Stephen of Wimbledon
Hi Phil [#4],
Thank you for responding.
I’m impressed with your ability to make such strong claims about a book that you haven’t read
You are too kind.
It is an unfortunate fact of a World that publishes in excess of 530,000 books – in English alone – every year that we must rely on reviewers in some instances. It is, as the saying…[Read more]
Frankly, reviewing my first two posts on this subject above, I’m surprised that in the last twenty years our progress has been so slow.
Phil Torre’s book, and John Messerly’s reaction to it (he called it: “one of the most important [books] recently published”) suggests that there are significant social groups that our message still fails to…[Read more]
Another, much better, book.
Education on the value of free speech and the other freedoms reserved by the Bill of Rights, about what happens when you don’t have them, and about how to exercise and protect them, should be an essential prerequisite for being an American citizen – or the citizen of any nation, the more so to the degree that such…
We should be grateful to John Messerly, his review of this book reveals that it is not only not breaking new ground, it is navel gazing at its worst. The question will, I’m sure, come to many (after reading this review): Does this subject require another book, and a poorly written one at that?
Whenever we feel downhearted about our endless…[Read more]
Hi Chris [#12],
Between them eejit and David have covered the angles that interested me most, and I welcome your added perspective.
I hoped that someone would highlight (I assumed it existed) that a religio-political cabal probably has influence far beyond the strength that might be guessed from the numbers who identify with those…[Read more]
Hi Dan [#50],
And W. (who you love) is a huge proponent of polysemous speech
How the blue blazes did you work that out! – I specifically gave you a monosemous definition of a polysemous word? Because: Context (introducing oneself to strangers with the object of ending their isolation).
Phil Rimmer, #51:
I do not love W. (This…
Hi OHooligan [#44],
I am not a fat, hairy, monstrous, tone deaf, simple-minded … oh, wait … I am a Womble [Gasp!]
I was answering Ananias in kind, and I was offering a counterpoint to his prayers.
You appear to be objecting, which I don’t understand.
It’s not like it took a lot of effort, it only took me about 20 minutes.
It seems to me that we’re being asked to discuss:
… [consider] mainline liberal churches [formerly] the dominant religious force in American society … [Now they face] … highly motivated … atheists … [yet, American society might] have stayed the same if a lot of [people] hadn’t [become atheists] which happened in large part because m…
My thoughts need no apology
nor the brothers who embarrass me
by neglecting what’s so plain to see:
that it’s prayer that is our pain from thee!
Room for you has cost us untold charms
(for your spread and for your many harms)
in your post as Earth’s gendarme
there’s no limit to our alarm!
More ancients saw the role you play
and recorded prose…[Read more]
Hi Phil [#9],
Knowing that this is your area of expertise I submit to you.
Judging from the main story it’s a little early to be shouting the odds either way.
Hi Phil [#16],
Like Stephen, I will seek to take back this poor use of the word respect … The word was degraded to include also mere civility only recently, 1680 in fact
I would just like to point out that my formal education was just a wee bit more recent than that.
As much as I enjoyed reading the skepticism in others comments, I found the original story to be more interesting.
Assuming, in a moment of wild guesswork, that it takes us a few decades to wean ourselves off fossil fuels – and noting that plants and oceans are being either interfered with or overwhelmed – I’m glad someone is looking at this.
Hi eejit [#5],
Many thanks. for a thorough description.
It sounds as if a strong increase in No religion could be very important development.
For any Aussies reading, I’d like to hear some opinions on this phrase:
… and change the way government policy is made and projects funded in Australia
Is that true?
My perception is that many, many, Australian politicians are very free about flaunting and promoting their religion in power – is that a factual perception?
The mendacity,…[Read more]
Hi Dan [#21],
Now in all fairness to your point, Stephen …
Is that the same passive-aggressive language as ‘with all due respect’ … I think it is.
I would not expect or desire someone to respect my ideas or my character too much or too soon, prematurely, that is, without evidence; but I would expect people to recognize that we do…
Hi Dan [#11],
Civility and respect are interchangeable. That is truly splitting hairs
I could say (A): “Dan, your being a complete idiot and you should go and read a damned dictionary.”
Or I could say (B): Dan, you clearly don’t know the meanings of civil and respect.
In A I am both uncivil and I lack respect.
In B I am civil, while I…[Read more]
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