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What do atheists do in a crisis?

What do atheists do in a crisis?

Hands that help are better than lips that pray. Fox invited president of American Atheists, David Silverman, to explain what atheists do in times of crisis, when others turn to god.

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Guest: horse-drawn wagon (2274 days ago)
We need to stop allowing religious people to use the fruits of science. If you believe in a god, you don't deserve a weather prediction made by a scientist, a cellphone, air conditioner, television camera, genetically modified food, medicine, an internal combustion engine, plastic, and please please please....no guns (or arms such as nukes and precision missiles) for believers. The amish and mennonite have it right, isolate your selves from rational thinking and pray instead.
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We need to stop allowing religious people to use the fruits of science. If you believe in a god, you don't deserve a weather prediction made by a scientist, a cellphone, air conditioner, television camera, genetically modified food, medicine, an internal combustion engine, plastic, and please please please....no guns (or arms such as nukes and precision missiles) for believers. The amish and mennonite have it right, isolate your selves from rational thinking and pray instead.
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glortman glortman (2273 days ago)
Your dichotomy is false. Religion and science need not be mutually exclusive. Only fanatics make your sort of polemic, categorical statement.
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Your dichotomy is false. Religion and science need not be mutually exclusive. Only fanatics make your sort of polemic, categorical statement.
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Guest: e53 (2273 days ago)
to make things simple, tell god to show up him/herself in front of us then we will believe, otherwise he or she is an imaginary person living inside the brain.
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to make things simple, tell god to show up him/herself in front of us then we will believe, otherwise he or she is an imaginary person living inside the brain.
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Guest: Mrs. Doasyouwouldbedoneby (2269 days ago)
Absolutely. Well said. Horse Drawn Wagon indeed. Heard of BIO SCIENCE? You men worshippers spend all day and all night studying and copying the science of the Creator.
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Absolutely. Well said. Horse Drawn Wagon indeed. Heard of BIO SCIENCE? You men worshippers spend all day and all night studying and copying the science of the Creator.
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Guest: loki (2273 days ago)
dear mr silverman you kick ass dude! the panel couldn't handle quiet logic and instead reverted to noisy stupidity. maybe they'll grow up some day but at time of filming they were semi-viduals
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dear mr silverman you kick ass dude! the panel couldn't handle quiet logic and instead reverted to noisy stupidity. maybe they'll grow up some day but at time of filming they were semi-viduals
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Guest: (2274 days ago)
Why did FOX invite him on the air if they had no intention of letting him speak??? Silverman makes a good point if FOX bothered to listen. A priest boards up his windows and prays.....But if there is a GOOD god, that god will answer the prayers of the priest and stop the storm. So the priest has already admitted that there is no god because he boarded up his windows!
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Why did FOX invite him on the air if they had no intention of letting him speak??? Silverman makes a good point if FOX bothered to listen. A priest boards up his windows and prays.....But if there is a GOOD god, that god will answer the prayers of the priest and stop the storm. So the priest has already admitted that there is no god because he boarded up his windows!
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Guest: Christ follower (2249 days ago)
Seriously... if people are going to represent Christianity on national fourms they need to learn more about what it really means to be a Christian. I promise Jesus would not respond in the same way that woman did
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Seriously... if people are going to represent Christianity on national fourms they need to learn more about what it really means to be a Christian. I promise Jesus would not respond in the same way that woman did
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Guest: (2237 days ago)
Jesus would not respond at all because he no longer exists - if he ever did. So you are quite right!
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Jesus would not respond at all because he no longer exists - if he ever did. So you are quite right!
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Searchguru Searchguru (2273 days ago)
Where's Sam when you need him?
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Where's Sam when you need him?
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slicksps slicksps (2273 days ago)
Go on the attack like Silverman, and over defensive behaviour is the automatic response. Silverman is absolutely right but could have been a bit more constructive with his arguments. He was on something when he asks whether or not God could stop the hurricane... if God can't stop it, why pray to him for help? If he can stop it, then that's as good as sending it... maybe too many Eastern Seaboarders are gay... But he's right, people can save themselves and they can save each other. Praying to a being who either sent the destruction or is unable to stop it is wasting valuable time.
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Go on the attack like Silverman, and over defensive behaviour is the automatic response. Silverman is absolutely right but could have been a bit more constructive with his arguments. He was on something when he asks whether or not God could stop the hurricane... if God can't stop it, why pray to him for help? If he can stop it, then that's as good as sending it... maybe too many Eastern Seaboarders are gay... But he's right, people can save themselves and they can save each other. Praying to a being who either sent the destruction or is unable to stop it is wasting valuable time.
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Guest: other guest (2274 days ago)
David Silverman was too agressive; you can't take that aproach with brainwashed people and expect them to react in any other way than they did! but maybe that's what he was aiming for....or maybe he didn't expect them to be so defensive, i don't really know. I think it was a waiste of time anyway... people who watch Fox News have allready made up their mind about this issue...he's battling the windmills!
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David Silverman was too agressive; you can't take that aproach with brainwashed people and expect them to react in any other way than they did! but maybe that's what he was aiming for....or maybe he didn't expect them to be so defensive, i don't really know. I think it was a waiste of time anyway... people who watch Fox News have allready made up their mind about this issue...he's battling the windmills!
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Guest: Pablo V (2274 days ago)
Now this is where the problem lies.....Fox + News = Total contradiction of terms. Fox(News) + Rational thought.....well that ain't gonna happen! I think FN set up Silverman to trap him into their reactionary bollocks.
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Now this is where the problem lies.....Fox + News = Total contradiction of terms. Fox(News) + Rational thought.....well that ain't gonna happen! I think FN set up Silverman to trap him into their reactionary bollocks.
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Guest: truth (2273 days ago)
9/11 victims prayed before they died, hurricane Katrina victims prayed before they died, etc and so on....god has failed them ALL
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9/11 victims prayed before they died, hurricane Katrina victims prayed before they died, etc and so on....god has failed them ALL
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Guest: Mrs. Doasyouwouldbedoneby (2269 days ago)
you can only say "failed them" if you know the mind of God, know his purpose, all things about everything. Did God Fail smokers with cancer by not magically flicking cigarettes out of their mouths? Freewill? This is mans world, his buildings, his planes, his abuse of the environment.
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you can only say "failed them" if you know the mind of God, know his purpose, all things about everything. Did God Fail smokers with cancer by not magically flicking cigarettes out of their mouths? Freewill? This is mans world, his buildings, his planes, his abuse of the environment.
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Milky Milky (2272 days ago)
How do you know they prayed before they died? Maybe they were too busy trying to survive and forgot to pray, so god couldn't be bothered.
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How do you know they prayed before they died? Maybe they were too busy trying to survive and forgot to pray, so god couldn't be bothered.
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Guest: d4rk (2274 days ago)
I don't know how atheists can do it... After seeing enough documentaries, I came to the conclusion that nothing could have originated from chance. Everything just works too well.
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I don't know how atheists can do it... After seeing enough documentaries, I came to the conclusion that nothing could have originated from chance. Everything just works too well.
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Guest: (2274 days ago)
Sponge Bob episodes are not documentaries.
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Sponge Bob episodes are not documentaries.
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Guest: mleep (2274 days ago)
best response ever
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best response ever
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Guest: (2273 days ago)
You have not seen enough documentaries yet, if you think that evolution is "everything originated from chance." Keep viewing, or better still read something like "The Blind Watchmaker."
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You have not seen enough documentaries yet, if you think that evolution is "everything originated from chance." Keep viewing, or better still read something like "The Blind Watchmaker."
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Guest: Darwin's Radio (2271 days ago)
Everything apart from your understanding.
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Everything apart from your understanding.
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Guest: e53 (2273 days ago)
the three fox presenters were totally got naked, literally, to show off their stupidities in front of the camera.
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the three fox presenters were totally got naked, literally, to show off their stupidities in front of the camera.
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Guest: Maldonian. (2271 days ago)
Why can't American women just speak normally? They're just so fecking shrill and stupid. Still give her one though.
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Why can't American women just speak normally? They're just so fecking shrill and stupid. Still give her one though.
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Guest: PDUK (2273 days ago)
OMG.......!!! FOX News employs 'monkeys' and Ameoba's to present their shows......how pathetic !!!! If Fox News represents Amaericans then ur Fecked !!!! ha ha
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OMG.......!!! FOX News employs 'monkeys' and Ameoba's to present their shows......how pathetic !!!! If Fox News represents Amaericans then ur Fecked !!!! ha ha
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Guest: god is dead (2273 days ago)
Fox wank*rs
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Fox wank*rs
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belchnasty belchnasty (2271 days ago)
No wonder the romans threw the ******* to the lions......
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No wonder the romans threw the ******* to the lions......
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Guest: Si (2274 days ago)
Ther was noithing aggressive about Silverman. The panels fear was obvious in their attack on him. Why are they so scared of the fact that god doesn't exist - being an atheist is so liberating. Christians are deluded, scared people as a the majority of americans
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Ther was noithing aggressive about Silverman. The panels fear was obvious in their attack on him. Why are they so scared of the fact that god doesn't exist - being an atheist is so liberating. Christians are deluded, scared people as a the majority of americans
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Guest: Killer Wolf (2273 days ago)
christ almighty, what a bunch of jerks. so god isn't powerful enough to stop a hurricane is he not? how come he conjured up a flood that covered the entire world then? Props to Silverman for being calm and above all that petty crap.
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christ almighty, what a bunch of jerks. so god isn't powerful enough to stop a hurricane is he not? how come he conjured up a flood that covered the entire world then? Props to Silverman for being calm and above all that petty crap.
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Guest: (2273 days ago)
Any port in a storm - sorry - lol kat
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Any port in a storm - sorry - lol kat
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Guest: butterfly1000 (1648 days ago)
Latest comment: i think atheists and theists must never attempt to understand each others beliefs...the result is soo undesirable...
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Latest comment: i think atheists and theists must never attempt to understand each others beliefs...the result is soo undesirable...
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StonedAgain StonedAgain (2271 days ago)
If evolution were true, then religious people would have evolved away. Or maybe evolution is true and we are still waiting.
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If evolution were true, then religious people would have evolved away. Or maybe evolution is true and we are still waiting.
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StonedAgain StonedAgain (2271 days ago)
And then it made me think, maybe that's why religious people are anti abortion and anti contraception. Lots of kids means lots of new followers.
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And then it made me think, maybe that's why religious people are anti abortion and anti contraception. Lots of kids means lots of new followers.
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Guest: Josh (2150 days ago)
LOL 2 funny
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LOL 2 funny
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