Two sides to every story…

•March 20, 2010 • Leave a Comment

Some individuals believe that religious tolerance should be part of Quebec’s human rights policies. While other individuals claim that religious tolerance, in particular situations, can result in allowing issues of gender inequality, and other issues to occur. Where do you stand with relation to religious tolerance?

This is an ongoing debate in Quebec, and it was recently re-heated after a Muslim woman was kicked out  for a second time from her language class, because she was refusing to remove her Niqab. For those that are unaware of the Niqab and the Hijab, they are religious garments that Muslim women wear. There is a further on-going debate concerning these religious symbols. Islamic scholars have been debating whether wearing a Niqab is obliged, recommended, or not allowed at all. The interpretation of their religious texts are not all equivalent, thus the debate. There is no doubt, existentially, that a Muslim woman can choose if she wants to wear one, or if she does not. Although this is not necessarily true in all cases, as there may be specific cases where as a woman does not have a choice in the matter, and she is forced by her family or religious community to wear one. If it is the latter, then it has become a variation in culture, and cultural differences are a separate discussion in themselves.

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Do Atheists believe in morality?

•March 11, 2010 • 2 Comments

Of Course! What kind of incoherent blah-blah  is it to claim that an atheist does not have morals or ethics. A user at a philosophical forum posted a topic claiming that a theist is the only one who has morals and ethics, while an atheist does not have any reason at all to do morally, or ethically right actions. This post will be short as my response is quite succinct and clear, so here it is.

An atheist is one who does not hold the belief that there is a deity, or supernatural order (creator) to the universe.It is not necessarily the case that he or she does not believe in morals or ethics, although it is nevertheless possible. Ex: Murderers who are atheists.

But it is also the case that it could be possible for a theist to choose not to believe in morals. Ex: Reverend Ted Haggard (click his name to see what I mean)

Why is less likely for a theist to stop believing in morally and ethically guided actions? Because of fear, plain and simple. Christianity for example claims that you (ok..maybe not you specifically) the immoral, unethical, evil doer will be sent to hell unless you confess your sins. That is a scare tactic, unfortunately it does not do any good on us atheists. An atheist does not require a scare tactic in order to see that doing something  for another human being is good. We do good things, not because we are afraid, or told by some deity, or priest, or book, rather we do it because IT’S GOOD! That’s it.

The user who claimed this should really refrain from generalizing people based on their belief systems.

Arguments for god’s Existence Pt.one

•March 5, 2010 • 2 Comments

It will remain unclear as to whether god exists. It is the case that individuals, on both sides of this issue, hold very strong arguments for their beliefs either for, or against god’s existence.

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What do you do?

•February 18, 2010 • Leave a Comment

The man in the video is Ray Gosling, a journalist, and BBC broadcaster. He recently admitted to having euthanized his lover who had been suffering from AIDS. The confession is linked here – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YKFehQYOEV0&feature=related

Gosling was arrested, and later released while the investigation remains open, after the BBC aired his confession. Furthermore, BBC claims to not have known the content of the show prior to it being aired.
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Looking at: Beliefs

•January 31, 2010 • Leave a Comment

We each hold a lot of beliefs close to heart, and we are usually ready to defend our beliefs in a heartbeat. Examples of this are seen all over the world. Republicans defending their beliefs and values in politics, and religious followers defending their divine beliefs. Albeit it is not only reserved for those in the two categories above that hold strong to their beliefs, as mentioned we all hold to our beliefs like Hitchhikers (agrimony seeds) stick to our clothing.

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Looking at: Religious Experiences

•January 26, 2010 • Leave a Comment

Well a new semester means new classes, and new classes means there is new information to be learned, and with this new information I (hopefully) plan to write more than I did last semester. I am taking three awesome courses this semester which are; Critical Thinking, Philosophy of Religion, and Intro to Sociology. I have taken a liking  towards my Sociology teacher as she is downright straight up  about her world views, beliefs, and sociology in general, so kudos to her! None the less, all my classes are thus far interesting, and I am definitely looking forward to writing papers for them.

I figure that if I  dedicate some…, well more…, ok fine… any time at all  to writing posts on class material it will help for a better understanding of the material!

**That’s obvious man get on with it…** Ok, moving on…

As the title of this post says… that will be exactly what I want to do here, to write about things we are discussing in class right now, ok I am side tracking!! Getting on with it…

Well it would first be best to fully understand what we mean when we say that someone has had a religious experience, as opposed to just a ‘regular’ experience. In class we looked over two analysis of religious experiences, one of which was written by William James (1842-1910) and the other written by Wayne Proudfoot (1939). I will go into a bit more detail about the individual positions that they take, but first I would prefer to take a personal approach to our first inquiry as to what makes a religious experience, well religious.

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Is morality possible without religion?

•December 4, 2009 • 5 Comments

I happened to stumble upon an interesting question earlier today and I thought that I might try to answer it without holding the position that god does, or does not, exist.

Morality is the duty that human beings have to ourselves, other human beings, and the living world around us. By this I mean that we have an obligation to do what is considered right. Well what is right? And it follows then; What is wrong?

Religions do their very best to teach human beings (the one’s that follow) moral values and ethics. I have a hard time understanding why we should follow the teachings of religious preachers because, more often than not what they preach is interpretations of  their respective texts (I.E the bible, Quran, etc). It is clear that religious texts were written by human beings and not ‘God’s’. I do not wish to argue the texts or their meaning, but rather I wish to show that the information, or the moral values if you will, that are in these books were written by man.

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