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Sunday School February 24th 2019

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    Have a great week everyone!!



    I already knew the lions ate the unicorns. I just wish Ken Ham would have rounded up all the types of animals left on the planet and placed them in his ark and then launched that thing. A boat shaped building with a few stuffed animals seem like an automatic failure to me.

    So Islam is now considered to be a human race, not just a terrible set of ideas. Awesome.


    @_Robert_, Yes, it is good to know that it is not just atheists that eat babies 🙂

    All religions are open to criticism. You have rights, your ideas and beliefs do not.  Islamophobia, just like blasphemy, is a made up crime to protect religions from being criticized because they have little or no defense against rational arguments. Attacking an idea is not attacking a person. I do not care if they get offended by it.



    Thanks, Reg!



    Thanks Reg!

    Thought the whole “what the lions ate on the ark” was hysterical:

    “In the end the meat problem solved itself. Hundreds of corpses banged up against the ark and were easily hauled aboard. It was messy and awful cutting up bodies, but that problem was solved by culling the ample floating mass for babies and small children, which were then dumped whole into the relevant carnivore pens.

    It was horrible work that they all hated, but, as Noah told his little band, “God will provide.””

    Douglas Whaley

    So obvious. I never thought about all the dead bodies. And those pesky unicorns done in by hungry tigers. That explains it!


    Simon Paynton

    Attacking an idea is not attacking a person. I do not care if they get offended by it.

    I can understand if someone gets upset about insulting the Prophet or God, but criticising a religion is something different.


    I once went into a bar in Highbury in London for a coffee. Some guy asked me if I was a supporter of the local soccer club Arsenal. I said no and turned back to my paperwork. He then rather menacingly asked “which team did I support”. I replied that I supported none of them and that I had very little interest in the game. I reminded him that while he thought that I was in an “Arsenal bar” that I was actually in a public house. As a member of the public I was entitled to be there and that I did not to have to follow his soccer club in order to be there. He started to get more aggressive and said that he took offence to my lack of respect for his team. I told him I “did not give a flying fuck” about his team or about how offended he was. At this point the barman intervened and suggested that I should leave. He was also a “lifelong fan” of Arsenal.  Ok, I will leave. I suppose you won’t want to rent the offices next door you have advertised? I was going to give you a 3 month deposit but I have no interest now in setting up in this area. He was not expecting that. I passed by 5 weeks later and it was still unoccupied.

    I treat religions the same way. I don’t care if you are a member of the Jesus team or the Allah team. I have no interest in following any of them. What many of their fans do I find vile. Stay away from me in the public space.


    Simon Paynton

    It’s amazing how tribal people can be, for no apparently good reason, especially young men.  It’s as if they have genes telling them to behave this way.

    I heard the other day that testosterone makes young men more cooperative if it means being adversarial towards another group.



    @simon: and that’s exactly why the Marines love them some teenagers. For one, all that testosterone makes them think they’re indestructible.


    Simon Paynton

    would cultivating a more generous society make a difference?

    This article looks really interesting, I’m studying “fairness” and “sharing” at the moment.  Half of my material comes from AZ.

    “Sharing” seems to be a hot topic of research at the moment.

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