Posts by Martin Lindberg

  • Up Front: Oh, God, in reply to Brent Jackson,

    Can we make this compulsory reading in all schools ?

    Doesn’t it seem at odds with the gist of Emma’s original post to suggest that a particular belief should be made compulsory reading in schools only because you agree with it?

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  • Up Front: Oh, God,

    Well, this is all fun and games till someone loses their faith.

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  • Up Front: Oh, God,

    Man is the world of man – state, society. This state and this society produce religion, which is an inverted consciousness of the world, because they are an inverted world. (…) Religious suffering is, at one and the same time, the expression of real suffering and a protest against real suffering. Religion is the sigh of the oppressed creature, the heart of a heartless world, and the soul of soulless conditions. (…) The abolition of religion as the illusory happiness of the people is the demand for their real happiness. To call on them to give up their illusions about their condition is to call on them to give up a condition that requires illusions. (…) Criticism has plucked the imaginary flowers on the chain not in order that man shall continue to bear that chain without fantasy or consolation, but so that he shall throw off the chain and pluck the living flower.

    Karl Marx - Critique of Hegel’s Philosophy of Right, 1843

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  • Up Front: Oh, God, in reply to UglyTruth,

    The law of nature I’m referring to

    Oh I see, it's the law of nature that says kids must attend Bible class at school.

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  • Up Front: Oh, God, in reply to UglyTruth,

    I’m only interested in English common law, as it applies to NZ

    And English common law dictates that kids must attend Bible class? Sounds like rubbish to me.

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  • Up Front: Oh, God,

    I'd prefer a rational theist to an irrational atheist.

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  • Hard News: The crybaby philosopher,

    I assume Jamie Whyte is subscribing to the same newsletter as Alabama Republican Congressman Mo Brooks.

    “We should not be dividing anybody based on national heritage or race. Rather, we should be bringing us all together. That’s what the melting pot ideal of America is all about. A person’s skin pigmentation is something acquired at birth that has absolutely nothing to do with the merits of the person of how one should vote.”

    Alabama Rep. Mo Brooks Doubles Down: Democrats ‘Waging a War on Whites’

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  • Hard News: Good news for self-powered travellers, in reply to Kevin McCready,

    borders on religiosity

    I think I detect something religious about helmets and door zones right there.

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  • Feed: A scientist researches restaurants, in reply to Russell Brown,

    the goat curry

    I've been there twice now with groups of Indian colleagues and everyone (except the vegetarians - duh!) speaks highly of that curry. Done 'Indian-hot' naturally. I can't wait to go back myself.

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  • Up Front: Dropping the A-Bomb,

    In 1985 my girlfriend got pregnant because of us being young and not very experienced at this whole sex thing. We were both 17 and I don’t think having a baby was even considered. Since we were both at the same high-school, we went to see the school nurse who wrote her a referral to the women’s clinic at the local hospital. The following week we went there and she had the abortion.

    From an individual woman’s point of view, I don’t see why it needs to be more complicated that that. I’ve not had much reason to reflect over abortions on a personal level since then. However, now my daughter is a bit older than my girlfriend was back then and if she were to want an abortion I’d like it to be as easy for her here in 2014 as it was for my girlfriend in Sweden 30 years ago.

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