understand the inherent benefit of keeping religion and government separate. 6 years ago +1
I believe the current scientific consensus that the big bang set in motion the current dynamic of the universe, that the heavier elements that we are made of and depend on were created by massive stars over trillions of years, that our planet and solar system were formed from an accretion disk out of left over matter from another star, and I also believe that it is entirely possible for life to come about through completely natural processes. What I do not believe is a magical explanation to any of those things (aka God). 6 years ago  
How is Creationism true? You haven't answered anything. 6 years ago +2
I don't believe any of that stuff either because that is a huge misinterpretation of the big bang and how the Earth formed. 6 years ago  
Prove it 6 years ago  
How so? 6 years ago +2
Or teach as fact only things that have been proven to be true (aka evolution and not Creationism). 6 years ago +2
Atheism is not believing the claim that a god exists. A position of disbelief does not need to be proved. An affirmative position (that a god exists) does need to be proved though. That's just how the burden of proof works. So you asking me to prove that atheism is correct is like me asking you to prove that not believing that magical gremlins exist is correct. 6 years ago +1
But you aren't defending religion at all though. I could say that a magical oyster created the Big Bang. Is science now defending the magical oyster? No 6 years ago +2
lol on what? 6 years ago  
But you are not justified in saying there is a god that caused the big bang. That statement needs to be proved. Otherwise you are unjustly assuming science fits your preconceived religious convictions. In other words, defending religion with science like that gets you nowhere sadly. 6 years ago  
Possible in concept. But it does not seem very possible out there in reality. 6 years ago +5
I'm the one who created the question. I know the options are not necessarily mutually exclusive, but sometimes it really seems that way with the way people act. 6 years ago +2
Don't be mad at atheists. Be mad at logic and standards of evidence. 6 years ago  
Because it is divisive and it violates the Constitution. 6 years ago +3
That only works if you can prove that there is a God and that he chooses when people should die if he exists. 6 years ago  
Except that science does not say that anything is a creation of a god. You are a walking contradiction. 6 years ago +4
Science also cannot find evidence beyond a shadow of a doubt that magical fairies and unicorns do not exist. Does that mean they really do exist? No. They need to first be proven to exist. And in the case of God there is no good evidence at all that he exists. And there is a good amount of evidence that says he does not exist. You say science is flawed. Sure it doesn't get everything right, but when it doesn't it changes. It is self-correcting and it is easily the most reliable source of knowledge we have. And what is this absolute nonsense about how according to me the universe does not exist??? That's absolutely ridiculous. Just because we do not know how something got here does not mean that it isn't here. I know the fricken universe exists. I don't even know why I should have to say this. Your logic there is atrocious. 6 years ago +1
Science refuses to believe things that are not real. That is the problem. If there was actual proof of a god then scientists would believe in a god. But there is no proof. You say people believe by faith. I say that faith is a terrible reason to believe something. You can justify believing anything you want (even if it is 100% false) with faith. Faith is the absence of evidence, it is not itself evidence of anything. And the Earth is positioned how it is based off of how the laws of the universe affected the matter from the leftovers of a star that died long ago. There are plenty of other planets around other stars that are in perfect position for life too. 6 years ago +2
You are the one with the "deep down" feeling. I believe whatever the evidence leads to. I do not go on gut feeling. Now please give me your best evidence that there is a god. 6 years ago +1
That's not what the theory of evolution is about at all. I'm not attacking you, I'm just pointing out where you are wrong. Evolution is the changing of organisms over time through natural selection, mutation, and the passing on of DNA. 6 years ago  
BECAUSE YOU HAVE NO PROOF. I know deep down that you know you have no good proof too. I would agree with what you were saying if it conformed with reality and evidence. 6 years ago +1
Give us some evidence that "God made the Big Bang happen." Also, anyone who knows anything about evolution knows there is not a causal relation between it and the Big Bang. Lastly, why do you not believe in evolution? It is one of the most sound theories we have. It is on the same level as the theory of gravity. 6 years ago +2
It is getting warmer on average at an unnatural rate over larger amounts of time than each year. Every ten years is warmer than the last ten years. Every 100 years is much warmer than the last 100 years now. It is just a larger time scale than you are considering. 6 years ago  
You have to prove a creator first. Otherwise you are being illogical and unjustly presupossing a creator. But we do not have an answer as to how the universe and everything in it got here. We are working on the answer. And anyone who claims to currently know the answer is a liar. 6 years ago +2
No there is not. And there is mounds upon mounds of evidence that disproves it. What is your proof though? 6 years ago +1
Why do you keep saying created? That is already presupposing a creator. Ask instead how they got there. 6 years ago +2
No. Says independently verifiable information aka science. 6 years ago +1
Global warming does not mean that the Earth is getting warmer every single year. It means it is getting warmer on average at an unnatural rate and humans are the cause of it. You have demonstrated your complete ignorance of global warming. 6 years ago  
A comment like this is perfect coming from a guest from Texas, the most anti-science state out there. I have never heard of climatologists predicting an ice age. And most of the other stuff you said is completely irrelevant. But here are facts: Earth is growing warmer at an alarming and unnatural rate, methane and carbon in the atmosphere (two gases that contribute to the Green House Effect) are at their highest levels in hundreds of thousands of years, humans are constantly spewing carbon and methane into the atmosphere, humans are causing Earth to get warmer. These are just some of the basics. You can look up more of the facts if you want, but it is about time you and everyone else face reality so that we can tackle this problem. 6 years ago +5
It is actually far from a pointless conversation. It may be the most important conversation out there if anything. And the big bang did not create the word. An accretion disk that formed from the remains of materials from other stars that had previously exploded or ran their course created our solar system. 6 years ago +2
Aka the one based on reality. 6 years ago +1
Science is not perfect. I agree with that. But when it is not right it corrects itself. And science is far and away the most reliable source of information and knowledge we have. You say you beliefs are based on faith. Muslims, Jews, Hindus, etc say the exact same things. Why are they wrong while you are right? You can justify ANYTHING with faith. I can justify 2+2=5 with faith. Faith (by definition) is believing in something even if there is no evidence or if there is contradictory evidence. It is an awful thing to base beliefs on. 6 years ago +2
Yeah it is impossible to capture all of them on rrrather 6 years ago  
Guys, there is a consensus among scientists in this field. The Earth is getting warmer in an unnatural fashion. So instead of denying the truth let's work on the damn problem. 6 years ago  
People who claim to be constantly abducted and probed by aliens say the exact same things. There are pretty good psychological explanations that explain why people perceive the types of things you have been talking about. But even if we did not have an answer that does not mean that the conclusion you jumped to is true. It has to first be proven true. 6 years ago  
So you are saying that your beliefs are not based on logic or science. Sound like some pretty sketchy beliefs to me... 6 years ago +2
Then how come this one is 65-35 and the other one is 56-44? That's a solid difference right there. 6 years ago  
That might not be possible. The two options seem to be mutually exclusive 6 years ago  
Waaay different than what I am asking. That question is asking how Earth got here. Mine is asking how life got there. See the important distinction that makes them very different questions? 6 years ago  
How do you know there is a god that just always existed? How can one make sense of something having existed infinitely? There have actually been explanation for the cause of the big bang too. Every heard of quantum fluctuation? Things can pop in and out of existence without a cause. 6 years ago +3
That is a gross misrepresentation of the big bang theory. 6 years ago +3
That is completely irrelevant to the question at hand. Don't try and change the subject. 6 years ago  
Went to the most voted page. Didn't see anything like it there. But constantly questioning things is great. It leads to better answers to things. I'm sorry that you do not agree with that. 6 years ago  
Scientists have replicated early-Earth conditions in labs and shown that the building blocks of life can come about through natural processes. Life can come from non-life given the right conditions according to the way the universe works. 6 years ago +3
These are the best questions to be asked in my opinion. And I'm sure many others would agree 6 years ago +6
How come you have not seen any hardcore evidence? Evidence that would stand up in a court of law or in a scientific theory. You have a bunch of weird circumstantial evidence and then you jump to a conclusion. 6 years ago  
If the church wants to teach it sure. 6 years ago  
Very poorly formed question with a false dichotomy for the answers. 6 years ago +8
So a bunch of second rate circumstantial evidence and random first hand accounts. By those same standards of evidence you would be justified in believing that people are abducted and probed by aliens, that 9/11 was an inside job, and even that Santa is real. It is just absurd. 6 years ago  
What makes you think that? 6 years ago  
Sure Obama has some small control over gas prices, but not in any significant way. I think gas prices are pretty minor worries here in America in the first place especially when our gas prices dwarf some of the ones in European countries. What jobs has he created that are temporary? I have never heard of the jobs he has been creating as merely temporary. Lastly, I am on your side about the whole entitlement thing. I would prefer there were way less entitlement and welfare type programs out there. 6 years ago +1
No it is not worth it for the ones who do use the money for good causes because the government could instead tax all of them some and use all of that money for good causes. It is way more efficient that way. 6 years ago +1
You do not need direct evidence to justify belief though. That's the thing you are missing. It is sufficient but not necessary to justify belief. Other forms of evidence (scientific evidence in this case) are also sufficient but not necessary to justify belief. 6 years ago +2
How exactly am I arguing for science in the same way that a 19th century clergyman would have argued for religion? Please explain because I am extremely confused as to how I am doing that. I haven't even the slightest clue as to how I have supposedly done that. 6 years ago +1
I have actually taken a college class called "Stars, Galaxies, and the Universe" and another one called "Human Origins" to go along with Biology 1 and Biology 2 in high school so I can give you a pretty damn good explanation of all those things. My "belief" in science is not justified by "blind faith" in the least bit. It is justified by my knowledge of its objective and repeatable nature. Anyone can look at the evidence for how our solar system formed from an accretion disc that resulted from the death of another star or the evidence for how genetic mutations and variations along with natural selection and tons of time results in the variety of life we see here on Earth today. I can comprehend science and how it works. I can look at and interpret the verified peer-reviewed objective data scientists have accumulated and form my own opinions on it. Heck, if I really wanted to I could repeat tests scientists have done for myself and see how the results match. Science I can comprehend and so can anyone else. What is incomprehensible is religion. 6 years ago +2
Except that the rich do not use their money in the most efficient way to create more jobs. They are human beings and are more often than not greedy and stingy. They would rather save their money or buy mansions and yachts with it than use it to create more jobs. 6 years ago +1
The burden of proof is on the person make the claim. You do not have to prove a god does not exist just as you do not have to prove that magical unicorns do not exist. It is the job of the person making the claim to prove their case. Just saying 6 years ago +5
The United States is one of the most religious of all developed countries. The United States is the only developed country having serious problems keep non-science (Creationism) out of its public schools that I know about. There may be others, but the vast majority do not have this problem. 6 years ago  
A magical explanation is not a good explanation. It is a non-answer. It is like saying I do not have an answer but I can make up a magical one that explains the situation so I think I'll go with that. Sorry but logical does not work that way. 6 years ago  
So science might change a bit, it might get more accurate than it was before. So what? 6 years ago  
1) He hasn't raised taxes. And gas prices are determined by the oil dispensing countries of the Middle East, not in any way by the president. 2) He has done tons to help us. He has given us universal healthcare. He kept us out of a depression. He has fixed the mess Bush left him and has now created more jobs than have been lost during his term because of Bush's leftovers. 3) He had to spend that money to keep us out of a second depression. I think you can agree that raising the debt was worth staying out of a depression. Plus the Bush era is a big reason that the debt has continued to rise. 4) He is making it very easy to find jobs. Just look at his job creation stats, it is extremely obvious. 5) What exactly is he lying about in his ads? List specifics. Because the only lying in ads I have seen is all the lines Romney has taken out of context in his ads. 6 years ago +2
Still waiting for examples.......... All you gotta do is give some simple examples......... 6 years ago +1
Everything Boster930 says is true, that's the sad part. His argument is in fact very substantive. 6 years ago  
He had a harsh recession he had to spend his way out of because of failed Bush economic policies. It was either go farther into debt or suffer a second depression. You decide which of those options are better. The unemployment is so high yet again because of Bush and Obama has added tons of jobs. Unemployment is going way down and Obama is now a net job creator during his first term, digging his way out of and past the hole Bush put us into. Universal healthcare is a brilliant idea. The added taxes (which aren't much at all) are more than worth it. The United States was one of the last developed countries to institute universal healthcare. And how exactly has Obama enlarged the government passed the needed point? And if you are in the middle class and voting for Romney you should be extremely worried about the taxes you are going to have to pay (which you seem pretty worried about paying taxes) if he is elected. You will have to pay more while ridiculously rich people will pay next to nothing, leaving them more money for yachts and mansions in foreign countries. 6 years ago +1
Science works because of the way the universe is. The universe follows certain patterns and regularities. Did a god make the universe the way it is? There is certainly no good reason to think so, there is no evidence to support such a view. 6 years ago  
What kind of paradigm shift is about to happen in medical science and how in the world would you know about it? It isn't about to happen. 6 years ago  
How do so many people believe in ghosts? What good reason is there to think that ghosts exist? 6 years ago +8
Neither 6 years ago +11
Let's apply "teaching things for the sake of equity" to other subjects as well. Some people believe that they are abducted by aliens so should we teach that in cosmology and astronomy classes? Some Native Americans think that rain dances affect weather patterns so should we teach that sort of stuff in Earth Science classes? No. We should only teach things that have been supported by evidence, that have passed the "science test". 6 years ago +3
You don't have to accept a theory on blind faith in the least bit. That is ridiculous. All the scientific facts that support a theory are the reason to accept it. No faith needed. You do not have to physically see the atom with your own eye. There are many methods that show that atoms are real. Don't be ridiculous. And science is most definitely not religion 2.0. Not even close. Religion is failed science. Religion made hypotheses about things that have been proved wrong (how Earth was formed, how different living things came to be as we know them now, etc.) 6 years ago  
Sure the body can heal itself in certain ways sometimes. But medical science can heal people in so many ways that the body cannot do itself. And I don't see how any of this makes it any more reasonable to allow people to refuse medical care to someone and replace it with praying to their god to heal them when this has not been shown to heal anyone. It is dangerous 6 years ago  
Not always 6 years ago +2
So you are trying to say that science is not the most reliable source when it comes to medicine and health? 6 years ago +1
The one after I said "How so?". But just because my dad is a republican doesn't mean I can't think for myself and come to my own conclusion that voting democrat is better. Are you trying to say that everyone should just automatically vote the way their parents vote without thinking about it? 6 years ago +3
I'm not sure where you are going with that comment. But my dad is a republican so he is on your side in case your allegation was that I was indoctrinated into my political affiliation. 6 years ago +1
How so? 6 years ago +1
Reply to 4: Creationism does explain how everything could have come into existence, but there is no evidence and no reason to so it is illogical at this time to accept that conclusion. And what creation story are we supposed to accept? Because there are many other stories that explain how everything could have came into being as well. 6 years ago  
It is a HYPOTHESIS not a THEORY. Not trying to be rude, just trying to clarify. And it is a failed hypothesis at that. There is no proof for it. And you have also demonstrated your ignorance of what science has to say about the big bang and formation of the universe. Your explanation of it is so far off it isn't even funny. 6 years ago  
Examples? 6 years ago  
Then let's also mention in school that some people believe that Allah or Zues put some intelligence into the creation of the world and also that some people believe that aliens probe their assholes. 6 years ago +4
Your conscious is a product of your brain. So i picture my brain floating through space lol 6 years ago  
4 more years! 6 years ago +2
How do you know someone was healed miraculously through faith healing as opposed to the cancer naturally going into remission? How do you distinguish between the two? 6 years ago  
It is biased against stupidity 6 years ago +7
No one is forcing beliefs upon anyone in this situation. They are merely appealing to what science has to say on the issue because science is the single most reliable source for distinguishing what works from what doesn't as far as health is concerned here. 6 years ago +1
People who have had their reason clouded by religion. 6 years ago +5
Then more the power to you 6 years ago  
Hey I'm from Iowa too. But I feel the need to point out that there are many other ways to get stem cells than from an aborted fetus. 6 years ago +4
Neither 6 years ago +1
Then who created God...? #awkward 6 years ago  
Precious moments of the one and only life you get. 6 years ago  
That is not even close to what kind of evolution is being asked about in the question. 6 years ago +2
It goes to God? Why does God need money? Why does God need churches? He doesn't (if he even exists). It is people that take the money and people that use it to build more churches and people that use the money as their salary. 6 years ago +9
That is a completely different evolution than the scientific theory of evolution. They are nowhere near equivalent. 6 years ago +1
Even if I am biased, how have I expressed my bias in this question? 6 years ago  
You have proven that you have little understanding about evolution. Plus earlier you said "unlike evolution which is a lie" then in the next comment you said "I believe in evolution". So you believe or a lie? Or you don't actually think its a lie? I don't think you are very clear about the idea of evolution or how you think about. 6 years ago +3
Too bad evolution doesn't say humans came from monkeys. It says that humans and monkeys each descended from the same ancestor that was similar to both humans and monkeys but was at the same time neither of them. 6 years ago +6
It is a f*ck awful moral compass. 6 years ago  
Religion is not the moral compass for society. Far from it. Morals in the bibles are atrocious. Slavery and stoning innocent people to death are moral according to the bible. Reason, empathy, and critical analysis of how people's actions affect other people are just a couple things that make up the actual moral compass for society. 6 years ago +5
Evolution is not a lie in the least bit. It is a tested and verified scientific theory (like the theory of gravity). Not believing in evolution is like not believing in gravity. It's complete nonsense. And what Creation story would you like taught in school then? The Christian one? The Islamic one? The Hindu one? The ancient Greek one? Any of the other countless Creation stories? 6 years ago +4
Introductory courses about the world's religions are fine. As long as they aren't teaching you that what the religions have to say about things are true. That's a lot different, however, than teaching just one Creation story and teaching it as fact. 6 years ago +1
I have to disagree with you. I am completely against teaching things as fact when they are actually far from it. It just pollutes your worldview. I am for teaching it as opinion or as unproven beliefs at anywhere other than a school (or I guess in this case they could do that at private schools if they so choose). I love how me and you constantly post on the same questions and constantly disagree lol. At least we are mostly both civil about it. 6 years ago +4
They are like the exact f*cking same... 6 years ago  
It is wholly unscientific. Keep that sh*t out of the classroom for the good of all humanity. 6 years ago +6
You honestly believe that people back in biblical times lived to be 800 years old? That is absolutely absurd. It is borderline insane. 6 years ago +4
Ever read the story where God tells Abraham to sacrifice his son..? 6 years ago +2
The picture you posted for the no option is absolutely ridiculous. If that is your view of what atheism is then you have not the slightest clue. 6 years ago +6
Error 504: Sorry, no god exists 6 years ago  
You were trying to say that it is a drug and that that's a good reason to make it illegal. All I did was give a counterexample to show that your logic here was flawed. 6 years ago  
6. All medicines are drugs too. Should we make medicine illegal? 6 years ago +1
Hardly as bad of health if you drink or smoke cigarettes constantly. So should we make both of those and weed illegal because they can be bad for your health if overused? 6 years ago  
First off, life after death is a myth. Second off, this would only apply to people who have almost no chance at all of returning to a normal happy life ever again. 6 years ago +3
People's lives can get ruined in so many other ways too. Alcohol addiction. Cancer from tobacco products. Being too fricken lazy to go to school or get a job can ruin people's lives pretty quick too. Just because some people do not know how to use weed responsibly in their life does not mean that it should be illegal for everyone. 6 years ago +2
I say so what if it adds on a little. People have a right to be a tad more irresponsible while smoking weed if they want. That's their right 6 years ago  
So if you smoke weed too much you die? Really? 6 years ago +1
Mercuryel is merely pointing out the fact that something should not be illegal just because it can be dangerous if it is done/used too much. If things were illegal for this reason all sorts of seemingly harmless things would be made illegal. 6 years ago +2
It is pretty well understood what terrorist in the sense it is being used here means though. Terrorists here refers to the Islamic extremists that set up and executed a multi-year plan to hijack planes and fly them into many buildings without help from the United States government. 6 years ago +1
So should all drugs that make people irresponsible be illegal? What about other things that make people irresponsible like not giving a f*ck? Should not giving a f*ck be illegal too? 6 years ago  
Plus your question is waaaaay different than mine. Yours is talking about anyone being able to freely end their life whenever. Mine only deals with people in the worst of situations. 6 years ago  
What about living a completely not worthwhile life will change in a couple months? I'm talking about people terminally ill with no chance or things of that nature. And what does you being a Christian have anything at all to do with that? 6 years ago  
You act like I copied you. I didn't see your question before I posted this one. It's coincidence, get over it. 6 years ago  
That's false. You can't overdose off of it. And long term use won't kill you. Alcohol and cigarettes are exponentially more dangerous to your health than marijuana is. 6 years ago +1
Logic, reason, rationality, political science, understanding of social interactions, etc. 6 years ago +1
God forbid someone who has a kid believes that a recreational drug that causes little to no harm should be legalized. They must be just an awful fricken person 6 years ago +2
Are people responsible when they are drunk? She would make alcohol illegal too? 6 years ago  
Absolutely awful reason 6 years ago +2
But accepting that 9/11 was inside job employs the same standards of evidence to warrant belief as people who believe the moon landing was a hoax or that aliens abduct and probe people 6 years ago  
Conspiracy theorists crack me up. Was your anus probed by aliens last night too? Was the moon landing fake as well? 6 years ago +3
But in THIS case they had no good reason to 6 years ago  
Each of those three religions will claim that their god is different from the other two. And "In God We Trust" is only referring to the Christian god. And what about other people like atheists, Buddhists, Hindus and other non-Christians? 6 years ago  
Because science and god claims (and/or claims made in holy books in the names of these gods) are in direct contradiction. They can't both be true. 6 years ago +3
Correction: Evolution is real and gravity acting on massive amounts of particles in space formed an accretion disc which resulted in our sun and the planets around it (including Earth) to be created. 6 years ago  
I see what you did there ;). Atheism ftw 6 years ago  
No God claim has ever even come close to meeting its burden of proof. Sorry, no god exists 6 years ago +7
I know that God does not exist in the same way that I know that the tooth fairy does not exist. I cannot be absolutely certain of either, but I can be pretty damn close to absolutely certain. 6 years ago +4
I love to use slavery as an example because it is something hopefully everyone understands to be a bad thing. I feel it best helps me prove my point. 6 years ago +1
It harms the inclusive feeling people of different faiths should have in this country. Also, slavery used to be "part of our culture" and "the majority liked it" as well. I think you could agree that those two things do not make slavery a good thing, just as they does not make the divisive motto "In God We Trust" a good thing. 6 years ago +6
Using "respect tradition" logic would bring back things like slavery. And by "respect other people's views" you mean "respect my view". If you truly respected other people's views you would want to get rid of it. 6 years ago +1
You don't have to be an atheist to understand the clear advantages and fundamental fairness of keeping government and religion separate. 6 years ago +3
But the religious beliefs of the regimes/leaders had nothing to do with the deaths. Their atheism was unrelated to their killings 6 years ago +4
If God caused the Big Bang, then who/what caused God? Put your logic right back on ya 6 years ago  
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