13th November 2011

“We are a nation that is unenlightened because of religion. I do believe that. I think that religion stops people from thinking. I think it justifies crazies. I think flying planes into a building was a faith-based initiative.”

Bill Maher

9 Responses to “13th November 2011”

  1. R J Says:

    in the quote, Maher starts 3 sentences

    with, ” I THINK .”

    i think he’s right .

  2. John Says:

    I think in our next election; we vote “none of the above” and write Bill Maher in!

  3. n0m0l0s Says:

    Bill Maher quote that ‘I do believe’. I think that he too have some form of faith. See…faith is something that tells us some form of believe exists.

  4. archaeopteryx Says:

    n0m0l0s: most people who post on this site believe in belief, to use Dan Dennett’s phrase. Most of us take the trouble to evaluate which beliefs are well-founded and which are not.

    Religious beliefs, though popular, are not well-founded.

  5. Atheist MC Says:

    Dennett didn’t mean “belief in belief” in that way. His point was that some people believe that religious belief is a good thing whether it is justified or not.
    nOmOlOs is equivocating. belief in a proposition and belief in fairies are two different concepts. “Faith” is another word the theists abuse in this way.

  6. jhm Says:

    Mr. Harris’ “The Moral Landscape” cites some research suggesting that some reasons for the US being alone among developed countries in its high level of religiosity: a high correlation between this and economic insecurity (inequality with low mobility) as well as with racism; factors less acute in other similar countries.

  7. Dan Says:

    If belief in belief makes me religious, I knowing about drugs would make me an addict! LOL

    What a stupid idea.

  8. R j Says:

    post at 645…………


  9. Sinjin Smythe Says:

    jhm the Sam Harris book is a good one. Have it with me now.

    It is funny how n0m0l0s has an almost uncanny ability to get things wrong. I do believe that, but I don’t believe or have beliefs about supernatural creatures ruling the fate of humankind.

    As for now I do believe I’ll go and get myself a beer.