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And by the strict measure of ABC's rules, unlimited voting may not be cheating. But that hasn't stopped some liberal Web sites from claiming that Palin's fans are fixing the competition.
The big problem for ABC is that its voting rules close phone call and text voting 30 minutes after "Dancing With The Stars" is over, but online voting carries on until 11:00 a.m. the next day.
Also, the combined online-phone-text vote total accounts for 50 percent of a contestant's score, with the judges' score making up the difference. So a huge amount of online votes could keep someone on the show.
Bristol Palin has survived on the show for the past seven weeks with the lowest judges' scores.
"It does me no injury for my neighbour to say there are 20 gods or no god. It neither picks my pocket, nor breaks my leg." -- Thomas Jefferson
"We feel the only way to fight the stigma toward atheists and agnostics is for people to feel like they know them, and they're your neighbors and your friends. It's the same idea as the out-of-the-closet campaign for gay rights."
The groups' leaders say they are trying to marshal secularists at a time when the religious right and politicians who say America is a "Christian nation" are on the march
"We must denounce politicians that contend U.S. law should be based on the Bible and the Ten Commandments," said Todd Stiefel, a retired pharmaceutical company executive who is underwriting most of the ad campaign that cites alarming Scripture passages. "It has not been based on these and should never be. Our founding fathers created a secular democracy."
On the confrontational end of the spectrum, American Atheists, which was founded in 1963 by Madalyn Murray O'Hair, will just before Thanksgiving put a billboard on the busy approach to the Lincoln Tunnel from New Jersey heading into New York.
It features a Nativity scene, and the words: "You Know it's a Myth. This Season Celebrate Reason."
Another running throughout the South shows Butterfly McQueen, the late actress who played Scarlett O'Hara's maid in "Gone With the Wind." The billboard says, "As my ancestors are free from slavery, I am free from the slavery of religion."
You have to ask the question: "Why is killing someone bad?" How would an atheist answer that question? Because people have said so? That's not very convincing.
Atheist's tend to believe that out of nothing something appeared. Over the years it became something else, then something else, then something else, then eventually a rock, then a tree, then... me.
...and they say believing that it was all created is far fetched. Yeah, I'm the wierd one.
I wonder what atheists think when they die and go to wherever God sends to determine who goes up or down. "Oh crap, did I have this wrong! I hope Hell has a Starbucks."
I always love how the first generation Atheist leaves religion but still retains some morals and principles etc.. and likes that their neighbors do but then cant convince their children why if there is no god that any of that crap matters. Even if I didn't believe in God, I would be glad my neighbors did.
Most cities have cop/citizen ratios of like 1/5000 or even 1/10000. Its not cops or ego-guilt that props up civilization, its that nearly all people have a conscious and worry that their deeds are known to an all knowing creator.
Yup, I want to live my life believing that nothing I do matters, there is no purpose to anything, right and wrong are only illusions dictated by man and when I die I have no eternal soul! Sounds pretty cool to me!
It must also be comforting to know that you are no more than an evolution of some single-cell creature that crawled out of the primordial ooze like a gazillion years ago and eventually evolved from the Monkey!
Really how sad is it to believe that THIS is all there is to life? Why is it worth going on if THIS is the best it gets?
Each and every comment here attacks a straw man. I would be more than happy to clear up any misconceptions you have about atheism in a civil way. If you have any interest whatsoever in treating atheists like human beings and not just fodder for blog humor, I beseech you to send me an e-mail.
Remember, calling yourself an atheist and being able to ramble off a long list of things "we" believe is really really different than calling yourself a Christian and being able to ramble off a long list of things "we" believe.
Which is the better person:
The one who does exactly what is expected of him by dictates claimed to have come from God
The one who can foresee consequences their actions would have and proceeds with the action that does the most good and the least harm?
Wow. The smug, angry, humorless atheists really taught us crazy fundamentalists.
"...[Fred Thompson] currently has a daily radio show, and he's also become a demon Tweeter... Senator Thompson has mastered 140 character commentary to a degree the rest of us can only envy..."