Your opinion is not necessarily mine; Your opinion is not fact; Your opinion is not absolute. Your opinion is a perspective.
Merry Christmas/Happy Holidays!
Merry Christmas friend!
Merry Christmas young one!
Or Happy Holidays!
Merry Christmas buddy!
Steam sale probably doesn't help xD
*As the images of the Mandalorian warships were displayed in front of the Ruusan Council, the various members started arguing, the Randon representative yelling loudest and most desperately. The head of the council was General secretary Thain; a former navy officer that had served in the Ruusan defense fleet during the days of the Galactic Council and whom had come into power following the breakdown.
Thain had silently observed the images and the following arguments. he decided to speak and in good manner he stood up to do so. The Council grew quiet and waited for him to speak. "I want a transmission sent immediately to the Mandalorians stating as follows;"... "No fugitives or terrorist groups are under the protection of the Ruusan Sector authorities and measures has been taken against said groups. Any further intrusion will be seen as an unlawful act of war."." A man leaves in order to send the transmission.
The Randon representative yelled in an uproar, "How dare you play politics with my world like that?! Had this fleet arrived above Ruusan you would not have defied the Mandalorians so easily! I will not stand for this!" - The representative leaves the room and it grows silent again. Thain looks the others in the eyes and speaks again. "The Mandalorians do not respect fear... They do not respect cowardice... And neither do I! If anymore of you have a problem with this then feel free to follow the lead of the Randons....! Meeting adjourned."
Thain now went to his Council quarters and sends a message to Federation space titled;Knowledge is Power, and goes as follows; "Remember Nar Shadda? You owe me one."*
OOC: I'm shutting this event down, it should have been over by now.
If anyone have any last things to contribute, they should do so now.
Not on Legendary. Apparently.
However, the more success I get the more of my generals get assassinated D:
Peace is boring.
PC MASTER RACE! YEAH
I love it xD
My bad then, that was just how I read it.
"Einstein puts it perfectly well here. He notes that the atheists (who were formally religious) are still fanatics and still house an intolerance in their hearts. Instead of intolerance against other religions not theirs, it's intolerance against all religions now"
I disagree with your interpretation of his words. What I get from his statement is that a fanatical atheist is driven by the same that drives a fanatical religious person. A grudge/hate of people who doesn't believe the same as them. (And here we seem to split when it comes to the interpretation) He doesn't state all atheists are intolerant to religion. He is speaking of fanatics only, unless he believe that all atheists are fanatics. I seriously doubt that.
Really? THAT's what you have to say? xD
Well, thanks for reading, I guess?
EDIT: You happy now? :P
*page with you.
I don't know of any Atheists who outright DENY it. Question it, perhaps, that is only natural. Even though I believe it to be the currently most likely theory, it doesn't mean I am completely sure that it is the correct theory.
I doubt even the scientists behind the theory are anywhere near 100% sure. Going back in time that far makes it extremely difficult to be sure of anything.
I think a lot of Atheists are on the same page with Hindu, I just think you may have (unwillingly or not) argued your case in such a way that your point came across as an attack on the Atheists.
I doubt anyone here is arguing the right to free speech unless they are simply trolling.
The way I see it. You can be religious or an atheist and still be "free thinking". All it requires is for one to be open to other possibilities. To acknowledge/accept that there may, even if incredibly unlikely in your opinion, be a chance that one self is wrong.
I had heard of Dawkins before, however until maybe 6 years ago (I'm 20), I didn't even know what Atheism was, however I quickly realized I had been one most of my life.
I didn't need these guys to figure it out.
Or a fan...
I'm man enough to admit, this... almost made me shed a tear ;)
Hahaha. Never! FEEL THE MADNESS!
*you shouldn't listen to atheist saying the same. ' 3rd last line.
"even though they believe the belief of gods is wrong and that religion is evil"
That is possibly the worst argument against Atheism that I have ever heard. No offense. Do you even know what Atheism mean? >_>
I admit that it MAY have.
Have you not read anything I've talked about. Personal gain/empowerment, political objectives?
I cannot admit to what I do have no reason to believe. To me there is nothing to admit. Your evidence is the propaganda Stalin himself spouted all his life (That Atheism was his main reason). You haven't even given me any reasoning behind your statements besides "He's atheist and persecuted religious people".
The thing with his officers was just an example.
Also, if he really hated religion that much, then why did he use it as propaganda during WW2? After the Nazis invaded he revived the Orthodox Church in order to gain public support, in fact going so far as portray Russia as the "defender of Christian civilization".
So we are back at my original statements, Stalin did things for himself. Not for anyone or anything.
"religious people are inferior, religious people are monsters, religion and religious people are responsible for all the problems in the world" - Just as I don't listen to fx Christians saying the same about Atheists, you should listen to Atheist. Those kind of statements are the results of things like poor education, frustration or perhaps outright stupidity. In the end, it is not the belief that is at fault, but the person.
Why would Stalin use Religion as a tool when he saw it as folly? He might as well use Atheism and then make sure/or hope to become a man Above god, not below. Key difference, when religion have served as a tool in the past, it was always "A man under God". If anything, Stalin didn't want to be "below" anyone. That's just not who he is.
Why did the USSR keep it up? Well Stalin was a great war hero ya know... :P
As for their official ideal, stop right there pal. That was communism xD Stalin thought that "his" communism would improve without religion. So in the end, it was also to further empower communism (Besides just himself).
Now as for killing people because of their religion, I don't doubt it, nor do I deny it. However this is not something limited to religious people, if it was, then i would be much more open to the idea of the cause being atheism. He killed people for many reasons, one of the very first thing he did was kill most of his officers in the army because he was paranoid.
In the end, it was Stalins greed, paranoia and quest for personal empowerment that motivated him. His beliefs have no doubt had its influence to a greater or lesser extent. And yes, I can agree to that religious people have been persecuted by Atheist states, but in the end. Bottom line: Not because of Atheism. There are lots of other, and more logical reasons, motivations for those actions.
In my personal opinion (Not supported by any facts tho I'm afriad :P ) I think Stalin persecuted religious people because religion represented one of the oldest and in some times greatest display of power, and he liked the idea of defying that.
*The droids sensors pick up movement in front of the entrance and vibrations in the ground.
"There seems to be a patrol up ahead, according to sensors, maybe 5 Soldiers and a walker of some sort. I'm unable to figure out exactly which one.
Sorah, have Jason confirm"*