Archive for December, 2010

Should No-Fault Divorce Be Legal?

Statement Couples shouldn’t be allowed to get a divorce without a really good reason. Q1 Analysis This may be a Q1 violation if you think the government shouldn’t have a say in whether you get a divorce or not, you want to avoid situations where people may be tempted to lie in order to comply […]

Posted on December 31, 2010 at 9:52 pm by ideclare · Permalink · One Comment
In: 2Q

Moral sense and stealing

The following is a recreation from memory of a conversation I had with a Christian about morality. I would be interested to hear your opinion of it. Christian: The human moral sense is evidence that God exists. If there is no God, then were do we get our moral sense? Me: People don’t agree about […]

Posted on December 30, 2010 at 7:22 am by ideclare · Permalink · 10 Comments
In: Discussion, Morality

One last bit of Christmas bile

The Pharyngula blog had a note today that mentioned a post-Christmas article by an angry Christian on another blog entitled The Next Person Who Says Happy Holidays Shall Be Punched In The Throat. I would like to comment on a few things said in the latter post as they are good examples of someone using […]

Posted on December 29, 2010 at 7:22 pm by ideclare · Permalink · One Comment
In: Essay

No atheism on Facebook

From the IAmAnAtheist feedback form: I’ve emailed you before, I don’t know if you remember…but it shows how great the people around me are (at least about religion) when I’m asking for advice from people on the internet that o don’t even know the gender of. The last email was probably better planned out, but […]

Posted on December 29, 2010 at 7:36 am by ideclare · Permalink · Leave a comment
In: Atheists' problems, Help

Should Gay Marriage Be Legal?

Statement Marriage should be between one man and one woman. Q1 Analysis This may be a Q1 violation if you think certain moral or religious opinions shouldn’t be written into law, you think that law should not be based on tradition, or you consider choice of spouse to be a private matter. Q2 Analysis This […]

Posted on December 28, 2010 at 9:51 pm by ideclare · Permalink · Leave a comment
In: 2Q

Nothing from nothing

A comment was posted to the Evidence for atheism thread that I think is worth responding to because it comprises many common anti-atheist arguments. I’ve broken the original comment up to keep my responses in context, but have not edited it. The world is far too complex to be created out of nothing. Something can’t […]

Posted on December 27, 2010 at 10:45 am by ideclare · Permalink · Leave a comment
In: Discussion, Theology

Is Homosexuality Moral?

Statement Gay people are immoral. Q1 Analysis If the statement is based on the belief that homosexual sex is immoral, then it may not be a Q1 violation, depending on your reason for this belief. But if the statement reflects a belief that someone who is emotionally homosexual is immoral regardless of whether they engage […]

Posted on December 24, 2010 at 9:51 pm by ideclare · Permalink · Leave a comment
In: 2Q

Should Torture Be Used to Get Information?

Statement If someone has information that could save lives but is unwilling to reveal that information, it may be necessary to resort to torture. Q1 Analysis This could be a Q1 violation if: You don’t have consistent criteria for when torture would be justifiable, There is a conflict between your position on torture and your […]

Posted on December 21, 2010 at 9:50 pm by ideclare · Permalink · Leave a comment
In: 2Q

Should There Be a Death Penalty?

Statement There should be a death penalty to punish capital crimes. Q1 Analysis This statement does not seem to be a Q1 violation so long as: Your definition of "capital crime" is consistent with your other beliefs. You are not against the government putting people to death. You are convinced that either it is impossible […]

Posted on December 17, 2010 at 9:50 pm by ideclare · Permalink · One Comment
In: 2Q

Should Abortion Be Illegal?

Statement Abortion is murder and should be illegal. Q1 Analysis This statement is likely a Q1 violation unless you consistently treat an unborn child as morally equivalent to any other child. Q2 Analysis This statement does not seem to be a Q2 violation, but it may be so if your argument for a fetus being […]

Posted on December 14, 2010 at 9:48 pm by ideclare · Permalink · 3 Comments
In: 2Q