07 December, 2013

Atheist group silenced as billboard ad rejected in British Columbia (video clip)

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  1. It was one of the more innocuous ads. I prefer atheist ad when they emphasize the positive.

    When the first atheist bus ad "There's probably no God. So stop worrying and enjoy your life" came out in Britain in response to a Christian ad that told of heal fire to non Christian believers a group of enraged ministers tried to take the atheists to court claiming they had no evidence for the assertion "There probably is no God". The irony amused me for weeks afterwards,.

  2. Rationalist: I've some sad, if unfortunately predictable news to pass along. I got a note from Charlie Lewis last evening informing me that editorial board at the NP has decided to permanently shut down the comment threads on the HP. They had been studying the issue to see if there was any difference in pageviews on stories with the comments on or off and found none. As a result they've concluded that the threads were more trouble than they were worth. To quote them: "Religion may be a beautiful subject to discuss but it's poisonous online." I regret their decision but have to admit that I can see where they are coming from. Moderating the HP was an expense that they could no longer justify in difficult financial times - which unfortunately seems to be the norm with the NP.

    C'est la vie, I guess.

    All the best to you and yours. Hopefully your day has dawned as beautiful as ours here in the Valley. After what seems like an eternity of cloud, snow, and freezing rain the sun has burst through in all its glory this morning. Even with the cold north wind, it's a beautiful day to go outside!

    Fr. Tim

  3. That's too bad about the NP website. I can agree with regards to their quote most of the time but I feel the site did generate some rapprochement and appreciation of both differences and common cause. I hope, in some small way, I contributed to that and I know you certainly did.

    We're all getting a late start due to a late concert last night of Bach's Magnificat and then taking the dog for a midnight walk with my son and staring at a beautiful night sky over the lake and having him point out the stars and constellations to me. It's always good to go outside. Wonder awaits.

    It's cloudy and grey here and the the dregs of the fall leaves are calling to me to be raked. But later a fire in the fireplace and a chess game awaits later as we wait for the Christmas trees branches to fully drop .


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