"I disapprove of what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it" - Evelyn Beatrice Hall, in the book 'The Friends of Voltaire'

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Spudman619
Spudman619 Feb 22 2014, 12:58pm replied:

Also, I volunteer at my local hospice's shop to raise funds, am going to register as an organ donor when I am of age and donate blood regularly. I don't do these because of religion or lack thereof. I do these because they are good acts that benefit those less fortunate.

+2 votes     group: Atheists, Agnostics, and Anti-theists of ModDB
Spudman619
Spudman619 Feb 22 2014, 12:52pm replied:

1. We don't force people to not believe. Am I holding a gun to your head telling you not to believe? No, I am not. Do religions kill others who are not of their faith, actively try to convert people or indoctrinate children? Yes.
2.There is a change in belief for some. I was a Christian at one point but now I've CHANGED MY BELIEF to not believing. Also, how do you explain that modern religion exists? If beliefs didn't change, we would still be worshipping Baal, Zeus, Bacchus and Mars.
3.Balance? Should we let evil people do evil things so that good can exist to counter it? Nope. Should we let poverty exist so that wealth can counterbalance it? No. Should we prevent gay marriage in the USA since its becoming accepted in Europe, therefore maintaining balance between rights and no rights? Nah.

This balance argument is utter crap. I don't want to allow muslims to behead people for being homosexual or Mother Theresa's hospices to refuse medical treatment just because it will drive me to be good. If a religious person confronts me and attempts to convert me or mock me for disbelief, then the act will be reciprocated.

However, your strawman does scare away the heckling crows on this page as they see their work being done, so thanks.

+2 votes     group: Atheists, Agnostics, and Anti-theists of ModDB
Spudman619
Spudman619 Feb 22 2014, 12:42pm replied:

Did you know that not every rapist kills their victim? Does that mean that we shouldn't punish them?

No, they still committed a crime. So a religious person who argues with us who does not kill in the name of their religion will still be debated and mocked as much as one who does kill, although one who does kill will also likely be arrested or reported to the authorities.

+2 votes     group: Atheists, Agnostics, and Anti-theists of ModDB
Spudman619
Spudman619 Feb 22 2014, 12:33pm says:

Someone made a typo. Hebrew should be spelled Somerset; Mirror.co.uk

+1 vote     media: Flood - fairy tales
Spudman619
Spudman619 Feb 22 2014, 12:28pm replied:

Fairly good point. I would say that there are cases when faith is a bad thing. For example, having 'faith' that gravity will function correctly on the Earth is reasonable and doesn't harm anyone.

Having 'faith' that you will go to heaven and get seventy two virgins for fighting 'infidels' can lead you to flying planes into towers and blowing up buses full of people, which is bad. Having faith that you won't fall after stepping off a cliff is also bad since, you know, falling and splatting on the ground. So faith can, in that sense, be bad.

Its also rather lazy in some cases; 'I have faith that god will help the flood victims' versus 'I'm going to help the flood victims by using my 4x4 to deliver blankets, food and clean water'. Its rather clear which is the better thing to do.

+3 votes     media: God's protection
Spudman619
Spudman619 Feb 22 2014, 12:19pm says:

I'm all for the development of bionic replacement parts such as arms and legs. For example; grafting a bionic arm to replace one that was blown off by an IED. However, I wouldn't recommend removing correctly functioning biological body parts in favour of mechanical parts.

Basically, fix people; don't substitute their parts when there is no issue or necessity. Just my two pence.

+4 votes     media: Transhumanism
Spudman619
Spudman619 Feb 21 2014, 3:13pm says:

Tanker-"Sir, we were training the Afghan National Army sir."
Officer-"Oh... carry on then."

+10 votes     media: Fail
Spudman619
Spudman619 Feb 21 2014, 7:42am replied:

The issue with calling atheism a cult or religion is that off would be a channel on a television and not playing football would be a sport. Atheism is just a term for lacking belief in God(s). As such, the individuals who are atheists have widely varying opinions. Some may believe in strict gun control, while others want to ban guns outright. Some will believe in the supernatural, just not God(s), while others completely disregard that notion.

In terms of why we talk about our disbelief, that reason also varies. Some do it because its interesting while others, like myself, want to reduce the power of religion in the world. By this I mean preventing creationism from replacing evolution in science or separating religion and state so that Christianity, Islam, Judaism and so on have no sway in terms of law making, law enforcement or political candidacy.

That said, I'm fine with people being religious; just don't force others to be or push your beliefs onto others by making them law.

+2 votes     group: Atheists, Agnostics, and Anti-theists of ModDB
Spudman619
Spudman619 Feb 20 2014, 6:58pm replied:

Hear, hear. This man speaks wisely.

On a serious note, spanking your child and explaining why what they did is bad works. In proportion of course. Spank them if they purposefully tried to strangle the household dog, but not because they called someone an idiot; just tell them why they shouldn't call people that.

+3 votes     media: Spanking vs. Child Abuse
Spudman619
Spudman619 Feb 20 2014, 6:50pm says:

Pascal's new wager; buy an iron chariot.
God isn't real? You had a fun ride on a chariot while subjugating enemies!
God is real? You can beat him!

+3 votes     media: How to defeat God...
Spudman619
Spudman619 Feb 18 2014, 4:51pm says:

Well, if you consider...
I mean if you just...
Because the...
Scientific studies have...

Too much stupid to answer, brain hurts

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Spudman619
Spudman619 Feb 15 2014, 10:54am says:

Generally the Soviets were the heavy lifters during WW2. I think the reason that they're often not mentioned is because few history teachers want to praise Stalin for helping in WW2 when he killed more people than Hitler while treating prisoners and partisans as dirt and refusing to let liberated countries have the right to self determination.

So yeah, they pulled more than their share of the load, but also committed an awful lot of bad stuff before, during and after the war that taints their reputation.

+3 votes     media: The Importance of the USSR in World War 2
Spudman619
Spudman619 Feb 12 2014, 4:37pm replied:

I would buy it, but I don't live in the United States... and I'm short about $590,000. Could you front me?

+4 votes     group: Tank Lovers Group
Spudman619
Spudman619 Feb 12 2014, 12:09pm says:

No panthers here, just bushes. Again. I thought we'd dealt with this issue.

+3 votes     media: Panthers in town.
Spudman619
Spudman619 Feb 9 2014, 5:44pm replied:

"Bratwurst eating competition"

+2 votes     group: Free Debate Community
Spudman619
Spudman619 Feb 8 2014, 3:20pm says:

I wouldn't mind trying it if it weren't for the monthly fees. That's my problem with MMOs. They can be great, as I feel this would be, but any mention of monthly fees instead of one-time payment? It can get fuc*ked.

+2 votes     media: Is ESO Bound To Fail?
Spudman619
Spudman619 Feb 8 2014, 12:31pm replied:

Wow. It appears idiocy has penetrated the highest echelons of the US government. I'm waiting for the day that people just become fed up with them. Just waiting here, swirling my scotch, wearing my monocle and mourning the fact that my country didn't do more to prevent America from being so belligerent.

+2 votes     group: Europe
Spudman619
Spudman619 Feb 8 2014, 11:30am replied:

I've tried that and it still crashes.

+1 vote     mod: Europe at War
Spudman619
Spudman619 Feb 7 2014, 6:25pm says:

Anyone else have invisible weapons in the Australian infantry units? Other than this and the crash on the American campaign, I haven't encountered any issues. The mod is awesome though, and I applaud you for making it campaign compatible.

+1 vote     mod: Europe at War
Spudman619
Spudman619 Feb 7 2014, 5:46pm replied:

Thanks for the response, I've had some issues with my PC so I thought it might have been caused by that.

+1 vote     mod: The Great War
Spudman619
Spudman619 Feb 7 2014, 11:13am says:

This debate gave my biology teacher depression.

+4 votes     media: Ken.. wut r u sayng? Stahp
Spudman619
Spudman619 Feb 5 2014, 6:26pm says:

*vomits* Its beautiful!

+7 votes     media: Tank... just an ordinary tank...
Spudman619
Spudman619 Feb 5 2014, 11:21am replied:

Bill- "You never go full retard."

+7 votes     media: Bill Nye vs. Ken Ham
Spudman619
Spudman619 Feb 4 2014, 3:54pm replied:

Obligatory you are that guy comment.

+2 votes     media: Venezuelan Army M-18 Hellcat
Spudman619
Spudman619 Feb 3 2014, 12:56pm says:

As good as this mod is, the most recent version of the campaign constantly crashes when the turn ends. Different turn numbers for each faction, but when loading the autosaves, the crashes still occur. Anyone else have this?

0 votes     mod: The Great War
Spudman619
Spudman619 Feb 3 2014, 12:52pm replied:

The map can't be modified unfortunately.

+1 vote     mod: The Great War
Spudman619
Spudman619 Feb 1 2014, 2:13pm says:

There is no need to be upset.

+2 votes     media: To the Moon !
Spudman619
Spudman619 Jan 29 2014, 6:36pm says:

My eyes... they burn. Must claw out... the pain

+5 votes     media: Retirement...
Spudman619
Spudman619 Jan 29 2014, 6:35pm replied:

My Cromwell (old Rover painted khaki) high fives your tiger. Please don't kill it.

+6 votes     media: The classic T-34...
Spudman619
Spudman619 Jan 26 2014, 5:10pm says:

That's pretty much me every day.

+2 votes     media: Planetary Facepalm
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